Tuesday, June 25, 2013

1480. De-ticking a dog at Toa Payoh Vets

De-ticking several thousands of ticks in a dog at Toa Payoh Vets takes a long time as it involves:
1. Clipping of the coat
2. Bathing the dog with an anti-tick bath
3. After the coat is dry, each tick is manually pulled out and this process takes over 2 hours or more in this Border Collie with several thousands of ticks embedded in his body.

Sedation was needed in this gentle Border Collie as we could not clip his face which was painful and flooded with ticks.

Total cost could range from $150 - $250 depending on severity of tick infestations.

It is best to advise that the dog should be checked for tick fever and other infections and that the home environment including towels, beds and rooms be rid of ticks. 

Dengue fever has caused 3 deaths in Singapore recently. The hazy days are due to the burning of forests in Riau, Sumatra. Yesterday, Jun 25, 2013, there were hailstones - a freak occurrence in the tropics. However, today Wednesday, 10 am, the skies are grey and hazy again. Yet very few Singaporeans bother to wear the N95 face masks recently since there was blue skies on last Saturday and Sunday.   

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