Tiger: Maggot Wound Reconstructive Surgery

* Note : Images may be unpleasant for some readers. 

Community cat Tiger disappeared for 2 weeks before returning with a horrific gaping maggot wound on his head. His caregivers have not been able to catch him for sterilisation as he is  wary of humans.  When Tiger was finally spotted at the void deck on Sunday night, he was hungry and weak. Hasan and caregivers were able to move him into a carrier and rushed him to our After Hours Emergency Clinic.

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After missing for 2 weeks, Hasan finally spotted Tiger on 24 July at the void deck. He was rushed to Mount Pleasant After Hours Emergency Clinic to treat the horrific maggot wound.

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More than 100 maggots were removed.

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A surgery is required to close up such a big wound. Before that, the area has to be derided (remove dead, damaged, infected tissue) aseptically & thoroughly flushed daily until a healthy granulation bed has formed.

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Being FIV/FeLV positive & estimated to be 12 years old, Tiger might not do well under general anaesthesia & wound healing may be delayed. No matter what, Tiger’s caregivers Hasan, Tipah, Rokiah, Tina & Richard, have made up their mind to do everything to save his life. Besides Tiger, they are caring for many other community cats in their neighbourhood.

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Verg & Mabel prepare Tiger for surgery.

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There is a considerable amount of loose skin over a cat’s neck that can be mobilised for wound closure. A single pedicle advancement flap is elevated from Tiger’s head & neck skin to stretch over the wound.

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All skin flaps require a clean, healthy recipient bed (free of debris, infection & necrotic tissue) for survival.

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The flap is sutured into position.

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Without caregivers like Hasan & friends, Tiger would not have survived. Tiger will be hospitalised for a few days before going to his new home.


Special Appeal For Tiger
To support caregivers like Hasan, we offer a discount for the medical care of community animals. Tiger has also been sterilised at no cost. Tiger’s caregivers are appealing for funds to help with the medical expenses so they can continue to care for sick or injured community cats. You may visit Tiger at Mount Pleasant Central Vet Clinic @ 232 Whitley Road (Tel: 6250 8333) during visiting hours and speak with our receptionists about helping Tiger. You may also email Hasan at hasan747hsn.nh@gmail.com. Thank you!

St Margaret’s Secondary School: Student Attachment Programme

A very fulfilling morning at St Margaret’s Secondary School’s Professional Career Guidance Day! Dr Joanna Goh from Mount Pleasant (Farrer) shared about her veterinary journey to almost 100 students while Mach the therapy cat distracted all the girls with his charms. Thank you teachers for organising this meaningful event. We could be looking at some bright future vets here!

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Morning assembly with a token of appreciation from the principal of St Margaret’s Secondary School

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Dr Joanna Goh spoke with almost 100 students, sharing the dreams, realities and pathways to be a veterinarian. We could be looking at some bright future vets here!

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We are pleased to have Belinda Chong and her handsome therapy cat Mach from Cat-Assisted Therapy Singapore – CATS who is easily a distraction!

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We believe in reaching out to our community in various ways. One of which is educating individuals in animal care and veterinary medicine, especially students who are considering the pathways to be a veterinarian.

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Showing the students how an ultrasound scan is performed.

Joswara Ming Hui
4E4, St Margaret’s Secondary School

I am grateful that Dr Joanna Goh came to our school to share on a career in veterinary science. She provided us with information related to the educational pathway for this vocation and her personal experiences in the journey.

The visit to Mount Pleasant (Farrer) was an invaluable experience for me and my school mates. We got to see different components of an animal clinic. I was fascinated by the many rooms, each having its purpose, and the different types of medical equipment.

This has been an unforgettable personal experience. More impactful than reading information off the internet or brochures. I am truly thankful for this opportunity.

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Sometimes the best therapist has fur & 4 legs!

Lua Jin Wen
4E4, St Margaret’s Secondary School

Dr Joanna Goh was very engaging during her sharing on being a veterinarian. She was enthusiastic to help us with our questions. Her insightful sharing which included many interesting and meaningful experiences has greatly inspired me to work towards my goal of joining the profession.

I was also privileged to be invited to visit Mount Pleasant (Farrer) where my school mates and I were met by the friendly and helpful staff. The clinic was bigger than it looked from outside and the whole area was well maintained. It was heartwarming to see the clinic making extra effort to find homes for abandoned animals. We got to see how an ultrasound can be used to examine a dog’s kidney. It was an eye-opening experience.

