Cutie: Flash Glucose Monitoring System For Diabetic Pets

Joette with Cutie

how did cutie come into your life?

I was leading a busy and stressful life in the corporate world. The only thing I loved to do was visit the pet farms during my free time. I saw Cutie during one of my visits. She was at the back of the viewing room – her eyes so sorrowful. We both looked at each other for a long time. I could not stop thinking about her. Two weeks later, we brought Cutie home.

living with skin problems

When Cutie developed skin problems, we went to the vet very often but it just got worse. Then I met Dr Simon Quek at one of his talks. We did a skin allergy test to find out what Cutie was reacting to (e.g. pollen, dust mites, tobacco). It can be difficult to avoid exposure to certain environmental allergens. We started Cutie on immunotherapy and it has been working well.

living with blindness

Last year, Cutie was diagnosed with diabetes. Her condition worsened rapidly and within a month, she developed cataracts in both eyes. Cataract surgery was successfully performed by Dr Heng Yee Ling but unfortunately, Cutie developed glaucoma.

It was a very painful and difficult decision to go ahead with enucleation to remove both her eyes. You will find this silly – I actually let Cutie choose from 2 pieces of paper: ‘keep’ or ‘take out’. She kicked the paper with the words ‘take out’.

“We got the Muffin’s Halo to help Cutie get around. Now she is familiar with the surrounding – we do not move or add in new furniture – she can find her way around and even climb up and down the stairs. I guess she ‘activates’ her other senses and decided to move on with life.”

“I learnt something from Cutie: We don’t need a pair of eyes to see the world. We just need a heart to feel it.”

living with diabetes

We are very fortunate to meet Dr Nathalee Prakash and her team – their dedication, patience and commitment. To reduce stress in Cutie, Dr Prakash introduced us to a glucose monitoring device that is implanted into Cutie’s neck – no more poking of needles to draw blood.

Application of the sensor is relatively quick, painless and well-tolerated by diabetic patients.

“Now we can monitor Cutie’s blood glucose with ease at home. Cutie is the first dog to use this sensor!”

flash glucose monitoring system 

Effective blood glucose (BG) monitoring is essential for the management of dogs and cats with diabetes mellitus. BG readings can be affected by stress, food consumption and exercise. BG testing in a vet clinic can be stressful for our pets, especially cats. Under stressful conditions, the values obtained may not be an accurate reflection of the BG curve on a typical day.

A novel Flash Glucose Monitoring System is now available to measure interstitial tissue glucose levels every minute via a disposable sensor with a small catheter inserted under the skin. It can be worn for up to 14 days and eliminates the need for repeated blood tests at the vet clinic. The readings are collected, registered and stored automatically. Email or call 6251 7666 to find out more.

For patients living with diabetes, consistent, unchanging and constant are keywords to remember for lifestyle, diet and treatment.

Ideally, a diabetic dog or cat should be fed the same type of food, same amount, at the same time each day. A regular schedule will help minimise fluctuations in blood glucose so that the amount of insulin needed remains the same. Once the diabetes is properly regulated, our diabetic pets like Cutie can live relatively normal lives.

We always welcome medical stories of your animal friends which can educate and inspire others. Email us at if you have a story to share. Meanwhile, be part of Mount Pleasant community over at our Website and Facebook.

Super Mommy Hai Ning: Happy Mother’s Day!

The best kind of mommies care for all kinds of babies! This week, we catch up with some of our Super Moms at Mount Pleasant. Happy Mother’s Day, Hai Ning!

The best kind of mommy cares for all kinds of babies!

what’s the toughest part of being a working mom?

Lethargy! I’m basically working 24/7. After I knocked off from my day job at Mount Pleasant (Clementi), I start my second job as mummy to 2 young kids. Receiving help from my family and close friends  really eases my burden.

“I’m really thankful to my colleagues, especially Eunice and Felicia, for always reaching out when they see me struggling.”

Dazzel enjoying some TLC after a surgery to remove a tumour

what is your sweetest memories of motherhood?

When my son wanted to pat me to sleep instead of me patting him to sleep! I think that’s a very sweet gesture.

Hai Ning’s son with Feliz

Hai Ning’s son with Amour

Hai Ning’s daughter with a foster kitty

What advice would you give young women?

Marry someone who is a hands-on hubby and will share your burden, in terms of household chores and taking care of kids. It will really lighten your workload.

