Corkscrew Tail Amputation

Note: The following surgery images may be unpleasant for some readers.

Ingrown or corkscrew tail is an abnormal inward growth of the tail commonly seen in brachycephalic or flat-faced dogs such as Pugs and Bulldogs. Due to the tight and deep folds, a corkscrew tail often results in repeated skin infection that leads to irritation, pain and odour.

Dog breeds with corkscrew tails include Boston Terriers, Pugs, Bulldogs & French Bulldogs like 5-year-old Boris.

Dogs with screw tails are prone to itchy & painful skin infections, especially where the curls are very tight & the folds are deep.

The deeper the folds, the worse the skin fold dermatitis which typically manifests as moist, inflamed & painful skin. Mild dermatitis can be treated with daily cleaning & antibiotics. However, the warm moist conditions are a breeding ground for bacteria, making the infection difficult to treat medically.

If the case is severe & there is constant itch, pain & odour, amputation of the affected tail is necessary. Dr Dennis Choi, Mount Pleasant (Gelenggang), proceeds with a surgical resection of Boris’ infected corkscrew tail.

The tail & infected tissues are carefully removed.

Sufficient skin is left for the area to be stitched up properly.

Post-surgery: No more constant tail cleaning or bacterial infections to deal with.

2 months after surgery, the surgical site has healed nicely & fur has grown back. Boris is healthy & well with a clean rear end – no more itchy irritated butt – thanks to his family’s decision & good care!

Boris with his lovely guardian Zoan. We love the cheerful playful nature of Frenchies! However, many are predisposed to health issues such as brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome due to their flat faces & pinched nostrils. Fortunately, Boris does not have breathing problems. If you are intent on purchasing a Frenchie puppy, choose only responsible breeders who understand the underlying health issues of the breed. Consider adoption.

Thank You Wei Juan & Madeleine!

At Mount Pleasant Vet Centre (Gelenggang), we see many patients who require intensive and palliative care which makes it an emotionally challenging place to work in. Today we say THANK YOU to Wei Juan and Madeleine, two strong ladies who see the good in every journey!


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“I’ve been an animal lover since young. Always have that special interest & love for anything that involves animals – articles or variety shows. I chose to study Diploma in Biotechnology – Vet Science in Temasek Polytechnic to gain more knowledge about animals.” ~ Wei Juan

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“I did my student internship at Mount Pleasant in 2008 & have been working with Mount Pleasant since then. It is very rewarding when sickly pets get nursed back to health & seeing them discharged with wagging tails, or seeing happy ‘parents’ bringing home their meows. It really makes my day.”

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“If I have the ability to fund my studies, I would still pursue my dream of being a vet.” With Dr Sophie Cho & Jia Hui.

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Happiness is contagious! Bee Hong, Wei Juan, Jia Xuan.

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“One thing few people know about me? I may be gentle to the furballs but I am an aggressive gamer! Strategic games are my favourite. It helps to keep my brain alive.” With Benjamin our senior vet tech.

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“A quote that motivates me: Where there’s a will, there’s a way. This has somehow pushed me to never give up & keep on trying.”

“There are many happy new beginnings but also moments when you know the end of the journey is near and you have to let go of your loved ones. For our clients who lose their beloved pets, I comfort them by reassuring them that their babies or kiddos are no longer suffering nor in pain. That they have not really left us. They are up in heaven watching over us right now. Everyone, including me, need time to heal our broken hearts.”


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“I joined Mount Pleasant in January 2015. Growing up, I was surrounded by animals but working with animals wasn’t always a priority in my life.” ~ Madeleine with Tiger the Irish Wolfhound

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“It wasn’t until the death of our family dog Sundae that I felt a strong need to care for animals.”

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Volunteering at the old premises of SPCA

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“The most rewarding part of my job is being able to learn new things & successfully applying them at work.” With Renga, a rescued German Shepherd whom we found out was lost for 7 years.

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“There are many careers out there that I would love to experience. If I could be anything, I wish to be an animal behaviourist or a singer.”