Seeing the way the staff cared for their animal patients was uplifting. If I have a sick pet, I would definitely bring it to Mount Pleasant for medical attention as I know the staff will do a good job caring for my pet.

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Our education programmes include talks, project collaboration, work experience, student attachments and clinic visits. To be part of our outreach, email comms@mountpleasant.com.sg. We will be delighted to discuss further.

ACS (Barker Road) Teacher Attachment Programme

During the June holidays, we hosted a team of teachers from Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) for their staff work attachment programme. Here is what some of them have to say.

Bedok

Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Bedok)

“Thank you very much for having us! One important lesson I’ve learnt from the attachment is how human the whole thing is. People tend to think that vets deal only or mainly with pets but truth is, there’s a lot of interaction with people. The team dynamics at Mount Pleasant (Bedok) is really great. It’s like a family here and the work atmosphere is warm. I enjoyed my time with Dr Chan Munling and team and felt really welcomed!” ~ Ang Puay Khoon

Farrer

Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Farrer)

“It is a totally different environment from school but yet there are similar features as both are from the service industry where care, safety and passion are important. At Mount Pleasant (Farrer), I learnt the importance of professionalism. This is a close knit community. I did not feel the existence of hierarchy yet everyone knows their role and could work and support one another seamlessly. It’s like an ant colony – the high degree of professionalism allows for a relaxed but high-functioning organisation.” ~ David Wong

Clementi

Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi)

“I thought it would be interesting to look into an industry of a mixed nature – one that is partly about service, customer relations, yet involves medical knowledge and skills. I have 2 dogs. Adopting a rescued dog from an industrial park was one of the most enriching and meaningful things I’ve done. Through my attachment at Mount Pleasant (Clementi), I learnt that continual improvement is important. One of the conversations Dr Simon Quek had with the other vets was about a food allergy research he was planning to embark on which I thought was interesting. As a vet, or any other professional, it is always important to seek improvement, better processes, explore new research methods and find new solutions.” ~ Samantha Gan

“I always have a keen interest in animal welfare. I used to have a Collie and a Jack Russell Terrier. Presently, I have 3 Morkies (Maltese x Yorkshire Terrier). Through this attachment, I learnt that working in a clinic entails more than just empathy. The team has to be fast, knowledgeable, skilful and up-to-date in animal research. It was a learning experience when I could observe Dr Quek performing surgery.” ~ Alley Eio

North

Mount Pleasant Animal Clinic (North)

“Through my attachment with Dr Sandhya Nair’s team at Mount Pleasant (North), I learnt that vets and technicians require the same dedication as doctors and nurses. In fact, I think they have it tougher as animals are not able to speak about their health problems. Vets also have to deal with many things such as dental and grooming, as well as a variety of animals which can differ greatly. I saw that when the vets and technicians are not attending to animals, they’re constantly learning about medical conditions and mentoring one another. Teamwork is the key to success for every case. I appreciate the kindness the team showed us. They made time in the midst of the busyness, explained to us what they were doing and even taught us medical terms.” ~ Elke Handoyo

East

Mount Pleasant Animal Clinic (East)

“I have a love and curiosity about animals. We used to have 2 rabbits who just hopped into our house and started burrowing in the garden. We took them in and it was nice having them roam free in the yard. For 10 years, they brought us joy. You cannot do anything without passion for a common cause and that’s what everyone at Mount Pleasant (East) has in common. It is a joy to be around professionals who enjoy their work even though it’s hard. Their passion keeps them going. It has certainly inspired me in my own field.” ~ Kenneth Khoo

“I have had many pets over the the years and am always interested to learn how to better care for animals. Through my attachment at Mount Pleasant (East), I learnt that client care is just as important as pet care. The team works very hard, sometimes with few breaks. They are really a committed lot. I have more empathy for vet staff now as I see what they have to deal with.” ~ Raji Ravi

Gelenggang

Mount Pleasant Vet Centre (Gelenggang)

And here we have teacher Clarise Wong with our team at Mount Pleasant (Gelenggang). While we thought we were givng and imparting knowledge to the teachers, we receive much more in return. Clarise has signed up her Chow Chow Xiong Xiong as a Mount Pleasant Hero to save more lives! Find out how your dog and cat can be a heroic blood donor!

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Mount Pleasant Vet Centre (Mandai)

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Mount Pleasant Central Vet Clinic (Whitley)