Pet Adoption Friday: Polo from the Action for Singapore Dogs

Polo-ASDName: Polo
Age: 4 years old
Sex: Male
Sterilised: Yes

Polo is a loveable and goofy 4 year-old boy who loves meeting people and making new friends. He loves his food and walks great on leash. He was previously living at a factory in Pioneer Road with another dog. When the two dogs first came to us, we discovered that both had contracted distemper, a deadly and contagious disease. They were warded immediately and spent one month in an isolation ward. Polo managed to pull through but unfortunately, the other dog did not make it. Today, Polo is free from distemper and in the pink of health though he still has a slight twitch, a lingering symptom of the disease.

Polo is a loveable and goofy 4 year-old boy who loves meeting people and making new friends. He loves his food and walks great on leash. He was previously living at a factory in Pioneer Road with another dog. When the two dogs first came to us, we discovered that both had contracted distemper, a deadly and contagious disease. They were warded immediately and spent one month in an isolation ward. Polo managed to pull through but unfortunately, the other dog did not make it. Today, Polo is free from distemper and in the pink of health though he still has a slight twitch, a lingering symptom of the disease.

Pet Care Tips: Giving medicine to your rabbit/guinea pig

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At some point of time in life, a rabbit or guinea pig will need to be administered medicine or force fed. Knowing how to do this may very well save your pet's life. If you have already tried to do this before and failed miserably, you're not alone. In today's Pet Care Tips, our vet has some tips for you.

Let's do the burrito!
'Bunny Burrito' is a common one-person technique that uses a large towel or t-shirt to wrap your bunny/guinea pig up. In this way, your pet is securely restrained within the towel and you can safely introduce the syringe loaded with medicine or food into his mouth. Here's a video on how this is done:

Extra precautions
Even though this method is safe, there are some pointers that you should take note of when performing this technique:

bunnychart1. When at home, perform this task on the floor. Rabbits and guinea pigs have very fragile skeletons compared to their strong muscles, which means that they are very prone to injuries such as fractures when they struggle or jump off the table.

2. Ensure that all four limbs are restrained to prevent kicking, which may lead to injuries.

3. Insert the syringe from the side of the mouth just behind the front teeth. There is a gap naturally between the front teeth and cheek teeth. When the syringe is pressed at this area, your rabbit will open its mouth and you can safely feed the medication this way.

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4. Always ensure that your pet swallows after you have fed a small amount of food or medicine. Rabbits and guinea pigs that do not swallow can be encouraged by stroking their chin area. Only feed more food when your pet has swallowed what was given earlier.

As creatures of habit, it's good to practise this technique at home with your pet every now and then to de-sensitize him. When the real situation calls for it, both you and your pet will know what to expect and thus be able to handle this a whole lot better than otherwise.

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Beat the Monday Blues: Put your paws up!

Ever seen a cat put up his hand (in this case...paw) to ask for food? Well, today's your lucky day!

Pets enjoy being rewarded for good behaviour. Be sure to keep those treats handy. Just remember not to overfeed your pet. If you need tips on how you can keep your cat's weight under control, check out our last edition of Pet Care Tips on 'The Overweight Cat'.

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Pet Adoption Friday: Freya and Grady from Three Legs Good

When looking to adopt a pet, it's best to find one that suits your personality and lifestyle. Look no further, because we have two very different dogs here to suit different types of households! Need a sweet, energetic rambunctious puppy to join you in your active lifestyle? Meet Freya. Need a chilled out, low maintenance dog who will keep you company? Meet Grady!

Freya

Name: Freya
Sex: Female
Age: 4 months old
Breed: Mongrel
Sterilised: Not yet (she will need to once she's 6 months old!)
Vaccinated: Yes
HDB-approved: No
Good with children: Yes
Good with other dogs: Yes

Freya is an affectionate puppy with the sweetest face and fluffiest fur. She and her siblings were rescued by kind passers-by from an industrial area when she was only 2 months old. She had suffered a badly broken leg and was also infested with ticks. Thanks to her puppy resilience, she has fully recovered and is healthy. She would do best in an active household with people who are experienced with puppies and larger dogs and who can train her.

Grady

Name: Grady
Sex: Male
Age: About 8 years old
Breed: ;Mongrel
Sterilised: Not yet but will be sterilised soon!
Vaccinated: Yes
HDB-approved (for dogs): No

Grady is an older 3-legged dog who was rescued from an industrial area after he was found weak and undernourished to the point where he could not stand up. He was also very badly infested with fleas and ticks. Since his rescue, with good food and care, Grady has improved tremendously and is getting stronger every day. Grady is an older dog with some athritis (he has 3 legs from an earlier unknown trauma). He is a generally chilled out and relaxed dog who enjoys being affectionate to those he knows and loves, and is otherwise content to just lie down somewhere comfortable and snooze. He's still a feisty old guy, so if he doesn't like something, he'll be sure to let out a bark or two to let you know!