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“I have a Labradoodle named Cosby, four guinea pigs & a betta fish so I never feel alone. It’s like a sleepover in my room every night! When I had a bad day, I would usually go home & Netflix & catch up on sleep to destress. Having something to look forward to also encourages me to keep going on.”

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“Mental health is very important & often overlooked. We should not be afraid to speak up or seek help. I recently volunteered for World Suicide Prevention day organised by the Samaritans of Singapore.”

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“I get inspired by everyday things such as people I meet or things I read. I love the Latin quote: ‘Ad astra per aspera’ which means ‘through hardships to the stars’. Through all the difficulties I am facing, I believe I am able to get through them & get to something even better at the end, like I always did. I like the quote so much, I have it tattooed on me!”


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Part of our big Mount Pleasant (Gelenggang) family!

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Twinkle: Feline Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Sclerosing Fibroplasia (FEGSF)

Growing weaker, losing weight and unable to eat normally, Twinkle was a far cry from her chubby cheery self. At her lightest, she was 2.92kg. Twinkle’s family fought alongside her, through sickness and surgery, until she was fit to go home.  

“One night, 11 years ago, we were driving when a kitten dashed across the street. My husband got out immediately & found the kitten huddling in a drain. We are not cat people but we just had to take her home. It was difficult caring for her initially but we learned along the way & got used to it. We named her Twinkle.

A year later, Heidi joined our family. She gets along very well with Twinkle. Like children playing together, no one tells them they are different. Same for Twinkle and Heidi. Ebony and ivory living together in perfect harmony!” ~ Julie

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Few months ago, Twinkle started vomiting frequently (vomiting is the primary sign seen with a variety of diseases affecting the GI tract). She was losing appetite & losing weight. Early September, Twinkle was hospitalised for a few days before being discharged with a naso-esophageal feeding tube.

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A naso-esophageal feeding tube is passed through the nose into the esophagus. Only very liquefied food, water & some medications can be given through the narrow tube. An Elizabethan collar is necessary to prevent Twinkle from interfering with the tube.

feeding tubes are useful for animals who are ill & have lost their appetite

The sight of your cat or dog with a feeding tube might be unpleasant. However, feeding tubes are very useful for animals who are ill and have lost their appetite, or are keen to eat but have difficulties swallowing or keeping food down. 

13 september 2016 – consult with dr nathalee prakash

Twinkle was referred to Dr Nathalee Prakash, veterinary specialist in canine medicine, at Mount Pleasant Vet Centre (Gelenggang). Cat physiology is very different compared to dogs or people. The consequences of not eating are much more significant. If your cat does not eat for as little as forty-eight hours, she can develop a potentially life-threatening form of liver malfunction known as hepatic lipidosis.

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“Twinkle has always been healthy. When she started losing weight, we have to find out what was wrong & do whatever we can to help her get better.”

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Twinkle’s body condition score was 3/9. Upon abdominal palpation, there was a mass in the mid-abdominal region. Exploratory laparotomy was advised, with a possibility that surgical intervention could help Twinkle.

15 september 2016 – surgery by dr patrick maguire

Dr Patrick Maguire, veterinary specialist in small animal surgery, performed exploratory laparotomy to examine Twinkle’s abdominal organs. A mid-jejunal mass was identified, measuring 1 to 2cm in diameter, which appears to be causing partial obstruction.

A jejunal resection and anastamosis was performed – fully excising the diseased section of the intestine and suturing the remaining sections together. The mass was sent for histopathology examination, together with the mesenteric lymph node and a section of the liver. 

Note: The small intestine is the major digestion and absorption site. It is divided into three sections – duodenum, jejunum and ileum. The jejunum is the longest section of the small intestine.

“Surgery is risky but there is a chance it would heal Twinkle so we go ahead. We will do whatever we can to give her a fighting chance.”

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To provide nutritional support, an esophagostomy feeding tube is inserted when Twinkle was still under GA. This tube is slightly larger than a naso-esophageal tube & enters the esophagus through a small incision in the neck.

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Back home with her full-time best friend & part-time bodyguard!

