Adopting an animal brings great responsibility. We encourage all current or potential pet owners to research all aspects of ownership. Here we have gathered some useful information on the various vets and pets shops around Phnom Penh, as well as a brief guide to taking care of a cats and dogs.
Agrovet – Recommended by PPAWS. Agrovet is a European-run vet with very high standards. They also carry some pet supplies such as flea sprays, kitten and puppy formula, etc.
Location: No. 33b, St. 360, BKK1, Phnom Penh (Between Monivong Blvd. and St. 63)
Contact: +855 023-216-323 (English & Khmer)
We have listed the following shops for convenience only. They are in no particular order. Please judge for yourself if a business is worth supporting.
Happy Dog Pet Shop – Carries a wide variety of toys for cats and dogs, animal carriers, shampoos, etc. They have grooming services and can also board animals for approximately $5 per day (check with them for cost).
Location: No. 233Eo, Kampuchea Krom (St. 128), 12252 Phnom Penh
Tang Tee Farmfoods – Also known as the “Vietnamese Pet Shop.” Despite the misleading name, this small shop seems to carry only cat and dog supplies, with a lean toward dogs. Their inventory is inconsistent, but the prices are decent.
Location: No. 24Eo, Sang Kreach Tieng (St. 222), 12211 Phnom Penh
Most supermarkets, including Lucky, Bayon, Thai Huot and Pencil, also carry some pet food, shampoos, collars and other supplies.
A: While it is cheaper and less invasive to desex (often called neutering for males and spaying for females) male pets, both male and female pets can benefit from the surgery. Despite your best intentions, an unspayed female only needs one escape outside in heat to get pregnant, leaving you with a potential litter of up to 8 puppies or kittens to look after and re-home.
Animals that have been desexed are less likely to develop aggressive tendencies. For desexed animals, the chance is also reduced that they will need to constantly mark their territory, to wander off, and, for cats, they are less prone to screaming. It also reduces the risk of certain types of cancers.
Spaying and neutering is internationally accepted as the most humane way to control the population of stray cats and dogs. In Cambodia, unwanted litters of puppies and kittens are dumped at Pagodas every day, where they often don’t have the resources to care for the very young or injured. By ensuring that your pet is desexed, you can make sure that you will not be contributing to the problem. Even with your best efforts to re-home any litters, you cannot guarantee that new owners will be as responsible as you. One undesexed female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats in only seven years (RSPCA).
A: We have cats and dogs available for adoption here. These animals have been rescued because they were in the most need at the pagodas, and may have undergone medical treatment or been hand reared from very young ages. Depending on age, some of our animals will be desexed, and most will have been vaccinated and dewormed. We request all our adoptive families to commit to getting their pet desexed at the right age.
A: In a city like Phnom Penh, where there are many stray cats and dogs and many expats who come and go (and sometimes leaving pets behind), we would encourage people to adopt rather than buying one. However, if you insist on buying a pet, we would advise you to check where the kittens or puppies come from. PPAWS discourages puppy farms and inhumane pet shops, and we ask you to help us by not supporting these businesses. There are some family raised animals available in Phnom Penh, regularly advertised on Expat Advisory.
A: We do not have the resources to take in any more kittens – we work primarily with the pagodas, so if you find a kitten you need to be sure you can care for it and find it a home.
Firstly try to be sure that the kitten is abandoned or orphaned – often they stray from their mother, so try to ask people around the area if they know the kitten. Only remove from the area when there is no mother.
Kittens that are too young to be separated from their mother and are still of weaning age should be given kitten milk powder (available at Agrovet) or goat milk (sometimes available at the supermarket). Please DO NOT give regular cow milk to kittens – they are lactose intolerant and regular milk will make them sick. For very small kittens, feeding every 4 hours is vital.
A: We do not have the resources to take in more puppies – we work primarily with the pagodas, caring for puppies with serious medical conditions. If you choose to take in a puppy, we advise a visit to the vet immediately, to ensure the puppy is healthy and does not have any diseases that can be dangerous to you or your other pets (rabies is rare but still around in Phnom Penh, and other illnesses like distemper can seriously maim or kill your other pets.) The vet will advise the best actions.
A: We cannot take in your pets for re-homing but we welcome you to advertise on our Facebook page. We also recommend advertising on Expat Advisory and Cambodian Parents Network.