In Russia, there is a worrying situation around pets. Imported pets for pain relief have disappeared in the country. Some attribute it to Western sanctions, while others see it as a speculative factor. At the same time, foreign companies did not announce the cessation of supplies. Domestic analogues, experts say, are losing out to the competition – these are either drugs for immobilizing animals and mild anesthesia, which are suitable for simple and short operations, or Russian depending on the drug. It is a good analgesic, but it is impossible to use them due to strict legal restrictions. The problem also affected Altai veterinary clinics – only a few of which managed to make the necessary stock. If the lack of “anesthetics” threatens to stop the surgery – in the material “MK in Altai”.
It is not enough for even one horse
According to veterinarians, the supply of the drug zoletil from the French company Virbac and telazol from the American Zoetis to Russia stopped in March this year. When they will return to the retail market is unknown. The only alternatives in Russia, according to veterinarians, are classified as drugs. Their use requires a special license, which is very difficult to obtain. There are also household “anesthetics” that can immobilize the animal, but slightly stun it, so the animal may feel pain during the operation.
Veterinarian of the veterinary clinic Barnaul “Cat and Dog” Olga Bashkova confirmed the syntactic lack of “anesthetics”. According to her, the problem will affect large animals more. They really have nothing to replace the imported drug.
“The problem is really big. We have only eight bottles in stock. One company suggested that I sell only one bottle, but because I work with large animals, not even one horse is enough. To treat a hernia, which is a common disease in stallions, two bottles are needed. “We did not stock up so that the expiration date would not expire,” said the interlocutor.
Cats, dogs and other pets, according to the expert, will certainly not be deprived of surgery. Intravenous drugs are commercially available.
“You can replace something. Yes, multi-stage anesthesia will be more difficult, but no one will cut the profit. “Anesthesia protocols allow you to combine many drugs,” he assured.
The head of the shelter Barnaul “Laska” Sofya Kulikova He said they now have a supply of anesthesia drugs for a maximum of two months. Therefore, veterinarians will deal with the consequences of stopping the supply of medicines when they are exhausted.
“I suspect we will feel all this later, because we always buy for the future. “The most important components of the operation are anesthesia and suture material. We bought a large batch of them in Novosibirsk in early March,” he said.
Even syringes have risen in price.
However, veterinarians are by nature optimistic. They hope that pain relievers will not disappear completely, but at least they will enter our market, albeit at exorbitant prices. Rarity may be artificially driven by rising prices and the creation of an alternative black market.
According to Forbes, a spokesman for Rosselkhoznadzor confirmed that there were complaints about the lack of zoletil and telazol, but their supplies continue and no foreign manufacturer has notified the department to stop imports or leave Russia. Virbac announced on March 14 the suspension of deliveries to distributors in Russia, noting that some drugs could still be shipped. Zoite announced on March 16 that she would stop investing and advertising in Russia, but promised to continue supplying drugs and vaccines.
“Recently a batch of foreign drugs arrived. I bought one and a half times more expensive – if earlier a bottle cost two thousand, now three. So far we have 10-15 bottles. “Just before the end of the expiration date – May 2023, so there is no cause for concern for the next 13 months,” said a spokesman for one of the city’s veterinary clinics, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Veterinarians have said that imported antibiotics have disappeared from the market, there are problems with vaccines. However, for the last 5-10 years, the industry has become accustomed to this – either the vaccine will disappear due to registration problems, or sanctions will be imposed after the annexation of Crimea … In other words, they have begun to adapt to the problems.
Will the arrest of the “bums” stop?
Altai veterinarians say almost unanimously that almost everything has risen in price for pets, from vaccines to syringes.
“The other day I bought vaccines, a new batch increased in price by 20 percent, some by 50. Bravecto, which protects against ticks, has increased significantly. And now is their active season. Even cereals, not brought from the states and Europe, hit the pockets. “All my life they took Hercules for 30 rubles per kilo, already 35. The rice was bought for 53 and now it is already 72”, complained Sofia Kulikova.
Given the current situation, the rising prices, there are fears that along with pet businesses will stop the work of stray dog detention centers. By law, they must not only catch animals from the streets, but also vaccinate them as well as spay them – this also requires anesthesia.
Remember that in 2022, 8,100 rubles are available from the regional budget for the capture, neutering, treatment and maintenance of a dog for 45 days. However, according to the head of Laska, Sofya Kulikova, whose organization has been trapping and spaying stray dogs under a municipal contract for several years, such an amount will not be enough in the current reality.
“We have a one-year contract, no one will review the invoices, which were initially unprofitable. Will you call a veterinary clinic, at least someone will neuter your dog for 1129 rubles? There you will be assigned a price of five thousand. “If we do not cope and do not raise extra funds, we will just terminate the contract,” Kulikova said.