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The larger diameter of the esophagostomy feeding tube allows thicker food to be fed, in lesser time & with fewer clogs.

proper nutrition is critical for successful recovery from any disease

If your cat refuse food for more than two days, consult your veterinarian immediately. Force-feeding is unpleasant for cats. There is an increased risk of your cat inhaling food into the trachea or windpipe and developing aspiration pneumonia.

how to encourage your cat to eat
  • Slightly warm the food prior to feeding.
  • Offer frequent, small meals of odorous, highly palatable food.
  • Hand feed or gently place small morsels of food on your cat’s tongue.
  • Feed in a quiet and comfortable area.
26 september 2016 – back for review

Twinkle is eating about 20g of kibbles on her own daily, supplemented with tube feeding.

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Dr Patrick Maguire examined the incision site at her abdomen which has healed nicely. The sutures were removed.

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The area where the tube enters the skin should be checked every day to make sure it is not clogged Any sign of infection (e.g. pus-like discharge or foul smell) requires veterinary attention.

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“So what did you say I have…?”

Histopathology revealed feline eosinophilic gastrointestinal sclerosing fibroplasia (FEGSF), an uncommon inflammatory disease affecting the stomach or intestines. This condition is treated with steroids and antibiotics to control inflammation and prevent recurrence.

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Twinkle listens patiently as Dr Nathalee Prakash explains her condition

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“Twinkle is family. When we choose to welcome an animal friend into our lives, we have to commit to the animal for the rest of his or her life.” ~ Mr Chia & Julie

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Rest & recover, Twinkle!

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One of her favourite spots

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Still thin but we will get there!

18 October 2016 – recovering well

Twinkle now weighs 4kg (up from 2.92kg). She is eating about 80g of dry food on her own in addition to 4-hourly liquid food and medication through tube feeding.

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“Twinkle has started to venture out of our study room/recovery room to the living room & various favourite spots.”

24 october 2016 – off with the feeding tube!

Twinkle returned for review and ultrasound. The feeding tube is removed as her appetite is good. She is eating well on her own!

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Well done Twinkle. Keep getting stronger!

“Twinkle is family. When we choose to welcome an animal friend into our lives, we have to commit to the animal for the rest of his or her life.” ~ Mr Chia & Julie


In the earlier days….

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Ebony & ivory

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Twinkle’s 1001 positions!

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“It fits I sits”

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“Let me out. I smell dinnerrrr!”

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“Let meow help you…”

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No one tells them they are different. So they live together in perfect harmony – Twinkle & Heidi. Ebony & Ivory!

Stenotic Nares In Flat-Faced Dogs

Brachycephalic dogs and cats such as Pugs, Bulldogs, Pekingeses and Persians are bred to have flat or short faces which puts them at risk of airway obstruction, heat stress and even death.

Brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome (BAOS) refers to the upper airway abnormalities that affects brachycephalic dogs. They include stenotic nares, elongated soft palate, hypoplastic trachea and everted laryngeal saccules.

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Mon Mon, 2-year-old Pekingese: A dog with stenotic nares has abnormally narrowed nostrils that restrict the amount of airflow into the nostrils, making it difficult to breathe.

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Rasping breath & snoring is not always “cute”. Your dog may be suffering from respiratory distress.

Air passes from the nostrils through the nasal cavity and back of the throat, and into the trachea via the larynx. A dog with stenotic nares has abnormally narrowed nostrils that restrict the amount of airflow into the nostrils, making it difficult to breathe. Over time, increased airway resistance can cause the larynx to collapse.

Pinch your nostrils slightly with your fingers – experience how difficult it is to breathe. Then imagine breathing this way, 24 hours a day.

SIGNS OF STENOTIC NARES
  • Noisy breathing 
  • Snoring
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Cyanosis (blue gums due to lack of oxygen)
  • Occasional collapse especially after activity/excitement/excessive heat

The increased effort required for breathing can eventually put a strain on the heart.

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  • If your dog is only mildly affected by stenotic nares, the condition can be managed by keeping him at a healthy weight as obesity worsens the symptoms.
  • Keep your brachycephalic dogs away from stressful situations and avoid exercise in hot humid weather.
  • They may also do better with harnesses instead of collars to avoid putting pressure at the neck area.
“nose job”

If the stenotic nares are severe, rhinoplasty (“nose job”) can be done to widen the nostrils. A wedge of tissue is surgically removed from the walls of each nostril to open up the nasal passage.

