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As pet owners, we find ourselves present within the world of veterinarians and their clinics as we seek assistance with our injured/ ill furbabies. However, we never truly attempt to fathom the minds of those who provide our pets with the help they need. 

In today’s story, we had the opportunity to enter the mind of one of the most respectful and well-known female veterinarians in Malaysia, Dr. Salehatul Khuzaimah binti Mohamad Ali (fondly known as Dr. Ima), where she discusses her background, experiences, emotions and thoughts as a veterinarian. 

Dr Ima- Malaysian veterinarian

Oyen: Can you tell us how you started your clinics Serv-U Vet and Trio Vet?

Dr. Ima: After graduating, I was practicing in small animal clinics for about five years. I decided to open my own around 2014-2015. We started as a very small clinic with two or three staff. At the time, my family members and husband were involved in the process. After a few months, we managed to hire support staff to assist me in doing treatments and also manage the clinic.

One year after Serv-U opened, I collaborated with two of my former classmates and we founded Trio clinic around 2015-2016. For Trio clinic, we also started very small. We had one vet and one staff at the time. My two partners practice equine medicine so they are not involved in small animal practice. 

Serv-U Vetcare
Trio Veterinary Clinic & Surgery

Oyen: What inspired you to become a veterinarian?

Dr. Ima: One is because I really love animals and I think it is also due to the exposure I received as a child by having pet cats. My dad was the one who encouraged me to enter this field and it seems like my pet cat also became the driving force for me to become a vet. 

When we see animals, they can’t talk, they are the voiceless and I think they need someone to be their voice. When we see animals that are sick and there is nothing that we can do, it feels frustrating. Because of that, I want to be someone who can help these creatures as they don’t know how to express their feelings. 

I feel like I need to be someone who can understand and help them have a quality life.

Dr Ima encouraged by father and pet cat

Oyen: What is your favourite animal besides felines? 

Dr. Ima: I love dogs and reptiles!

I think at least once a week, I get one reptile patient. They are quite interesting because reptiles are very unique and I think I love things that are wild or maybe just wildlife in general. That's what makes my personality a bit special.

Dr Ima loves dogs
Dr Ima's favourite weekly client

Oyen: What is the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a veterinarian?

Dr. Ima: Frankly, having two clinics is one of the most rewarding experiences. To be known as someone who can influence and inspire people in our society is quite rewarding for me, a personal achievement! Also, I was nominated for HalalTrip 40 Personalities and I consider it one of my best achievements this year. I hope that in the future I can open our society’s eyes or minds to this profession and how we contribute to society.

Oyen: What is the most stressful part about being a veterinarian?

Dr. Ima: There is that fear but there are also fun and stressful parts to it. Most people only see the fun such as cuddling animals. We (vets) de-stress ourselves by mingling with cute animals but the stressful part is dealing with actual lives and it’s very much interconnected with emotion and mental health. This includes times when we cannot save our patients and are abused by the owners. Some owners don't understand what our job is about, they don't know the struggles we face behind the stage

Some of them think that vets are merely taking their money for no reason. They don't understand that the things we utilise such as medicines, machines, and diagnostic tests are related to money. Sometimes we get a bit stressed out because when we advise certain owners, they refuse to listen and when bad things happen to their pets, they blame the vets and vet teams as if we are not doing our job responsibly. Dealing with these emotions, the abuse, and owners who don't understand us and blame us, are all exhausting and very stressful. 

Oyen: How do you react to these (owners in distress) types of owners?

Dr. Ima: We explain to them the possible outcomes/ situations for their pets so they can prepare themselves. We inform them about the procedures and if it is risky or not based on the condition that their pets are already in during the consultation. 

Sometimes, owners expect us to do magic and heal their very sick, at times, dying pets. They hope that a miracle can happen with one jab and their pets would be running as usual but that is impossible. Mainly, I would explain clearly so that they won't blame us and hopefully, try to understand. 

The relationship between a vet and an owner is very important, especially in gaining their trust and allowing us to treat their pets. If we can foresee the outcome (negative) of a pet, we would explain that the current condition of the pet is very bad and these are the possibilities that might happen. 

Mostly, pet owners are accepting and understanding but of course, it’s quite difficult to let everyone understand. I'm a vet and a pet owner myself so I understand the feelings of pet owners. I would also let them know that if I were in their shoes, I would feel the same. 

Oyen: Do you have a message for all pet owners?

Dr. Ima: Being a pet owner is a great responsibility!

  1. Get to know what type of animals your pets are before taking them in as part of your family. 
  2. Don't ignore them because they are creatures that need attention, it’s about how you spend your time with them.
  3. Your willingness to spend a lot (financially) because having pets is not cheap so you have to be prepared.

It's a lifetime commitment so please do not neglect your pets!

The most important thing is you have to ukur baju di badan sendiri and ask yourself if you are capable of having pets as part of your family because pets are family. It is more about responsibility and you as a human, how are you going to treat them (animals)?

The time has come for us to acknowledge that we often fail to recognise the contributions of our vets and their teams in attending to the needs of our beloved fur babies. With that, we would like to express appreciation and thanks to Dr. Ima for her time, consideration and fruitful input during our interview with her. 

If you enjoyed Dr. Ima speaking of her experiences and thoughts as a veterinarian, reach out to us and let us know if you wish to hear more from her!

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Bathing your cat is one of those things that you may think is simple, but it can be a daunting task. Unlike dogs, cats are very clean animals that don’t require frequent baths. Because they aren’t used to being bathed, it can cause them to feel uncomfortable.

Fortunately, there are ways to bathe your cat without taking them to the veterinarian or an animal hospital. This guide will teach you everything you need to know about bathing your feline friend.

Safely bathe cats

How often should you bathe your cats?

Cats are very clean animals that frequently clean themselves, so they don't typically require bathing. However, some exceptions allow for a bath. A bath every 4-6 weeks would benefit your cat in general, especially if your furbaby is an adventurer and spends a lot of time outside. Baths would also help cats with long fur and overweight cats with difficulty grooming themselves.

Hairless breeds, such as the Sphynx and Bambino, will require baths every 1-2 weeks because their lack of hair prevents them from absorbing excess body oil.

Also, if your cat has gotten itself into a sticky situation (literally), it will need to be bathed because it will be unable to groom the substances out of its fur. If you’d prefer to stick to a regular bathing schedule to build your cat’s tolerance to water, a bath once every 2 months would suffice.

On another note, if you’re looking to get rid of your cat’s sardine breath, here are some great tips to get care for their dental health.

Amount of times you should bathe your cats

How to bathe a cat that hates water?

Bath times will always be a challenge for felines. For cats that hate water, do not try to submerge them in a tub of water right away - the pour-over method might work better!

Here’s a list of other helpful tips for bathing a cat:

Regular nail trimming 

With proper and regular nail trimming, your cat will be unable to scratch you in the bath when they are stressed or overwhelmed. This will leave you unharmed at the end of the bath experience!

Lay down a towel or scratchboard at the bottom of your tub or shower area 

Cats feel the most comfortable when they have traction. If they’re able to hold their ground, it might make their experience better.

Brush before bath

 If your cat isn't bothered by being brushed, it's worth brushing them before bathing them. Cats with luscious coats like Maine Coons should definitely be brushed to ease the process of bathing. Brushing them will help remove excess fur and keep your bathroom from being clogged!

If your cat is prone to shedding its fur, you might want to check out tips to care for your pet’s fur.

Rinse thoroughly

 After lathering your cat with cat shampoo (avoid using human shampoo), rinse off the shampoo with lukewarm water. Any leftover cleansing product could be harmful when they begin to groom themselves again.

Reward

 Give your furbaby a treat or snack after a bath to make the experience more positive.

Bathing cats that hate water

How to bathe your cat?

The vast majority of Malaysian households do not have bathtubs. Fortunately, a large sink or a wide shallow bucket with a water scooper will suffice!

First, fill your sink or bucket with a few inches of water and pour some on your cat. Then, lather them up with cat shampoo that can wash off dirt and get rid of fleas. After that, rinse your cat with clean water. It might help to place cotton balls in the ears to prevent them from getting wet.

Remember not to splash water in your cat's face as this will make them stressed. Simply wipe its face with a wet cloth instead.

Finally, pat them dry with a towel and set them aside in a warm place. If your cat is willing, a low-heat hair dryer can also be used to dry it. 

Do note that if you intend to let your feline air dry after a bath, it's best to avoid bathing them at night when the weather is cooler, as it might be harder for them to regulate their body temperature, especially kittens.

Bathe cats in sinks

How to bathe an overactive cat?

If your cat struggles to get out of the water as soon as you place him in it, it might be worth delaying the bathing process. Choosing the right time for bath times is essential for felines. The best time to bathe your cat is when they are more mellow or tired.

A great tip would be to tire them out by playing with them or feeding them before bath time, making them less likely to be irritable and try to escape the bathroom!

Calming overactive cats before bathing them

Conclusion

Bathing a cat is no easy feat so remember to pat yourself on the back if you have done it successfully! Otherwise, we hope this guide has adequately prepared and equipped you for the upcoming challenge. If you're a visual learner, this cat bathing video by The Cat Butler might be useful.

The key is to be patient and find the best method for bathing your cats. This is a learning experience for you as well as your felines - a lot of treats will help!

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Adakah anda tahu terdapat pelbagai sebab anda tak patut tidur dengan kucing? Kucing sering di sekitar tuannya kerana ini menjadikannya berasa selamat. Mereka juga sudah mempercayai tuan masing-masing dan yakin tidak akan diapa-apakan. Kucing tidur dekat kita juga tanda ia sayangkan kita.

Selain itu, kucing sangat sukakan tempat yang mempunyai haba. Apabila tidur dengan kita, secara tidak langsung ia akan mendapat haba yang diinginkannya dan membuatnya selesa. Ia juga mampu tidur lebih lama tanpa gangguan.

Kucing juga sebenarnya sudah ‘menandakan’ katil kita sebagai kawasan ‘jajahannya’. Ini bererti mana-mana kucing lain tidak boleh ‘menakluk’ kawasannya. Namun, terdapat banyak sebab anda harus mengelak daripada tidur dengan kucing kesayangan anda.

10 Sebab Anda Tak Patut Tidur Dengan Kucing

Jom baca 10 sebab kenapa anda tak patut tidur bersama kucing. Ada 3 kategori; sebab jangkitan kucing, kesihatan, dan kebersihan.

Sebab jangkitan kucing

Jangkitan parasit

Tahukah anda kucing kesayangan anda berpotensi membawa parasit seperti kutu cheyletiella? Kutu ini mampu melompat dari badan kucing ke badan manusia. Ia juga boleh menyebabkan ruam kepada kulit! Klik link untuk tahu lebih lanjut cara-cara menghapuskan kutu pada kucing anda.

