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“S” Day Finale

September 19, 2011 1 comment

Day 14 of lele sterilisation: Finally, after 2 weeks of overseeing lele movements and taking care of her operation wound, lele is due to have her stitches remove today. We made an appointment with Dr. Vanessa and arrive at the vet clinic at 2pm. Lele reacts the moment we get out of the car. She knows exactly where we are. She started to pull away from the clinic entrance even 1 meter away before going in. Poor gal get panic and whinny when inside and hold on to me tightly when I carried her. She simply dislikes and stresses out like any other kid seeing a dentist.

“Hmphh, I do not want to the vet…”

Without much waiting, lele was up next in the line. Dr. Vanessa gave a thumbs up to the wound as it heals and dry up nicely. However, she mentioned the wound was not clean throughly hence causing dry scarps to retain on the stitches. This may have cause the wound to have slight imperfection in terms of outlook. Well, being afraid to hurt lele and my inexperience with cleaning wounds, I was dabbing the wound with the antiseptic wash solution most of the time instead of cleaning it. This has taught me another lesson when it comes to caring for wounds.

In below photos, the stitches marking will need another 14 days to ease up and flattens. It do look scar-ry but anyway, as long she’s happy and healthy, nothing otherwise matters. We went to Bishan dog run right after the vet to give her the sense of freedom once again, follows by a good fragrance bath at last.

 

Lele stitches wounds before and after removal. Will post another photo after 14 days!!!

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The “S” Day (Part 2/2)

September 7, 2011 2 comments

Finally the 6 hours of waiting ends, and we (CS and I) arrived the clinic at around 6pm to bring our precious gal home. Dr. Vanessa told us to wait slightly longer as lele is not awake enough to be discharge. I got a peek at her and she was shivering in the crate. I sort of understand how she felt as I’ve also went for my head operations due to a freak accident years back. The anesthetic will cause the body to get cold and shivers after the operation.

At last, lele was given a go ahead to return home. Dr Vanessa patiently tell me about the medications and showing me how to clean and apply anaesthetic cream onto the wound. It is said that lele will experience vomiting later the day and water and food intake can only be given after 9pm. She also asked if we would like to see the remove “things” from lele and yes, we had a look at one of the ovaries which is unexpectedly to us – the size of a pea. Well, lele still looks drowsy when CS has her in his arms. Pappi will be in charge of carrying her in and out of the car and home with his big and study arms around lele.

Once home, lele’s bed was prepared in the living room. CS set her down and immediately she stay asleep there for around an hour. She woke up after and start doing her floating walk. We can see her desperation for water as she kept walking towards the toilet and staring at the entrance. Lele knows there’s water supply there because after every walk, I make it a habit that she will go to the toilet straight and get her water replenishment from the hose and I’ll get to rinse her legs, under belly, buttocks and muzzle.

After much coaxing, we get her to sleep while waiting for 9pm to strike. Every minute pasted seems like an hour. She woke up at 9.15pm and immediately we gave her her water bowl. She was slurping it down in big gulps. We also provide her home-cooked meal consist of steamed fish only. It took around 10 mins before she start her serving. But it didn’t take long for her to vomit everything out. She was a good gal to go to her pee tray to do her vomit and pee. Clean up was much easier then. Lele vomited total of 4 times and fell asleep soon after. We decided not to give her any more water as she kept throwing out. Instead we dabbed water around her lips to moist her mouth.

The worst part is she woke up middle of the night scratching at doors and raiding at toilets seeking for water. Without much choice even after telling her multiples of “No”, I gave in and hoping she will not vomit again. She finished a bowl full of water and we went to sleep together with her sharing the pillow beside me.

Everything has been well today. She seems to be sleepy still but do eat, drink and sleep well with no further vomiting. Dr Vanessa called to ask how is lele. Really appreciate her initiative to call and check out on lele. 2 weeks to go for the review and to remove the stitches. Looking forward to have lele being able to run and play with her pawpals once again.

Lele’s blurry eyes with “bei song” (angry) look while pappi carried her in his arms.

Little brave gal snoozing at the back of the car seats.

   

Here’s lele’s operation wound with 5 stitches at around 1.5 inches. Finally resting at home with her beary buddies.

The “S” Day (Part 1/2)

September 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Written this yesterday but was too tired to post after I got lele home. So here goes, dated 5th Sept 2011 :

It was a cooling night, lele slept well and was cuddling together with me on the bed. I woke up at around 9am and realise the reality has set in. Today is lele’s “S” day, her day of sterilisation. I wonder if she has felt something is about to be different on this special day….

Well, as per vet instructions given yesterday, lele has to start fasting on 5th September from 0001hrs onwards. All food substances and water are to be refrain prior to the surgery. Lele has a tendency to search for water source in the toilet at times, thereby we took the precautions to barrier and kept the doors shut.

