New Delhi – Acupuncture, blood filtration, kidney cleanses.No treatment is too much for the furry friends of Delhi’s well-heeled residents, who splash out at five-star veterinary clinics to keep their pets healthy.

Teams of nurses and even foreign vets offering state-of-the-art healthcare to pets is a relatively new phenomenon in India, where millions live on less than $2 a day and even life-saving surgery is often beyond reach.

But in the posher suburbs of the capital wealthy Delhiites bring in their pets for high-tech treatments found at few Indian hospitals let alone ordinary vet clinics.

“My baby had been vomiting and refusing food. I really got worried,” said Sunil Kumar, a tech executive who brought his dog Kuku for extensive blood work at Delhi’s RenalVet clinic.

“The government-run clinics are free but they are really pathetic.” RenalVet claims to be the first pet clinic to offer procedures including acupuncture and haemodialysis — a blood cleansing procedure — in South Asia.

Indian vets examine dog Muffin at the Renalvet clinic for animals, which offers high-tech treatments for the pets of Delhi's well heeled. © AFP SAJJAD HUSSAIN

Indian vets examine dog Muffin at the Renalvet clinic for animals, which offers high-tech treatments for the pets of Delhi’s well heeled. – © AFP SAJJAD HUSSAIN