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Dr Patrick Maguire, Mount Pleasant Vet Centre (Gelenggang), performed stenotic nares repair & soft palate resection on 5-year-old Barney the Frenchie. As seen in the photos, his nostrils are widened to improve airflow & help him breathe better.

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A wedge of tissue is surgically removed from the walls of each nostril to open up the nasal passage. (Ref: vet4bulldog.com)

soft palate resection

Breathing difficulty in brachycephalic dogs or cats can also be caused by an elongated soft palate which obstructs the opening to the larynx.

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Your bulldog’s palate is located at the roof of the mouth – the front part is the “hard palate” & the back part is the “soft palate”. In brachycephalic dogs, their upper jaw has been shortened, forcing the tip of the soft palate into the laryngeal area & partially obstructing the airway. (Image Ref: veazievet.com)

Signs of elongated soft palate
  • Noisy breathing
  • Retching or gagging especially while swallowing
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Cyanosis (blue gums due to lack of oxygen)
  • Occasional collapse especially after activity/excitement/excessive heat

This condition can be corrected by a soft palate resection to remove excessive tissue and allow better airflow from the nose to the windpipe.

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“”Mon Mon was not able to breathe properly when the weather is hot. She couldn’t go out for a walk even if it’s just 5 minutes. When she played with her mate, she was panting a lot. Few weeks ago, she was again struggling to breathe, her tongue turned pale. I rushed to the nearest vet where she received oxygen therapy. The vet advised us to bring her for a surgery which can help her breathe better. So I took Mon Mon to Dr Dennis Choi.” [Evaluating the soft palate]

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After stenotic nares surgery & soft palate resection

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“I know Mon Mon definitely has to go through this surgery (to widen her nostrils) sooner or later or else, one day she might just passed on if she can’t catch her breath. She is recovering well. Now, she can play with her little boyfriend Fibio at home!”

Many brachycephalic animals experience significant improvement in their breathing and overall wellness after the surgeries. 

Stenotic nares and elongated soft palates are congenital malformations. Dogs that require surgery to correct airway obstruction should not be used for breeding. We recommend that these dogs be neutered or spayed during the surgical correction. 

Happy National Vet Tech Week – Thank You Concordia!

On behalf of our big Mount Pleasant family, we wish Concordia and all vet techs and nurses around the world – HAPPY NATIONAL VET TECH WEEKThank you for all your hard work, strong stomachs and big loving hearts!


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“I joined Mount Pleasant on the day we opened Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital at Whitley – 12 May 1985.”

“Being with animals has always been a part of my life. Back home, we had dogs and cats. I helped to clean the small house of our chickens and feed them before school. Fattening the pigs in our backyard, 5 goats and cattle reared by another farmer.

I enjoyed watching them grow. When they were sold as food animals, I sometimes became reactive and emotional.”

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High school days (1st row, first from R).

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Concordia & fellow students at the university’s veterinary hospital (2nd row, first from L).

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“My parents inspire me. They are not degree holders but the values they instill in us – especially on the importance of education – I will remember forever.”

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“It is very rewarding when ultrasound examinations provide important diagnostic information for our vets to prescribe the best treatment quickly.”

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“I am happy when pets get well & families are relieved. It is frustrating when we have done our best but the outcome is not good.”

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With part of the team at Mount Pleasant Central Vet Clinic

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“I am a simple person, not very sociable but sincere with others. I put my heart & mind in whatever I do.”


Watch this space as we feature some of our vet techs, nurses and admin staff this month!

Bam Bam Says “Thank You Dr Nathalee Prakash”

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Bam Bam  is fighting a brave battle against kidney disease. He’s not out of the woods yet. But with such a band of brothers alongside him, he’s already a winner. These boys are so so loved. (L-R: Luke, Bacon, Astro, Bam Bam)

Bam Bam and Family would like to specially thank Dr Nathalee Prakash for all her care and meticulous attention and most importantly, her never give up character. Thank you!

And we would also like to thank all the nurses and vet techs who have helped us in so many big and small ways. It means alot to us. Also thank you for taking care of Bam Bam when he was hospitalised. Thank you. You all are awesome.

