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Dr Premal Darji: Indiscriminate Breeding Has Given Rise Multiple Issues In Pets

08 Jul 2014 | by Natasha Nundy | Posted in: Wag News

If it is the wee hours of the morning and your pets need immediate medical assistance, then your trusted ally is Dr Premal Darji, in case your pet is too sick to come all the way to Borivali to his clinic, then he will come to your home and provide the necessary medication. This well-known veterinarian is in the Mumbai suburbs and specializes in gynecology and provides medical assistance to all your cats, dogs, birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and reptiles.

Dr. Darji believes in understanding the need of his or her patients and also helps the pet owners to understand the need of their pets. He believes that he can give medicines and provide rehabilitation to pets to treat ailments but it is absolutely necessary for the humans to develop a bond with their pets.

Like most of the other animal lovers, Premal’s love also started with the street dogs, cats and reptiles, which later developed into a passion that got him to clear his CET exams and later even specialize in gynecology to treat animals and free them from various ailments.

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Read on to find out more about Darji’s professional story as well has his daily experiences. We talk about his everyday challenges and the issues that are commonly faced by pet owners in Mumbai. Read about his view on the present medical scenario in India and all that is missing from India for pet care.

DogSpot: Tell us something about yourself? When did you decide to become a veterinarian?
Dr Darji: You might find this to be a clichéd answer but like most of my counterparts I always wanted to be a veterinarian. Most of my childhood was spent in the suburbs of Mumbai with street dogs, cats and reptiles.

In the beginning my only aim was to take care of animals but slowly the perception changed, after finishing my class 10th I decided to take science. After that I started thinking of the veterinary sciences as a profession. It was soon after this that I decided to take my CET exams and by god’s grace I cleared it so probably this was my destiny. The first few years were tough in college but soon everything started falling in place as if this was always whatI was meant to be.

DogSpot: Where is your clinic in Mumbai? What all does it offer?
Dr Darji: I have a small clinic at Gorai, Borivali west in Mumbai. At the moment I do not have any expansion plans but I am keen on learning and upgrading the clinic for the betterment of animals.  At the moment there are various facilities that we offer. We provide regular checkups and consultations for wide range of species including dogs, cats, birds and reptiles.

Along with this we offer surgery also for all these animals. Along with this we offer a variety of tests as well. These include tests such as E.C.G, U.S.G , blood-works, cytology, vaccinations and  emergencies, dental checkups and scaling.

DogSpot: What is your field of specialization? What all pets do you treat? Which are the common ailments that pets suffer from these days?
Dr Darji: I have specialized in gynecology and I mostly cater to the gynecological emergencies and dermatology cases. There are a lot of cases of renal failure that I get these days. It has become extremely common. 

Along with this there are a lot of heart problems that I see in young dogs as well. There are a lot of people who feel that diet has a major role to play in it but I feel that indiscriminate breeding has a major role to play in such cases.

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DogSpot: You must have assisted so many patients and brought a smile on their faces in all these years of practice. Is there any special case that you remember?
Dr Darji: Renal failures are always challenging cases, each and every case that comes to me for renal failure is different and the treatment pattern also most of the times is different. The origin of the diseases is different and it is always a task to make the pet parent understand the diseases and the nutrition and medical requirements that need to be taken into consideration for the pet.

Along with this the other case that I remember is that of a Spitz, who met with an accident and had a big necrosed wound on back, it took me almost two months to heal it and get it back in shape.

DogSpot: What is the scenario of animal medicines in India? What changes do you expect to see in the next five years?
Dr Darji: I will say that the veterinary medicine scenario is still growing in India. It is almost in its infancy though it is growing fast and expanding faster. Things have changed quite a lot in the past five years. There are some things that have seen a vast improvement and others that need improvement.

I still believe we as a veterinarians fail to give the best pain relief to our patients because of the unavailability of medicines in India. Whatever we do is the best with whatever best is made available to us. I am looking forward to changes when veterinary and human medicine will hand in hand and I feel that day is not too far.

DogSpot: What changes do you observe in pet keeping in recent times? 
Dr Darji: The pet keeping in recent times has seen a vast improvement. These days’ people have started understanding the requirements of the pet and their different nutritional requirements. Earlier they were a lot of pet parents who were giving them the same food as the ones they were having. 

These days they are more involved in checkups and participate in other procedure carried on their pets.

DogSpot: Any message that you would like to give to our readers?
Dr Darji: My advice to pet owners would be to try to understand the requirements of your pet as per their species. Cat is not a small dog so don’t give them the same food. Even the different species in birds have different nutritional requirements, a budgerigar or a parrot may cost just Rs 100 but that does not mean you can feed them food that you eat. Rabbits ,Guniea pigs are not rodents that can eat scrap food.

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