Those of you who are familiar with Dr Simon Quek, Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi), probably know him as the “skin doctor”.
Dr Quek has a keen interest in veterinary dermatology and regularly oversees referral skin cases at his clinic. He completed his post-graduate studies in Veterinary Dermatology in 2003 and has spent much time working with dermatologists at Murdoch University Dermatology Clinic. In collaboration with Murdoch University Dermatology Clinic and National University of Singapore, Dr Quek started Singapore’s very first Intradermal Testing and Immunotherapy for atopic dogs in 2004.
Dr Quek is also passionate about bird watching and photography. For a few years now, he has been creating calendars showcasing his photographs. For 2016, proceeds from sales will be donated to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. Look out for the calendars at Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi)!
Dr Simon Quek with part of his team at Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi), Marichel, Grace, Lenzi, Cheryl & Robert.
Morning scene at Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi). Animal guardians with their beloved pets.
The beautiful Annabelle with her brother Rudolph. Looking good at 13 years old.
Older dogs & cats are at higher risk of developing osteoarthritis. Rudolph is receiving his regular cartrophen injection to reduce inflammation which causes pain. Keep your pets trim. Discuss with your vet about supplements or therapies (physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture) that may be beneficial for arthritic pets.
Dr Quek observing the gait of a Golden Retriever who presented with lameness in his front legs.
Brandy the Shih Tzu was adopted from SPCA 12 years ago. He had a successful cataract surgery by Dr Heng Yee Ling, Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Farrer). Unfortunately, that eye was recently damaged due to trauma & had to be enucleated. Brandy is still a cheerful boy, adapting well to life with one good eye. 6 months ago, Brandy came to see Dr Quek for recurring pruritic skin & hyperkeratosis (thickening of outer layer of skin). Medication & food trial on a novel protein was started & his skin looks much better today.
Blood tests for a sweet little kidney patient.
Kidney disease is commonly seen in older dogs or cats. Symptoms of chronic renal failure include lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, increased thirst, increased urination, lack of appetite, weight loss. Unfortunately, there is no cure for renal failure. The patient is managed with a specially formulated diet and fluid therapy to prevent dehydration.
Happy the 4-year-old Westie came in with urinary problem. He has been less active, eating & drinking little. His urine turned a dark shade of yellow.
Dr Quek did a rectal examination. Prostate gland feels normal, not enlarged. The prostate is located near the neck of the urinary bladder in a male dog. An enlarged prostate may press on the urethra & cause a dog to strain while urinating.
Urinalysis detected the presence of bilirubin & blood in Happy’s urine. Happy is treated for urinary tract infection & his owner will monitor him closely for any worsening signs.
Dr Vanessa Sim performing ultrasound on 13-year-old JRT with suspected pyometra, a life-threatening infection of the uterus, common in older unspayed female dogs.
When a female dog is on heat, the cervix is open and bacteria from the vulva can enter the uterus. With repeated heat cycles and elevated levels of the hormone progesterone, the lining of the uterus thickens and provides an environment for bacteria to grow.
In open cervix pyometra, pus drains from the uterus and is often noted on the skin/hair under the tail or the dog’s bedding. If the cervix is closed, pus is not able to drain to the outside. It builds up in the uterus, causing abdominal distension. Shock or death can occur when toxins leak through the uterine wall.
Ovariohysterectomy (spay) is the treatment of choice. The uterus, ovaries and oviducts are surgically removed. Spaying your female dog at 6 months of age, before the first heat, prevents pyometra and reduces the risk of mammary cancer.
Benny was found 3 years ago, all alone, in a rubbish collection centre of a HDB block. For the past few days, he ate very little & had lost weight.
Benny has developed stomatitis (inflammation in the mouth). Mouth ulcers can be caused by injury, infection or cancer. A common viral infection in cats is feline calicivirus. Cats with stomatitis may drool, refuse to eat, paw at their face, refuse to be touched on their face. The inside of the mouth looks inflamed & swollen. Gums may bleed & there is bad breath.
Stomatitis is a painful condition. Benny was given antibiotic & anti-inflammatory injections. Lysine was also prescribed to help boost his immune system.
Fluffy the 3-year-old adopted Shih Tzu came in with inflamed, itchy, flaky skin.
Marichel is getting a skin scrape to test for the presence of mites, bacteria or yeast. The skin is scraped with a scalpel blade & the collected material gently wiped onto the surface of a microscope slide.
Skin sample is also collected with a sticky clear adhesive tape.
Samples are also collected from Fluffy’s ears with cotton swabs.
Lenzi examined Fluffy’s skin samples under microscope. No mites were detected. Besides medication for bacteria & yeast infection, Fluffy is started on a strict food trial with a novel protein (crocodile meat) for at least 8 weeks.
the family at Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi), past & present!
Hai Ning, Sujena, Eunice.
Dr Vanessa Sim, Dr Amanda Sim, Robert with little Cola Cupcake.
Dr Chua Hui Li with Pemy the Pembroke Corgi.
Gerry the resident dog & part-time receptionist wishes you all “good night”!