I live by the motto “Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits”. I have to and will be strong for my kids!

Comparing Radiography (X-Ray) And Ultrasonography

By Dr Chua Hui Li
Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi)

Radiography, or commonly known as X-Ray, along with ultrasonography are two most common diagnostic imaging tools vets use to help reach a diagnosis of your pet’s problems. So what exactly is radiography and ultrasonography, and how are they different from each other in their uses?

main differences between radiography and ultrasonography

The main difference between radiography and ultrasonography lies in the different technology used to acquire the images that we see. They also have different advantages and disadvantages in their use to diagnose a problem. Different disease conditions may also require different imaging modalities for diagnosis or further investigation.

when do we use radiography?

Radiography uses ionising electromagnetic waves (radiation or “X-Rays”) to produce a still shadow image of the internal body parts including bones. Radiography allows the vet to assess the entire animal in a single image.

On a radiograph, bone & other very dense structures appear white, soft tissues such as fluid & organs show up in shades of grey, while air appears black. If your cat is vomiting, your vet may take X-rays to check for intestinal obstruction or foreign bodies. If your dog is limping, X-rays can reveal causes such as bone fractures, degeneration or dislocations.

We use radiography to help diagnose:

  • bone fractures or abnormal growths from bones
  • bone diseases, arthritis or other joint problems
  • slipped discs and certain spinal problems such as Wobblers
  • lung diseases
  • enlarged hearts
  • certain tumours and their spread to the lungs or bones in particular
  • diaphragmatic hernias
  • certain foreign objects in the body
  • bladder or kidney stones
  • late pregnancies
  • dental disease
  • middle ear disease
  • problems relating to the stomach or intestines

Some body parts such as the brain, nasal sinuses, blood vessels, the reproductive tract and gall bladder cannot be seen on radiographs. Radiography may allow us to see the shape, size and location of these body parts but does not provide information on the appearance of these organs, their internal structures or movement as well as blood flow.

when do we use ultrasonography?

Ultrasonography uses ultrasound waves (transmitted into the body via a probe/transducer) to produce real-time images of the internal organs on a screen, with details of their structure and function.

For an abdominal ultrasound, the fur on the abdomen will be clipped. A conducive gel is placed on the probe/transducer that is attached to the ultrasound machine. The procedure is painless & non-invasive.

Ultrasonography allows us to:

  • capture movement and internal structure of the certain organs such as the heart, making it possible for us to assess how well it is functioning.
  • detect early pregnancies, predicting when the foetuses are due as well as the viability of the foetuses.
  • assess the appearance of internal organs such as liver and spleen to determine if they are abnormal looking due to infection, inflammation or growths.
  • look at the bladder in greater detail where the bladder wall and its contents are seen and evaluated for stones and masses.

Other common uses, just to name a few, include the detection of pyometra (uterine infection), fluid accumulation in body cavities, smaller tumours not visible on radiographs, origins of tumours seen on radiographs, and certain kidney diseases such as renal cysts or kidney blockage.

Ultrasonography, cannot evaluate the skeletal system or lungs as bone and air reflect most of the ultrasound waves to produce a black shadow image.

Despite their differences, radiography and ultrasound may be used as complementary tests for the same section of the body. Depending on the animal’s case and circumstances, one may be chosen over the other.

other types of veterinary diagnostic imaging
  • Computed Tomography (CT) 
    Combines the use of X-Rays with the latest computer technology to show different levels of tissue density, produce cross-sectional images of the body part being scanned and provide more detailed information than X-Rays. CT scans are often used to detect structural changes deep within an animal’s body, e.g. tumours, fractures, lung and chest problems.

Sedation is not required for animals undergoing X-rays or ultrasound, unless the animal is anxious, boisterous or in pain. However, general anaesthesia is required for CT scans as the animal must be kept still for several minutes inside the scanner. CT scans can be performed at Mount Pleasant Vet Centre (Gelenggang).

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
    Commonly used to evaluate tissue disease or injury of the brain and spinal cord. Animals have to be under general anaesthesia because they have to remain still during the procedure. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field and pulses of radio waves to create detailed anatomic images of the body part being scanned.
  • Fluoroscopy
    Uses a continuous series of X-Ray beams to capture real-time images on a monitor. With the “X-Ray movie”, we see the inside of a body in motion. In orthopaedic surgery, fluoroscopy allows us to see bones in numerous angles and improves the accuracy of incision, aids in the positioning of plates and minimises tissue trauma.

