Maggots In Pets

Maggots are fly larvae (an early stage of fly development). Flies are usually attracted to animals by their odour, especially for animals with urine or faecal staining (e.g. from diarrhoea), skin folds, severe skin problems, wounds, infected ears, hot spots etc. Weak and debilitated animals and those kept outdoors are at higher risk of maggot infestation.

Flies reproduce by laying eggs on the skin or wounds. When maggots hatch, they feed on surrounding tissues by producing proteolytic enzymes. These enzymes cause an enlargement of the wounds. As a result, surrounding tissues become severely inflamed, uncomfortable and painful for the pet. The maggots can also burrow underneath the skin.

Community cat Tiger was rescued with a huge maggot wound on his head.

In severe cases, surgery may be necessary under local or general anaesthesia.

Reconstructive surgery was performed by Dr Lesley Teo of Mount Pleasant Central (Whitley) with a single pedicle advancement flap elevated from the neck skin to stretch over the big wound.

Maggot wounds are common in warm and humid environments

These wounds are often noticed only when the animal shows discomfort or pain. Owners usually notice discharge and/or foul smell from the wounds, which frequently have a small circular opening with surrounding tissues becoming red and swollen.

If you find maggots on your pets, we recommend veterinary attention as soon as possible to shave and clean the affected area, remove the maggots, followed by topical wound treatment and oral antibiotic therapy, if required.

Maggot wounds can be prevented
  • Keep the environment clean and dry to prevent flies.
  • Keep your pets indoors if they have a tendency to attract flies.
  • Check your pet’s body regularly for any external wounds.
  • Clean up any parts of your pet’s body with discharges or staining.
  • Keep your pet’s coat short to prevent matting and soiling.

We welcome medical stories of your animal friends to educate and inspire others. Email us at and be part of Mount Pleasant community over at our Website and Facebook.

ACS (Barker Road) Student Attachment Programme

We believe in educating our community in animal care and veterinary medicine, especially students who are considering the pathways to be a veterinarian.

In November, a group of Secondary 3 boys from ACS (Barker Road) came to “work” at our clinics. Some are so inspired and eager to learn, they came for extra days!


“I love dogs. Job shadowing in a vet clinic is unique and interesting, not something I can do whenever I want.” ~ Joel Mathews with Mason at Mount Pleasant Central Vet Clinic (Whitley)


“The most challenging part of being a vet, in my opinion, is having patience and perseverance.”


“Having patience in handling pets, especially difficult animals. And having perseverance as the doctors need to take on night shifts and perform surgeries which may take a few hours.”


“The best part of being a vet is the opportunity to work with animals. They bring joy to your working life!”


“I’m an avid animal lover. Becoming a vet is a very natural choice for me, having been surrounded by animals since I was born. Through this job shadowing opportunity, I had a feel of what a vet’s life is like and learnt to be a better companion to my pets.” ~ Leon Saint Claire with Sophie at Mount Pleasant Vet Centre (Mandai)


“Sometimes, vets face problems which they have to resolve quickly. They have to think fast and not hesitate. Another challenge is the difficult decision of euthanasia – a life is on the line, for better or for worse. Hence, I feel that vets cannot crack under pressure. They must make the right decisions for the well being of the animal, and also the owner.”


“Job shadowing strengthened my conviction to be a vet. Seeing an animal’s flame rekindled gives you a sense of satisfaction. You feel joyous for helping the family and improving the life of an animal – be it a bird, cat, hamster or dog. Furthermore, a growing stray population may give rise to more animal abuse. By becoming a vet, I may be able to make a positive difference to this predicament. That’s the beauty of being a vet – it is more than just a job.”


“I chose to job shadow at a vet clinic as I have a strong interest in animals and have dogs since I was born. We had a Maltese. After he passed, we welcomed Bambi and Belle into our family. They are Labradoodles which we personally chose from England after meeting their parents to check for any hereditary issues.” ~ Brandon Au Yong with Guan Wei at Mount Pleasant Animal Clinic (East)


“I love animals and want to help them get better. I have plans to pursue a veterinary degree in Australia. During job shadowing, I learnt how to take better care of my dogs and how to observe their behaviour for signs that they are unwell. I also learnt how various blood test machines work.”