Gigitan kutu ini mampu membuatkan anda gatal dan ia sukar dihapuskan kerana terlalu kecil dan seni.

Selain itu, parasit perut seperti cacing gelang dan cacing tambang juga membawa penyakit kepada manusia jika terdedah kepada najis kucing. Jika anda tidur dengan si kucing, ia mungkin meningkatkan lagi kebarangkalian anda terjangkit.

Jangkitan protozoa

Giardiasis, cryptosporidiosis, and toxoplasmosis adalah penyakit yang berpotensi untuk berjangkit daripada kucing ke manusia, tapi tak mungkinlah ia boleh berlaku akibat sentuhan direct.

Untuk memastikan kucing anda sihat, biarkan mereka duduk di dalam rumah dan selalulah berjumpa dengan doktor haiwan untuk membuat pemeriksaan tahunan.

Jangkitan bakteria

Meluangkan masa lebih 8 jam dalam jarak dekat dengan kucing anda bermakna anda besar kemungkinan akan terdedah kepada rembesan atau perkumuhan kucing anda. Kebarangkalian untuk anda menerima penyakit daripada kucing adalah rendah tapi anak kecil, orang tua dan mereka dengan sistem imunisasi yang rendah lebih berisiko tinggi. Seramai 25,000 orang setahun telah demam setelah dicakar atau digigit kucing yang dijangkiti bakteria bartonellosis.

Ia menyebabkan pesakit bengkak di bahagian kelenjar limfanya, demam, keletihan, sakit otot dan lain-lain. Ia tidak mempunyai kesan jangka panjang pada kesihatan pesakit tapi ia boleh meleret berbulan-bulan. Bagi mereka yang lemah imunisasi, ia juga boleh membawa maut.

Salmonellosis adalah satu lagi jangkitan bakteria yang kucing boleh pindahkan kepada manusia. Kucing yang habiskan masa di luar mungkin akan makan burung atau haiwan kecil, dan di sinilah penyakit itu akan mudah berjangkit. Manusia pula akan terjangkit apabila terdedah kepada najis kucing yang sakit ini. Tanda-tandanya adalah cirit-birit, demam dan sakit perut.

Kesan jangkitan kucing terhadap manusia- tidur dengan kucing

Sebab kesihatan

Asma

Jika anda mempunyai asma, anda disarankan untuk tidak langsung mendekatkan diri dengan kucing. Hal ini kerana, pesakit asma akan mengalami gejala yang lebih teruk jika berada berdekatan dengan kucing berbanding anjing.

Alahan / Alergik

Anda ada alahan terhadap bulu kucing? Maka anda sangat tidak digalakkan untuk tidur dengan kucing anda. Hal ini kerana sebarang kotoran atau mikroorganisma yang dibawa oleh kucing mampu menjadikan alahan anda lebih teruk. 

Boleh melemaskan bayi

Kucing sangat gemar tidur dengan tuannya untuk mendapatkan haba yang cukup. Jadi, tidak mustahil ia akan berminat untuk tidur dengan bayi untuk mencari keselesaan. Jika ia tidur berdekatan dengan bayi, hal ini dikhuatiri mampu melemaskan bayi anda.

Oleh itu, cuba elakkan kucing mendapat akses untuk mendekati katil bayi. Atau letakkan kucing di dalam sangkar setiap kali sebelum tidur.

Kucing mungkin bertindak ganas

Ada kucing yang mungkin mengigau dan bertindak ganas semasa tidur. Jika ia tudir dengan anda, anda mungkin terdedah kepada perbuatannya mencakar atau menggigit anda tanpa disedarinya.

Hal ini boleh membuatkan anda terjaga dan meninggalkan kesan luka. Kesan cakaran atau gigitan si kucing boleh membuatkan anda sakit dan berpotensi mendedahkan anda kepada jangkitan kuman.

Tidur terganggu

Kitaran tidur kucing mungkin tidak sama dengan kita. Kucing memang tidur secara puratanya 15 jam sehari. Tetapi lebih mudah tertidur pada waktu siang berbanding pada waktu malam.

Kucing selalunya akan menjadi sangat aktif pada waktu malam, sama ada melompat-lompat atau berlarian ke sana sini. Jika ia berkelakuan sebegitu, maka tidur anda pasti akan terganggu.

Kesihatan manusia terjejas akibat tidur dengan kucing

Sebab kebersihan

Terdedah pada pasir kucing

Kucing anda pasti menggunakan litter box banyak kali dalam sehari. Ada masa ia tidak membersihkan segala kotoran dengan bersih. Walaupun anda membersihkan litter box 2-3 kali sehari, namun ia masih lagi kotor.

Bayangkan jika kucing anda naik katil sebaik keluar litter box, ia mungin membawa sekali sisa litter box ke atas katil. Kotornya!

Terdedah kotoran kucing

Tidak dinafikan kucing suka menghabiskan banyak masa dengan ‘mandi’. Namun, anda masih juga terdedah kepada sebarang kotoran yang terdedah kepadanya. 

Ada juga kucing yang hanya bergantung pada kita untuk membersihkan dirinya. Maka, elakkanlah tidur dengan kucing atas sebab-sebab kebersihan.

Tak digalakkan tidur dengan kucing- tidak bersih

Cara-cara mengatasi tidur dengan kucing

Ada beberapa cara yang boleh anda lakukan untuk mengelakkan diri daripada tidur dengan kucing. Berikut disenaraikan antara cara-cara yang boleh anda lakukan:

  • Tutup pintu bilik. Jangan sesekali buka pintu jika anda mahu tidur.
  • Sediakan tempat tidur kucing. Pastikan juga anda meletakkan mainan atau kain kegemarannya agar ia tahu tempat tersebut ialah tempat tidurnya.
  • Kurung di dalam sangkar. Anda juga boleh sahaja mengurungnya semalaman di dalam sangkar untuk mengelakkan si kucing bertindak menyelerakkan rumah.

Soalan Lazim

Hukum tidur dengan kucing dalam Islam

Apakah hukum tidur bersama kucing menurut Islam?

Tiada hadis khusus mengenai perkara tersebut, namun ada hadis yang menggalakkan kita berbuat kebaikan sesama makhluk dengan memberinya makan. Kucing juga, seprti diketahui, merupakan haiwan kesayangan Rasulullah. Tiada hukum spesifik untuk tidur dengan kucing. Namun, anda hanya perlu tahu bahawa kucing haiwan nokturnal, bererti ia sangkat aktif pada waktu malam dan ini boleh mengganggu tidur anda.

Selamatkah tidur dengan kucing?

Hal ini bergantung kepada anda. Jika kucing anda jenis yang tidur di kaki katil, anda mungkin tidak perlu berasa risau. Namun, jika kucing anda gemar tidur di muka anda, ia berpotensi melemaskan anda sewaktu tidur.

Tidur dengan kucing- selamat atau tidak

Penutup

Kesimpulannya, anda boleh sahaja tidur dengan kucing, dengan syarat anda tahu kesan-kesannya. Jika anda tiak mampu menghadapi kesan-kesan sampingan, sediakan tempat tidur untuk kucing anda sendiri. 

Jika anda mahukan perlindungan lebih untuk kucing anda, anda boleh mendapatkan Oyen Pet Insurance yang melindungi segala kos rawatan dan surgeri sehingga RM8,000. 

Anda boleh semak kelayakan kucing anda di sini

Anda juga boleh mendaftar Oyen Pet Wellness untuk perlindungan lebih holistik termasuk pemeriksaan kesihatan dan ubat cacing!

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Malaysian dogs are more prone to these 9 types of skin diseases – find out the symptoms before your pet catches it!

The skin is the largest organ, contributing up to 24% of a dog's body weight. As such, it's no wonder that dog skin is susceptible to a large number of skin diseases and problems. Let's discuss the most common skin disease in dogs, from the most to least common in Malaysia. 

1. Allergic dermatitis 

Allergies to the environment, food or other possible triggers often manifest as skin problems in dogs. Common symptoms of allergic dermatitis include dog skin itching or scratching, either on a particular area (i.e. armpits, feet or flank) or the whole body. Allergic dermatitis can also cause red rashes, hardened skin, and flaky dog skin. 

Common Dog Skin Disease - Allergic dermatitis
Image source: Cen Nutrition 

The most important way to treat allergic dermatitis is to identify the allergen and avoid future contact. Moreover, a veterinarian may prescribe anti-inflammatory and “anti-itch” medications for your dog to prevent the worsening of the condition. 

2. Fleas and ticks

Fleas and ticks are the two most common parasites contributing to dog skin problems. Fleas usually infest the surface of dog skin, causing the dog to itch or scratch its body excessively. This would consequently lead to blood loss, bleeding, or hair loss when left untreated for a long time. 

On the other hand, ticks are slightly larger compared to fleas. They carry harmful diseases that are highly contagious. When a dog gets a tick bite, it may start showing symptoms of tick-borne diseases such as fatigue, vomiting, and diarrhoea

dog flea and ticks skin disease
Image source: Blue Cross 

Moreover, fleas and ticks are highly contagious and can be passed on to the pet parent. That being so, it’s crucial to treat flea or tick infestation on dogs promptly with a suitable medication regimen. 

3. Scab 

Scab in dogs describes a crusty, flaky skin layer that forms overbites, cuts or grazes. Scab tissues are made of blood cells, proteins, skin cells, and collagen. It acts as a “natural band-aid” to prevent dogs from excessive blood loss or bacterial infection after an injury.

The common areas where dog scabs can appear include the back, ears, nose, and sides of the body. If your dog has an isolated scab, it will usually heal on its own over a few weeks without any medical treatments. 

dog scab disease
Image source: Dogscatspets.org

However, if the scab is widespread and non-healing, the scabs may be secondary to an underlying disease. That being so, you should bring your dog to the veterinarian as soon as possible.   

4. Yeast infection 

dog skin disease yeast infection
Image source: The Spruce Pets 

Yeasts are single-celled microorganisms naturally found on dogs' skin and ears. Yeast infections occur when the imbalance in yeast proportion in the ears or skin surfaces. Symptoms of dog yeast infection are redness, itchiness, and a sweet or musty odour. You can prevent yeast infections in dogs by keeping your pup’s skin and ears dry and clean at all times. 

5. Mange 

Mange is a dog skin problem that’s caused by mites. This dog skin disease's hallmark symptoms are intense itching, red skin, sores, and noticeable hair loss. Mange in dogs comes in two main categories: sarcoptic mange and demodectic mange. 

