tpvets_logo.jpg (2726 bytes)TOA PAYOH VETS   Blk 1002, Toa Payoh Lor 8, 01-1477, Singapore 319074   Tel: 6254-3326, 9668-6469, 9668-6468.  
26 February, 2015
  Focus: Small animals - dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, turtles & rabbits
Appointments needed as we may be performing surgeries

Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS 
Dr Daniel Sing Zongzheng, BSc, BVMS (Murdoch)
Updates on surgery hours will be at


When you visit us, please let us know as much information as possible for our 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. This includes:
x-rays, blood tests, biopsies, needle aspirates and cytology, bacteriology and more specialised tests.

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.

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, ruptured spleen.  

Be Your Vet's best friend.  Many other owners want their pets to live longer and they do build a very good relationship with their  vets.

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 buy 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 had dropped off by themselves will adversely sicken your pet.  Get them dental treatment from your vet.

Early detection and treatment saves lives and lower medical costs and permit your pet to live to a ripe old age.  

For more information regarding our services:
Tel: 6254-3326, 9668-6469

Dr Sing Kong Yuen
Veterinary Surgeon
Founder, Toa Payoh Vets

Some Toa Payoh Vets Case Studies in early 2015 are as follows:
127. Final Video: A skin lump in the Schnauzer's tail
126. Final Video: A Shih Tzu has open pyometra
125. Final Video: How to clean the post-op skin wound in a dwarf hamster
124. Final Video: An itchy Dachshund has black spots
123. Video: A Golden Retriever had a swollen left hind limb Pt 1
122. Video: A 2.5-year-old dwarf hamster has 2 warts
121. Video: CNY 2nd day. Terrapin that swims sideways
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. 

A healthy and vigorous pup moving its mouth inside the amniotic sac, Singapore maltese, Toa Payoh Vets Caesarean section.
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.
Singapore Maltese Caesarean section. Stitching up the womb. 3 healthy pups.
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.
Big Maltese pup required Caesarian section
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.
Singapore. Timely emergency Caesarean saved Maltese puppy (middle). The other 2 were delivered naturally.
The Caesarean puppy (middle) would have died if not for the timely Caesarean section.

For more information regarding our services:
Tel: 6254-3326, 9668-6469

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Toa Payoh Vets