Saturday, February 18, 2017

3032. A 3-year-old heavily pregnant English Cocker Spaniel could not stand up for over 24 hours

Feb 8, 2017

The breeder said, "No hope for the dam. She collapsed over 24 hours since yesterday. So, I will wait till midnight to do a C-section."

It was 6.45 pm and I was driving to a dinner invitation as Lunar New Year has 15 days starting from Jan 27, 2017 which was the eve.

"No waiting," I ascertained the dam had copious amount of milk and was 58th day pregnant. No vets like to C-section a dead dam and by then the puppies may be dead too. The breeder might have other plans as later at the Surgery, I noted he had attempted glucose IV. He might want to wait and see and did not let me know. The other vet charges around $300 for a C-section and he would prefer the less expensive option. "Your c-section can permit me 3-4 dams to be C-section by the other vet," he used to let me know. Breeders, like large corporations can demand and do get lowest rates.

Some 10 years ago, I charged $300 per C-section at any time of day or holiday. I neglected my private patients and failed to build up Toa Payoh Vets. When another vet offered cheaper rates, I was out. This is a fact of business life.

I cancelled my dinner and I felt great joy in seeing 8 puppies and dam alive. The reason this breeder uses my service is that I had not given him any dead dam or puppies during C-section and so he has had confidence in me.

Use isoflurane gas only. Stabilise the dam with IV glucose and Hartmann's or even add calcium an hour or more before C-section for weaker dams.

4 days later, I visited the patient. She recovered her appetite after 2 days and is ravenous and active. Her 8 pups are nursed by 2 other dams. Her nipple sizes are large and so the older Spitz puppies would be nursed by her although they are old enough to be eating solid food. 

 The surrogate dams are younger and accept the pups.


The breeder's desired outcome was a living dam and all puppies alive and vigorous after C-section. He was most happy and satisfied. 


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3031. Sex hormone dermatosis?

Feb 18, 2017

"He bites the family members too," the couple said to me. This male, not neutered, 9-year-old Jack Russell X was treated by me some 6 months ago. Hair loss on both sides of the flanks (truncal alopecia, itchy armpits and paws and lots of scales.

"Not so much scales nowadays," the owners did not continue feeding the anti-allergic dry dog food. "We clip him bald and that is why the hairs do not grow back." The 2 images show the recent condition.

The armpits and paws were inflamed red. Hairs do not appear to grow on the body or were clipped bald. The owners did not come for a review one month later.

"You use some oil?" I asked.
"Yes, we use coconut oil."

I advised neutering. This dog is very aggressive and would bite anybody who stood near his lady owner, including her grandfather. Neutering could cool him down and might resolve the hairs loss problem if it was due to excessive testosterone levels.

The owners would think about it..

Friday, February 17, 2017

A 13-year-old female Schnauzer pees blood in the urine.

2 years ago, operated to remove large bladder stones. Owner did not believe in prevention using prescription diet. Now leaking bloody urine. Stabilised with IV dextrose saline + baytril 4 hours pre op. Operated at 2.30 pm Sat Feb 18, 2017 by Dr Daniel.  

A 13-year-old tortoise vomited blood

Feb 17, 2017

Vomited fresh streaks of blood from the mouth.
Had bought a liquid medicine from pet shop to "increase appetite" when this 13-year-old tortoise stopped
eating. Syringe medicine into mouth.  Vomited lots of fresh blood for last 2 days.

X-ray. No hook or sharp metallic objects inside throat.  Died after vomiting more blood streaks.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A 6-year-old male neutered pug passes blood in the urine this month, twice.

Nervous pug
Sedated for x-ray  xyla 0.3 ml ketamine 0.2 ml IM    effective, last 30 minutes
To review blood and urine test.

A 19-year-old red eared slider lays eggs every year for the last 10 years has smelly diarrhoea

New food
Milk bread causes irritation of gut --- diarrhea --- cloacal prolapse yesterday -- cloaca prolapse traumatic injury  -- profuse bleeding and blood clots.

Today, no prolapse but foul smelling stools

Baytril 0.2 ml IM (1.4 kg), Oxytocin 0.1 ml IM and trimeth PO for gastroenteritis.

Jan 14, 2017
Still has bleeding from cloaca but less. Active.
Eats salmon with medicine, otherwise hard to medicate. Eats vegetables but not pellets. 
No eggs passed.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

3026. A 6-year-old female Shiba Inu has 7 bladder stones

dysuria, haematuria, pollakiuria

stones sent to the US for chemical analysis