Sunday, December 30, 2018

3388. INTERN. OVOCENTESIS. A red-eared slider cannot lay more eggs. What to do?

Dec 30, 2018

Settings:  Singapore's Sengkang West. Suburban. New estate

X-rays showed 4 eggs. Ruby, the 2.5-year-old red-eared slider had laid 2 well-formed eggs of around 5 cm long and then a broken-shelled egg later. Stopped eating 

So the owner brought to Toa Payoh Vets

Today, 11.30am  Dec 30, 2018, 2.5 kg


Oxytocin  15 IU (1.5ml) given.   I gave 0.5 ml IM, 1.0 ml SC.  
Calcium gluconate   32.6 Calcium gluconate/ml. I gave 0.2 ml IM




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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

3387. Christmas Day. Exercise 9.15 am. 2 Mynahs dropped in

Christmas Day. Presence of birds are said to be auspicious.

No perching birds on the tree opposite my exercise machine. However two mynahs dropped by to my rigt, walking on the grass for a short time. I had my zoom lens and got the photos

Zoom lens is important to capture the photo of the Mynah.

No bird perching on the branches in 99% of my 
morning exercises. A zoom lens is essential to
capture the distant images. 

The abdominal trainer machine (left) is where I exercised first.
It is 11 strides away from the tree, about 33 feet away. 

On Christmas eve, a brown pigeon appeared on the bifurcation of the tree 
opposite and to the left for less than one minute. I was unable to
focus on it as I did not have the zoom lens

3386. Christmas Eve. 2 small birds and a butterfly seen during 9 am exercise

Dec 24, 2018

"No more sightings of birds perching on the branches of the tree opposite and to my left of the public  exercise machine," I had given up hope since my first sighting many months ago.  So I did not change my Canon 18 - 135 mm lens which cannot focus on birds far up the tree. See image of tree, but my exercise machine is not visible. It is around 11 strides to the tree.


A small bird with white underbody flew from the tree overhead past me. That was surprising. Soon a small brown pigeon perched on the upper fork of this tree. I grabbed my camera to take a photo but the focus was blurred. All 3 images were blurred and so I deleted them.

A zoom lens 55 - 250 mm would have been great but I had stopped replacing the 18 - 135 mm lens during morning exercise as no birds appeared for the past weeks.

Illustrations of the previous sighting of the orange-breasted pigeons perching on the same tree for me.


3385. INTERN. 13-year-old dog had 7 loose teeth extracted on Christmas Eve, remaining teeth were snow white

Dec 24, 2018

Christmas Eve. The owner came in early at 10am.

The last time I saw this dog owner was some 9 years ago when I spayed her poodle. "Do you remember the operation? It was done on the last day of 2009. I adopted her as she was having bloody discharge and my friend with 3 other male poodles did not want her.

"I am sorry I cannot remember the operation."

"I still have the image of your receipt!" the insurance agent asked if I wanted to have a copy.

"I am OK as today you are requesting dental work, not to spay her. Your poodle is thin, below the ideal weight, but her gums look pink and normal. Some old dogs are anaemic. You have either not fed her sufficient amounts or she is having poor appetite due to tooth ache!"

"I controlled her weight by restricting the amount," the slim woman in her 40s said.

The dog had 7 teeth extracted. Some of the other teeth had exposed roots but all were gleamingly white as you can see in the blog.

I was glad to meet an old client again.  Her business  card had her photo of her not wearing spectacles. "I have a photo printed in my name card so that my clients will remember me," she explained when I asked her.

"Your photo shows you not wearing glasses, but you do" I commented. "Are you sure your client can recognise you? 

We had a good laugh as she told me I still looked the same as 9 years ago. It cannot be as a person ages with time!  

Updates and images at:
this webpage

Monday, December 24, 2018

3384. INTERN. A Golden Retriever stops eating and passes brownish pus - open pyometra

Spayed on Dec 23, 2018 as she is still passing pus (licking and swollen vulval area)

3383. Oro-nasal fistula, carnassial tooth abscess in the dog or malar abscess in the cat

Malar abscess

Carnassial tooth abscess
Oro-nasal fistula


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3382. Epulis in dogs