Friday, October 18, 2019

3303. A 2-year-old Syrian Hamster's gigantic neck tumour


Oct 18, 2019

12:10 AM (7 hours ago)

to judy

Hi I have a almost 2 years old Syrian Hamster about 136 gram male, having exactly the same issue in this article.

3 weeks ago, I notice a pea like lump on the neck and went to a Vet Clinic. They didn’t managed to extract pus but blood so asked me to monitor. Around 10 days ago I visited the vet again. The vet still couldn’t assess whether is is a lump or tumor. It has grown 5x in size. The vet only gave me antibiotics and painkillers, but now the lump today is more than 20x.

I feel this is tumor. Is it operable for my hamster age? He’s almost 2 years. He’s pretty active but lately not drinking from bottle though still eating lesser and his poo is smaller n dryer. His hair seems whiter and lesser.

Please advise if surgery can help.


REPLY FROM TOA PAYOH VETS  dated Oct 19, 2019

I am Dr Sing Kong Yuen. Thank you for your email. 
My reply is as follows:
1.  We need to examine the tumour to confirm whether it is operable or not. From your image, it appears to be operable as it is subcutaneous.
It may be a haemangioma (benign) or a haemangiosarcoma (malignant) with large blood vessels from the neck feeding its growth. Histology is the only way to confirm its cell composition.
2. Surgical removal is the only treatment. There are large blood vessels which need to be ligated, if possible.
3. The surgery is high risk as the tumour is gigantic now - the hamster is older. He  may not survive the anaestherric stress of surgery as he is now in poorer health (not eating, less poo).
4. There may be profuse bleeding after removal, leading to death.
5. If you consent to the risks  mentioned, please bring in your hamster for surgery today, Saturday Oct 19, 2019. 
Best wishes.


IMAGES OF PREVIOUS CASE STUDY as mentioned in the email

Neck tumour has been excised

Large neck tumour excised


Thursday, October 17, 2019

3302. The 10-year-old male, not neutered cat cannot pee urine normally.



Monday, October 14, 2019

3301. Writing. Create the suspense film that sells - producer, director, writer - Renee Harmon

Tue Oct 15, 2019  Esplanade

3 types of Suspense Films

SUSPENSE DRAMA  delves deeply into a character's pyschological makeup. The suspense drama's protagonsit, antagonist and the plot's Main Question are not as clearly defined as in any other SUSPENSE film, since it is PREMISE that ties the plot together.

PREMISE has little to do with either the featured character's motives, goals and action. It does not answer the Main Question, but it deals with the question the FILMMAKER WANTS TO ASK.

IMMORTAL BELOVED - lets the vewer discover Beethoven's twisted personality, as the executor of Bethoven's will searches for Beethoven's Immortal Beloved. PREMISE QUESTION: Was Beethoven, because of his genius, above moral obligations and restrictions.   MAIN QUESTION: Will the Executor of Beethoven's will find the Immortal Beloved.

WAR OF ROSES - subjects the viewer to the apex of materialism, as fighting each other for the possession of their home, both husband and wife die. PREMISE QUESTION: Are we caught up in materialism? MAIN QUESTION: Who will keep the house?


Saturday, October 12, 2019

3300. Oriental Garden Lizards - 3 days in Sep 2019

3299. Email query on red-eared slider's shell condition

Oct 10, 2019
Email to Toa Payoh Vets


How do deal with this issue?
Sent from my iPhone

Oct 12, 2019

Thank you for image. How long is the shell in this condition? Fungal infection is one cause. Others include chemicals, friction and traumatic injury. 
The vet needs to examine and check for fungus by microscopic exam or dermatophyte culture. .
Make an appointment 6254 3326 if possible.  

Thursday, October 10, 2019

3298. The 11-year-old male cat pees small amounts of urine. Why?

Oct 10, 2019

"I came back from overseas 2 days ago," the owner said. "My cat who used to scratch my face now is docile and has problem passing urine!"

Physical examination showed the cat has a very large distended bladder. The cat is hypothermic with rectal temp = 37.5C. Urinary catheterisation. Unable to pass urinary catheter past 1 cm of urethra. Massaged urethral area to loosen urethral plugs. Syringe in normal saline.
After some 5 minutes, the catheter was successfully passed into the bladder. Bloody urine sucked out. pH is alkaline. Syringed in normal saline to clear bladder of the sediments. Repeat this procedure on Day 2 and 3 of in-patient treatment. Antibiotics and pain-killers.

Cat ate a bit of A/D on Day 3 of inpatient.
IV drip given for the next 3 days.


Urine test

Blood test - Kidney failure


Original files

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

3297. Maltipoo has periodontal disease Stage 1 - gingivitis

P.D. Stage 1

Gingivitis - gums are inflamed and swollen
Some plaque covers the tooth

A Caucasian dog owner came today for the Maltipoo's annual wellness examination and vaccination.
I saw the premolar teeth  has gingivitis. Cooked foor was fed mainly. "He does not like his teeth brushed," the gentleman in his 50s said.

"Use the finger brush, at least 3 times per week," I advised.
Dental scaling (video) was done. The dog woke up early as minimal anaesthesia was used.

GINGIVITIS is Periodontal Disease Stage 1.
After dental scaling, the disease is reversible as there is no damage to the periodontal membrane. The tooth will be intact and normal. The treatment with anaesthesia costs $250 - 300.

Tel: Toa Payoh Vets    6254-3326 or 9668-6468, for appointment for the yearly dental and health check up of your dog.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

3296. Your skin produces Vit D when you are exposed to sunlight

Vitamin D is produced when your skin is exposed to sunshine

Thursday, October 3, 2019

3295. Dwarf and Syrian hamsters - life cycle

                Winter White                         Syrian hamsters

Maturity  3-4 mths              3.5 to 4 mths
Lifespan  2 to 2.5 yrs          2 to 3 yrs
Gestation 28-30 days          28-30days
Eyes open  12-14 days        14 days
Full fur coat  3 wks             3-3.5 wks
No. of litter   4 to 6              6-10

Diet     Mixed seeds             Mixed seeds
            Veg & fruits             Veg & fruits                                                                 
               when  older than 3mths old

            Meal worms             Dislike meal worms

Sand bath & toilet sand for both
No dust as it irritates eyes and ears (Dust is used for
Exercise wheel