Friday, June 26, 2020

4129. A dwarf hamster squeals, squeaks and bites. Why? INTERNS. Use of 3D's to write a case report

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A dwarf hamster squeals, squeaks and bites. Why?
-Ventral dermatitis


The proactive mother phoned some vets but they declined to treat this 9-month-old female dwarf hamster with a lower body moist, severely inflamed and itchy skin.  She found Toa Payoh Vets by surfing the internet. The parents and Eva came with a squealing and squeaking hamster (VIDEO FOOTAGE AS HOOK) on Thursday, 24 June 2020 to consult Dr Sing Kong Yuen. .

(FLASH BACK - HISTORY AND IMAGES)Two months ago, the 14-year-old young lady owner spotted a small red spot on the skin area near the right thigh. Her mother brought her to consult Vet 1 twice and bite her when she attempted to apply cream and give medication. Vet 1 did an X-ray of the right hind leg but there was no fracture.  The brother suggested putting the hamster to sleep..

"I would have the hamster put to sleep," the father said. "I have many expenses in caring for my old folks. I had spent around $300 with Vet 1 and there was no cure. However, I love my daughter. She loves the hamster and so I have no choice!"

"The hamster squeals and squeaks because she is in pain," Dr Sing said. "The whole of the lower body from the neck to the tail had become hairless, much inflamed to a fiery red. She bites to defend herself.

"Vet 1 had prescribed medication including a cream, but the hamster's continued to lick and bite the lower skin. This resulted in all hairs being depleted," (IMAGES)

"She needs anti-itch medication and skin washes to get rid of the infections like ringworm or bacteria, The hamster will be under gas anaesthesia to shave off all infected skin. Gentle skin washes daily and medication. The whole process takes at least a week.

Outcome on Day 1 at 6.30pm.
11 am 

6.30 pm.  No more panic when the nurses caught her to weigh. The skin is less inflamed. IMAGES



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The Carnassial Tooth Abscess
Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow)

Dogs do suffer from toothaches. I will say that the most painful one must be the carnassial tooth
abscess. The canine carnassial tooth is the 4th premolar tooth. When there is chronic gingivitis or tooth fractures, the bacteria destroys the periodontal ligaments attaching the tooth to the gums. Bacteria destroys the tooth and forms a carnassial tooth abscess. An abscess is a collection of pus.

Carnassial tooth abscess is a common disease in the older dog that has poor dental care. It is very painful. The presenting sign is a festering facial wound below the eye. Pus and blood seep out daily like an active volcano spewing hot lava and ash daily. Home remedies like antibiotic powder and silver cream or antibiotics are ineffective. Most owners think this is just a traumatic wound. But this open facial wound never heals, despite medication and cleansing as shown in this case of a 4-year-old Pomeranian seen at Toa Payoh Vets in 2007. 

“I am sick and tired of cleaning this wound for the past many weeks,” Mrs Jaswant Singh pointed to the wound below the Pomeranian’s left eye. “I pour antibiotic powder and also gave antibiotics, but the wound keeps discharging dirty blood daily! My cat could have scratched my naughty baby causing this wound or something sharp had poked into his face!”

“This wound is a result of a tooth root infection,” I took out the Hills’ illustrated drawings of this common dental disease in dogs in Western countries. It is easier to show than to tell. I lifted the dog’s left upper cheek, but the carnassial tooth showed thick tartar and an inflamed gum. No pus and blood leaking out from the gums. “The permanent cure is to extract the rotten carnassial tooth. Antibiotics will not resolve the problem.”

“Just get on with the tooth extraction,” Mrs Singh showed me her dog’s discharge stain in her silk black sari with big red flowers. “My saris are very expensive as I buy them from New Delhi in India, not from the shops in Little India here! My baby keeps soiling them. I have to clean the soiled bed, sofas and mop the floor to remove her discharges for the past weeks! I have no maid to help me.”

“Hey, wait, wait, wait,” Mr Singh interjected. “Are you sure our dog suffers from carnal, cunning or whatever?”  As this was their first visit to Toa Payoh Vets, the husband eyed my diagnosis as money-making.

This doctor is talking nonsense,” Mr Singh whispered, not too softly in his wife’s ear. “The tooth and the wound are so far apart and separated by the sinus bones. How can infection travel so far? He must be nuts and out to make money from us!”

“I can take an X-ray to show you that the root or roots of the carnassial tooth is infected,” I said when Mr Singh turned towards me. “No need to do it,” the husband put up his hand. “Thank you very much. We will let you know if we want you to pull out the tooth.”

Around 2 months later, Mrs Singh consented to the dental extraction. There is the root canal and associated treatment, but it will be expensive. I extracted the loose left carnassial tooth and the first molar.

In the blink of an eye, 6 years passed by when Mrs Singh had her Pomeranian treated for bad teeth. “My dog’s facial sore healed within 10 days,” Mrs Singh reminisced. “Hence, I do not see you.” 
She did not get her dog’s teeth checked yearly as advised by me. Her dog had not suffered another carnassial tooth abscess in the right side but now had several loose and decayed teeth extracted.

Carnassial tooth abscess is also known as malar abscess or oro-nasal fistula. Some vets do mis-diagnose this disease as allergies or infected traumatic wounds. A spot-on usually accurate diagnosis is made if there is a festering non-healing facial wound below your dog’s eye. Dental extraction is the least expensive effective treatment. Yearly dental check ups will prevent most of your dog’s teeth from decaying so that your dog has teeth up to old age.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Phone 6254-3326, 9668-6468,,

Friday, June 19, 2020

4128. Parvoviral infections in dogs - No vaccination usually the cause

19 Jun 2020

DETECTION OF CANINE PARVOVIRUS AT THE ANIMAL LODGEThe Animal Lodge (TAL) is a facility for animal welfare groups, independent shelters, and pet farms. Located off Kranji Expressway (KJE) Exit 5 along Sungei Tengah Road, TAL contains 112 units housed within 20 two-storey blocks. It contains shared facilities such as dog runs, as well as commercial spaces. 

NParks/AVS is investigating a suspected outbreak of canine parvovirus with other possible viral co-infections at a boarding kennel. NParks/AVS is working with the affected premises to contain the spread of the disease. 

If you receive any animals from TAL for treatment, please exercise the necessary precautions. If you suspect any animals are infected with parvovirus, please advise the owners to adhere to good hygiene and biosecurity measures, to minimise the risk of spreading the disease.

Parvoviral infections in dogs - No vaccination or booster vaccination is usually the cause of this contagious disease. The vaccine is effective, but most Singapore dog owners do not bother with booster infections especially when they board the dogs.
Parvoviral test kit is useful for detection of parvovirus.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

4127. Aztech. Surgical Face Masks


Children's 3-Ply Surgical Face Mask ( 50pcs per box )

    • $30.00
    •     Nose bar adaptable for the perfect fit
    •     Low resistance to breathing for daily comfort use
    •     Hypoallergenic and hydrophobic
    •     BFE min 98% and PFE min 97%
    •     Non-Sterile
    For children 4 years old and above 
    *Do note that delivery will be from 30th May onwards*

    145mm x 95mm


    3-Ply Surgical Face Mask ( 50pcs per box )

      • $25.00
      •     Nose bar adaptable for the perfect fit
      •     Low resistance to breathing for daily comfort use
      •     Hypoallergenic and hydrophobic
      •     BFE min 98% and PFE min 97%
      •     Non-Sterile

      175mm x 95mm