Mange in dogs common skin disease
Image source: Merck Manual 

Sarcoptic mange, also known as canine scabies, is highly contagious and can spread amongst or even to humans. On the other hand, demodectic mange is not contagious and non-transmissible. Mange often affects the ears, face, and legs of dogs.  

6. Oral papilloma

Oral papilloma, also known as viral papilloma, is a small tumour-like growth in the dog's mouth caused by papillomaviruses. This dog skin problem commonly affects young puppies (2 to 3 months of age) or older dogs with low immunity. Symptoms of viral papilloma in dogs include bad breath, soreness around the mouth, and difficulty eating. 

oral papiloma in dogs top skin disease
Image source: Pet Coach

Most oral papillomas will resolve themselves within a few months. Nonetheless, if the tumour-like growth begins bleeding or becomes bigger, it's best to consult a veterinarian for further investigations.    

7. Impetigo

Impetigo is a bacterial infection characterized by pus-filled blisters on hairless areas of the abdomen. Impetigo lesions may break when scratched, resulting in the formation of scabs on the skin. 

impetigo in dogs common skin illness
Image source: Veterinary Practice 

Antibiotics and medicated shampoos may sometimes be indicated for treating impetigo infection. In more severe cases, a veterinarian would take a bacterial culture and X-rays to identify if there are any underlying causes of impetigo. 

8. Ringworm 

Ringworms are the most common dog skin fungus infection, affecting up to 65% of dogs worldwide. This dog skin disease appears in crusty, circular patches at the head, paws, ears, or front of dogs' legs. 

dog ring worm common skin disease
Image source: Bestie Paws

Ringworms are highly contagious to both humans and other animals. Appropriate anti-fungal treatment is indicated for the treatment of ringworms. 

9. Folliculitis 

Folliculitis is a dog skin disease that’s caused by the inflammation of the hair follicles secondary to a bacterial or fungal infection. This condition causes symptoms such as bumps and sores on the affected skin area. 

Folliculitis the common dog skin disease in malaysia
Image source: Dogscatspets.org

Moreover, folliculitis tends to form on skin surfaces that are hairless and hard to spot, like the inner thighs or paws. You may visit a veterinarian to get a prescription for medicated shampoos, oral antibiotics, and ointments to help treat folliculitis and soothe the associated infection.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Are skin diseases curable for dogs?

Yes. Although finding out your dog has a skin problem can be challenging, the process of treating it is comparatively straightforward. Most dog skin diseases are treatable with appropriate medical treatment and care.  

The treatment modalities for dog skin diseases mainly depend on the type and severity of the skin condition. You may often find veterinarians prescribing antibiotics, antifungal creams, anti-inflammatory medications, or medicated shampoos for dog skin problems. Additionally, your veterinarian may also recommend nutritional supplements to prevent the recurrence of dog skin diseases. 

How do you treat skin disease in dogs? 

Treating skin diseases in dogs requires consistency and patience. Remember to give any prescribed medication to your dog as advised by a professional veterinarian. 

You should also monitor for improvement or worsening of the skin symptoms. In cases of worsening symptoms, you must follow up with the veterinarian to identify if there’s a more insidious cause behind the skin condition. 

When should I take my dog to the vet for skin problems? 

Ideally, you should consult a veterinarian as soon as you notice changes in the colour, texture, or odour of your dog's skin. You must also pay close attention to changes in your dog's behaviour, diet, or environment. These are pertinent information that may help veterinarians to identify and diagnose your dog's skin condition correctly. 

Bottomline 

Nothing is more worrisome than seeing your dog in distress or pain. Therefore, you must take great care of your dog's health—both inside and outside. 

Skin conditions can be expensive to treat. But as pet parents, we'd want only the best care and treatment for our fur kids. One solution to this is to get pet insurance for your pets! This protects them and ensures you don't have to deal with unexpected, high vet bills. 

Get in touch with us in Oyen Pet Insurance to discuss the best insurance plan for your pet!
Oyen now covers preventive treatment such as routine checkup, vaccination, blood test, de-flea and deworm. Find out how preventive healthcare plan to help you manage your pet's health, starting from prevention.

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Diet plays a significant role in the health and well-being of your four-legged friends. On that note, you may be wondering if supplements are right for your fur babies. 
But what are dog supplements, to begin with? 

Quite like the supplements, we take ourselves, dog supplements are meant to support your dog's health and wellness. They offer additional nutrients, vitamins, or ingredients that may be lacking in your pet's normal diet. 
In most cases, dogs fed with a high-quality and appropriate diet can carry on just fine without dog supplements. But why do some dogs need supplements regardless? 

Dog supplements are particularly useful for pups that have specific health concerns. It acts as a source of extra nutrients that helps overcome the said health issue. 
That being so, here are five main categories of best dog supplements that are quality-tested and recommended by veterinarians for dogs.

Best Dog Supplements in Malaysia

1. Probiotics for dogs 

Probiotics are “good'' bacterias or yeasts that exist naturally in bodies. Probiotic supplements help to add to this group of beneficial bacterias and improve the digestion and intestinal health of your dogs. This is a good choice of supplement for dogs with problems of diarrhea, constipation, or gas build-up. 
Human probiotics may be safe for dogs. However, they may not be as effective or beneficial as probiotics synthesized for dogs. 

Malaysia best dog supplement probiotic
Image source: Shopee

Max & Paw All Natural Probiotic Powder

This product contains more than 1 million active probiotics to improve gastrointestinal and immune system health. The prebiotic compounds in this formula act as a food source for the probiotics. This helps to promote the cycle of growth and reproduction of probiotics.  
Max & Paw All Natural Probiotic Powder also helps to detox your dog’s body and relieve allergies. As this product comes in powder formulation, you can easily incorporate it into your dog’s usual meals. 
There are also many positive reviews and promising testimonies on this probiotic and prebiotic supplement powder. That being so, you can count on this product for your dog’s intestinal and immune system support. 

Ratings: 4.9 stars / 1,000 reviews
Price:
RM 125 (free shipping nationwide)
Buy online:
Shopee 

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Zesty Paws Probiotic Bites

This six-strain probiotic blend is a good option of supplement to support gut function and maintain proper gut flora. 
One of the probiotic strains, Bacillus subtilis, is clinically proven to promote normal digestion and assist in building a healthier immune system. Moreover, this probiotic dog supplement comes in tasty soft chews with no artificial coloring or preservatives. 

Ratings: 5.0 stars / 6 reviews
Suitable for:
all dogs 
Price:
~ RM 160
Buy online:
Shopee 

2. Fish oil for dogs

If your pet dog seems to be struggling with itchy skin or dull fur coat, it could benefit from fish oil dog supplementation. Fish oil for dogs is rich in omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and/or DHA), essential components to promote coat health and reduce skin flakiness.  Fish oil may also help to support healthy heart function in dogs. 
Some people choose to give their dogs fish oil made for humans. However, you need to be really careful with the dosing if you choose to do this to avoid any complications. 
Here are some fish oil products made especially for dogs. 

Malaysia best dog supplement
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Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet

These soft gels are made from sustainable fishing practices, and it's formulated with wild anchovy and sardine oil. Each soft gel supplies up to 1000mg of high-quality fish oil, with 165 mg of EPA and 105 mg DHA.  
Moreover, the fish oil is distilled for purity before being packaged into capsules. It's also tested by third-party for purity, meeting the strict standards set by international bodies such as the World Health Organization (WHO). 

Ratings: 4.7 stars / 411 reviews
Price:
~ RM 80
Buy online:
iHerb

Top dog supplement in Malaysia
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Celavin Fish Oil

This liquid fish oil is sourced from small fish species and is triple distilled to uphold high standards of purity. Additionally, it’s produced in a pharmaceutical-grade facility in Norway, so you can be sure of giving the best to your pet. This product has a 60-day satisfaction guarantee, in which customers unsatisfied with the product after two months of use can get a refund. 

Ratings: 5.0 stars / 13 reviews
Price:
~ RM 89
Buy online:
Nusentia

3. Joint supplement for dogs 

Joint health is essential for dogs to lead an active lifestyle. However, as dogs start aging, they have a higher risk of developing joint pain, stiffness or inflammation. Therefore, joint supplements for dogs are commonly recommended as a supplement for arthritic or senior dogs. 

Supplement and vitamin for Malaysian dogs
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Dr. Mercola Joint Support

This product focuses on promoting the mobility and flexibility of dogs. The formulation of this dog supplement contains eight active joint health ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, collagen and bromelain. It’s also GMO-free, gluten-free and soy-free, which ensures it’s gentle and non-allergenic on your puppy's stomach. 

Ratings: 4.6 stars / 20 reviews
Price:
~ RM 122
Buy online:
iHerb

dog joint supplement in malaysia
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Science Product Glucosamine Plus Bone & Joint Formula

Glucosamine is a natural substance that supports healthy joints, repairs cartilage and reduces joint pain. This joint formula tablet supplies dogs with adequate levels of glucosamine to assist in optimal joint function and mobility. 
If your dog has difficulty taking pills, this tablet can be crushed and mixed well into the dog food instead. 

Ratings: 5 stars / 21 reviews
Price:
~ RM 53
Buy online:
Shopee

4. Salmon oils for dog

Even though the benefits of salmon oil and fish oil are more or less the same, the composition and nutritional profiles of the oils can be quite different. Salmon oil has less saturated fats and is more concentrated with a high content of omega-3 fatty acids. It’s a great supplement to support immune, heart, skin, and coat health.

salmon oil for dogs in malaysia
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Dr.Clauder's BARF Traditional Salmon Oil

This 100% pure salmon oil for dogs is sourced from Norwegian salmon. The low content of free fatty acids (<2%) in this product further accentuates the excellence in its quality.
Dr. Clauder's Traditional Salmon Oil is recommended for dogs lacking coat or for dogs with sensitive skin. This is because the natural availability of unsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids in this salmon oil acts directly on the skin and coat of dogs. As a result, it can support the development of resilient skin and glossy fur. 

Ratings: 5 stars / 35 reviews 
Price:
~ RM 15
Buy online:
Shopee

healthy supplements for dogs in Malaysia
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NaturVet Omega-Gold Plus Salmon Oil

All NaturVet products are veterinarian formulated and manufactured in the USA in GMP-compliant facilities. 
These NaturVet soft chews, in particular, are recommended for dogs above 12 weeks of age with dry skin. Its high content of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids helps to support healthy skin and coat. Moreover, this product is wheat-free, making it one of the safest options for dogs allergic to grains. 

Ratings: 4.7 stars / 322 reviews
Price:
~ RM 50
Buy online:
iHerb

5. Liver supplement for dogs

The liver is a vital organ that aids the process of digestion and removal of toxins from the body. 
Liver supplements for dogs often include ingredients such as omega-3 fatty acids, milk thistle, S-Adenosylmethionine (SAM-e), silymarin, glutathione, vitamin C, and vitamin E. These ingredients are known to heal the liver through cell-repairing effects and detoxification. 

