Category Archives: Dog Info

Today is Saturday August 18, 2018
  • All that’s left is something in between a wheeze and a squeak?!!!

    Such cruelty. Such atrocity. Such monstrosity!

    Barbaric.

    Brutal.

    Inhumane.

    Ok – I am out of words.

    I am describing this surgical procedure called de-barking; the removal of a dog’s vocal cords for the owner’s convenience! Because it barks too much?! OH! Come one!

    See this article here.

    I can’t imagine this furry one not barking – EVER!

  • Loyalty

    This story about Cash a German Sheperd who guarded his owner’s dead body for 6 weeks made me wonder what goes through a dog’s mind.

    Cash survived on mice and rabbits – and kept the coyotes away from his master’s body.

    The extent of a dog’s loyalty!

    My two dogs are loyal to food. They like their food.

  • Vet Consultation Fee a Rip-off

    Our darling Tango Boy decided to break free*, dash out of the house, and within the first few minutes of his escape, gets in to a fight.

    Tango Boy vs. Yappy Ugly Medium Sized Dog.**

    Owner of Yappy Ugly Dog comes to Yappy Ugly Dog’s rescue with his golf club. Yes, a GOLF CLUB!

    And he hits Tango Boy TWICE! with the GOLF CLUB! TWICE! The bloody moron!

    Boo Boo Kow was the first at the scene of near-murder. Bloody moron was caught red-handed with golf club in his hands. Kakak was just behind Boo Boo Kow. Tango was stunned, motionless from shock and bleeding.***

    With kakak and Boo Boo Kow, Tango Boy limps home all the way. His leg, wounded, bleeding.

    And when I got home – Tango comes greet me. Smiley face, wagging tail as if nothing were wrong. He didn’t even appear to be limping. But later that evening, he started limping again.

    Next morning, a Sunday, I took him to an animal hospital. The only one I knew that would be open on Sunday.

    The receptionist was brilliant! So polite and so friendly. During this time, Tango Boy was most happy with all the attention, having a day out, and seeing new friends. And we wait for 20 minutes before it was Tango’s turn to see the vet. I tell the vet what had happened to Tango.

    He looks at Tango. Makes Tango walk around in his office. Which, by the way is a 8 feet by 8 feet room, with a desk – so there really was a lot of walking that Tango could do – NOT! This takes all of 5 seconds of total observation. He then turns to me and says – “Sundays are really too busy for me to do x-rays even though I think your dog needs to have an x-ray. Getting an x-ray for a dog is not a matter of walking in and out. I’ll have to sedate him first – didn’t you know that?”. “Of course I didn’t know that! It’s not something I make a habit of!”, I say to him. “And, NO! I am not leaving him here so that you can only sedate him TOMORROW, at YOUR convenience, to x-ray him”. Then he says to me, “Ok then. You can come back tomorrow at 9am. But today, I will have to charge you for consultation.”

    And the bill came to RM50.00. For 2 minutes of his time, to look at Tango walk around his office. He didn’t even feel Tango’s leg. He didn’t even LOOK! at Tango’s leg. All he did was look at Tango take 5 steps! And tell me to come back tomorrow. And he charged me RM50.00! I wish he had been more professional. The fee wasn’t an issue. It was his nonchalant attitude that infuriated me! Is that how a vet conducts an examination for a dog that had been clobbered by a golf club? I would think not. He didn’t even look like he liked animals to begin with. A vet? BAH! The finest quality of veterinary services as they claim – they certainly are not! Except for the receptionist.

    This Animal Hospital is called – The Animal Medical Centre and is located on Jalan Tun Razak.

    Would I recommend it? Not unless it were a Sunday. Or in the middle of the night. Because they have a 24-hr emergency number. But I haven’t tried calling them at midnight, so I can’t be sure.

    And how is Tango? He still has a limp. I keep telling him not to get up. Sis took him to our usual vet in D’sara Heights this morning. He just needs to rest his leg. Preferably on cage-arrest. No sedation for x-ray required. And Tango is still smiling, and wagging his tail – as always.

    *Tango is always leashed, but he is a very strong dog, and broke the leash.
    ** Yappy Ugly Dog is the one that started the fight for sure! He’s a psychotic dog that chases cars and anyone who walks by. God knows why his owner allows him out of the house.
    *** I felt like my heart had been ripped out, and stomped on a few times, then thrown off a 100-storey building when kakak recounted the incident to me. And when I told sis the story, she went hysterical, more so since she was away and could not see Tango.