Do open up your heart and home to give an older dog a loving andbcomfortable place to call home in his later years.

If you wish to know more about Freya or Grady, please contact Three Legs Good at human@threelegsgood.org or send in your SMS to 8670 8857.

Adopters will be asked to fill out an adoption application and there is a $250 adoption fee which helps to defray the cost of medical care, sterilisation and basic welfare.

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Pet Care Tips: The overweight cat

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What's your first reaction when you see a chubby cat? If you go "aww... so cute!" we are probably all on the same page. But just as many other things in life that has to have spoilers, we're here to tell you that a chubby cat is not a healthy cat. Noo.... ):

What causes weight gain?
reasonschartWeight gain is the result of an increase in body fat. This is usually caused by eating too much, especially when combined with a lack of exercise. Sometimes though, there can be other contributing factors as well.

How do I know if my cat is too fat or just right?
pct-overweightcatchartBesides weight, there are two parameters that veterinarians look at when assessing the ideal weight for your cat. First, have a feel of the chest and see if you can feel the ribs easily. If you have problem feeling the ribs, then your cat is probably on the obese side of the scale! Second, if you look at your cat from the top, you should be able to make out a waistline as illustrated in the third illustration.

What are some diseases associated with an overweight cat?
Chubby cats may look extremely cute but all these excess fats and folds are not good for them at all. They may experience:

- Lameness and arthritis
- Skin problems due to a cat's physical inability to self-groom
- Liver disease (feline hepatic lipidosis syndrome)
- Lower urinary tract disease due to inactivity and associated infrequent urination

What should I do if my cat is too fat?
Similar to people, the key to modifying the weight of your cat is to have an ideal diet and exercise. So how do we achieve that for your cat? Here are some tips that may be helpful to you.

loseweightchart1) Set a target for yourself and your cat. Don't be too ambitious and aim to reduce the weight from 6kg down to 4kg in a month. Be realistic! As a general guide, if your cat is losing 500g in a span of 3 - 6 months, then he/she is making good progress!

2) Look out for the ideal feeding amount for your cat on the packaging of the cat food. Every brand of cat food has a different recommendation based on the ideal cat's weight. For example, if your cat is 6kg now and you target to reduce him/her to 5.5kg, feed according to the 5.5kg recommendation.

3) Remove one day's portion, put it in a container and ONLY feed from this portion for the rest of the day. Doesn't matter if you're splitting the meal into 2 or 3 smaller feedings throughout the day. Why? Because there's always the tendency to take a bit more each time when you dig into the bag at each smaller feeding. This 'a bit more' may just be the reason why your cat is putting on weight even if you have fed according to recommendation!

4) Schedule in some exercise time for your cat will improve both the animal to human bond and help with his weight management. Exercise time is play time for them; get hold of some simple toys such as laser pointers and swinging toys and watch your cat run around for them!

5) Switch to a weight watcher's diet. A problem that most owners will encounter will be a hungry cat always looking for food but has already finished what it is allowed for the day. When this happens, it may be time for you to change to a weight management diet. There are many products that are specifically designed for weight loss, so do speak to your veterinarian for diet that matches your cat's intake needs!

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Beat the Monday Blues: Disco the social media Parakeet

Meet internet sensation, Disco the Parakeet (more commonly known as a Budgie here), as he shares about his dream of...cheeseburgers?!

At just 4 years old, Disco already has a following of over 67,000 on Facebook and 3,000 on Twitter! Of course, Disco's owners have a part in his success, dedicating their time and love to train and teach him new words, songs and anything under the sun. With lots of care and patience, you too can train your pet to perform tricks or obey simple commands. The secret is to never give up!

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Pet Adoption Friday: Pietee and Troy from Save Our Street Dogs

Pietee

Name: Pietee
Age: 5 months old
Sex: Female
Pee-tray and Paper-trained: Yes
Understanding of basic commands: Sit, shake, down and stay
HDB-approved: No

Pietee is the only sibling in the family who has yet to find a home. Adorable and endearing, she is full of energy and always up for a game of fetch! She would also make the perfect jogging buddy (just a reminder that she needs to be on a leash). In return, all she asks for is your time and energy to keep her busy and shower her with tender loving care.