Malaysia best dog supplements
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Cordy HEP+C Liver Supplement

This all-herbal product contains a powerful blend of milk thistle and chlorophyllin. It has anti-oxidative effects in removing free radicals (hepatotoxins) and preventing liver damage. 
Other than that, this supplement also has the ability to restore oxidative balance in the liver. As such, it’s sometimes used to treat liver diseases such as hepatitis. Nonetheless, you should not use supplements in place of proper vet care and treatment. 

Ratings: 5.0 stars / 105 reviews
Price:
~ RM 50
Buy online:
Shopee

natural dog supplements in Malaysia
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NHV Milk Thistle 

Milk thistle is a potent herb with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and detoxifying properties. This 100% natural product is veterinarian formulated and approved. 
It helps support liver health and facilitates kidney detox in dogs. This liver supplement for dogs also promotes cellular regeneration and repair. Moreover, this product is glycerin-based and is safe for long-term use without risking side effects or dependence. 

Ratings: 5.0 stars / 148 reviews
Price:
~ RM 190
Buy online:
NHV Natural Pet

Frequently Asked Question

When should I give supplements to my dog?

The dose and frequency of giving supplements to your dog depends on a few factors such as age, weight, formulation (chew, tablets, liquid, etc.), and the type of
Therefore, the best practice is to refer to the supplement product label and feed your dog accordingly. If unsure, it's always best to seek advice from your vet. 

Conclusion 

Giving supplements to your dog could improve their health and quality of life. Though starting dogs on supplements is done with the best intentions, it’s crucial to talk to your veterinarian beforehand. This is because incorrect dosages or wrong supplements could worsen health issues.  
While supplements may be beneficial and prevention is better than cure, there's nothing quite like proper vet care and treatment when your dog needs it most. But vet bills can rack up high costs. 
Pet insurance is a fantastic way to safeguard your pet's wellness. Take our quick insurance eligibility quiz for your pet here and get the best insurance pricing for your furry friend. 

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Did you know that a new superhero movie with pets is premiering on 29 July? 🍿🎥
And that Oyen booked an entire cinema to watch this premier with YOU and our Oyen Fam & Friends? 🥳

Our tickets are flying fast - we have 30 left to give you & your partner/friend/family. 

To claim your x2 FREE ticket, all you need to do is to get any Oyen Pet Insurance plan before 23 July 2022.

If you haven't already, insure your furkid now & claim your tickets immediately!

Terms & Condition

1) This campaign will run between 19 July 2022, 12:00AM  to 23 July 2022, 11:59PM (“Campaign Period”)
2) It is available on a first-come-first-serve basis (30 Movie Tickets up for grab)
3) To redeem the offer, purchase any Oyen Pet Insurance plan and use referral code "OYENMOVIE".
4) The campaign is only applicable to new Oyen Pet Insurance policies purchased during the Campaign Period
5) Physical collection is required at TGV Sunway Putra, on the day of the movie screening.
6) The offer is applicable for all pet insurance plans for cats and dogs (single & group policies; annual & monthly policies)
7) For monthly policies holders, cancellation is not allowed within 3 months after redeeming the ticket
8) This giveaway cannot be exchanged for cash and is not valid in conjunction with other promotions, discounts or vouchers unless otherwise stated
9) Oyen Sdn Bhd reserves the right to update or modify any terms and conditions at any time
10) In the event of any updates or changes being made, the revised terms and conditions will be shared via email
11) All other terms and conditions for Oyen Pet Insurance applies

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Dalam sibuk untuk membuat persiapan membeli baju raya baru buat sekeluarga, jangan lupa baju raya buat kucing kesayangan anda. Mereka juga boleh bergaya dan sedondon dengan anda di hari raya nanti. Eee mesti comel! Dalam artikel kali ini, Oyen akan kongsikan pilihan baju raya untuk si kucing kesayangan  yang boleh anda cuba.

Tips membeli baju untuk kucing

Sebelum kita pergi lebih lanjut mengenai pilihan baju raya bagi si comel, Oyen ingin kongsikan beberapa tips membeli baju untuk kucing.

1. Rekaan baju yang selamat untuk kucing

Sewaktu memilih rekaan, pastikan rekaan itu selamat daripada perkara yang boleh mencederakan kucing anda. Contohnya, plastik atau hiasan manik yang boleh digigit perlu dielakkan.

2. Pastikan anda memilih saiz yang betul

Seterusnya, memilih saiz yang betul sangat penting bagi memastikan kucing anda berada dalam keadaan selesa. Bagi memastikan anda memilih yang sesuai, ikuti panduan yang disediakan oleh peniaga yang menjual.

Biasanya, mereka telah meletakkan panduan bahagian yang perlu diukur serta saiz yang sesuai untuk digunakan.

ukuran baju kucing

Contoh panduan cara mengukur yang telah disediakan. Sumber rujukan Meowku Trading

Apa yang menarik, kebanyakan peniaga ini juga menawarkan khidmat custom made di mana anda boleh menggunakan ukuran kucing anda yang benar-benar tepat. Sungguh menarik!

3. Pilih material yang sesuai

Akhir sekali, jangan lupa untuk pastikan material yang dipilih sesuai untuk dipakai oleh kucing. Pastikan material ini tidak mudah berbulu, dan juga lembut serta selesa untuk dipakai oleh kucing sepanjang hari raya nanti.

1. Baju Raya Melayu Kucing

Baju Raya Melayu Kucing

Sumber rujukan: Gun Pet Outlet

Tak lengkap rasanya, kalau hari raya tak ada baju melayu. Bagi kucing jantan, apa kata anda cuba rekaan baju Melayu yang ringkas ini. Lengkap dengan butang, baju Melayu ini mempunyai 4 pilihan warna yang menarik.

Harga: RM 25.90

Pilihan saiz: S, M, L

Beli di sini: Shopee

2. Baju Kurung Raya Kucing

Si kucing jantan sudah segak bergaya dengan baju melayu, bagaimana pula pilihan untuk si  kucing betina? Jika anda inginkan gaya klasik dan sopan, apa kata cuba pilihan baju kurung untuk si comel anda.

Dengan pilihan pelbagai warna untuk baju kurung raya kucing, pastinya anda akan rambang mata memilih.

Baju Kurung Raya Kucing

Sumber rujukan: Meowku

Harga: RM 48

Pilihan saiz: S, M, L, XL

Beli di sini: Shopee

3. Baju Melayu Kucing Teluk Belanga Songket Emas

Baju Melayu Kucing Teluk Belanga

Sumber rujukan: Meowku

Selain itu, bagi pilihan sentuhan gaya klasik seterusnya ialah Baju Melayu Teluk Belanga dengan Songket Emas. Dengan gabungan songket emas, baju melayu ini nampak lebih premium tetapi masih mengekalkan gaya klasik yang cukup indah.

Harga: RM 55

Pilihan saiz: S, M, L, XL

Beli di sini: Shopee

4. Baju Raya Kebaya Batik Kucing

Baju Raya Kebaya Batik Kucing

Sumber rujukan: Meowku

Jika si gadis cantik berpakaian kebaya di hari raya lebaran ini, tidak ketinggalan juga si comel anda! Bagi pemilik yang inginkan gaya klasik tetapi nampak unik, apa kata cuba kebaya untuk kucing ini?

Dengan kebaya klasik diperbuat daripada kain yang premium serta digandingkan bersama kain batik, pastinya si comel ini menjadi tumpuan di hari raya nanti!

Harga: RM 65

Pilihan saiz: S, M, L, XL

Beli di sini: Shopee

5. Batek Edition - Baju Kebaya Saloma

Baju kebaya kucing

Sumber rujukan: Paola & Peeps

Bukan itu sahaja, anda juga boleh memilih rekaan Baju Kebaya Saloma bagi kucing anda. Rekaan daripada Paola & Peeps ini menjanjikan  rekaan baju yang unik dan juga praktikal.

Ia bukan sahaja akan memberikan gaya yang menarik kepada kucing, tetapi lebih keselesaan terutamanya jika si comel ini ingin berjalan sambil mengenakan busana raya mereka ini.

Harga: RM 59

Pilihan saiz: S, M, L, XL, XXL

Beli di sini: Shopee

6. Baju Raya Kucing Peplum Lite

Baju Raya Kucing Peplum

Sumber rujukan: Meowku

Seterusnya, bagi pemilik kucing yang inginkan gaya yang moden, Baju Raya Kucing Peplum Lite merupakan salah satu pilihan yang menarik. Peplum merupakan sejenis gaya pakaian yang memiliki bentuk kembang di bawah.

Jika anda memilih busana ini, ia akan digayakan bersama kain peplum yang kembang. Jangan bimbang, kucing anda masih akan berada dalam keadaan selesa dengan fabrik premium yang digunakan.

Harga: RM 42

Pilihan saiz: S, M, L, XL

Beli di sini: Shopee

7. Eid Apparel Juli Edition

baju raya kucing

Sumber rujukan: Paola & Peeps

Kalau rasa teringin nak pakaikan kucing dengan skirt yang kembang-kembang, ini merupakan salah satu pilihan yang bukan sahaja unik, tetapi selesa.

Rekaan Eid Apparel Juli Edition daripada Paola & Peeps, ini cukup cantik untuk digayakan di hari lebaran nanti!

Harga: RM 55

Pilihan saiz: S, M, L, XL, XXL

Beli di sini: Shopee

8. Baju Batik Kucing

Baju Batik Kucing

Sumber rujukan: Meowku

Bagi anda yang inginkan gaya kasual dan moden bagi si kucing jantan, anda boleh memilih Baju Batik Kucing  ini.

Dengan gaya kain batik yang premium, si comel pastinya akan nampak eksklusif tetapi masih bergaya di hari lebaran ini!

Harga: RM 52

Pilihan saiz: S, M, L, XL

Beli di sini: Shopee

9. Aksesori raya kucing Meowku

Tak lengkap rasanya pakaian raya tanpa aksesori raya kan! Jadi, kami akan kongsikan senarai aksesori raya yang menarik daripada Meowku. Jangan lupa untuk pilih mana satu yang berkenan di hati.

Songkok Baldu Meow

songkok kucing

Sumber rujukan: Meowku

Kalau dah segak berbaju melayu, lagi kacak jika digandingkan dengan Songkok Baldu Meow ni. Ringan dan mudah dipakai tau! 

Apa yang menarik, anda boleh pakaikan songkok ini mengikut keselesaan kucing dengan adjustable slider yang disediakan.

