Monday, May 31, 2021

3597. FINALL VIDEO. THE CASE OF THE SQUEAKING DWARF HAMSTER

 1. INSTAGRAM  @toapayohvets

1 JUN 2021. BE KIND TO PETS VETERINARY STORIES. .
THE CASE OF THE SQUEAKING HAMSTER --- SHOW AND TELL
Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow)

This 2-month-old male dwarf hamster’s fractured left hind leg was amputated at the knee level at Toa Payoh Vet 3 weeks ago. She consulted me on 27 May, as tele-consultations & photos were not as good as a proper physical examination.  

"Now Hammie has two unusual behaviours," Ms Thompson said. “Firstly, he squeaked loudly for some time on two occasions. Secondly, he used his right hind paw or both front paws to scratch his left ear vigorously every day!"

"The intense squeaking suggested pain," I pointed to the bruised brown patch on the left scrotum. "Self-inflicted biting and friction on the bedding led to bruised genital and pain."  Ms Thompson was satisfied with my cause and effect explanation.

“As for the inflamed left ear, frequent scratchings with the right hind paw to relieve ear itchiness were the cause,” I explained. “Some dirt or sand had lodged deep inside the left ear canal.  I showed her the close-up digital photos of the affected areas to account for the behaviours after I treated the itchy left ear via ear irrigation. 

SHOW AND TELL using CLOSE-UP PHOTOS gain the trust of the owner as the dwarf hamster's ear and scrotum are relatively small in area. Ms Thompson could see the inflamed areas clearly and she felt much happier after viewing the close-ups. “Please WhatsApp the photos to me,” she reminded me as she boarded her GrabRental taxi home to her Orchard Road condo to continue her work from home after lunch.

UPDATES AND MORE INFORMATION AT:
https://2010vets.blogspot.com/2021/05/3597-case-of-squeaky-dwarf-hamster.html



























Ms Thompson - real estate marketing
A slim, tall and fair lady















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2. Bridget to create video with more substance  and explanation than the images on Instagram.
May be in 2 videos if too long.


1 JUN 2021. BE KIND TO PETS VETERINARY STORIES

THE CASE OF THE SQUEAKING HAMSTER --- SHOW AND TELL

Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow)

This 2-month-old male dwarf hamster’s fractured left hind leg was amputated at the knee level at Toa Payoh Vet 3 weeks ago. She consulted me on 27 May, as tele-consultations & photos were not as good as a proper physical examination.  

"Now Hammie has two unusual behaviours," Ms Thompson said. “Firstly, he squeaked loudly for some time on two occasions. Secondly, he used his right hind paw or both front paws to scratch his left ear vigorously every day!"

VIDEO



Elaborate on the behaviour. What is the hamster doing? Illustration needed
Squeaking noises not recorded by the owner as it was sudden onset.




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"The intense squeaking suggested pain," I pointed to the bruised brown patch on the left scrotum. "Self-inflicted biting and friction on the bedding led to bruised genital and pain."  Ms Thompson was satisfied with my cause and effect explanation.


“As for the inflamed left ear, frequent scratchings with the right hind paw to relieve ear itchiness were the cause,” I explained. “Some dirt or sand had lodged deep inside the left ear canal.  I showed her the close-up digital photos of the affected areas to account for the behaviours after I treated the itchy left ear via ear irrigation. 


SHOW AND TELL using CLOSE-UP PHOTOS gain the trust of the owner as the dwarf hamster's ear and scrotum are relatively small in area. Ms Thompson could see the inflamed areas clearly and she felt much happier after viewing the close-ups. “Please WhatsApp the photos to me,” she reminded me as she boarded her GrabRental taxi home to continue her work from home after lunch.


UPDATES AND MORE INFORMATION AT:

https://2010vets.blogspot.com/2021/05/3597-case-of-squeaky-dwarf-hamster.html


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MS THOMPSON, in her late 40s, IS AN EXPATRIATE sales director working for a multinational company. She used to travel in the ASEAN region extensively but now works from home. This is because Singapore is in partial lockdown from 13 May, due to an increase in community infections arising from the Indian vairant Covid-19 strain. Dining-in is prohibited and only two social visits per person per day is permitted.

She lives in an Orchard Road condo which is the prime downtown area of Singapore. Rentals for one-bedroom would be S$5,000 per month


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Ms Thompson goes shopping in Tanglin Mall










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CONCLUDE WITH THE TWO VIDEOS BELOW

POST OP AFTER EAR IRRIGATION

Ms Thompson sent video today 1 Jun 2021, 5 days after ear irrigation. Much less scratching of the ears. No more squeaking behaviour. Owner is pleased. 

Bought an exercise wheel for the 2-month-old. Very active on wheel.   

