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Case Files of a vet in 1997
October 11, 1997
you once again for saving our MaoMao by preventing the maggots
from going to other parts of the body. We really are grateful.
years ago, we were hunting for a vet who would operate on the
tumour growing on her neck but we were told by most doctors to
put her down due to her old age which is not quite suitable for
operation. Until the year before (1995), God must have send us
to you, you treated MaoMao for the frist time for an infection
on the right fore leg and you offered to operate on the tumour
before we ask for your opinion.
the risk involved in operating this fifteen year old dog and it
took us a long time to decide on the operation.
today, we never regret sending MaoMao to you and are very
thankful to you for saving MaoMao's life by removing the tumour
on her neck at such a low monetary cost; and most important of
all, we found a doctor whom we can trust, a doctor who will try
his best to save a dog as long as there is a chance of survival
,and never ask us to put a dog down unless there is really no
chance of survival-- like in the case of my pug, Dearie.
one doctor, we strongly feel, who do not slaughter us (financially),and
tries your best to save and only offer the horrendous choice
when there is really no chance of survival.
really cannot believe that the sixteen year old cross-terrier,
MaoMao, which several famous Vets have advised us to put down,
is actively running around our house, constantly seeking our
you, Doctor , a thousand thanks for saving our big baby. We are
most willing to testify that you are the best Doctor around! May
you find favour in everything you do and everyone you meet.
on the above-mentioned Case :
TUMOURS AND BUSY OWNERS
ALL OWNERS TO SEEK
PROMPT VETERINARY ATTENTION FOR OLD PETS WITH SMALL TUMOURS
surgeons are very reluctant to operate on aged dogs because:
of the high risk of
death from anaesthesia and after surgery.
fat old dogs which
seldom gets annual veterinary check-ups pose greater risk as
their health and heart are not in good condition.
bad mouthing by some
Owners. If the dog dies during or after surgery, some Owners
do not pay the bills and start to bad-mouth the practice
telling others to avoid the practice, hence apportioning
blame to the "incompetent" vet when in fact, it
would be due to the Owner's lack of care and concern till
the last minute.
of a likelihood of
some Owners (very rare incidence in Singapore in my opinion)
to complain that the vet is negligent, to the government.
The reason I suggested
surgery because the dog was actually carrying a heavy weight of
fat tumour such that it had great difficulty lifting its head.
The tumour was almost the size of the dog's head! I thought this
Owner would have learnt not to procrastinate and seek immediate
veterinary attention. However, the maggots came in and there was
another risk to be attended to.
This Owner brought in an
old abandoned bitch with a large breast tumour of over 4 inches
Tumours are present in
older dogs and most Owners neglect the small breast tumour lumps
(<0.5 inches diameter) which could be easily removed. Bitches
over 5 years old - to be checked for breast tumours during
annual vaccination or monthly by the Owner! Such tumours can
develop to the size of golf balls and even half mango sizes!