Are you a pet owner and looking for a trustable place to take your four-legged furry friend when it’s in need? Then we have just the place for you.
Pet Kingdom in Ozanköy is owned and run by the experienced veterinary Hekim Selim Özhuy. He opened the clinic in 2011 and before that he ran a pet hospital in Lefkosa.
Pet Kingdom is part of the company Vitre LTD that consists of three eye specialists and two veterinary clinics in North Cyprus.
Selim has been a certified vet since 2004. His interest in animals started as early as the age of nine as he spent a lot of time assisting a family member in the veterinary clinic.
His career as a vet started on Turkey’s west coast, helping large animals such as cows, sheep and horses. His love for animals has meant that the family keeps on growing at home and some of his family members are a horse, silk worms and a snake.
Today his biggest customer group is dogs but he welcomes all pets to his clinic. Every treatment an animal might need can be provided here. Selim’s equipment is state of the art and as we take a tour around the facility he shows me the x-ray room, and the surgery room with tons of technology for ultrasound, blood pressure monitoring and a microscope with x100 magnification. The standard at most clinics is x30. Dentist equipment such as LED light for tooth and canal filling, and ultrasonic scanner for teeth cleaning is also on hand. As his company specialises in all eyes he even offers eye transfer and cataract surgery for animals.
To help him with the important task of taking care of sick animals he has fellow veterinary Mustafa and some assistants. Every year he receives volunteers from different countries such as USA, Canada, Turkey and Island. He offers them housing and they help him at the clinic while gaining experience. He encourages his volunteers to find stray animals in need and helps them without any charge. Every years he neuters around 50 dogs and 70 cats completely free. ”If every clinic here in Cyprus did this there would be no more street animals,” he says and sighs.
Most pet owners that come to his clinic are local but as everyone in his staff speaks excellent English he has started to receive many English speaking expats as well.
-What can you recommend pet owners to think extra about this time a year? I ask him.
”Caterpillars are about now and they can cause a lot of damage with the slightest contact,” he tells me. ”Kennel cough is also common and I recommend all dog owners to vaccinate their dogs against this. It can easily become chronic and is very unpleasant. Due to our warm and humid climate in Cyprus I also recommend ticks and flea treatment once a month. Deworming tablets once a month too, and that goes for cats as well. I advise my customers to follow my Facebook page where I always post updates on potential diseases etc.”
Pet accessories can be purchased at his clinic and he has a wide range of different Italian dog and cat foods. Brands that can’t be found anywhere else in North Cyprus. If you give the code 1001 you get a 10% discount on all purchases.
When asked what he likes most about his job, Selim says: ”Definitely helping those in need. It is very rewarding to being able to make a difference.”
For emergency cases Selim can be reached on his mobile phone 24/7 every day. An ambulance service is always on hand.
Contact number: 0533 869 42 44
Facebook: Veteriner Pet Kingdom
Address: Bülent ecevit caddesi lüfer sokak no:2 Girne (opposite China Bazaar). See map below for directions.