    Fluoroscopy allows Dr Patrick Maguire, Mount Pleasant (Gelenggang), to operate on Brownie’s fractured leg using less invasive surgical techniques so that there is minimal trauma to the tissues & Brownie can recover faster.

Thank You Robert, Cheryl, Felicia!

Thank you Robert, Cheryl and Felicia of Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi). HAPPY NATIONAL VET TECH WEEK!


Cheryl, Felicia & Robert with Jingle The Warrior & Cherie the Goldie giving you a sneak peek of the all new Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi). Dr Simon Quek has been working at this clinic since 2001. Time to revitalise our space to serve you better!


“I’ve always wanted to help sick animals. I was brought up on a farm & took care of my father’s animals. There was limited access to vet care back then so I thought if I studied for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, I’ll be able to help animals & make a difference.” ~ Robert


“I enjoy cycling & fishing. I used to fish with my father when I was young, to bring food to the table. I have a fish pond back in the Philippines for both business & leisure.”

"My family, my wife and kids inspire me a lot. But it us the Lord Who gives me direction and my faith in Christ gives meaning to everything that I do. I live by this bible verse: I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me (Phil 4:13)."

“My family, my wife & kids inspire me a lot. But it is the Lord who gives me direction & my faith in Christ gives meaning to everything that I do. I live by this bible verse: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil 4:13).”


“I joined Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi) in 2003. I love what I presently do as a vet technician. One day, I would want to practise in the Philippines or by God’s grace, own a ranch & raise my own livestock.”



“Seeing owners smile when their pets recover or are well taken care of brings me satisfaction & joy. It is very rewarding when you know your efforts have paid off.”


“As a child, I decided there simply wasn’t any other career path for me besides working with animals.” ~ Cheryl


Participating in the Singapore Kennel Club’s Championship Dog Show.


“I joined Mount Pleasant on Valentine’s Day last year. I love providing personal attention to our patients & their families, to see cases from beginning to end. Now, in my 21st year of working with furred, feathered, finned & scaly pets; from grooming to helping feral parrots & cats live with humans to hand raising neonates of many species to nursing in clinical practice, I know I made the right choice all those years ago.”


“There’s nowhere else I’d rather be – working towards my career goals of learning advanced surgical theatre skills & practice management. I also try to be an advocate for welfare of veterinary support staff. I treasure all opportunities to work with the loves of my professional life – rabbits & other pocket pet patients & on emergency & critical care cases.”


“Tammy was hospitalised for skin problems during which her family realised they could not cope with her aggressive behaviour. Tammy bonded with me & I did not hesitate to adopt her. She has improved a fair deal since I brought her home & we will continue to work towards more socially acceptable behaviours.”


“Few people know that I crochet various items for humans & pets. I designed my own pet bed that can be used in multiple ways.” Aren’t these lovely!


“I draw inspiration from people I meet – everyday, simple words true to heart can be inspiring. I believe in the motto: Live & let live. Whatever is meant to be will be when the time is right.”


“I joined Mount Pleasant in August last year. I always love the idea of working with animals, therefore it led me to pursue a diploma in Vet Technology in Temasek Polytechnic. It’s a bonus that my two best friends are also working in Mount Pleasant.” ~ Felicia


“It is very frustrating when we have very sick or dying patients & there is nothing more we can do to make them better. We also meet many rescued homeless strays like Chloe. Thankfully she found a good home!”


“One of the best moments of my job was meeting Gerry! She was a rescued stray & previously our clinic dog. I fell in love with her & had to bring her home. Muffin the corgi is my very first dog. I adopted her from a friend 6 years ago when she was just a pup.”


“I love to see the smiles on my dogs’ faces. Knowing they are happy makes me happy too!”


“I played the piano for over 10 years & I love to sing. I would be a singer If I could! My favourite quote: Enjoy the little things in life, because one day you will look back & realise they were the big things.”





We look forward to meeting you & your animal friends at our newly renovated Mount Pleasant (Clementi)!

Kenny: Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA)

Despite chronic ear infection and a foreleg crushed by a forklift, Kenny is such a dear boy. Today, his entire diseased ear canal is removed by Dr Simon Quek @ Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi) in a procedure called TECALBO. A very rewarding surgery that offers Kenny a pain-free and better quality of life! Thank you Noah’s Ark CARES for watching over him.


