Monday, July 30, 2018

3217. Book publishing "feel-good" stories

July 31, 2018

1. ST Facebook group features feel-good stories.

Celebrates kind acts, uplifting news.
Share good news, acts of kindness, sweet dessert or sweet deal, new park you like, an old building you miss. Closed group. Member must elaborate on what they hope to experience as a member and keep interactions civil (no personal attacks, spamming, vulgar language, sexual, anti-copyright contents).

2. Entrepreneur's magazine "Inspiring Stories" of business people at back page.

3. The Art Culture Group promotes love of art sessions.

1. Investors - Board of Directors - Office rentals and salary, share holders
2. CEO - Administrator - Chief Editor, Budget, business plans
3. Marketing - Clients who wants to self-publish (vanity publishing), best-sellers, book fairs
4. Development - Ghost-writers - e-books on Kindle, Amazon, printed copies on Createspace

1. Autobiography - inspiring stories of founding businesses or professions, legacy for children of struggles to make a living.

2. Be Kind books - Be kind to pets, Be kind to strays

Sunday, July 29, 2018

3216. A 4-year-old rabbit has a recurring jaw abscess

Video - Edit footage
           - Narration of vet and client preferred to voice-over

BKTP - image from archives, not your own. Narrate.

 - A 4-year-old rabbit stopped eating. He has two large left lower jaw swellings. What to do?


Setting - Singapore is a city state with a population of around 6 million people. Over 80% of the residents live in high-rises. (Video, see youtube).

Rabbits are popular pets. Jaw abscess is one common problem. Causes may be due to malocclusion,  improper feeding or insufficient hay    (do research yourself).

MIDDLE - Diagnosis and treatment. Subtitles.
CONCLUSION - Outcome of this case. Subtitles.

                           - Other dental cases in rabbits


1. Financial costs involving anaesthesia and surgery are high.

Owner opts for lancing and drainage. Sometimes the decayed cheek teeth can be extracted during drainage as in one case.

2. Supporting evidence is required for a proper treatment. X-rays are needed.
3. Special dental equipment for rabbits are needed, esp. to open the mouth for tooth extraction (Take an image of dental equipment). Endotracheal tube size 2.5 to 3.0 (show image) is sometimes needed other than gas mask for tooth extraction.

4. Dental extraction of infected tooth is usually effective. In this case, Vet 1 had removed all right cheek teeth, causing the owner over $1,000 in cost.

5.  Many pet owners are knowlegeable and travelled to many countries. They use the internet to research their rabbit diseases or get travel information. Therefore the vet must be up-to-date on the diagnosis and treatment of rabbit diseaes.





X rays
Jun (one abscess incised and drained
Jul 2018 (two abscesses now. extract one cheek tooth).


Comparison before surgery. This is the normal cheek teeth position of a rabbit. 6 upper and 5 lower cheek teeth per jaw properly aligned.

Two abscesses. Lower cheek teeth No. 2's root has decayed and will be extracted.
Two encapsulated abscesses will be taken out.
 Surrounding left lower jaw bone has infection (oseteomyelitis)

Narrate the text on the slides


Other dental cases at Toa Payoh Vets

1.  April 2011. Facial abscess

2. March 2009. Cheek abscess in a rabbit

3. April 2004. Gangrenous jaw abscess in a rabbit mistaken for a tumour


SUPPORTING INFORMATION FOR INTERNS - Use relevant video, data and images

Some months ago, Vet 1 removed all teeth on the right jaw bones. A swelling was present on Jun 28, 2018. It was lanced and drained. All was OK for 3 weeks. Then, the swelling recurred and another X-ray was taken. 

Jul 31, 2018  X-rays taken.


The rabbit ate small pieces of apples and passed less than 10 faecal pellets and was syringe fed Critical Care from Jul 30 to Aug 1, 2018. Oral baytril and meloxicam were given for the past 2 days.

It was too risky to her health to put her under anaesthesia for tooth extraction. This was explained to the owner. However, the owner came and wanted her back to feed the rabbit herself. The rabbit was discharged on Aug 1 at 6 pm. 


A normal rabbit's X-ray. Upper jaw has 6 cheek teeth. Lower jaw has 5 cheek teeth.
                                        Upper jaw has 4 incisors. Lower jaw has 2 incisors.
                                        The front of the first row of the upper incisors is slightly infront of the lower incisor as seen in the X-ray. So there is no malocclusion.


Jaw abscess

Molar spur


Thursday, July 26, 2018

3215. A cat's face twitches

Jul 26, 2018

A 14-year-old male neutered cat twitches his face and body for the past 2 months. Why?
Blood test, urine test and X-rays are cheapest options to get supporting evidence.

Blood test showed low platelet count, high blood urea and liver enzymes. Urine test showed white blood cells inside the urine, amorphous crystals, blood and alkaline pH 8.0.

The cat is treated for urinary tract infection. The low platelet count could be due to toxicity of the bathroom floor as the cat will lap water taking a long time, inside the bathroom.

Aug 1, 2018 7 pm.  Follow up
Eats OK. Tuna plus kibble k/d diet. No complaint.
Hard to feed antibiotic tablets but giving half the Clavulox tablet
Weak hind legs. Cannot climb into 3.5" high pee tray and therefore pee outside.
Jul 31, 2018. owner noticed cat walked in circles. Had this behaviour some time ago too.
"Why?". Likely to be a vestibular disease of the ear.