Harga: RM 26 ( Songkok Baldu Meow+ Cat Nip Ketupat Raya)

Beli di sini: Shopee

Ketupat Catnip

aksesori hari raya kucing

Sumber rujukan: Meowku

Nak bagi  kucing anda sesuatu yang boleh mereka bermain di hari raya nanti? Apa kata hadiahkan mereka Ketupat Catnip, mainan kucing dengan loceng.

Mainan kucing ini juga dilengkapi dengan catnip bagi menggalakkan kucing untuk bermain, dan ia juga selamat untuk digigit atau dicakar oleh kucing anda.

Harga:  RM 12

Beli di sini: Shopee

Riben dan Bunga Headwear

riben baju raya kucing

Sumber rujukan: Meowku

Bagi kucing betina, jangan lupa untuk letakkan hiasan kepala reben dan bunga ini. Pastinya bertambah kecomelan di hari raya nanti!

Harga:  RM 6

Beli di sini: Shopee

Cara pakaikan baju kucing

1. Wujudkan persekitaran yang selesa dan senyap

Kucing merupakan haiwan yang sangat sensitif dengan bunyi, jika ini kali pertama memakaikan baju kepada kucing, ini pastinya sesuatu yang asing bagi mereka. Bagi membantu proses memakaikan baju ini lebih mudah, asingkan mereka dahulu di persekitaran yang selesa dan tidak bising. Ia akan membantu mengurangkan rasa ketakutan dan mereka juga akan lebih relaks.

2. Buka bahagian kepala dan leher pakaian seluas mungkin

Bagi memudahkan proses memakaikan baju ini, pastikan anda membuka bahagian kepala dan leher ini seluas mungkin sebelum memasukkan kepala kucing. Ia akan memudahkan baju masuk dengan mudah dan kucing anda juga tidak akan merasa seperti tersekat.

3.Masukkan tangan kucing ke dalam lengan baju

Akhir sekali, jika mereka nampak tenang dan relaks, masukkan tangan kucing ke dalam lengan baju secara perlahan-lahan. Sekiranya mereka meronta-ronta, jangan sesekali memaksa kucing anda dan biarkan mereka masa untuk bertenang.

Kesimpulan

Dalam kegembiraan kucing kita beraya sakan, jangan lupa untuk memberi perlindungan kesihatan kepada kucing anda.

Dengan mendapatkan Oyen Pet Insurance, ia akan melindungi segala kos rawatan, surgeri dan segala cedera kemalangan sehingga RM8,000. 

Anda sudah tidak perlu lagi bimbang memikirkan kos rawatan yang perlu dihabiskan bagi si comel ini. Semak kelayakan di sini.

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We're sure you know about this - pet vaccination can prevent a long list of animal-borne illnesses such as rabies, parvovirus, distemper, and feline leukemia 😱

At Oyen, we always encourage furparents to get their furkids fully vaccinated. It can improve your furbaby’s longevity and prevent your pets from passing the diseases to you!

With that said, Oyen is giving out RM20 Grab vouchers* to vaccinated furbabies when you purchase any Oyen Pet Insurance plan🙌🏻🧡

oyen vaccinate pet promo

To be eligible, all you need to do is get your pet vaccinated & show us the vaccine card/upload it to your Oyen account.

Alternatively, you can send us your pet’s vaccine card. Email it to care@oyen.my with the picture or send it to our team via WhatsApp 📧

There's one more thing: You need to be part of the Oyen Fam to claim! 😸🐶

If you haven't already, join the Oyen Fam now & claim your voucher immediately!

Terms & Condition

1) This campaign will run between 6 July 2022, 12:00AM  to 17 July 2022, 11:59PM (“Campaign Period”)

2) It is available on a first-come first-serve basis (30 Grab vouchers up for grab)

3) To redeem the offer, show your pet’s vaccine card (send it to us via email or WhatsApp) before or after purchasing any Oyen Pet Insurance plan

4) The campaign is only applicable to new Oyen Pet Insurance policies purchased during the Campaign Period

5) The Grab voucher will be sent out within 10 working days

6) The offer is applicable for all pet insurance plans for cats and dogs (single & group policies; annual & monthly policies)

7) For monthly policies, cancellation cannot be done within 3 months after redeeming the voucher

8) This giveaway cannot be exchanged for cash and is not valid in conjunction with other promotions, discount or vouchers unless otherwise stated

9) Oyen Sdn Bhd reserves the right to update or modify any terms and conditions at any time

10) In the event of any updates or changes being made, the revised terms and conditions will be shared via email

11) All other terms and conditions for Oyen Pet Insurance applies

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However, as a pet owner, it can be challenging to know which cat health products are best for your cat or whether you should give them to your pet at all.

In this article, we'll look at whether your cat needs vitamins, the different types of cat vitamins, the cost, the top-recommended cat vitamins, and more.

Does my cat need vitamins?

The short answer is - not really. 

Commercial cat foods are made to provide all of the nutrients that a cat needs to thrive. In contrast to human diets, which can differ daily, most cats eat the same food every day. Pet food manufacturers design their diets with this assumption, eliminating the need for a daily multivitamin or supplement.

However, the problem stems from the fact that there are numerous brands of cat food, resulting in significant variation between them. The nutritional benefits of one brand may differ from those of another.

But there are instances when your cat could benefit from vitamins or supplements. If your cat becomes ill or exhibits symptoms of a vitamin deficiency, additional supplements can be added to its diet to ensure that all of its nutritional needs are met. Senior cats with health issues may also benefit from vitamins. However, you mustn't administer supplements without first consulting with your veterinarian.

when cats need vitamin supplement

When does my cat (actually) need vitamins or supplements?

If your cat shows vitamin deficiency signs, adding supplements to its diet might help. 
If your cat exhibits any of the following vitamin deficiency symptoms, please take them to a vet to be diagnosed and then begin their vitamin/supplement  journey:

1. Vitamin A deficiency

  • Unhealthy coat and skin
  • Night blindness
  • Weak demeanour

2.  Vitamin D  deficiency

  • Rickets
  • Increased heart issues

3. Vitamin E deficiency

  • Weak muscle
  • Heart dysfunction
  • Brown bowel syndrome in severe cases  (internal bleeding in the large intestine) 

4. Vitamin K deficiency

  • Unable to clot blood effectively
  • Intracavitary haemorrhage
  • Sudden hematomas (blood pools in organs and tissues)
  • In severe cases, death due to excessive blood loss

5. Vitamin B deficiency

  • Vitamin B1: Anorexia, Tremours, Bad vision, Seizures and Vomiting
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): Weight loss, Alopecia, Cataracts, Testicular hypoplasia and Fatty liver
  • Vitamin B12: Lethargy, Nausea, Vomiting, Weight loss and Diarrhea

6. Calcium deficiency:

  • Tremors and twitching  in muscles
  • Feeling weak and restless
  • Irritable
  • Hypersensitive to sounds and lights

With all of that said, keep on reading to find out what's the current best vitamins and supplements for pets in Malaysia.

human vitamin and supplement for cats

How about multivitamins for cats?

If you frequently feed your cat home-cooked meals, you could consider giving them a daily multivitamin to ensure their dietary needs are met, as it may be difficult to measure the nutritional values of home-cooked meals.
In cases where your cat isn't getting enough vital nutrients, such as probiotics, omega fatty acids, and taurine, a cat multivitamin can be a quick and easy solution. It can also supplement the nutrients your cat is already getting from their daily meals.
That said, always consult your veterinarian before adding a multivitamin to your pet's diet!

Can I give my cat human vitamins and multivitamins? 

The answer is - absolutely not! 
Because human vitamins are not intended for animals, they may contain unsafe or toxic ingredients for your pets. It is best to give them cat vitamins and supplements that a veterinarian prescribes. If your cat inadvertently ingested human vitamins, please bring them in for a check-up and consult your veterinarian about the next steps.

Best vitamins & supplements for cats (as recommended by local vets)

Whether you’re looking for a cat multivitamin or a specialised formula for your feline’s unique needs, there’s a supplement for you and your kitty. Some supplements even come in tasty flavours for your cat to enjoy as a bonus. Below is a list of the best cat supplements in Malaysia.

best vitamins and supplements for cats

1. Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Supplements FortiFlora Feline Probiotic Supplement

This delicious probiotic supplement powder is specially designed to promote normal intestinal microflora in diarrheal cats. It was developed in collaboration with researchers, veterinarians and animal nutritionists to contain a specific amount of live microorganisms to aid digestive health. This probiotic supplement powder is ideal for all breeds of cats at any stage of development and is created using a proprietary microencapsulation process for increased stability.
Type:
Powder
Price: Mid-range (~RM188 for 30 sachets)
Suitable for: Cats of all ages but especially those who suffer from digestive issues
Nutritional Content: Liver Flavor, Brewers Dried Yeast, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Beta-Carotene, Zinc Proteinate, Taurine, Salt, Manganese Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite

Where to buy: Ubuy | Shopee | Lazada

Best vitamins & supplements for cats

2. Pet Naturals of Vermont Daily Multi For Cats

This all-in-one multivitamin comes in fish-flavoured chews and contains over 25 essential nutrients, including antioxidants, vitamin B, taurine, and essential minerals. This vitamin is an excellent addition to homemade or raw diets. 
Type:
Fish-flavoured chews
Price: Affordable (~RM36 for 30 chews)
Suitable for
: Cats of all ages
Nutritional Content: Brewers dried yeast, oat flour, rye flour, fish meal, glycerin, Arabic gum, calcium phosphate, canola oil, soy lecithin, fish oil concentrate, maltodextrin, sodium alginate, calcium sulfate, calcium carbonate, water, safflower oil, taurine, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, dried citrus pulp, l-arginine, vitamin E supplement, potassium chloride, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, dl-methionine, niacinamide, sorbic acid (a preservative), magnesium oxide, vitamin B12 supplement, inositol, thiamine mononitrate, sodium selenite, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, mixed tocopherols (a preservative),  propionic acid (a preservative), vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, pyridoxine

Where to buy: Shopee | Lazada

multivitamins for cats vetriscience

3. VetriScience Nu Cat™ Senior Multivitamin

This multivitamin supports your senior cat's overall health and wellness with its all-in-one formula that promotes cognitive, liver, cardiovascular, eye, digestive, and joint health. Our cats may require additional nutritional support as they age. 
Type: Fish-flavoured chews
Price: Affordable (~RM97 for 60chews)
Suitable for: Senior cats
Nutritional Content: Brewers dried yeast, dicalcium phosphate, cellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, fish meal, stearic acid, silicon dioxide, calcium carbonate, taurine, l-arginine, l-lysine, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, ascorbic acid, dl-methionine, safflower oil, fish oil, niacinamide, vitamin B12 supplement, inositol, thiamine mononitrate, magnesium oxide, d-calcium pantothenate, sodium selenite, riboflavin, mixed tocopherols (a preservative), copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, manganese sulfate, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, folic acid, calcium iodate, potassium chloride.

