Appointments needed as we may be performing surgeries
Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS
Dr Daniel Sing Zongzheng, BSc, BVMS
Updates on surgery hours will be at
FOR PET OWNERS
When you visit us, please let us know as much information as
possible for our history taking.
1. HISTORY TAKING
1.1 Health history:
1.2 Duration of problem:
1.3 Medications being administered: Bring along medicines from
vets you have consulted.
1.4 Previous medical and surgical procedures: Bring along the
medical record and vaccination cards if you have any.
A physical examination is performed to find out the cause of
the suspected problem.
3. ADDITIONAL TESTS to accurately diagnose a condition
or to better determine the effectiveness of treatment will be
thoroughly discussed with the owner prior to being performed.
x-rays, blood tests, biopsies, needle aspirates and cytology,
bacteriology and more specialised tests.
4. ANAESTHESIA &
Details will be discussed with the owner, our and the owner's
expectations, the potential risks of anaesthesia and surgery (an
informed consent form to be signed by you), costs and home care
required. No food and water after 10 pm the evening before
surgery for dogs and cats, except rabbits.
5. AFTER SURGERY CARE
Your pet needs rest after anaesthesia and surgery. Proper pain
management is important to us. Patients are discharged only
when they can be managed well at home. However, we understand
that this involves additional costs to the owner. We
prefer the patient to have at least 24 hours of cage rest.
We recommend at least 4 hours of cage rest and stay at the
surgery before going home.
Most owners in Singapore prefer to bring their pet home
immediately after surgery without realising that the pet needs
complete cage rest and care for at least the first 48 hours
after anaesthesia and surgery. The pet may vomit or inhale its
vomitus during transport to the home immediately after
surgery. Sometimes, the pet gets aspiration pneumonia and dies
a few days later.
Emergency surgeries include Caesarian section due to
difficulty in giving birth, trauma-related injuries,
obstructed intestines (with foreign objects), herniated discs,
Be Your Vet's
Many other owners want their pets to
live longer and they do build a very good relationship with their
Veterinary health care costs. Singapore is an expensive city to live in.
At Toa Payoh Vets, we attempt to provide as low as possible
the veterinary costs by
informing the owner before any tests will be recommended.
Blood and urine tests are advised.
Many Singaporean pet owners
some products to solve their pets' health
problems but, please note
that tumours cannot disappear with creams and sprays purchased from
pet retail shops.
When the skin diseases have
spread over the whole body for the past months or the
emaciated cat is at the door-step of death, it
will be hard for the pet
to recover. Bad
breadth in the older dog till the decayed teeth have
off by themselves will adversely sicken your
pet. Get them dental
treatment from your vet.
detection and treatment saves lives and lower medical costs
and permit your pet to
live to a ripe old age.
A puppy's life is precious. A small number of professional dog breeders wait over 10
hours before deciding on the
emergency caesarean deliveries. In certain breeds
like the chihuahua, a delay of more than two hours may result
in stressed out puppies which may not be able to live more
than 7 days.
Case 1. Emergency Caesareans. A healthy Maltese
wriggling to see the world before the amniotic sac was
ruptured. The bitch strained for more than 2 hours.
Stitching up the womb. The top breeder did not wait till
one puppy was dead before deciding on surgery as he
assessed that the bitch was too small to give birth
naturally. He had 3 healthy live ones.
Case 2. Emergency Caesarean for the 66th day
Maltese. Two born naturally. The 3rd died as it was
stuck in the birth canal. The 4th (above) was born
by Caesarean delivery. 59 - 63 days would be the range
for normal birth.
Caesarean puppy (middle) would have died if not for the timely