Tuesday, January 17, 2017

3005. Ruptured globe in a 3-year-old pug removed

The young 3-year-old pug wanted to play. She sniffed the backside of the older female dog and got a paw swipe injuring severely the left eye. Eyeball removal by Dr Daniel was done at Toa Payoh Vets.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

3002. A 3-year-old female pug is feeling more itchy and has frequent urination

Jan 7, 2017

X-ray   No urinary stones. Urine turbid. pH 8. Bacteria 2+
Allergy test.  Includes grass allergy. So home-cooked pork, carrot and rice.  Allergic itch lessened recently but now increased frequency of scratching and passing urine frequently. Owner diagnosed recurrent UTI after several months of no urination problem. What to do?

Saturday, December 24, 2016

3001. A 4-month-old dwarf hamster has a "tumour".

Dec 24, 2016

Christmas Eve. Another year has passed.
The young lady's boyfriend had sent her a link to Toa Payoh Vets' hamster tumour page and she consulted me.

"Likely an abscess than a tumour," I palpated a painful lump near and below the right ear. "This is a very young dwarf hamster. Unlikely to develop tumour."

Anaesthesia by gas. Incise, drain and sent home after one hour's wait.

3001. A blessed family.

Is there such a thing as a blessed family?

The two 85-year-old mothers who are in-laws have no dementia at this age. They converse with me as normal as any younger person. I have seen them for over the past 10 years. The children living in this house are in good health too. So, there is such a thing as a blessed family as we celebrate Christmas eve.


3000. A 20-year-old red-eared slider has lost appetite for over 2 weeks. Why?

Dec 24, 2016

A male and a female red-eared slider of 20 years of age are  housed together. The female has a voracious appetite and is bigger. They love meat like chicken and prawns and ignore vegetables and pellets. So they have been carnivorous for some years.

For over 2 weeks, the male eats much less and now does not eat. He used to bask on top of the female. He closed his right eye. Its eyelids have been swollen and reddish when I first saw him on Dec 23, 2016. The following images show much less swelling  has reduced some 50% after treatment but the terrapin is not active.

He was warded from Dec 23 to 26 for observation. When put to swim today (Day 2), he could float upright but does not move much. Nor did he poop.  His right eyelids are less swollen and red by 50%
after treatment with anti-inflam and antibiotic injection.

Eye pain can cause loss of appetite in the red-eared slider. The female had probably swiped him when he climbed on top of her to bask. He could have injured his own eye and kept rubbing it to relieve his itch.

Isolation from the female. Basking in sunlight for 2 hours daily. Clean water.  Introduce vegetables and fruits.