Where to buy: Ubuy | Lazada

Best supplements Rx Vitamins for Pets

4. Rx Vitamins for Pets - Essentials for Cats

This powder is loaded with vitamins and minerals. From vitamin A to potassium, it covers the essentials and more for your feline. This product also contains unique ingredients like spirulina and milk thistle, which help to protect your cat's cells and maintain liver function. And because this powder can be mixed into both dry and wet food, it makes life easier for pet owners!
Type: Powder
Price:
Mid to high range (~RM130 for 113g)
Suitable for: Cats of all ages
Nutritional Content: Vitamin A, Spirulina (blue-green algae), Milk Thistle, L-Taurine (pharmaceutical grade amino acid), Calcium (citrate), Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), L-Methionine, GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), Pantothenic Acid (calcium pantothenate), Vitamin D (calciferol), Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol succinate), Vitamin B-1 (thiamine), Vitamin B-2 (riboflavin), Niacinamide, Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), Potassium (citrate), Kelp (natural source of iodine), Folic Acid, Vitamin B-12 (cyanocobalamin), Biotin, PABA, Magnesium (citrate), Zinc (picolinate), Selenium (selenomethionine), Defatted/Desiccated beef liver, Maltodextrin, Beflora (soy and FOS complex), Unrefined molasses crystals

Where to buy: Shopee | Lazada | Pureformulas

Gel supplements for pets  Nutriplus Gel For Pets

5. Nutriplus Gel For Pets (Cats & Dogs)

If your cat does not like tablets or chews, this is a novel way to give them supplements. This gel is intended to be easily administered via syringe or mixing it into their meals. Nutriplus gel is a multivitamin supplement for cats that boosts energy. It contains essential vitamins, minerals, and trace elements that are especially beneficial to young animals' growth. It can also aid in the maintenance of good skin and coat health.
Type: Gel
Price: Affordable (~RM 42 for 120.5g)
Suitable for: Cats of all ages
Nutritional content: Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Thiamine HCI (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Pyridoxine HCL (B6), Cyanocobalamin (B12), Nicotinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Folic Acid, Iron, Iodine, Manganese, Magnesium

Where to buy: petloverscentre | Shopee | Lazada

Cosequin Nutramax Joint Health Supplements for Cats

6. Cosequin Nutramax Joint Health Supplements for Cats

This product promotes joint health in cats and claims to provide long-term benefits after 4-6 weeks. Nutramax's proprietary glucosamine and chondroitin molecules ensure maximum bioavailability. Manganese is also included, promoting bone density and health in senior cats. Its patented FCHG49 glucosamine and TRH122 chondroitin molecules have been extensively researched to ensure maximum absorption and positive effects in dogs and our feline friends.
Type: Sprinkle Capsules
Price: Affordable (~RM 117 for 80 capsules)
Suitable for: Cats of all ages
Nutritional content: Glucosamine Hydrochloride 125mg, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate 100mg, Manganese 1mg

Where to buy:  Shopee | Lazada

Conclusion

We hope you now better understand the significance of vitamin supplements for your cats. The first step in starting a supplement journey for your fur kid is to consult with your veterinarian about the product you want to introduce to your pets.

Pet insurance could be a good investment if your cat frequently displays vitamin deficiency.
Note:  Oyen Pet Insurance does not cover supplement-related vet bills. They are considered preventive treatments, which fall under the insurance policy's exclusion areas.

Have you ever considered how much your cat adores you? If you love cats, you know the answer is "a lot." Cats are some of the most affectionate and loving animals on the planet, and they are also one of the most popular household pets.

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Pastinya anda terhibur dengan telatah comel si kucing setiap hari, yang riang berlari ke sana dan ke mari. Namun, cuba bayangkan jika suatu hari, mereka tidak gembira seperti biasa, dan seolah-olah bersedih.

Tahukah anda, kucing juga sebenarnya boleh berada dalam keadaan murung. Malah, pada tahap yang teruk, kucing murung boleh mati disebabkan keadaan kesihatan yang merosot buat masa yang lama. 

Dalam artikel ini, ayuh kita pelajari mengapa ia berlaku dan bagaimana mengatasinya.

Sebab kucing murung

Tanpa angin, masakan pokok bergoyang. Sama dengan situasi ini, kucing yang murung pasti mempunyai sebab-sebab tertentu mengapa mereka boleh berada dalam keadaan murung.

Kucing berada dalam keadaan sakit atau cedera

Sama seperti manusia, kucing yang berada dalam keadaan sakit  akan menunjukkan tanda-tanda murung. Di dalam keadaan sakit, kucing ini akan hilang selera makan serta bediam sahaja sepanjang hari.

Dalam situasi ini, bukan sahaja kesihatan fizikal mereka akan terjejas, malah emosi mereka juga terjejas dan berada dalam keadaan yang sedih dan murung.

Bersedih dengan kehilangan ahli keluarga atau kucing lain

Bukan sahaja manusia, haiwan seperti kucing juga boleh menjadi murung apabila mereka kehilangan ahli keluarga yang tersayang terutamanya yang paling dekat dengan mereka. 

Bukan sahaja akibat kehilangan nyawa, kucing yang ditinggalkan oleh pemilik buat jangka masa yang lama juga boleh menjadi sedih dan akhirnya murung.

Kucing hamil

Fasa kehamilan yang melibatkan perubahan hormon bukan sahaja sukar bagi manusia, tetapi kucing juga.

Sebenarnya, situasi ini biasanya hanya merupakan perubahan emosi disebabkan hormon. Namun, jika kucing ini dibiarkan tanpa perhatian dan langkah awal, tidak mustahil ia boleh menyebabkan kucing hamil murung.

Kucing murung anak mati

Sama seperti manusia, kucing juga boleh merasakan jika berlaku sesuatu kehilangan. Proses melahirkan anak sudah memenatkan daripada segi fizikal, apatah lagi sekiranya anak yang dilahirkan tidak dapat diselamatkan.

Walaupun ia hanya sementara, namun kucing juga boleh menunjukkan perubahan sikap, hilang selera makan dan juga turun berat badan

Tanda kucing murung

Sebagai pemilik, pastinya anda mempunyai naluri jika sesuatu tidak kena dengan diri mereka. Cuba perhatikan tanda-tanda ini yang mungkin boleh menjadi petanda kucing anda mengalami kemurungan.

  • Kucing jadi pendiam dan murung
  • Kucing jadi agresif
  • Tidur lebih lama
  • Hilang selera makan
  • Kencing merata

Cara merawat kucing murung

Sebenarnya, tiada rawatan kucing murung yang benar-benar spesifik dan boleh menyembuhkan kucing anda. Namun, biasanya ia boleh dikawal dan dicegah dengan mengenalpasti faktor dan punca  utama yang menyebabkan kucing anda murung.

1. Luangkan masa berkualiti bersama kucing anda

Pada masa yang sukar ini, ini masanya yang terbaik bagi meluangkan masa kualiti bersama kucing anda. Berikan mereka perhatian dan juga kasih sayang yang lebih bagi memberikan mereka rasa dihargai dan juga diperlukan.

Sekiranya anda terpaksa meninggalkan mereka atas urusan yang tidak dapat dielakkan, cuba minta ahli keluarga yang lain untuk meninjau keadaan kucing anda. Jangan lupa untuk menyediakan ruang bermain dan mainan secukupnya supaya mereka berasa selesa.

Jika boleh, sekiranya kucing anda masih belum pulih sepenuhnya, jangan tinggalkan mereka buat masa yang terlampau lama.

2. Pujuk makan dengan menukar makanan yang baru

Jika cara memujuk mereka dengan makanan kegemaran tidak menjadi, cuba pujuk dengan menukar makanan kucing yang baru. Anda boleh menukar jenis makanan atau memberikan snek kegemaran mereka.

Walaupun sukar, pastikan kucing anda makan dan minum walau dalam kuantiti yang sedikit. 

Jangan biarkan mereka langsung tidak makan dan minum buat masa yang lama sehingga mereka mengalami dehidrasi dan seterusnya mengancam nyawa.

3. Bantu mereka menguruskan diri

Pada situasi ini, kucing anda mungkin berada dalam keadaan tidak boleh membersihkan bulu dan menguruskan diri. Kali ini, ini masanya untuk anda menguruskan mereka.

Anda mungkin perlu memandikan kucing serta membersihkan bulu mereka. Pastikan juga mereka boleh menyediakan ruang dan kawasan yang selesa bagi mereka seperti pasir kucing yang selalu dibersihkan.

4. Berikan kucing anda teman bermain yang baru

Sekiranya kucing anda kelihatan sunyi dan murung selepas kehilangan teman, berikan kucing teman bermain yang baru. Namun, jangan lakukannya dalam keadaan yang mengejut dan mendadak.

Beri mereka ruang untuk mengenali kucing yang baru sebelum benar-benar tinggal di rumah yang sama.

5. Ubat-ubatan daripada pihak veterinar

Jika semua cara sudah tidak berkesan, ini masanya untuk melawat pihak veterinar. Pihak veterinar akan menyiasat punca yang menyebabkan perkara ini berlaku.

Sekiranya perlu, pihak veterinar mungkin akan menyediakan ubat-ubatan atau terapi yang diperlukan bagi merawat kucing anda.

Kesimpulan

Masalah kucing murung bukanlah suatu perkara yang boleh diambil ringan. Dalam jangka masa yang panjang, ia boleh menyebabkan kesihatan kucing merosot dan tidak mustahil boleh menyebabkan kematian.

Tahukah anda, Oyen juga menawarkan Oyen Preventive Care Plan yang merangkumi pelan vaksinasi, ubat cacing dan juga rawatan rutin. 

Dengan mendapatkan pelan ini, ia akan membantu kucing anda menjalani kualiti hidup yang lebih baik dan pada masa yang sama mampu menjimatkan kos bagi anda sebagai pemilik!

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Salmon is a superfood that's rich in omega-3 fats DHA and EPA. Salmon oil is a popular type of fish oil, and it's heavily recommended as a supplement for cats. 

So, is salmon oil good for cats? In short, yes, absolutely! 

Let's discuss everything from A to Z about salmon oil for cats, its profound benefits and where you can get one for your beloved fur friend.      

What are the benefits of cat salmon oils? 

Salmon oil for cats comes with a myriad of benefits. Firstly, salmon oil helps to relieve dry and flaky skin. 

Most cat skin issues such as irritation or itchiness are attributable to the low availability of omega acids. As salmon oil is an excellent source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, it helps to improve cat skin and coat health. 

