Sunday, October 22, 2017

3163. Travel Stories. Fashion berets in Fukuoka, Japan on Sunday Oct 22, 2017

Sunday. Oct 22, 2017
Nishitetsu Grand Hotel, Room 1388

Drizzling. Fukuoka in Japan is a city with around 1.5 million people.
Downtown is vibrant today. Fashion berets seem to be worn by a few ladies, around 1 in 500 on this drizzling Sunday October 22, 2017.
The real woollen fashion berets will be rare as it is expensive. 


Branded fashion berets in a large Mitsuikosi departmental store

In Iwata departmental store

Not fashion berets


Saturday, October 21, 2017

3162. A 2-year-old dwarf hamster has a large ear tumour.

Oct 21, 2017

"How long is the hamster's life span?" the father of the 12-year-old daughter had brought the hamster to consult me today.

"Around 2 and a half to 3 years," I replied. "Usually said to be 2.5 years."
"This hamster is 2 years old," he said. "Around 6 months of life. Should she be operated to get the ear tumour removed?"

"6 months of life is equivalent to around 120 months in human age," I explained. "Besides, the hamster is already scratching his large ear tumour. It will become infected and painful. The hamster will stop eating later."

The father permitted the surgery as this is his daughter's pet.
"When the ear tumour is smaller, surgery is easier. Now part of the ear may need to be cut off together with the hamster!"

Pre-op video

  The ear tumour was excised today by Dr Daniel. This ear tumour surgery is a common surgery at Toa Payoh Vets.

3161. Unbelievable stories: A Samoyed barked at "deities"

Oct 20, 2017

"How is your Samoyed?" I asked the coffeeshop assistant who speaks in Cantonese, "Has she reduced weight?"

"No, no," she lamented as she carried the food dishes from the stall to the customer coming for breakfast. She was the typical aunty in her early 50s, matronly and with boyish cut in her hairstyle.
. "Dogs given the Hills' RD diet as according to the amount lose weight within 3 months," I was surprised to know that her dog was still plumpish. "Did you take your dog for walks?"

"I do everyday," she said loudly. "My dog would walk around a small area downstairs and would want to come back to the apartment. "She would not venture further."

"On the lst and 15th of the month (in Chinese calendar), my dog would bark loudly as if she sees spirits outside the area she would walk! This happens all the time! I have to quickly take her back to the apartment!"

Many believers make food offerings and pray on the lst and 15th of the month. That is part of the Chinese religion. But this dog barks on these two days.

"I have to bring her back home as her barking is so loud and would disturb the ground-floor neighbours. "In any case, she may be brave but I worry about that the deities my dog sees and so quickly take her home!"

A dog can see spirits? This is an unbelievable tale but the aunty does not joke and had been with her grandmother to visit temples since she was a little girl. So, she knows all about Chinese deities.

"Is there a deity with a dog?" I asked.
"Yes, he has 3 eyes and his dog saves people!"  I cannot remember the Cantonese name of this deity. There are many.  

3160. A 12-year-old Miniature Schnauzer has a large gum swelling - gum tumour or carnaissal tooth abscess?

Oct 21, 2017

The dog came in for vaccination. Physical examination showed a large gum tumour or abscess. The dog is still eating. The owner said that this dog had taken 7 days to recover from anaesthesia during a past dental scaling 2 months ago.  "My friend scolded me for permitting such an old dog to undergo anaesthesia," she said. "He took a week to recover from incoordination!"

So she did not want any more anaesthesia to do dental scaling. "The dog is eating well and looks good. I wish to try antibiotics first," she requested.."I will come 2 months later if the gum swelling is still there."

A trim and active dog. So, antibiotics are given. Will wait for 2 months.


Friday, October 20, 2017

3159. Royal Asia Veterinary Surgery, Yangon, Myanmar

Oct 21, 2017 update

Dr Sing Kong Yuen is the veterinary consultant for Royal Asia Veterinary Surgery, Yangon. Many cases such as rabies, parvovirus and distemper which can be prevented by vaccination can be seen in Myanmar in 2017. These are rarely seen in Toa Payoh Vets or Singapore's veterinary practices.

It is a thriving practice under Dr Thein Tun Aung who had worked in veterinary practices in Singapore for over 15 years and is able to communicate well in English.

The address is:
Royal Asia Veterinary Surgery
296A Than Thu Mar Road
South Okkalapa township
Yangon, Myanmar
Tel: 01-85007115
Emergency Tel: 09-4210-66887

The website is no longer available.

Some videos during Dr Sing's visits are:
Perineal urethrostomy surgery in the cat
About Dr Thein Tun Aung

SEARCH "YOU TUBE" for "Royal Asia Veterinary Surgery" to see more videos about the surgery.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

3158. A 10-year-old Shih Tzu had eye problem for 4 days.

"She is very thin and sick," I examined the lethargic and recumbent Shih Tzu with the swollen prolapsed eyeball with corneal ulcerations and descemeotocoele. "I need to do a blood test to check the health."

The daughter had surfed the net and asked to see me.  
"Vet 1 had done the blood test  2 days ago and said the report showed kidney failure,"  the mother had consulted Vet 1 who prescribed eye drops, antibiotics and stesolid enema. 
"Vet 1 advised an MRI scan and CT scan," the mother said. "I cannot afford it."
"Why would Vet 1 want an MRI scan for eye problem?"
"I complained about the dog being giddy."

Liver ALT 225 (less than 59), AST 398 (less than 81) -- suggestive of liver disorder.
Kidney urea 40.4 (4.2-6.3)
             creatinine 189 (89-177).

Haemoglobin 7.2   (12-18)
Red cell count 3.4   (5.5 - 8.5)
Total white cell count 27(6-17)
Haematocrite (PCV) 0.20   (0.37-0.55)
Platelets 46  (200-500). Platelet clumping noted.

Later in the afternoon, the dog passed away while beingiven IV drip.

3157. 2-year-old Corgi had 2 mummified foetus and one small live pup

Oct 19, 2017

"Corgis are hard to breed," the breeder said. "Hence the pups are expensive, over $10,000".

Record: Mated on Aug 17, 2017. One mating only if there is a tie, the breeder said.  So, this would be 62nd day of gestation. Black vaginal discharge seen today. The breeder went to Vet 1 to scan as the dam was overdue 2 days.

He used stethoscope. "Only one pup had heart beat. Do Caesarean section fast!"

The breeder thought the dam was short of 2 days but she was overdue by 2 days. Vet 1 had never performed Caesarean before. 2 vets were on leave. 1 had resigned. So the breeder came to Toa Payoh Vets as he did not want sn inexperienced vet to do the surgery. The fees are much lower at Vet 1.

"What happened to the 6 big healthy Dachshund puppies I did Caesarean section some weeks earlier?" I asked.
"3 died," he said sadly.
2 were bitten by the dam at 2 days of age. 1 died by itself."