Annie Ho and Bam Bam

Mousy Says “Thank You Dr Keshia Being”

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My pet rat Mousy has passed away suddenly from seizure.  Her appetite was poor in past 2 weeks. I fed her baby food, oatmeal, ripe bananas, soft brown rice and yoghurt every 2 to 3 hours. Yesterday, Mousy refused food (still drink fluids), had laboured breathing and was pacing in the cage. I took her out and cradled her to sleep on my chest or lap throughout the day. Mousy was calmer and more relaxed when I massage her belly repeatedly. Had planned to bring Mousy to consult Dr Keshia Beng the following morning but around 9 pm, Mousy woke up from sleep, suddenly had seizure and stopped breathing.

Mousy’s sudden death was upsetting but upon reflection, I take great comfort that Mousy had a peaceful painless death with me cradling her in my arms. Prayers were conducted for Mousy under Buddhism rites and she was buried in the garden.

I would like to express my thanks to Dr Keshia Beng and other vets, technicians, nurses and reception staff at Mount Pleasant (Gelenggang) for the medical care extended to my pet Syrian hamsters and fancy rats Mickey and Mousy. Plus the emotional support to help me better cope with the grief over the past year. Your kindness is greatly appreciated.

Jasmine P’ng and Mousy

Baffy Says “Thank You Dr Dennis Choi”

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We adopted Baffy from Causes for Animals. No one knew his history. He was found in a forested area with a string around his neck, all skin and bones. This boy has never shown any aggression to human being or dog. All he does is love unconditionally.

With Dr Dennis Choi’s clear explanation of Baffy’s condition – oral tumour – we understand surgery will save his life, even if it means removing part of his jaw. Otherwise we might have been paranoid and perhaps too late to help him.

Baffy is now back home enjoying meat balls and soft foods. We cannot be more thankful. Never give up on your pets, especially when they are ill. They need us even more then.

Thank you Dr Dennis Choi and all the wonderful staff at Mount Pleasant (Gelenggang). Baffy‘s new lease of life is a gift from all of you. We are forever grateful! ❤️❤️❤️

Gwen, Fuwang and Baffy

Capers: Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis

Capers is a super happy 5 months young Labradoodle puppy. Recently, his family noticed he was bunny hopping (taking short, hopping steps) more frequently, especially during faster gaits. There was also stiffness in his hind limbs.

X-rays were taken and Capers was diagnosed with mild hip dysplasia. A surgical procedure called Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis (JPS) is recommended to prevent the development of painful arthritic hip degeneration. Treated early, Capers can continue to live an active and full life!

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“It was mixed emotions for us. Our perfect little puppy being unwell so early. The decision to proceed with surgery was easy. I was open to whatever was needed to give Capers many many great years ahead.”

what is hip dysplasia?

In a normal hip joint, the femoral head (ball) fits snugly into the acetabulum (socket). In dogs with hip dysplasia, there is abnormal looseness between the ball and socket. When these two structures do not fit smoothly, the femoral head slips in and out of the joint (subluxation). Over time, the bones become deformed, resulting in inflammation, lameness, stiffness and pain.

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Ref: vetsurgerycentral.com

how is hip dysplasia diagnosed?

A puppy’s hip dysplasia is usually detected during the second or third vaccination appointment when the vet performs a physical examination and gait evaluation. X-rays are necessary. In order to get the best diagnostic view, the dog is sedated or anaesthetised for proper positioning with the hips distracted (femoral heads “distracted” or pulled out of the acetabula as far as they will go) so that any looseness between the ball and socket can be seen.

Symptoms of hip dysplasia 

  • Bunny hopping
  • Stiffness
  • Limping
  • Swaying gait
  • Difficulty getting up and lying down
  • Reluctance to run, jump or climb stairs/slopes
  • Shifting of weight to forelimbs

DID MY PUPPY GET HIP DYSPLASIA FROM HIS PARENTS?

Genetics do play a part. Puppies diagnosed with hip dysplasia should be neutered or spayed to prevent the breeding of dogs who carry the gene for hip dysplasia. Dogs used for breeding should have their hips evaluated by vets.