Hind leg jerking not obvious
Seizures or twitches not seen

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

3214. Kindle Stories. Unbelievable Story: A Goffin's Cockatoo landed on my shoulder


26 Jul 2018 Be Kind To Pets Veterinary Educational Video by Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), Toa Payoh Vets, Singapore 

The female Goffin's cockatoo flew away from the tree branch (X) to across and above the road after more than 30 minutes of attempts by Abigail (Y) to get her pet down the tree. I was standing at Z as there was another man whose escaped bird never returned, was helping Abigail to get Mango down. The man left. Abigail was more distressed. I was of no help. I decided to ask for divine help --- a silent prayer for divine intervention. Divine Intervention? Does it exist in real life, I wondered? 

I had asked for divine help as Mango zoomed up and across the road. Abigail dashed towards the railing, shouting “Mango, come back!”. Suddenly, Mango aborted her flight, flapped own her wings and swerved back towards me. Why not to Abigail? No time to wonder. I turned my back to this bird, standing straight, not wanting to see her as she might abort her flight. Sharp claws dug into the fabric of my green polo shirt at the right shoulder area. joyed, ran and cupped Mango to go home. Now, 4 years later, I consider this stranger bird landing on my right shoulder a blessed occurrence. Was there divine intervention? I would say yes - there had been divine intervention in this bird story.




The female Goffin's Cockatoo flew away from the tree branch (X) to across and above the road after 30 minutes of attempts by the owner, Abigail Brocklebank  (Y) to get her down the tree. Abigail called her loudly to return. I was standing further to her right at a spot (Z) as there was another man helping Abigail to get the bird down from the tree. 

He had climbed up the tree a bit but was unable to grab the bird with his hand. Instead, Mango hopped  higher up the tree. Abigail went to her shop nearbv and took back a ladder and a perching stick meant for birds.

"Mango, come down," she pleaded many times. The other man had left. She told me, "His bird had escaped and flew away. He never found him. "Mango, mango, mango..." she inserted the perching stick towards the bird who was out of reach, ignoring her. 

Abigail was a strong woman in her mid 30s. She had big clear brown eyes and was so trim that she had borne five healthy kids.   

I had been to her shop that morning, but I could not help her. She was getting distress as the minutes ticked by. 30 minutes of impasse. What should I do. Well, I asked for divine help in my thoughts.

Divine intervention - does this phenomenon exist in real life? 

I had asked for divine help for Abigal in my thoughts. How would this happen? Would the bird return home to Abigail? Suddenly, Mango swerved mid-way across the road, did an about-turn to fly back towards us. 

I turned my back to this bird, standing straight, not wanting to see her as she might abort her flight towards us. 

Sharp claws gripped the fabric of my green polo shirt. I did not freak out although this was the first bird to land on my shoulder.  The bird landed onto me although we did not know each other. The overjoyed Abigail ran to me and took her home.

The incident occurred around 4 years ago when Annie bathe the bird outside her shophouse.. As at 18 Jan 2022, the bird is thriving. 

Was there divine intervention? It was a blessed event for me when the stranger bird landed on my shoulders.

Was the alternative a scientific explanation? This species is known to be intelligent. So, could this bird prefer to be safe with Abigail where there is love and food than be free and hungry in the concrete jungle?

Such questions depend on your beliefs whether spiritual or scientific.



Jul 26, 2018 (Thursday)

A happy ending. 

Mango, a white 10-month-old female cockatoo flew off and up a tree while sunbathing. The owner was distressed as the ladder was too low. A man helped by climbing up one branch bifurcation with a wooden bird's perch taped to a pole. The owner pleaded to Mango to climb down to the perch. Mango walked down the 1-storey high branch step by step. But the perch was not near to step upon.

I recalled another case where the owner prayed to his 3 Buddhas for help as his blue-fronted Amazon parrot had flown to a distant tree while being bathed at the HDB corridor the day before. The night passed.The bird was still there the next morning, perched 8 storeys high up. Just after prayers, the bird flew to the ground. He dashed downstairs and got him. This case is written in

"Is it ok to ask for divine help?" I pondered.

Suddenly, Mango flew off the tree, towards and across the road . The owner called his name. 1/3 across the road, above the rushing cars, she swerved and turned back suddenly. We made eye contact for a second or two. She flapped open his wings and headed towards me. I turned my back, facing away from her as I sensed she was flying towards me. By not doing eye contact, she would not be frightened off, I reasoned. 

She perched on top of my right shoulder, as if my green polo shirt were a green tree. Her owner, wearing a black dress, quickly rushed over, cupped him and went to her shop to rest.

Her mother, from a frugal baby-boomer generation and who helped her in the pet shop showed me a motion with her right forefinger, circling beside her right ear in a clock-wise direction. "Abigail is mad," she told me. "Sunbathing the cockatoo. She keeps another large black bird as well as many small ones!"  

Abigail's cockatiels and a budgie 

Abigail had previously clipped the flight feathers but these have grown again. She did not want to do it as she thought the bird was tame and obedient.

I was present at the right place at the right time. I was a stranger to the Goffin's Cockatoo. Yet she landed onto my shoulder as if she was directed towards me instead of the owner who loved him very much and spent much time with him. Nowadays, Mango's flight feathers have been clipped to prevent him flying high and away. She was chained in his foot earlier, after her escape.


Mango, the Goffin's Cockatoo is transported in a carrier

The tree with a bifurcation. The ladder was too low. X=location of Mango

Unbelievable Story. How to get the blue-fronted Amazon home?