By Linda Hall • 01 June 2023 • 8:11
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VISITING a Costas vet is unlikely to be hindered by non-communication.
Practically all of them understand and can make themselves understood in English because foreign residents make up a large part of their clientele.
Even so, you will share a waiting room with Spanish clients with a wailing cat carrier on their knee or an unhappy dog shuddering at their feet.
A cat (gato) was formerly tolerated as a mouser while a dog earned its keep as a hunter (perro de caza) or a herder (perro pastor). Anything else was dismissed un perro faldero or a lapdog, scornfully used in both languages for a subservient person who idolises, or is controlled by, somebody else.
Instead, cats and dogs have now earned the affectionate label of animales de compañía or the twee-sounding mascota which sounds less twee to a Spanish-speaker.
Meanwhile, back at the vet’s….. la consulta del veterinario/de la veterinarian:
He/she is off-colour…..no está bien
He/she is off his/her food…..no come bien
I think he/she has a temperature…..creo que tiene fiebre
I’ve noticed that he/she has weepy eyes…..veo que tiene los ojos llorones
He/she has a runny nose…..está moqueando
He/she is scratching his/her ears…..se rasca mucho las orejas
Depending on your speech patterns:
I want to sterilise/spay/neuter/doctor my dog/cat…..quiero esterilizar/castrar mi perro/mi gato
I would like to microchip my dog/cat…..quiero poner un microchip a mi perro/mi gato
I want to vaccinate my dog/cat…..quiero vacunar a mi perro/gato
I want to get rid of fleas /ticks …..quiero un producto para eliminar piojos/garrapatas
There will be things you might not want to hear:
He/she has distemper/mange/fleas/worms…..tiene moquillo/sarna/
piojos/lombrices or parásitos internos/
We need to operate…..hay que operar
And something you might have to accept:
We need to put your dog/cat to sleep…..hay que sacrificar, dormir, practicar la eutanasia a tu perro/gato
Having ended on an unhappy note, bear in mind that miseria in Spanish means poverty, not misery, although both conditions are pretty miserable, whichever way you look at them.
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