Chronic ear diseases can be very painful and extremely challenging to manage. When the condition is recurring or has become difficult for topical medication to be administered, surgery is recommended to remove the ear canal entirely.

What is a Total Ear Canal Ablation?

Total Ear Canal Ablation or TECA involves the removal of an infected ear canal when other treatment methods have failed. The full name for the procedure is Total Ear Canal Ablation with Lateral Bulla Osteotomy (TECA + LBO). 


The moist and warm environment within the ear canal provides an ideal environment for bacteria and yeast to grow. Cocker Spaniels, with their long pendulous ear flaps, are very prone to ear infections. Image ref:

  • Ear scratching
  • Shaking of head
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Thickened ear canals
  • Foul odour from ear
  • Discharge from ear canal
  • Head in tilted position

If you notice these signs, have your vet examine your pet’s ears before the disease becomes chronic and irreversible.


  • Severe or recurrent infection/inflammation of the ear canal (otitis externa) or  middle ear (otitis media) which is non-responsive to medical treatment
  • Narrowing of ear canals due to chronic ear disease (certain breeds like the Shar Pei and Bulldog tend to have narrow ear canals, predisposing them to ear infections)
  • Difficulty in administering ear medication (due to dog’s behaviour or owner’s time constraint)
  • Tumours in the ear canal

As infection and inflammation progress, the walls of Kenny’s ear canal thicken, ossify (turn into bone) and become irreversibly narrowed. Topical medications can no longer reach the diseased portions. His middle ear chamber is filled with infected material.


Contact or food allergens, parasites and foreign objects can cause inflammation of the external ear canal (otitis externa) which may lead to secondary infection of the middle ear cavity (otitis media). Image ref:


Robert and Cheryl prepare Kenny for TECA procedure


Dr Simon Quek carefully dissects the soft tissues close to the ear canal, avoiding trauma to important structures such as the facial nerve. The entire diseased ear canal is then surgically removed.


After removal of the ear canal, the tympanic bulla (middle ear chamber) is exposed by removing part of the bony wall. Any remnants of infected tissue attached to the bulla is removed. After surgery is completed, there will be no opening into the ear canal.


The incision is flushed with sterile saline before closure and the area protected with a light bandage. Kenny will be hospitalised for a few days with antibiotics and pain relief medication.

can my dog still hear after the procedure?

Most dogs undergoing TECA already have reduced hearing due to severe changes in the ear canal so owners do not notice a significant difference in the dog’s hearing after surgery.

What we often do notice is a positive change in the dog’s behaviour and energy level after the infected ear canal is removed. No longer living with chronic pain, your dog will have a more active and  better quality of life.

** Kenny currently stays at an industrial area. Please contact if you can give this sweet and undemanding boy a foster or forever home. Read Kenny’s rescue story

Georgie Says “Thank You Dr Simon Quek”


An itchy dog is a miserable dog. Speak with Dr Simon Quek at Mount Pleasant (Clementi) if you have a chronically itchy pet. It’s been just a month since Georgie saw Dr Quek. Look at the difference!

If you have an itchy scratchy dog, first rule out parasites like ticks and fleas. Manage environmental allergens like dust mites with regular vacuuming and switch to a novel protein if your dog has food allergies. Anti-inflammatory medication and gentle medicated shampoo will provide some relief while giving your dog’s skin time to heal.

You’re very handsome now Georgie. Well done!

Dr Simon Quek: Happy Father’s Day!

They say dads are a daughter’s first love. And a son’s first hero. This weekend, we send our highest regards to all fathers and celebrate the ever youthful Dr Simon Quek who shows us the best way to teach our children is to lead by example. Breathing the values of commitment and perseverance. Running after your dreams. And never letting go of your wife’s hand. Happy Father’s Day!


from showing to healing 

Dr Quek was showing dogs at dog shows during his teenage years. After junior college, he made up his mind to be a veterinarian.


“The most challenging part of my job is telling families that their time with their pets is up. The most gratifying part is seeing previously itchy dogs stop scratching & having a better quality of life.”


Dr Quek has a strong interest in veterinary dermatology


A common cause of itchy skin in pets is allergies. At Pet Expo 2016, Dr Quek spoke about environmental & food allergies as well as intradermal skin testing which is available at Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi).