“The hardest part was to witness blood from certain surgeries or teeth extractions as I associate blood with pain. The vets do their best to relieve pain and perform procedures as quickly as possible. The best part of this whole experience – I was able to interact with animals and help care for them as well as interact with vets and technicians to learn about the industry and their work.”


“When I was young, we stayed with my extended family and 10 dogs. I love our dogs and my interest lasted through the years till now when only 2 dogs remained.” ~ Michael Boey at Mount Pleasant Vet Centre (Changi)


“Our dogs are old and have had their fair share of visits to the vet. I’m always interested to learn what goes on in a consultation and when animals are hospitalised. Being a vet is one of my dream jobs.”


“For an animal lover, the contact with animals is possibly one of the best parts of being a vet. I cannot bear seeing any animal sick. I would want to find out what is affecting them and how we can nurse them back to health.”


David with Sophie at Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Bedok)


Daniel at Mount Pleasant Animal Clinic (North)

Under Mount Pleasant Community Outreach – Education, our programmes include talks at schools and organisations, project collaboration, work experience, student attachments and clinic visits. Email to be part of our outreach! 

Thank You Iresh, Serina, Tricia!

“Working with animals is more than just a job. Our role is not about cuddling cute puppies and kittens as most people think (but some days we do!). We are trying our best to help patients who cannot speak.”

We all love animals. But it takes a lot more to make up your mind, study and practise your skills so you can actually be the one to make a sick or injured animal well again. Today we say THANK YOU to Iresh, Serina and Tricia of Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Bedok) – happy and energetic ladies who are ever ready to help! 


“I joined Mount Pleasant in April 2011.  Working with animals is more than just a job. We are trying our best to help patients who cannot speak.” ~ Iresh


“Our role is not about cuddling cute puppies & kittens as most people think. It is challenging & you become an expert in multi-tasking & handling fractious animals. You learn to crawl under shelving units or consult tables to catch a frightened cat.”


Working with animals can be emotionally challenging too, especially when patients come in with serious health problems or when it is time to consider euthanasia to relieve them of their suffering.


“The most rewarding part of my job is to see a patient recovering from disease & become full of life again. The smiles on the animals’ & their owners’ faces fill me with joy & contentment. It makes my day complete.”


On a farm at Malaybalay Bukidnon during vet school days.


“Most people think I have a strong mind & personality. Only a few know that I am benevolent in many ways. If I can be anything in the world, I will be a philanthropist.”

“I love all things vintage. In times of solitude, I listen to Matt Monro’s songs and sing when I’m bored, stressed or lonely. When no one is watching, I dance like a hip hop dancer!

My parents guided me through some of life’s hardest journeys. They have always been ready to give me answers to calm my confused mind and encourage me to be optimistic. I will be grateful to them for as long as I live. They are my inspiration.”


“I joined Mount Pleasant in February 2011. Over the years, I learn more about animals, how to handle them well & love them.” ~ Serina


“It is always a great feeling when we discharge our patients to their happy families.”


Serina with Iresh


Serina with Jasmine

“My family, especially my daughter Syrenne Gwencynth, is the inspiration behind all my hard work. I wish to be a supermom to my daughter!

My talents? I’m proud to say I play the keyboards and guitar. I’m motivated by the motto – If others can do it, why can’t I?”


“I wanted to be a vet since I was young. After graduating with Diploma in Veterinary Technology from Temasek Polytechnic, I realised I enjoy being a vet technician as I am able to provide more hands-on care for our patients.” ~ Tricia


“I’m happiest seeing our patients get well & go home, especially if they were admitted for serious illnesses.”


In an ideal world, all sick animals should receive prompt treatment especially when we know the condition is easily treatable.