Moreover, salmon oil for cats also comes with EPA and DHA, two long-chain polyunsaturated omega-fatty acids components. These active ingredients have potent anti-inflammatory effects. That being so, salmon oil benefits joint support in healthy and arthritic cats.   

Besides, salmon oil is also linked to a significant reduction in triglyceride levels in the system. This helps provide a cardioprotective effect to cats, especially those older cats. It's evident that salmon oil is suitable for all types of cats and offers many holistic benefits to produce the best health outcomes.    

Does salmon oil help with hairballs? 

Cats groom themselves by licking their fur coat with their tongue. Though this is a self-sufficient process, it gives way to the formation of problematic hairballs. This is because when cats lick their coat, loose and dead hair strands may get stuck to their tongue. 

Followingly, these hair strands may be accidentally swallowed into the stomach, forming hairballs.      

Usually, cats would vomit out the hairball to get rid of it. Hairballs are not only unpleasant to look at, but they’re also difficult to clean after and manage in households. Salmon oil is well-known for its positive effects on reducing hairball formation and control. 

Salmon oil helps improve overall skin and coat health in cats when consumed as recommended regularly. A healthier cat skin reduces hair loss and improves hair strength. Consequently, it would halt the cycle of hairball formation. 

This is happy news for both you and your kitty! 

Are there side effects for cat salmon oils? 

Fish oils, in general, are very safe for consumption. However, some cats could be allergic or sensitive to salmon oil. 

Symptoms of intolerance you should look out for include diarrhea, vomiting, increased skin itchiness, or flaking. 

It's also important to avoid using unreputable or unregistered fish oil products. This is because salmon oil brands with poor quality control and sub-par safety standards may increase your cat's risk of heavy metal toxicity. 

Therefore, remember to check if the salmon oil is distilled and free from impurities.

How much salmon oil can I give my cats?

The main constituents of salmon oil are omega-3 fatty acids with EPA and DHA. The required amount of salmon for your cat depends on its body weight. The general rule is to give 30 to 50 mg of EPA and DHA per kg of body weight. 

However, the dose recommendations may vary from product to product. That being so, it’s best to refer to the product instructions to determine the best amount of salmon oil for your cat. 

How do I add salmon oil to my cat's food?

Firstly, determine the correct amount of salmon oil your cat requires based on its body weight (kg). You can easily find this information in the product packaging or leaflet.

Next, carefully measure about 30% of the total amount and feed it to your cat. 

Most salmon oil cat supplements come in liquid formulations. This makes it easy to mix fish oil in wet cat food, dry cat food, or give it directly to your cat. Once your cat is used to the taste of salmon oil, increase the dosage to the total daily amount within 1-2 weeks.  

You can give salmon oil to cats with or without food.

However, if your cat shows symptoms of stomach upset after taking salmon oil on an empty stomach, give future doses of salmon oil with food. 

Top 3 best salmon oil for your cats

Here are some of the best salmon oil for cats you can give your cat today: 

1. Dr. Clauder's B.A.R.F Lachsol Salmon Oil

This premium nutritional supplement product contains 100% natural salmon oil. It's recommended for cats and dogs with dull hair, poor coat health, or sensitive skin. This salmon oil product's high proportions of unsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids allow it to act on animals' skin and hair directly.

Furthermore, this product has a very low percentage of free fatty acids (<1%), which further highlights its excellence in quality. 

Ratings: 4.9 stars / 35 ratings

Direction to use: cats below 5 kg of body weight (3ml daily); cats between 5 to 10kg of body weight (5ml daily) 

Price range: RM48 to RM75

Buy online: Shopee // 88PetsMart

2. Zesty Paws Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil 

This salmon oil product is loaded with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, EPA, and DHA to promote skin and coat health. It's suitable to be mixed into both dry and wet cat food.

Although this product does not contain any artificial flavours, preservatives, or synthetic colours, it tastes great for cats. Therefore, you can be sure of your furbaby finishing up its food when mixed with salmon oil—and maybe even ask for more!  

Ratings: 4.7 stars / 506 ratings 

Direction to use: Give approximately 1 pump per 0.5kg (do not exceed 10 teaspoons a day). The amounts can be split between morning and evening. 

Price range: ~ RM 134 to RM 191 

Buy online: iHerb // Threebs 

3. Brit Care Salmon Oil

This is one of the most cost-effective options of 100% natural salmon oil. It's an excellent source of pure omega-3 fatty acids with EPA and DHA.

Regular salmon oil intake is reviewed to reduce hair loss significantly, dandruff problems, and hair thinning. Besides that, salmon oil has anti-inflammatory properties to help treat eczema, skin inflammation, and associated skin itching in cats. 

Ratings: 4.9 stars / 150 ratings

Price range: RM 68

Buy online: Shopee

Make sure to consistently give salmon oil to your cat for at least 2-3 weeks before expecting any positive results. The time it takes for salmon oil to exert its health benefits depends on your cat's overall health and the salmon oil product's quality and strength.

Fish oil vs. Salmon oil — which is better?

The main differentiating factor between salmon oil and other fish oil is the constituent of omega-3 and other fats. Salmon oil contains a higher level of omega-3 fatty acids than other forms of fish oil. It’s usually processed through wet pressing to preserve most of its high content of fatty acids. 

On the other hand, fish oil contains a higher percentage of EPA/DHA omega-3 fatty acids. However, fish oil has a more significant proportion of unhealthy saturated fat than salmon oil. 

Both fish oil and salmon oil bring valuable benefits to the table. That said, when compared side by side, salmon oil's nutritional benefits stand out more than general fish oil. 

Bottomline 

Salmon oil is an amazing source of nutrition for cats, with countless positive impacts on your cat's well-being. You must also remember to consult with your veterinarian before starting your cat on salmon oil supplementation. 

This is because your veterinarian can help ensure you're giving your cat the best quality of salmon oil in the right amount. 

Finally, if you haven’t already, check out Oyen Insurance Plan for your beloved kitty cat. Take an insurance eligibility quiz for your pet here and have your next veterinary visit on us!  

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Makan dan minum merupakan salah satu perkara yang penting bagi memastikan kelangsungan hidup. Tidak kira manusia atau haiwan, ia memainkan peranan yang sangat penting dalam kehidupan.

Namun, bagaimana sekiranya kucing anda menunjukkan perangai enggan makan. Jika dibiarkan masa yang lama, ia boleh melibatkan kesihatan dan boleh menjejaskan nyawa. 

Dalam artikel ini, Oyen akan kongsikan mengapa perkara ini berlaku dan apakah tips mengatasinya.

Sebab kucing enggan makan

Sebenarnya, terdapat beberapa sebab kucing enggan makan. Antaranya ialah seperti berikut:

Masalah mulut dan gigi 

Sama seperti manusia, masalah mulut dan gigi juga mendatangkan rasa sakit dan sangat tidak selesa. Keadaan ini  menyebabkan proses makan dan mengunyah terganggu dan kucing anda enggan makan.

Bukan sahaja penyakit dan jangkitan, keadaan mulut yang cedera seperti gusi bengkak, gigi patah dan sebagainya juga boleh menyebabkan kucing anda menolak untuk makan.

Masalah sistem penghadaman 

Sesetengah penyakit dan masalah penghadaman juga boleh menyebabkan kucing anda hilang selera makan.  Contohnya seperti parasit, colitis, gastroenteritis, atau kanser.

 Bukan itu sahaja, masalah cacing kucing yang teruk juga boleh menyebabkan rasa tidak selesa pada perut dan seterusnya menyebabkan kucing hilang selera makan.

Masalah pernafasan

Tahukah anda, kucing memilih makanannya berdasarkan bau. Apabila mereka mengalami masalah pernafasan, ia boleh menyebabkan kucing hilang deria bau dan mengganggu selera makan mereka

Penyakit buah pinggang 

Biasanya, ia berlaku kepada kucing tua. Penyakit ini boleh menyebabkan simptom seperti kucing tak nak makan dan muntah-muntah.

Baru sahaja mendapat vaksin atau makan ubat-ubatan

Kucing tak nak makan selepas vaksin? Perkara ini mungkin salah satu kesan sampingan vaksin dan ubat-ubatan ini kepada kucing anda. Namun, biasanya ia hanya akan berlaku buat tempoh masa yang sementara

Kucing berada dalam keadaan stres atau murung

Seterusnya, kucing sangat sensitif terhadap perubahan rutin mereka. Apabila berlaku perubahan besar dalam rutin kucing yang biasa atau berpindah rumah ia boleh menyebabkan mereka berada dalam keadaan yang stres, murung dan seterusnya menolak untuk makan.

Kucing sudah kenyang

Kadang-kadang, jawapan mengapa kucing anda enggan makan cukup mudah. Mungkin hanya kerana mereka sudah kenyang. Bagi kucing yang tinggal di luar rumah teritamanya tidak dimandulkan, mereka akan berjalan lebih jauh dari rumah.

Dalam perjalanan itu, mereka mungkin sudah makan makanan yang berada di tepi jalan atau sepanjang perjalanan mereka.

Berapa lama kucing boleh hidup tanpa makanan

Secara puratanya, kucing boleh bertahan tanpa makanan tetapi minum selama seminggu hingga dua minggu. Bagaimana pula jika kucing tak nak makan dan minum? Mereka hanya boleh bertahan sehingga tiga hari.

Walaupun kucing tidak makan hanya selama dua hari, mereka mungkin kekurangan zat dan seterusnya  sakit serta memerlukan rawatan veterinar dengan segera. 

Apa yang akan berlaku sekiranya kucing tidak makan buat masa yang lama

Seperti manusia, kucing memerlukan nutrien untuk menjalani kehidupan seharian mereka. Apabila kucing berhenti untuk makan atau mereka makan makanan yang tidak mempunyai protein yang secukupnya, ia akan menyebabkan mereka mengalami kegagalan hati yang boleh membawa maut jika tidak dirawat.

Proses kegagalan hati ini boleh berlaku dengan sangat cepat bagi kucing malah jika kucing dalam keadaan kelaparan yang berterusan, mereka juga akan mengalami kegagalan organ yang lain pula dan akhirnya membawa maut.

Cara merawat kucing tak nak makan

Rawatan yang perlu diberikan kepada kucing ini sebenarnya bergantung kepada punca mereka enggan makan, jom kita lihat beberapa pilihan yang anda boleh cuba:

1.Tentukan apakah tabiat makan bagi kucing anda

Biasanya, bagi kucing mereka juga mempunyai tabiat makan yang sangat unik. Ada kucing yang gemar untuk makan beramai-ramai dan ada yang memilih untuk makan berseorangan. 