Lele has never been left alone for such long hours, never exactly home alone as my MIL was always there for her. I prepare her things and pack along her turtle pillow and newly brought toy to accompany her check-in at the clinic.

CS took time off from work and fetch MIL, lele and me to the clinic. We reached the Toa Payoh Vets clinic at around 11.15am. Lele was assessed and her false pregnancy symptoms has declared cleared. Her once harden mamary glands has since diminished. She was given a clean bill for the sterilisation procedures.

However there is something I discovered on lele yesterday, a hard lump around 2.5cm on her right hind leg muscle. I consult Dr. Vanessa about it and she mentioned something not good. Since the lump is not painful and not causing any hindrance to lele’s movement or change in her behavior, she advised us to monitor and prescribed some medication in hope the lump will subside. A note from Dr. Vanessa is not to exerted force or massage the lump or any lump found, it may cause the spread of the harmful cells and worsen.

Lele was then carried into the holding crate and Dr. Vanassa asked us to check her out. I could hear lele cries and whining when entering the door but we decide to forgo the glimpse as we feel it will cause her more anxiety. This is the most difficult part for me but kept telling myself, it’s for the better of lele. All we have to do is wait for 6 hours and lele will be back home with us…

Diarrhea Nightmare

July 18, 2011 8 comments

I was not in the mood to blog for this whole week. Lele was down with her worst ever diarrhea. It all happens on the wee hours of Tuesday where she woke up several times and constantly rushing to her paper tray. This is not the first time she had diarrhea as I recalled her first 2 months with us, she visited the vet 3 times for diarrhea cases. Ever since, she is on restricted diet and her health improved. At times, the diarrhea disease do caught on her, but it will be over like 1 day. But for this time round, it worsen when she poo a pile of bloody mucus s*** 3 times in a row. Immediately, I rush her to the nearby vet clinic, The Animal Doctors (10 mins drive) rather than our usual Toa Payoh Vet.

Lele was attended by Ms Dr Ryan. She gave a through examination and conclude that it may be one of those diarrhea due to food contamination and overheat cause by our recent visit to Bishan dog run. She discussed the option to have lele hospitalise however I prefer to have her home which it will be more comfy for her. We will have to monitor her situation and should her condition worsen in 1-2 days, it will be back to the vet. Lele was given 2 injections and a water hump for her diarrhea. A water hump is look-alike camel hump where the vet infuse water on her back between the front shoulders blade. The water hump will slowly absorb into her blood stream and subside within hours to prevent her from dehydration. Lele came out from the room looking discomfort as she kept scratching on her mountainous hump. She was then on a 24 hours fast. The very night was a nightmare. Me and my MIL was unable to sleep as lele was constant awake feeling discomfort and her legs was seen trembling in pain. We can see her going through the agony by her facial expressions and behavior.

Next day morning, Wednesday, we try to have her eating food but she rejected. She was so lethargic and restless. Without food, it is not advisable to have the medication. So we decided to let her rest and gave her an early dinner. Well unexpectedly, she refused food once again. We had to force feed her this time round to get something into the stomach before the medication. It was tough to see her in such suffering condition. We decided if she still refuse food tomorrow, it will be back to the vet.

Thanks God, things change for better the very next day. She finally caught a good wink and slept through the night. She woke up slighty bubbly and gave me a wake up licking call. She was able to eat her morning meal on her own and played with her favourite squeaky ball. But most of the time, we were getting her to rest as she has yet to recover fully.

Finally after 2 days of constipation on thursday and Friday + 1 day of watery soft poo on Saturday, lele has s*** a good firm poo today. She has also regain back her energetic and mischievous self by running aimlessly in the house, grabbing things she should not have and tugging the toys with us stronger than ever. All this ordeal have left me and my MIL extreme eye bags and body aches from the sleepless night. I cannot imagine going through ever again. Lele is our precious, she is more than a pet, she is part of the family and my MIL doting grand-doghter.

PS: Thanks to all for the concerns and wishes given when lele was going through the distress.

Another Visit to the Vet

June 15, 2011 4 comments

The whole family got worried with lele’s recent physical changes. So we went to the Toa Payoh vet today for a check on her false pregnancy. Her nips area show an increase of dark pigmentation and the fats along the inner part of her hind legs seems to sag even more. Dr Vanessa confirmed lele is still experiencing the false pregnancy ordeal. This time we have to monitor and ensure her lumps around the nips will not expand in size or harden. Otherwise lele may have to consume hormones medication. *Sigh*

Another astonishing discovery is lele put on 700 grams in 1 month. She’s now a whooping 9.9kg, that’s overweight for a 13-inch beagle. I still don’t get it what has happen. She has an increase in exercise, food intake (including treats) reduction of at least 30 percent… yet she still be able to put on weight. Dr Vanessa suggested we go for 3 meals a day so lele’s body will not “store food” which may be the reason of her weight gain. Like humans, our body will store energy if one do not have regular mealtimes. We need to get her to slim down before her sterilisation operation. This is also for her wellbeing especially in her agility training when she need to do jumps. Impacts on her legs may cause injuries if she is heavy.