Sent two videos





Tuesday, May 25, 2021

3595. i A 2-year-old dwarf hamster has itchy left ear - a cluster of ear warts

13 JUN 2021. 

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My  comments on the draft video posted in YouTube:



13 June 2021. A concise vet educational video for hamster owners. This video is created by an intern with guidance from me (Dr Sing Kong Yuen). She is free to make mistakes as that is how she will learn better than being spoon-fed. Hence I had not edited her script before she created this video. My comments are: 1. All interns tend to go to exposition. It is important to think of a hook and then continue from there, otherwise, the video is just an ordinary dull power point lecture. 2. ERRORS: 2.1 incorrect link the credits: www.toapayohvets.com/videos.html with the "html" is erroneous. It should be https://www.toapayohvets.com/videos.htm 2.2 "abdominal tumour" was removed. It should be "abdominal SKIN tumour". 2.3. 1:08 - Image of condo where Mrs Johnson lived is actually image of Housing Board flats." 2.4. "tall, fair, lady" should be tall and fair lady. 2.5. HOOK in this video shows the SAME images as INTRODUCTION OF WHATSAPP message. it should have used the LATTER as hook instead. 3. The video footage on credits is much better than my previous ones as it is a video rather than slide presentation at the conclusion. 4. Do remember to use the "Hook" in next video production as video making is so much different from writing essays or expositions. 5. This video creation shows the importance of google docs in collaboration with me. If she had put up the script at google docs for me to read, she would not have erroneouly stated "abdominal tumour" was removed. It was an abdominal skin tumour. 6. UPDATED INFORMATION WILL BE AT: https://2010vets.blogspot.com/2021/05/3595-2-year-old-dwarf-hamster-has-itchy.html


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To re-make the video:  

HOOK. Use this footage unless you have better ones.   





Then use FLASH BACK....WhatsApp, history of previous abdominal SKIN TUMOUR removal, not abdominal tumour removal (see your old video).

Give me the script in google docs. In that way, no worries about technical mistakes.





Ms Thompson






Wart excised
Follow up on 26 May 2021. Owner is happy. No bleeding. No warts seen.


MORE INFORMATION AT:




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SCRIPT FOR ANOTHER VIDEO



27 MAY 2021. BE KIND TO PETS VETERINARY EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS.

THE SQUEAKING HAMSTER --- SHOW AND TELL

 

This 2-month-old male dwarf hamster’s fractured left hind leg was amputated at the knee level at Toa Payoh Vet 3 weeks ago. She came to the surgery on 27 May, as tele-consultation was not as good as a proper examination.  

 

"Now Hammie had two unusual behaviours," Ms Thompson said. “Firstly, he squeaked loudly for some time on two occasions. Secondly, he used his right hind paw or both front paws to scratch his left ear vigorously daily."

 

"The intense squeaking suggested pain," I pointed to the bruised brown patch on the left scrotum. “He had licked the outside and bitten the testes eliciting sharp pains – hence the abnormal squeaking sounds.

“The left ear was very itchy. He used his right hind leg to scratch bald the left ear since he had no more left hind leg which was amputated,” I indicated to the owner the affected sites. “I will take digital photos to show the balding left ear and hair loss on the right hind leg.” 

 

SHOW AND TELL using CLOSE-UP PHOTOS gain the trust of the owner as the dwarf hamster's ear and scrotum are relatively small in area. The young lady could see the inflamed areas, but she felt much happier seeing the close-ups. “Please email to me the photos,” she  reminded me as she entered her cab to continue work from home. Singapore is in partial lockdown due to an increase in community infections arising from a virulent Covid-19 strain.

 

MORE INFORMATION AT:

https://2010vets.blogspot.com/2021/05/3597-case-of-squeaky-dwarf-hamster.html




Sunday, May 23, 2021

3594. How to raise a healthy red-eared slider in an apartment?

 24 May 2021.

INSTAGRAM

To create an educational video using two case studies

CASE 1. From internet query from Johor, Malaysia

Complaints:
1. White and black spots on shell
2. Soft shell in back area.
3. Gasping 

Metabolic bone disease (MBD) is a common disease in pet red-eared sliders.
Other terms which may be used include fibrous osteodystrophy, osteomalacia, secondary nutritional hyperparathyroidism, osteoporosis, and rickets. There is no single cause of MBD and the disease is not as simple as calcium deficiency. The primary problem is a disruption of calcium metabolism which causes a host of related problems.

MBD is almost always a result of poor husbandry but it is also generally preventable by providing a proper environment and diet specifically for your type of reptile. 




Prevention of metabolic bone disease

Proper husbandry is more than just providing the right diet. The following are important in both the prevention and treatment of metabolic bone disease:

  • A diet balanced in calcium and phosphorus, protein, energy and other nutrients. Buy a reputable brand with good supply of Calcium, Phosphorus and Vit D..
  • Exposure to UVA/UVB invisible light rays
  • Proper heat gradients - basking area heated at one end with heating lamp and UVA/UVB lights, the other end cooler temperature.
  • Adequate enclosure and/or room to exercise

HOOK







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UVA/UVB lights
Heating lamp at one end

Exercise area

Good quality diet - calcium:phosphorus ratio 2:1 and Vit D supplements

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CASE 2. Toa Payoh Vets

Similar complaints of soft shell, shell rot and respiratory infection in the group of 3 sliders