Team bonding!

pillar of support

A career as a veterinarian takes up  a lot of time and energy. It is hard work and heart work, which you can’t just leave at your  desk at the end of a day. To remain in this vocation – and not sink into compassion fatigue – family support is very important.

“I have a fantastic wife who understands that the working hours of my job can be unpredictable. She doesn’t make a fuss if I get held up.”


Dr Simon Quek with his wife Pei Shih. Holding hands for more than 20 years!


Vacation at Stonehenge

Always make time to date each other. Without the kids!

Always make time to date each other. Without the kids!

And never stop celebrating all the memorable occasions in life.

And never stop celebrating the memorable occasions in life.

work hard for your dreams

When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son. Dr Quek believes in working hard for your dreams and also appreciates the beauty of failure.

“They need to learn how to fail because it is in failing that you learn to pick yourself up.” 

What better way to foster a never-give-up spirit than practising a sport or musical instrument?


Older son Sebastian takes up music & has represented his school in overseas band performances.

Younger son Benedict takes up Taekwondo & has attained black belt.

Younger son Benedict takes up Taekwondo & has since attained black belt.

Besides treating animals, Dr Quek loves to capture birds – on camera. 

6 years ago, I saw a friend’s bird photographs and said ‘Wow! How can I be missing out on all these amazing birds.’ I bought a second hand 500mm lens, took my first bird photos and got hooked.”


Bird photography at Borneo Rainforest Lodge.


Some of Dr Quek’s spectacular photos have been featured in calendars to raise funds for charity

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you can do it

Whatever you put your mind to, at whatever age, you can do it. Although Dr Quek jokes that taking part in Ironman is due to mid life crisis, it shows the level of determination and fighting spirit in him. 

“I’m currently taking part in half Ironman races. I participate to complete, not compete.”


Half Ironman 70.3 Philippines

Half Ironman finisher at Cebu, Philippines.

Hard earned medal at Half Ironman, Cebu, Philippines.


Completing Ironman 70.3 Vietnam!


Benedict, dad’s biggest supporter!

pace yourself

“Just as in Ironman races, you need to pace yourself in life and career. Strike a balance between work, family and hobbies, otherwise you might just burn out.”


Make time to get away as a family & explore the world.


Boys will be boys! Bonding through shared hobbies.


F1 qualifiers with the boys. Dr Quek says if he is not a veterinarian, he would probably be a race car driver!


Three generations plus a Fluffy


At the end of the day, it’s not about the number of hours you sink into work, the accolades received or how fast you rise in rank. Everything is more meaningful when you have a loving family to come home to. Happy Father’s Day, Dr Quek!

A Day At Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi)

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.

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 very well to life with one good eye. 6 months ago, Brandy came to see Dr Quek for recurring pruritic skin & hyperkeratosis. Medication & food trial was started & his skin looks much better today.

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.

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 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.

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.

Hai Ning, Sujena, Eunice.


Dr Vanessa Sim, Dr Amanda Sim, Robert with little Cola Cupcake.


Dr Chua Hui Li with Pemy the Pembroke Corgi.


Part of the happy family at Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi)!


Gerry the resident dog & part-time receptionist wishes you all “good night”!

Canine Pancreatitis

The pancreas is a V-shaped gland located between the stomach and the duodenum (small intestine). The 2 main functions of a pancreas are:

  • produce digestive enzymes to help break down and absorb nutrients from food
  • produce insulin to regulate blood sugar level in the body


what is pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. An inflamed pancreas leaks digestive enzymes which begin to break down fat and proteins in other organs (including the pancreas itself) – the body is literally digesting itself.


Bobby is a well-loved 17-year-old Golden Retriever. He has been vomiting since yesterday & refused to eat. Dogs who develop pancreatitis are usually middle aged or elderly.

What are the causes of pancreatitis?

Several factors may contribute to pancreatitis in dogs. They include certain medications, hormonal diseases (e.g. hypothyroidism), genetics and high-fat diets.

what are the symptoms of pancreatitis?

Symptoms are similar to other conditions like kidney diseases and ingestion of foreign objects. They include:

  • abdominal pain
  • loss of appetite
  • vomiting
  • fatigue
  • dehydration

In severe cases, the animal may develop heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and have difficulty breathing. Toxins released by destroyed tissue may cause sepsis (body-wide infection) and a life-threatening condition called disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) which results in multiple haemorrhages.