“For a period of time when I was younger, I wanted to be an air stewardess. Unfortunately I did not meet the height requirement! :(” ~ We’re sorry that dream did not come true but we are glad you are here with us, Tricia!


Dr Chan Mun Ling & her energetic team at Mount Pleasant (Bedok)!




Dr Chan Mun Ling: Happy Mother’s Day!

Fine traditions never grow old. This weekend, we send best wishes to all mothers (including pet moms!) and celebrate one of ours, the exuberant and warm Dr Chan Mun Ling, who always makes everyone feel welcomed. Happy Mother’s Day!


I knew I wanted to be a vet since I was 4 years old

The best part of being a vet is the satisfaction of seeing a patient getting well and the happiness and relief it brings to the family. The toughest part has to be parting with patients I have formed a bond with.


Dr Chan Mun Ling with her team at Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Bedok) & Dachi’s family after her spay.


Dr Chan with vet technician Rodarick & One-Tooth Kayla.


Dr Chan has been with Mount Pleasant since 2004. Here with Millie Bella.

on the way to motherhood 
My wedding, with parents and sis. 2007

The big day! Dr Chan with her parents & sister on her wedding day (2007).

Mom and i at home. 2009

Dr Chan with her mom & Biscuit (2009).

Dr Chan & husband Junwen with their daughter Yi Tian, from 1 month to 5 years!

Dr Chan & husband Junwen with daughter Yi Tian, from 1 month to 5 glorious years!

the sweetest moment of motherhood?

It has to be hearing Yi Tian saying, “I love you, mommy. I want to be with your everyday!” The toughest part of motherhood? Disciplining her and imparting good values. 

the best gift for our family is our time

We work long hours and weekends at the clinic. I pre-arrange my social schedule to ensure I spend at least part of all off days with my daughter. I also wake up early in the morning to spend some time with her and get her ready for school. Every evening, I will read her two story books before bedtime.

science centre water park 2013

“When Yi Tian was growing up, I have fond memories of her looking up at me, laughing & hugging me. But she was so small, she could only hug my legs! I wish to impart values of patience, perseverance & compassion to her.”

yi tian grew up with blackie and biscuit

When Yi Tian was younger, she could not understand how to be gentle with Blackie and Biscuit. She kept pulling their tails and ears but Blackie and Biscuit tolerated it. Now she is better . She walks Biscuit at the park everyday, shares her snacks and will try to carry her up the stairs (Biscuit is old now and has difficulty getting up stairs).

Dr Chan’s daughter Yi Tian grew up with Biscuit who was found roaming the streets 8 years ago. Yitian walks Biscuit daily at the park. It is a great way to know the neighbourhood kids when they come over to play with Biscuit!

Yi Tian grew up with Biscuit who was found roaming the streets 8 years ago.

Blackie, 3-legged cat 2008

Blackie, the 3-legged cat, who has since crossed the Rainbow Bridge.


By including Yi Tian in the daily care of Biscuit like feeding, walking and bathing, she learns good values like responsibility, patience, empathy and compassion. The emotional bonding also helps to increase her confidence and improve her social skills with people. It will be very sad when Yi Tian loses Biscuit one day but she will learn about mortality and to accept loss in life.

Feeding cat at malaysia chalet 2015

Feeding a community cat. Future vet in the making?


“Women can be successful at their careers & also be good wives & mothers. Manage your time well. Take steps to lessen stress & keep up a personal hobby & exercise. I enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities like rock climbing & backpacking.” Dr Chan with her Bedok team at one of their regular team-bonding activities.

do not procrastinate

Whether for work or family life, if you want something done, it is best to focus and do it quickly yourself. Do not procrastinate. Accept that obstacles may appear and simply do your best to manage it.

my message to all mothers on mother’s day

Live in the moment and appreciate the joy of family!

Jasmine Wong: As Long As I’m Needed

To many, a job is just a job. A colleague just a colleague.

But some like Jasmine understands that we are happiest and at our very best when we are doing what we love. With people who love it as much as we do.