Troy

Name: Troy
Age: 4 months old
Sex: Male
Paper-trained: Yes
Good with other dogs: Yes

Troy is your typical inquisitive, playful and mischievous pup. He is quick and obedient when given clear commands. He is also really sweet and loves humans - always making a point to lie at your feet, wherever you are. Troy walks well on a leash and loves going out for walks.

Similar to most puppies, he tends to jump in excitement and chew on shoes. He is still being trained to understand the boundaries. Give him some patience and effort, and he can blossom into a fine young chap (:

If you would like to make Pietee or Troy a part of your family, do register your interest here and SOSD's rehoming officers will get in touch with you shortly.

For adoption enquiries, you can send in your email to rehoming@sosd.org.sg.

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Join us at SKC’s Discover Dogs 2014!

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If you love showing your dogs or admiring beautiful canines, this is one event you don't want to miss. The Singapore Kennel Club's Discover Dogs this year also celebrates its 200th Championship show and 100th Obedience trials.

All beauty and no brain is not ideal. The RPO team and some animal welfare groups will be there to inject educational elements of Responsible Pet Ownership and pet care. We've prepared activities for kids to do as well.

You can buy your tickets online at the Discover Dogs' website or get them on the day itself. To sign your dogs up for any of the competitions, go to the website as well.

We'll see you there this Sunday!

Pet Care Tips: Cleaning your dog’s (or cat) ears

dog scratches earItchy, itchy scratchy! Ear infection is one of the most common health problems in your pet dog or cats. As with most animals, this can be prevented if their ears are cleaned regularly with the correct technique.

Symptoms
The following few questions should give you tell-tale signs that your pet's ears are due for cleaning:

- Is there wax or other dirt accumulating at the folds of the ears?
- Is there an unpleasant odour?
- Is your pet scratching his ears more often than usual?

Sometimes, the ears will look inflamed (e.g. redness and swelling or even some discharges) and it is then time to visit your veterinarian to have the ears checked properly.

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Frequency
So, how often should you clean your pet's ears? There is a fine balance between adequate cleaning and over-cleaning. Some pets may require weekly cleaning and others, once every fortnight. It is always good to have a look at the ears every week and look out for symptoms stated above.

Important! Ears should not be cleaned more frequently than once a week unless instructed specifically by your Veterinarian. Excessive cleaning may cause irritation to the ears causing an inflammation.

Ear Cleaners
You will be able to find a whole range of ear cleaners at a pet store. Generally any ear cleaner will be all right for your pet as long as his ears are not infected and there has been no previous history of an ear infection. If in doubt, always check with your veterinarian which product is suitable for your pet because some ear cleaners may be toxic if the ear drum is ruptured.

Ear Cleaning Technique
This short but very informative video from YouTube will show you how you can clean your pet's ears:

Important! Never put any instrument (e.g. cotton buds) into the ear canal. This should only be carried by trained professionals such as your veterinarians or veterinary nurses.

Tips

Remember, when in doubt always speak to your veterinarian for instructions on how to maintain your pet's ear health!

Images: Zoetis, Dirty Hairy Mobile Pet Grooming, Dog Breed Info

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Beat the Monday Blues: Play with me, Kitty!

Two weeks ago, we shared with you an adorable video of a kitty demanding attention from his owner. In case you missed it, watch it here. Have you ever wondered if pets demand attention from other pets? Look no further. Here's a playful little doggy that attempts to get some attention from the cat. Will he succeed?

If you have more than one type of pet at home, remember to supervise their playtime until you are certain they enjoy each other's company. Otherwise, it's best to keep them in separate rooms so they each get their own privacy and space.

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Pet Adoption Friday: Lucius and Ida from SPCA

Lucius_LRName: Lucius
Sex: Male
Age: 8 years and 3 months old
Breed: Local
Colour: Black/White

Lucius may not be a kitten anymore, but this boy sure is spunky! He's ready for his second chance at life and wants to be part of a loving family who will keep their promise to take care of him forever. Are you ready for the 20-year commitment????????????Name: Ida
Sex: Female
Age: 9 years and 5 months old
Size: Medium
Breed: Cross
Colour: Tan/White
HDB-Approved: No

Ida is a female mixed breed with one of the friendliest faces you'll ever see on a dog. She enjoys being with people and would make an excellent family pet. She loves to exercise so it's best if she gets access to a public dog run or a home garden. She is sociable with other friendly dogs but needs to be introduced to them slowly. Ida is very pretty (she looks like she's wearing mascara!) and intelligent as well! She can sit and go down on command and walks well on leash. Just remember to reward her with treats for her good work. Ida has gone through some training classes and the volunteers at SPCA continue to reinforce her training regularly. She loves to be patted by familiar people, and it doesn't take much effort to win her trust. She is just waiting to make someone happy.

