What is a pet hospital?

Many individuals confuse a pet hospital and their local vets. The difference is simple, a veterinary practice offers regular check-ups and minor surgeries on animals, whereas a pet hospital is a referral centre where pets are referred to for specialist services.

Some of the specialist services provided at pet hospitals include but is not limited to:

  • Anaesthesia
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Internal medicine
  • Neurology and neurosurgery
  • Oncology
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Pain management
  • Soft tissue surgery


What animals visit a pet hospital?

Depending on the pet hospital, a range of animals ranging from fish up to farm animals can be referred. A list of these animals include:

  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Birds
  • Rabbits
  • Hamsters
  • Guinea pigs
  • Fish
  • Reptiles
  • Farm animals including horses
  • Amphibians