How is pancreatitis diagnosed?

Besides obtaining a complete history and performing a thorough physical exam, the tests your vet may run include:

  • complete blood count
  • biochemistry profile (to detect elevated amylase or lipase)
  • pancreatic-specific test (cPLI test)

Serum lipase can come from other tissues besides the pancreas so elevated levels may not be due to pancreatitis. A more specific test is the cPLI (Canine Pancreatic Lipase Immunoreactivity) test. Pancreas-specific lipase is produced only in the pancreas. The value is elevated only when there is pancreatic inflammation.

how is pancreatitis treated?

The goal of treatment is to rest the pancreas and provide supportive care – prevent dehydration, control vomiting and provide pain relief. If vomiting is severe, food, water and oral medications are withheld for at least 24 hours.

Bobby will be hospitalised for treatment and receive intravenous fluids to prevent dehydration.

If your dog’s pancreatitis is mild or diagnosed early, chances of recovery are usually good. A low-fat diet and feeding small meals throughout the day (rather than one large meal) may reduce the strain on the pancreas during digestion. Discuss with your vet about the optimal diet to reduce pancreatic stress and prevent recurrence.

Eunice Chang: Give Back To Society

Many of us do not pursue a career in the area of our studies. And that’s perfectly fine. Because most of the time, we find ourselves on a better path.

As if all is meant to be.

Eunice graduated with a Diploma in Shipping Management. She has never set foot in the shipping industry.

About 12 years ago, Eunice joined the Mount Pleasant family a receptionist. It wasn’t her dream to work with animals. But over the years, the animals nudge their way into her  heart. And eventually, into her life.


“Many people think I’m fierce cos I don’t really talk a lot. Actually, I’m a very easy-going person.”

Today, Eunice is the Practice Manager at Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi). She handles all administrative and human resource matters for the team. Some days, you will see her at the Reception, chatting with regular clients. Something she still enjoys.

first came ETHAN 
Ethan was given up by his first family.

Ethan was given up at the clinic by his first family.

For  a family that never had dogs, it took some convincing before mom welcomed Ethan home. Very soon, Eunice’s sister grew very close to Ethan.

In his old age, Ethan underwent cystotomy to remove bladder stones. He also suffered 2 strokes.

“Ethan was a very greedy boy. He eats anything. So when he started to refuse food, we knew he was suffering. I am a practical person. I will not hang on just because my dog is still breathing. If he is suffering, I will choose to euthanise him.”

Eunice did not have to make that painful decision. Ethan passed away peacefully in his own time.

EDEN for new beginnings

We all cope with grief differently. You either hide all evidence and choose not to think or talk about your loss. Or you celebrate your pet’s life with photos, keepsakes and laugh over the good ol’ times.

Either way, I guess we all wonder: “Will I ever have another dog again?”

Eden is a submissive girl and reminds the family of Ethan.

Eden was named by Dr Cheryl Ho to signify her new beginning!

Eden found Eunice in 2012. She was rescued from a breeding farm with heart worms and very bad teeth.

“I wasn’t really looking for another Schnauzer. But when I heard that the rescuer could not afford treatment, I decided to take over Eden’s care. She is a very good girl and reminds us a lot of Ethan. Still quite timid. My mom loves her very much.”

A very cheerful Eden after grooming!

A very cheerful Eden after grooming. She has the most obliging soul.


“I love to cook! Since young, whenever mom is preparing meals, I will volunteer to help out and pick up cooking skills from her. When I have time, I experiment with new recipes with my siblings.”

Spring onion crusty flatbread and curry puffs from Chef Chang - looks yummy!

Spring onion crusty flatbread and curry puffs from Chef Chang – looks divine!


“I hope to take some time off, to do more voluntary work. Locally or overseas. Sort of a way to give back to society.”

Eunice with Dr Ang Yilin

Eunice with Dr Ang Yilin of Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Farrer)


Part of the happy family at Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi)!

Part of the happy family at Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi)!


Eunice first met Toto when he was rescued from the streets by local performing artist Jonathan Leong. In Jonathan’s own words: “My old buddy here is more than 10 years old now. He has brought much joy, love and companionship to my family.”


These are qualities we adore in our dogs. After spending a day with Eunice, you walk away, convinced, that she holds the same values. Dear to her heart.