So it’s time for Project Le Diet, CS and I will have to sit down and plan out lele’s routine. I’m not sure what’s the ideal target weight but let’s say losing 100 grams a week for the initial start. Will work on that by this week and update everyone!!!

“Huh, Do I look like I need a diet???”

Lele False Pregnancy

May 24, 2011 2 comments

Brought lele to Dr. Vanessa at Toa Payoh Vet today for review. She has confirm my doubt of lele experiencing false pregnancy. Initially I have already suspected lele having false pregnancy as her character has made a huge change. She tends to be less hyper, will show her teeth at male dogs who keep sniffing her butt, less enthusiastic with toys and increase in appetite. But the awareness came about is the physical observations of her bloated abdomen and harden areas around her nips. Lele is our first dog. There are so much to learn as a pawrent. I wanted to share this so more pawrents will be able to understand better about their furkid development.

Dr Vanessa explained to me that false pregnancy will mostly occur around 3rd to 8th weeks of the heat. Either your dog have an increase in appetite or refusal towards food. We will have to monitor on lele if the symptoms get intense. The symptoms will be signs of milk production and feverish by feeling her ears. She has not shown any nesting patterns but tends to automatic go to her crate and rest without call. Overall, the vet has given a clean sheet that lele is still a healthy pup with the exceptional of slight overweight.

In order to stop the false pregnancy, sterilisation is the best solution. But it can only be done 2 months after lele’s heat. Therefore if the false pregnancy goes into extreme stage, lele will need to consume hormones medication to overcome the symptoms. Hormones medication is also not recommended by the vet as they do have side effects. We hope lele will get over with it herself. Everyday I will be telling lele she is not pregnant. LOL…

Well, more info can be found on the web about False Pregnancy also known as pseudopregnancy.

Lele First Visit to Toa Payoh Vets

Day 12 of Le Le Season – As per my earlier post, Sleeping Beauty on 28th April 2011, we sent lele to the vet the next day. Lele has been visiting the vets at The Animal Doctors in Ang Mo Kio since we got her. I have found their services overall satisfactory but appointments booking for specific vet seems to be difficult. Every furkid is a precious to their pawrents (paw-parents). So I decided to widen my choices.

I went online and found Toa Payoh Vets which is nearer to my home. Frankly speaking when we arrived the location, the first impression of the place is not good. It is located at industrial area and seems a bit run-down. The outlook of the reception area is not appealing at all. Honestly, this is what most of the consumers nowadays look out when patronizing a store. Well, I do had the urge to back out the moment I’ve stepped in. My appointment was at 4.30pm but because I’m late for 10mins (no excuse to be late, my fault). I ended up waiting around 5.30pm for the vet to see us with nobody in line. Understand the vet was conducting an operation the time we arrive. Looking back at all my initial negative reactions, yet I conclude the overall vet visit a definate worthwhile.

Finally, it’s our turn. Dr Vanessa Lin came to greet us. She has made an immerse impression. Her friendly, bubbly and genuine character made me feel like home and my lele is safe in her hands. After her detailed examination, lele condition is worst than we expected. Her tail has to be shave bald as the hair coat around the tail conceal the infected area. 60% of lele tail was practically red and wounded with pus. My heart sunk when I see her in such agony.

I asked Dr Vanessa what’s the cause. She clearly explained to me there are 2 reasons, one is due to her heat where lele can get irritated and tempermental. Secondly is due to her anal glands which causes irritation to her buttocks area hence causing lele to chew at her own tail to relieve some discomfort. True enough, Dr Vanessa show us how to relieve lele’s anal gland and she squirt out a full sac of blackish liquid (base on her expertise). The waste from the anal gland smells purgent and fishy.

After which, Dr Vanessa gave us lele’s medication and explained clearly the usage + the dos and do nots. Le le will be due for revisiting 2 weeks later. Dr Vanessa has been the best vet I’ve seen whom have answer every of my questions with patience and guidance. She has earned my respect and I would definately bring lele back to her.

There’s a saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. So don’t judge a vet by its clinic. Dr Vanessa Lin from Toa Payoh vets, Thank You. Thumbs up, Highly Recommended.

 

Lele’s shaved tail. @_@                                    Lele and her KONG Cloud Collar.