  • Now My Dog Has Cataracts?!

    Boo Boo is home from his dental procedure. Karen Kow went to pick him up. He was whining away when she got there, and later refused to look at her. Karen thinks he is upset with her. But he must be all right now because he immediately responded to a treat. The dental procedure went very well, and there appears to be no after effects from the anesthetics.

    And this morning, when my sister dropped him off, the vet told my sister that Boo Boo may possibly be developing cataracts! It appears that he is 7 years of age, going on 100!

    My friend once had a silky terrier with cataracts, and it just kept falling down the stairs because it couldn’t see! It later developed into glaucoma. This is really quite saddening.

    Cataracts are an opacity of the eye (the lense gets cloudy, either bluish-gray or milky-white) causing vision impairment. Could this possibly be why Boo Boo looks like he is squinting all the time? Or is that just his ‘i-am-einstein-look’?

    Cataract formation is actually a common eye disease in dogs either caused by old age, or it could be hereditary. I just found out that breeds with the highest cataract prevalence are as follows – Smooth Fox Terrier, Havanese, Bichon Frise, Boston Terrier, all Poodles, Silky Terrier, American Cocker Spaniel, and (would you believe it?!) MINIATURE SCHNAUZERS!

    This obviously has put me in a frenzy, and I am now researching prevention methods for cataracts in dogs.

    Apparently, nutrition plays an important role in preventing or delaying cataracts. Foods that are high in natural anti oxidants should help. Some of the vitamins, botanicals or nutrients that may be helpful include vitamins ACE, bilberry (my sister and I take this for our eyes, and it’s really good for dry eyes!), zinc, lutein, selenium, quercetin, ALA, carotenoids and grape seed extract. (Info source: http://www.holisticpetinfo.com/Conditions/eyes_cataracts.htm). I also read that lots of vitamin C would be helpful too, and the easiest way to administer vitamin C would be to give one cup of tomato juice to the pooch, daily.

    Since bilberry is working for me and my favourite sister, I think I will start Boo Boo on bilberry too. He’s quite tiny, only 6.7kgs, so I will give him one capsule, every other day. And if I am eating tomatoes, he will get some too.

  • My Dog Has Dental Problems

    My sister took Boo Boo for his annual vaccination, and during the routine overall health examination, the vet confirmed that Boo Boo requires dental treatment.

    He explained that Boo Boo will need to be anesthesized during this scaling procedure. The evening before the procedure, Boo Boo will have to fast – no water, no food. How is Boo Boo suppose to understand why he is not being given food and water? We will then have to send him to the vet in the morning where he will be given the anesthetics. He will then be in a state of ‘sleep’, and in the evening, when the anesthetics starts to wear off, while he is still groggy the scaling process will start.

    I AM SO TORN AS TO WHETHER BOO BOO NEEDS THIS DENTAL TREATMENT!

    There are useful websites proclaiming that the long-term risk of ignoring the pet’s teeth is greater than the short-term risk of anesthesia. They also claim that a pet can only have complete dentistry while under anesthesia. Oral disease in pets will lead to heart, liver or kidney diseases (More details: www.veterinarypartner.com and www.petdental.com)

    And websites wanting to sell pet oral care scare me with details like ‘risky anesthesia scaling causes 1 in 400 dogs to die’ and ‘1 in 8 dogs suffer side effects from anesthesia’. These oral care spray and gel claims to remove plaque, tartar and kills bacteria. Before and after pictures shows a difference in 6 weeks. A set of spray and gel costs USD39.95. (More details: www.petzlife.com) This product has also been approved by the Animal Wellness Magazine. And so, I made my sister go online to purchase this product. Shipping costs USD16.00.

    Whilst waiting for this product to arrive, I go to a pet store to get him toothpaste. It’s edible PET! toothpaste. It’s beef flavoured. Boo Boo obviously didn’t think it tasted like beef. He wiggled and struggled for the full 8 minutes I tried to brush his teeth. My sister had to help hold him still. And still it was almost an impossible task. No wonder pets need anesthetic for dentistry! When brushing his teeth, I further noticed how awful his teeth are! One of them was loose and shaky too! I think he really needs to go for scaling.

    So, the appointment shall be made this coming Thursday.

    Boo Boo, please don’t be too mad with us. We love you so, and this decision is made with so much thought and consideration.

    And to all pet owners, please remember to brush your pet’s teeth!