Sheltie, F, Born Sep 28, 2006
Feb 18, 2014. Owner came to buy a small 2 kg bag of canine C/D. His last purchase of a small bag was in Nov 29, 2013. I met him and he explained that he purchases C/D from the associate vet in Jurong whose practice is near his office and only when there is no stock, he would come to Toa Payoh Vets.
So far the dog is OK but no urine tests have been done.
"It is difficult to collect the urine from a female dog," he said today when I advised urine test.
Some owners can do it but it needs patience. The vet could collect using urethal catheterization but most owners are not keen.
"Use a syringe to suck up the urine after she pees," I said since this was a compromise. "Will it be suitable for testing?"
"It is cheaper to buy the C/D diet," the man in his late 50s told me. "The operation done by your vet in Jurong costs me $2,000. A big stone of over 2 cm plus several small ones were removed and also seen in the X-ray." I got the clinic to send over to me the stone analysis and tests. The stones were struvites. The dog could not pee and so the owner wanted an urgent operation in April 5, 2013.
On review of the medical records, the dog had "smelly urine" in Aug 3, 2008. The owner had some antibiotics and did not have any complaints till April 2013 when the dog could not pee. It is hard to get owners to do the urine tests which will be best practice to check for urinary tract infection and pH.
They prefer just to buy the prescription diet and that's it.