If you wish to adopt Lucius or Ida, visit them at SPCA's shelter during their opening hours:

Viewing Hours:

- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday - 10.00am to 4.00pm
- Sunday and Public Holidays (PH) - 11.00am to 3.30pm
- Thursday - Closed (unless it is a Public Holiday)
- On the eve of Chinese New Year, Christmas Day and New Year's Day, the shelter, administration office and clinic will close at 12.30pm. The reception will remain open
- As the process of adoption takes at least half an hour, SPCA is unable to process any adoption within 30 minutes to the stated closing time for that day.

Interested parties can also call 6287 5355 ext. 24 (during opening hours) to check if the animals featured are available for adoption (this is because the animals featured may have been adopted by the time the post is published).

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[Adoption Drive] Puppy Adoption Drive at T.A.Z Cafe Bistro by Exclusively Mongrels

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National Day is coming right up this weekend! Whether you're rushing home to catch the live telecast of the parade or actually going down to the celebration itself (lucky you!), there's always time to hop over to T.A.Z Cafe Bistro to check out the lovely puppies up for adoption by Exclusively Mongrels!

There, you'll find tiny furry balls of love waiting for forever homes and sometimes, fate does take people on some meaningful adventures. One of them may just follow you home and expose the committed and loving person you never knew you were born to be. (;

Pet Care Tips: How to Keep Koi Fish

Koi are the ornamental cousins of the common carp. These cold-blooded omnivores are very pretty to admire at and have an equally alluring peaceable personality. As they tend to grow rather large (60cm), a big outdoor pond would be best to house them as opposed to keeping them in tanks.

Here is a YouTube video that summarises the care of koi fish which we hope will be useful to you.

In summary:

Feeding:
- Offer your koi fish a varied diet of food

- Overfeeding causes water quality to deteriorate; feed them in small amounts until they finish feeding. Remove excess food immediately right after

Filtration:
- Get the best filtration system you can afford; a big pond necessitates a huge canister filter system
- Wash filtration foam in pond water, not tap water to retain good bacteria
- Always add good live bacteria (that can be purchased from pet shop)

Water Quality:
- Requirements are similar to indoor fish tank
- Remember to constantly test the water chemicals - pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels in particular
- Always add dechlorinator to the water
- Do not replace more than 1/3 water each time
- Float fake fish if birds tend to attack your koi

New Friends:
- Before adding a new koi into the existing pond, you will need to quarantine the new fish to ensure you don't introduce any new disease to the rest. Speak to a vet, other experienced koi owners or read a book to find out more about this.

Besides their size, the other serious consideration is their lifespan. They can live 15-20 years, not unlike a dog or cat. Therefore, only get them if you're willing to commit this long. As aquatic animals, they may be potentially more difficult to rehome than the usual furry pals.

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Beat the Monday Blues: Train your gerbil in 60 secs!

Gerbils have the ability to move very quickly so handling them can be quite a challenge. Find out how you can safely handle and train your gerbil in today's Beat the Monday Blues video!

As shared in the video, gerbils enjoy human contact. While it may take some gerbils faster than others to get comfortable to human contact, you should never give up on training. Have a bit more patience with these little friends.

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Pet Adoption Friday: Molly and Polly from Noah's Ark CARES

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Name: Molly
Age: 2 to 3 months old
Breed: Mongrel / Local
Sex: Female
Sterilised: No (She will need to when she is 5 months old)
HDB-approved: No
Toilet-trained: Currently learning
Basic command: Sit

Beautiful Molly would make an excellent companion for a household with cats or adult dogs. She's a smart and happy girl who is excited about life. This little adventurer is curious to explore her environment, a little goofy at times and greets everyone with a wag. Of course, she will need to be taught all those good things that puppies need to learn in order to grow up to be well-behaved adult dogs. There's nothing this little one would love more than to grow up in your family.

Name: Polly
Age: 2 to 3 months old
Sex: Female
Sterilised: No (She will need to when she is 5 months old)
Toilet-trained: Currently learning
Basic command: Sit

Polly is named after the vintage toy, Polly Pocket, due to her tiny size at her age. She will draw you in with her soulful eyes and you can guess how tough life must had been for her prior to her rescue. She loves human company and is learning that the world can be fun and not that scary after all. This sweet, sensitive girl currently suffers from hair-less patches due to malnutrition but will soon be beautiful with a healthy appetite. She is hoping someone will give her a chance to be their loyal and true friend forever.

If you wish to adopt Molly or Polly, fill out a screener survey/adoption application available here.

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