Maro the Maltese. Jasmine’s full-time best friend & part-time receptionist at Mount Pleasant (Bedok)!

I love animals since young. After various jobs in medical centres  and dental clinics, I finally realised my dream of working with animals in 2007 at Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre. I first started at the Clementi branch as a receptionist, before transferring to Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Bedok).


Kitties & bunnies fostered by Jasmine.

The black kitten was found by a lady, all alone under a block of flats . She could not keep him and I felt compelled to help. I took the kitten home and nursed him for the next 2 months before my colleagues found him a family.


Maro with 3-legged Poyo.

Poyo was a community cat cared for by an elderly auntie. One day, she found Poyo badly injured and brought her in for treatment. Poyo’s right hind leg had to be amputated. She also appeared to have spinal problems. 


Maro & Poyo checking out Cofy the bunny.

After surgery, Poyo needed long term care. Initially, she was unfriendly and difficult to handle. But over time, Poyo mellowed and we grew attached to her. Auntie agreed to let me keep Poyo since she could not be released to the streets. My dog Maro was nonchalant when I brought Poyo home and Poyo was comfortable with Maro. All works out and Poyo is family ever since. 


I am grateful for the opportunity to help animals get well & see their families happy. This is Dachi going home after spay.

Dr Chan Mun Ling is my mentor during my early years with Mount Pleasant (Bedok). She was so patient, slowly showing me the ropes. Who would have thought that a girl who did not complete secondary school can do all this. I am where I am now because of Dr Chan and my colleagues.


I hope to continue working with animals and my team for as long as I can. It is not easy to come across a team like this. We not only work together as colleagues, we are friends outside of work. Like a family.


What’s my philosophy in life?

This may sound cheesy but I believe that “As long as I’m needed in your life, I’ll always be there for you. For you never walk out of me when I need you.” 

Not cheesy at all, Jasmine!

Life is not just about us but everyone else. Especially our family. And the friends we choose.

Rodarick Simon: Create Your Future

Maybe it is those big round eyes and boyish face, Rodarick exudes a child-like enthusiasm that is quite infectious. It lightens the mood and puts people at ease.

Then watching him at the clinic, ever ready to help and always a step ahead, you see a man who knows what he is doing. Not only at work. But also in his personal life.


Unfortunately, my height (or lack of) dashed my dream of becoming a soldier. At that time, we had many farm animals and pets back home. I had 8 dogs and many birds. My dad advised me to study veterinary medicine. He saw a bright future for me if I become a vet.


During the course, I fell in love with the animals that surrounded me. I worked as a vet in Philippines for about 4 years before setting foot in Singapore to broaden my knowledge and gain more work experience.

Expect the unexpected when you work in an animal clinic. You never know what case is going to turn up!


Baby leopard injured his claws in one of the zoos in Philippines.


The most important thing is to acknowledge our clients’ concerns and suggestions. I make sure I have specific details of the situations. When I answer their questions, I use words that are thoughtful and easy to understand.


It’s always a joy to see the whole family involved in their pet’s life. Dachi’s family came to bring her home after her spay.



The whole team at Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Bedok) is so friendly, understanding and positive! They are like my family in Singapore.


At one of their regular team bonding outings!


Jasmine, Shuyin, Dr Chan Munling, Karen, Rodarick, Dr Jane Teo, Tricia, Jenie at Farrer branch’s grand opening.


I’m willing to face any challenges in life. I’m sometimes funny, sometimes annoying. But serious at the right times, especially at work.

I enjoy taekwondo and badminton. On my off days, I sometimes cycle, window shop or watch documentaries. I enjoy travelling too!


My dream now is to set up a small farm in my home town in Philippines to create jobs for our community. And of course, to support my family as well.

Rodarick with YY, adopted by fellow colleague Jasmine.

It takes courage and faith to leave one’s family behind so that you can give them brighter days ahead. Ask Rodarick what is the best way to predict the future, I think he would most likely reply, “Go create it!”

To that, we won’t disagree.

And Rodarick, we are glad you did not become a soldier.