Although there is a genetic influence, hip dysplasia can be caused by other factors:

  • Body weight – Overweight puppies and larger breeds who grow rapidly are at greater risk of developing hip dysplasia.
  • Nutrition – Puppies must receive good nutrition to grow but they should not be overweight. Speak with your vet about proper nutrition and supplements.
  • Exercise – Avoid over exercising your puppy and high impact activities like jumping, leaping for balls, running up and down the stairs. Take your pup for a few short walks daily instead of one long walk/run. 
  • Environment – Puppies who frequently walk on slippery surfaces or have access to stairs at a very young age have a higher risk of hip dysplasia.

What can be done?

* Early intervention is critical. If the diagnosis is made at an early age, a minimally invasive surgery known as Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis (JPS) is recommended.

If the diagnosis is made at a later stage, Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (cutting the pelvic bone in three places and rotating the segments to improve coverage of the ball) or total hip replacement surgery is required. These are major surgical procedures. If surgery is not an option, the dog may need lifelong pain relief medication.

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Puppies with hip dysplasia may have weak upper thighs that lack muscle mass.  They may also take short, hopping steps especially when running fast.

WHAT IS JPS surgery?

In JPS surgery, the goal is to achieve a better congruency (fit) of ball and socket. This is done by “fusing” the growth plate of the pubic bone to limit the growth. The hip socket is forced to rotate over the ball (femoral head) as it grows.

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A small incision is made between the hind limbs to expose the pubic bone of the pelvis.

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Image 1: The growth plate is cauterised (burn with electrocautery) to stop this part of the pelvis from growing. Image 2: As the remaining parts of the pelvis continue to grow, the hip sockets rotate over the balls (femoral head) resulting in a more stable hip & less chance of future arthritis. (Ref: vetsurgerycentral.com)

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Dr Patrick Maguire, Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Surgery, Mount Pleasant Vet Centre (Gelenggang) performed the surgery on Capers. JPS is more successful when there is significant potential for growth & thus, the opportunity to alter the hip growth. It is ideally performed at 16 weeks & no later than 20 weeks of age.

should my puppy be neutered at the same time?

Puppies should be spayed or neutered at the same time as JPS surgery, to prevent the breeding of dogs that carry the genes for hip dysplasia.

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Capers waking up from surgery. Exercise is restricted & we will see him in 2 weeks’ time for review & suture removal.

Baffy: Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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Baffy on Friday morning, the day of his surgery. “We wish to thank each & everyone of you who have come forward to help Baffy during his difficult time. Despite a horrible past, we hope he can feel all the love now.” (Photo: Gwen)

“We adopted Baffy from Causes for Animals. No one knew his history. He was found in a forested area with a string around his neck. He must have been tied to a tree and while struggling to get free, hurt his neck badly. Although he was skin and bones, this boy has never shown any aggression to human being or dog. All he does is love unconditionally.

We are sharing Baffy’s story to highlight the plight of pets being abandoned. There is no good reason to give up a pet. You can fail in all the progress of technology and comfort of living, but you cannot fail in being a good human. One with compassion and loyalty. Pets are part of family and they deserve love, respect and most importantly health care from their care giver. The abandoned dogs often suffer in silence and most of them cannot survive in the wild. 

Not all dogs are lucky like Baffy to  get a second chance at life. Baffy now has a family who loves him and his future couldn’t be brighter with so many people rooting for his recovery. If there is anything our dogs teach us, it is to Leave No Man Behind. Whatever life throws at you.” ~ Gwen


Squamous cell carcinomas are malignant cancers originating from the lining cells of the mouth

They are locally invasive and occur mostly in the gums or tonsils. In Baffy’s case, a tumour located in the rostral oral cavity (towards the oral or nasal region) has a lower metastatic rate (lower chance of spreading to other parts of the body).

"About 6 weeks ago, we noticed a lump in Baffy's mouth. It was small and we thought it was an ulcer. When it did not subside, we took him  to the vet for a biopsy. He still seemed healthy but was losing weight." 

