Thursday, October 31, 2019

3321. Drooling in old stray cats in Singapore



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3319. Intern Images***** Singapore buildings - malls, apartments and condos - Toa Payoh Vets


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Ang Mo Kio members of parliament

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Gem Residences - Condo in Toa Payoh

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

3318. The contractor's female spayed cat has a sniffling sound.

Thur Oct 31, 2019

The cat has a sniffling sound from the nose for some weeks. Good appetite and thirsty. No fever.
Gums may be slightly pale and tongue had ulcerations on the dorsal surface. Viral infection?

Physical examination of the chest, lungs and heart was normal.  No abdominal pain or swelling of organs.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

3317. Battle of two Oriental Garden Lizards on one tree - 'Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me'

Tue Oct 29, 2019

Both Oriental Garden Lizards sharing the same tree is a very rare occurrence for me. The bigger one was on the tree branches. The smaller one on the lower trunk. Today was my 2nd sighting in over 300 days of Oriental Garden Lizard encounters during my 2-km walking exercise.

During my first sighting, I returned to the tree one hour later. Only the smaller lizard was still on the tree trunk. Hence I presumed that the bigger one had jumped off as he was a coward despite his overwhelming size.

Can these two lizards receive telepathy from me?  This episode appeared to prove they can.

The bigger lizard read my thoughts: "You are a big coward. You are 5 times larger. Yet  you disappeared from the tree branches the last time I saw you. The smaller one down the tree trunk was still around. He has great courage!"  

The bigger lizard bobbed his head up and down as if doing "push ups". He puffed up his orange throat and pouches. He eyed the smaller one as he climbed down the branch to the trunk. The smaller one was not intimidated and stood his ground.

The frontal assault was sudden as I was leaving them alone after my pre-fight video. So I could only take images when I witnessed the assault as there was no time to video. In any case, my video footage would be jerky and not meant for the fast-moving battle of the two lizards.

The big lizard pounced on top of the smaller one, mouthed his abdomen, turned him head downwards. The big lizard anchored his long tail round the trunk while he threw his opponent on the trunk in a position to clamp his jaws on the victim's neck. He strangulated him. Death would show that I was presumptuous.  Both fell off the tree. The smaller lizard was motionless on the earth. I hurried forward.

The victor glared at me - his head swollen 5 times and his eyes blasting at me, ready to flee as I looked gigantic to him.

He scampered off. The smaller one was motionless. Was he dead?
I waited and waited. The smaller one slowly lifted his head. He was alive! My joy in seeing the foolhardy lizard was indescribable.

This "National Geographic" moment of the battle of two Oriental Garden Lizards reinforces my philosophy in life - stay away from confrontation although I may have my rights.

In real life, this means not responding to an aggressor who threatens me physically to a fight, by staring or by verbal bullying such as calling me "a man with no brains, a scrounger."

Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.

Friday, October 25, 2019

3315. A 15-year-old Shih Tzu keeps getting blocked bladder for the past 2 months.

Sep 2017.


In Sep 2017, the owner consulted Vet 1.
Dysuria and dripping urine. Bladder moderately enlarged. No pain.
Operated by Vet 1.
One large stone had both struvite and ammonium urate compostion. Multiple small bladder stones have 100% ammonium urate.

On Hill's U/D diet for some time. Fed commercial canned food later.


July to Oct 2019.
Urine test - amorphous phosphate +
Owner does not want surgery to remove stone as the dog is very old
Urinary catherisation. Goes home a few days. Bladder blocked. Came back. Repeat urinary catherisation.

Urethral stone blocking the flow of urine. The dog has to come every few days
to get the stone pushed by into the bladder so that he can pee. Finally,
the owner consented to urethrostomy (an opening behind the os penis). Now he can pee normally.

Video in Oct 25, 2019


The owner was worried about the dog dying under general anaesthesia during surgery to remove the stone. As she had to come every few days to "unblock" the bladder via urinary catheterization, she finally consented to a urethrostomy (opening behind the os penile bone) to let the small stone flow out of the urethra. As at Nov 23, 2019, the dog can pee normally.




Wednesday, October 23, 2019

3314. A Syrian hamster dragged her right hind foot and has a smelly back area. Why?

Oct 24, 2019

Syrian hamster lethargic, weak, not eating, dragging right hind limb.
wet and dirty damp area around the anus, unpleasant smell and pale soft droppings.
Wet tail diarrhoea was diagnosed initially although there was a likelihood of right hind leg sprain/fracture. As the wet tail diarrhoea can cause death due to dehydration, the hamster was given medication and fluid therapy first.

The owner returned as she did her internet research and viewed a YouTube rabbit leg fracture dislocation in Toa Payoh Vets. This video confirms the presence of fracture or knee location in this Syrian hamster.

Syrian hamster has smelly back area. Unable to urinate normally or groom herself --- so urine scalding in the back area --- smelly back end.

Neck tumour of 1.5 cm had been removed last week by Dr Daniel. Now "wet tail"
wet tail due to new vegetable diet and overgrown front teeth
trim 2 mm lower front teeth under gas anaesthesia

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

3313. The white breasted kingfisher at Jalan Mashhor posed for me

Oct 23, 2019

I drove along Jln Mashhor, near MacRitchie Reservoir, for the first time in my life. The white breasted kingfisher flew past my car and perched on a tree to my right. I got out of the car and he waited patiently for me to take several photos.  Then he flew off to my left. Later, I saw him on another tree and took another good photo from inside my car.

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