Tuesday, November 24, 2015

2370. An 11-year-old Miniature Schnauzer vomits 4X today

Today, the dog vomited 4X. First time food, then white froth. What's wrong?

2369. Play is the work of children - eco shrimps

Early childhood pioneer Maria Montessori said "Play is the work of children". \

Instead of commercial toys, nature resources such as plants, sand, water and eco-shrimps make children learning more meaningful and fun. Parents are still concerned about academic work like worksheets. There is a new shift to play in pre-school education as studies have shown that children become more innovative and creative when left to experiment and play instead of being a vessel for filling up academic knowledge. 

Eco shrimps appear to be most popular with some Singapore teachers in 2015. They are cheap and easy to maintain.


2368. How to treat very smelly ears - Labradoodle puppy

This 5-month-old labradoodle has hairy and infected ear canals. Ear hair plucking and cleaning of the ears must be done weekly by the owner or groomer. However, the puppy objected to ear cleaning and hair plucking by the groomer. The inside of the ears become ulcerated and infected, leading to very smelly ears. The owner sought veterinary treatment at Toa Payoh Vets Singapore.

There are 3 methods of treatment depending on the professional judgment of vets consulted.
METHOD 1. MEDICATED EAR DROPS. One inexpensive method by many vets is to prescribe medicated ear drops and the owner applies the drops at home regularly. I find this method, in this case of very smelly hairy ears, ineffective.
METHOD 2. EAR IRRIGATION.  In Toa Payoh Vets, in such cases, the ear canals are irrigated to flush out the blood clots, bacteria and debri, after ear hair plucking.
This dog is sedated for this process. There is always the anaesthestic risk which deter many owners from accepting the second method. In healthy puppies and dogs, the risk is very low, but many owners do not want anaesthesia. So, the otitis externa get worse and become chronic.
METHOD 3.  EAR SURGERY. A lateral ear canal resection surgery which opens up the vertical ear canal by removing the side wall. After surgery, the ear is well ventilated and able to drain any water owing to bathing of the dog. This leads to no more head shaking and smelly ears and no need to go for the dreaded (by the dog) painful ear hair plucking every 2-3 months by the groomer. 

In this dog, the owner prefers METHOD 2. She maintains the ears and 7 months since the ear irrigation, as at Nov 25, 2015, I have not seen the dog again. 


2367. Unbelievable stories: Eco-shrimps bring luck in 4-digit draw

Nov 24, 2015

I visited the pet shop and saw bottles of 2 eco-shrimps/bottle selling at S$58.  There were eco-shrimps and bigger bottles with eco-shrimps and snails, all miniatures. The shrimps were less than a year old and measure around 7 mm long while the snails were around 7 mm across. They do not need water changes, feeding and sunlight as they feed on the algae. They can live up to around 8 years and are mature at 4 years of age. Entirely maintenance free except occasionally to top up water.

"In January, I was selling these shrimps like hot cakes," Agnes said to me. "Many buyers had become lucky to have won 4-digit draws.  So, if the buyer feels happy to buy the selected bottle of eco-shrimps, they can become rich by winning the 4-Ds draw."  For a $10.00 bet (big),  the winner must get any of the numbers in the draw from lst prize to starter. He will win $20,000. For a similar $10 bet (small), he must get the correct number from the top 3 prizes. His prize will be $30,000.

"Buying eco-shrimps will bring me wealth in 4-D sounds very much like sales talk," I said to Agnes, a pleasant fair lady. She laughed loudly.

"I won $20 for a $2 bet when the recent first batch arrived," she related her own luck. She had been selling eco-shrimps from the American suppliers from January to April when there was no stock for the next two months. Many teachers had purchased from her for educational purposes and that was why she sold them like hot cakes. She dared to take risk to introduce this new pet to Singapore and had been rewarded by the great demand. The other shopping malls were selling at a much higher price and few Singaporeans are aware of this new type of pet.

"What number did you pick to bet?" I asked.
"My van number. Some driver hit me from behind in June, along Braddell Road, turning into Raffles Institution. I was trembling and had whip lash. I still go for physiotherapy every week but I just do not feel well as before."

"Since you don't indulge in 4-D bets but now you had a personal experience (of being lucky to win the 4-D) on only one purchase, it must be true that eco-shrimps do bring good luck." In Singapore, you need good luck to win the 4-D. As Agnes does not indulge in 4-D bets, this win of 20X for her bet was considered very lucky. She was betting on  the combination and so the payout would be small, at $100 for a $10 bet. 

So, do eco-shrimps make you win 4-D?  Anecdotal evidence from Agnes and many of her buyers seem to support this supposition.

Agnes was traumatised and had not received counselling after this first vehicle accident. It can be very stressful to be banged from the back when driving. She found she had green fingers as she planted sunflower seeds which grew well in her pot and spoke to the plants. "This is plant therapy," she smiled happily. She showed me the images in her smart phone. Then she gave me some sunflower seeds to grow. I am glad she has mostly recovered from the accident as she had to run her pet shop with one aunty helper only. 

She told her Primary 3 student son to come to Toa Payoh Vets to work after 2 weeks of holidays.
"He is so young," I said. "Let him work in your shop more often than occasionally and he will be happier and more confident when he meets various customers."

Her educational philosophy is tell her 5 children not to aim for high marks in their studies. Just pass their examinations, not to get As. "This is what the government tells us," she said. "Do not stress the children and let them enjoy their childhood."

"So your children will not bother to study hard. After all, mummy said so. If the parents do that by telling the children that they only need to pass examinations and not excel," I said. "Will the local university accept students who have mediocre grades?"


2366. Royal Asia Veterinary Surgery Surgery Hours

Mon to Sat:  10 am - 1 pm
                        6 pm - 8 pm

Sun & Public Holidays:
                         9 am - 1 pm



Dr Sing Kong Yuen 
BMVS (Glasgow), MRCVS

Dr Thein Tun Aung
BVS (Yezin)

Dr Min Zaw Aung
BVS (Yezin)

Dr May Than Oo
BVSc (Yezin)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

2365. A funny management story

Friday Nov 20, 2015

A lunch at Paragon at 2 pm to catch up with an old friend who is a very busy business woman. She had invited her business adviser.

She related this story of her ex-general manager whom I had met some years ago. 

During a sea trip, he was sitting across her. She sat next to Mac, her administrative manager. This GM was in his 40s and had been selected.

"He stretched his foot across the table needling my foot and up to the trouser," she said that this man had presented his wife at the office after being appointed.

"This is unbelievable behaviour," I said. "He really did that?"
"Yes, yes,"
"Did he then put his hand under the table and touch your knees?" I asked in a serious tone. "Just as in the movies!"
"No, no, the table was quite wide."  My friend was laughing so loudy as she bent double inside the restaurant. I was glad that she was no longer stressed out by such situations. 

"This looked like office harrassment," I was surprised that a married man could misbehave and risk losing his job ."Did he think he was Valentino? Irresistible to all ladies. A god's gift to woman? What happened next?"

"Well, I moved my leg sideways," she said. "He continued with his action and put his leg up the trousers of Mac!"
"Didn't he know that he had inched onto hairy legs?" I asked.
She laughed again. A very unusual story.  This man had quarrelled with the others in the office too.  I can't believe this story was true but then it was.


A 9-year-old Miniature Schnauzer dislocated his right hip yesterday

Sunday Nov 22, 2015

The dog was leased as the painter was painting the apartment. The dog went under the bed and the painter pulled his leg out. He suffered a right hip dislocation (video).

The owner opted for the non-surgical solution. We have to wait 2 weeks to see whether the reduction is successful.