“About 6 weeks ago, we noticed a lump in Baffy’s mouth. It was small & we thought it was an ulcer. When it did not subside, we took him to the vet for a biopsy. He still seemed healthy but was steadily losing weight.”

Clinical signs include
  • difficulty eating (especially with tumours in the back of the throat)
  • drooling
  • bleeding from mouth
  • weight loss despite normal appetite
  • displacement or loss of teeth
  • facial swelling
  • swelling under the jaw

A thorough physical examination, complete blood count and biochemical profile were done and chest X-rays taken to determine if the oral tumour has spread. These tumours may provoke an inflammatory reaction that causes pain, and while controlling inflammation may help reduce superficial swelling and pain, it does not cure the cancer. Surgical removal of the tumour is the treatment of choice. 

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Computed tomography (CT) is helpful to define the extent of the tumour before surgery.

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If the tumour has not spread to other locations, surgery is the treatment of choice. Dr Dennis Choi, Mount Pleasant Vet Centre (Gelenggang) prepares to perform rostral mandibulectomy to surgically remove the tumour, including the extensions into underlying tissue & part of the jawbone, together with the incisors & canines.

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Surgery is considered successful if the tumour is completely removed. If the tumour has not spread, surgery is curative & can extend the animal’s life.

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Dogs adapt quite well to partial jaws. They may need to be hand-fed for a period of time before they learn to eat on their own again. Most importantly, they are no longer in pain or discomfort.

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Day after surgery. “Visited our Big Baby Baffy. The nurses said that he has good appetite, vitals are all good but not ready to come home yet. He is happy to see us & made a whole lot of noise when we left. We are very glad he is still his usual naughty self.” (Photo: Gwen)

“With Dr Dennis’ clear explanation of Baffy’s condition, we understand that surgery will save his life, even if it means removing part of his jaw. Otherwise we might have been more paranoid and perhaps too late to help Baffy. It is Dr Dennis’ confidence that helped us make the right decision for Baffy.

Baffy is now back home enjoying meat balls and soft foods, knocking everything down with his cone! Almost back to his usual self. We cannot be more thankful. Never give up on your pets, especially when they are ill. They need us even more then.” ~ Gwen

4 july 2016
You know what they say when you have been so near death that when u have been given a chance to live again, you just keep counting your blessings and live day by day to the fullest? It's all true. Baffy is as of today 45 days cancer free, and he is living his every moment to the fullest by being the naughtiest he could be. But we will take all the naughtiness at any moment. We want to Thank you for loving him!

“You know what they say about being so near death that when you are given a chance to live again, you just keep counting your blessings & live day by day to the fullest? It’s all true.
Baffy is 45 days cancer free & he is living every moment to the fullest by being the naughtiest he can be.”

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“But we will take all the naughtiness at any moment. We want to thank you for loving him!”

4 NOVEMBER 2016 

Like time and tide, cancers wait for no man. In May, Baffy went through rostral mandibulectomy to remove an oral tumour. He lost part of his lower jaw but is no longer in pain, and happier and more energetic than ever. His family’s prompt decision has added many good days to this big baby’s life!

"After Baffy's surgery, we were advised to watch out for any strange lumps. On Sunday, we felt a growth on his chest. A large amount of pus was discharged & today the growth is much smaller. It's good to have Baffy checked by Dr Dennis Choi so we have peace of mind. We're thankful he is alright. He's very happy everyday & has put on 3kg!" ~ Gwen

“After Baffy’s surgery, we were advised to watch out for any strange lumps. On Sunday, we felt a growth on his chest. A large amount of pus drained out & today the growth is much smaller. It’s good to have Baffy checked by Dr Dennis Choi so we have peace of mind. So thankful he is alright. He has put on 3kg!” ~ Gwen

Note: An abscess forms when bacteria enters a wound, even a tiny break in the skin. Abscess “pockets” are filled with pus. Depending on the extent of infection, the wound can be properly cleansed, drained and flushed by a vet, and a course of antibiotics prescribed.


Pain is common in pets with cancer, with some tumours causing more pain than others. Our pets may also experience pain associated with cancer treatments such as surgery or chemotherapy. Untreated pain decreases our pet’s quality of life. Read about “Managing Pain In Our Pets”.