Bagi mewujudkan persekitaran yang selesa bagi kucing anda makan, cuba perhatikan apakah tabiat makan kucing anda. Kucing yang gemarkan waktu makan bersama peneman, akan merasa selesa makan sambil ditemani anda yang membelainya.

Bagi cara ini, anda boleh meletakkan bekas makanan di beberapa tempat dan lihat di mana mereka lebih memilih untuk makan. Adakah tempat yang tersorok atau tempat yang mungkin ramai dengan ahli keluarga.

2. Letakkan bekas makanan di lokasi yang berbeza

Bagi membantu kucing anda untuk makan semula, cuba letakkan bekas makanan di lokasi yang berbeza. Sebagai pemilik, kita tidak akan selalu ada sekiranya mereka mula ingin makan.

Oleh itu, dengan meletakkan makanan di lokasi yang berbeza, ia bukan sahaja membantu mereka mempunyai lebih banyak pilihan untuk makan. Malah, sekiranya berlaku sesuatu yang tidak menyenangkan di salah satu lokasi, mereka masih mempunyai pilihan lokasi yang lain.

3. Pilih bekas makanan yang sesuai

Disebabkan kucing merupakan haiwan yang sangat sensitif, anda juga perlu memilih bekas makanan yang sesuai bagi mereka. Elakkan memberi makanan di dalam bekas makanan yang terlalu sempit atau tidak tahan lama.

4. Cuba tentukan cara yang berbeza bagi memberikan makanan

Jika perlu, ubah jadual dan cara yang berbeza untuk memberikan makanan. Anda boleh mencuba memberikan makanan di dalam kuantiti yang kecil tetapi lebih kerap. Ia bukan sahaja membantu makanan untuk kekal segar, tetapi membantu membentuk pola pemakanan kucing anda semula.

Selain itu, jika perlu, cuba beri makanan daripada tangan anda. Ya, kadang-kadang ada kucing yang mungkin hanya ingin bermanja atau inginkan perhatian akan berselera jika anda memberikan mereka makanan daripada tangan anda.

5. Dapatkan rawatan veterinar

Jika semua cara ini gagal memujuk untuk kucing anda makan, cuba dapatkan rawatan veterinar dengan segera. Pihak veterinar akan mencari punca sebenar kucing anda enggan makan terutamanya jika disebabkan penyakit.

Malah, jika kucing anda berada dalam keadaan kelaparan atau menunjukkan tanda-tanda sakit yang teruk, mungkin pihak veterinar akan mengesyorkan anda memberikan makanan atau susu melalui tiub makanan.

Kesimpulan

Pastinya sangat sukar jika si comel ini yang sebelumnya baik-baik sahaja, tiba-tiba enggan makan dan kesihatannya merosot. Namun, Oyen percaya dengan semangat dan usaha yang beterusan daripada anda sebagai pihak pemilik kucing, mereka pasti akan kembali ceria dan kembali seperti dulu. 

Jika anda mahukan perlindungan lebih untuk kucing andai, anda boleh mendapatkan Oyen Pet Insurance yang melindungi segala kos rawatan dan surgeri sehingga RM8,000. 

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Dogs are one of the most popular pets in Malaysia. They are also popular in many households because they provide companionship and unconditional love. Dogs, in addition to being loving, can also serve as watchdogs and guard dogs. 

However, some diseases can affect these furry friends, and as a pet owner, you should be aware of these illnesses.

This article will cover the most common dog diseases in Malaysia, the symptoms to look out for, and what treatment can be expected for your furbabies.

Ringworm the common dog diseases in Malaysia
Credit: Dubai Kennels & Cattery

Ringworm

Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin, hair, and nails. The name is derived from the classic appearance of the round, red, raised 'ring' that is marked on the animals that get infected. 

Fun fact: Ringworm is a misleading term because it is not a worm-borne infection, and infected areas are not always ring-shaped.

Ringworm is contagious, and the fungus is transmitted through direct contact. It can be transmitted through direct contact with an infected animal and through touching contaminated objects or surfaces.
However, it’s important to note that contact with the ringworm fungus does not always result in infection. The amount of contamination in the environment and the age of the exposed animal are important factors in the development of a ringworm infection.

Symptoms of ringworm infections in dogs include:

  • Hair loss (alopecia) that might be in a circular shape
  • Dry and brittle hair
  • Inflamed skin with scabs forming
  • Rough and brittle claws (for nail ringworm infections)

Treatment for ringworm infections in dogs:

  • Topical treatments (to be applied to affected areas)
  • Oral medicines (Oral anti-fungal drugs)
  • Environmental cleaning (to remove any spores or fungal remains in the dog’s environment)

Prevention methods for ringworm infections in dogs:

  • If your dog gets wet, always dry them off because the fungus thrives in moist environments.
  • Cleaning your dog's bedding, harness, collar, leash, and toys regularly is essential because the fungus can remain dormant on surfaces for up to 18 months.


Common Malaysian dog disease Canine Distemper
Credit: PetAirapy

Canine Distemper

Distemper in dogs is caused by a paramyxovirus related to the viruses that cause rinderpest and measles. The disease is very contagious and has the potential to be fatal. It infects the host and causes severe illness by attacking multiple body systems, resulting in a widespread infection that is hard to treat.

Dogs can contract canine distemper in three ways: airborne exposure, direct contact with an infected object or animal, or the placenta.

The good news is that if your dogs are up to date on their vaccinations, this isn't a problem because the distemper vaccination is considered a "core vaccine" for dogs. Unvaccinated dogs and puppies under four months are the most vulnerable to this disease.

The symptoms of canine distemper can be very severe and often occurs in two stages:
Stage 1 (Beginning stages of the disease):

  • Fever
  • Clear nasal discharge
  • Eye discharge that contains pus
  • Fatigue
  • Anorexia
  • Wheezing or coughing
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Brain and spinal cord inflammation
  • Swollen feet and hardened paw pads

Stage 2 (Neurological symptoms that the dog develops as the disease progresses and attacks the central nervous system):

  • Head tilt
  • Circling
  • Partial or total paralysis
  • Seizures
  • Repetitive eye movements
  • Twitching of muscles
  • Convulsions accompanied by drooling and chewing motions

Unfortunately, there is no cure for canine distemper, but your veterinarian may provide symptom relief and supportive care such as the following:

  • Antibiotics
  • Painkillers
  • IV nutrition
  • Fever suppressors
  • Seizure medications

Prevention of canine distemper:

  • Make sure that your puppy or dog has received the entire course of distemper vaccinations 
  • Never skip scheduled vaccination appointments
  • Be cautious when socialising with unvaccinated dogs, dogs from the animal shelter or with big groups of dogs
Coughing dog kennel cough common dog illness in Malaysia

Kennel cough

Kennel Cough, also known as infectious tracheobronchitis in dogs, is a common illness. The illness is extremely contagious and is caused by viral and bacterial infections that attack the animal's respiratory system. The term ‘Kennel Cough’ refers to animals in shelters or boarding kennels exposed to overcrowded, enclosed, and inadequately ventilated environments that are the most vulnerable to this disease. Dogs which spend a lot of time in public places with other dogs, such as the dog park, are more likely to contract it because this disease spreads through object contamination and air.

Regardless of how well-ventilated it is, excessive levels of smoke or dust in the living environment can also cause this illness.

The good news is that this disease is not life-threatening and should clear up in healthy dogs in one to three weeks. However, in severe cases, the condition may lead to pneumonia.

Symptoms of Kennel cough in dogs:

  • Lack of energy
  • Honking (forced coughing)
  • Lethargy
  • Sneezing excessively
  • Retching or gagging
  • Coughing up white mucus
  • Fever
  • Excessive nasal discharge
  • Lymph nodes that are swollen or painful
  • Appetite loss
  • Loss of weight
  • Crusty and/or watering eyes 

Treatments prescribed for dogs with Kennel cough:

  • Adequate rest
  • Antibiotics
  • Cough medicine

Prevention of Kennel cough:

  • Ensure that your dog's living quarters are well-ventilated and clean.
  • Obtain a vaccination against the Bordetella bacterium, which causes Kennel cough in dogs'
Rabies common dog disease in Malaysia
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Rabies 

Rabies is a fatal virus that infects the brain and spinal cord. It is also a zoonotic disease that can be transmitted from animals to humans. In fact, dogs are one of the most common sources of rabies in humans.

This disease is transmissible through saliva. If your dog is bitten by another dog infected with rabies, the virus will enter the bloodstream and infect your pet. While rabies is preventable and even treatable if caught early, the virus is fatal once symptoms appear. The window for saving your rabies-infected pet is very narrow. As a result, it is critical to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

The first sign of rabies infection in dogs is a change in temperament. Following that, there are two recognised forms of rabies, each with its symptoms: paralytic (dumb) rabies and furious rabies.

Symptoms of paralytic (dumb) rabies in dogs include:

  • Progressive limb paralysis
  • Face distortion
  • Difficulty in swallowing

Symptoms of furious rabies in dogs include:

  • Becomes aggressive
  • Extremely excitable
  • Depraved appetite
  • Consuming and chewing stones and garbage
  • Paralysis

The best way to prevent rabies in dogs is to:

  • Make sure your pet is vaccinated against rabies
  • Avoid contact with wild animals
Common dog disease in Malaysia Canine Atopic Dermatitis
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Skin diseases

Skin problems in dogs were discovered to be the most common reason for veterinarian visits in a Korean study. In the study discovered that skin problems primarily affected smaller breeds such as Maltese, Poodle, Shih Tzu, and Pomeranians, which are all popular dog breeds in Malaysia.

Atopic dermatitis (atopy) is a common allergic condition affecting dogs' skin. The allergen lists for atopic dermatitis in dogs are endless and can include anything from dust mites to their diet to plant pollen.

The most challenging aspect of atopy is identifying a specific allergen. If not properly diagnosed, your pet may be itching for the rest of its life.

Symptoms of atopy include:

  • Incessant scratching 
  • Chewing and licking of the skin

Treatments for atopy:

  • Prescription medicines to help with the itchiness and inflammation of the skin

There is no way to prevent atopy before symptoms appear.

But when they do, there are several things you can do to help your dog:

  • If unsure of the allergen causing the problem, use the trial and error method. Begin with their surroundings and progress to their diet.
  • Consult your veterinarian about whether a skin allergen test or blood work for your dog is necessary.
  • Monitor your pet and note if the allergies are only seasonal or if your dog itches every day
  • Give your pets anti-inflammatory supplements like the Omega-3 Fish Oil (after consulting your vet, of course)
Ear infection common dog disease in Malaysia

Ear infections

Ear disease affects roughly 20% of dogs. It is prevalent in floppy-eared breeds like Shih Tzus and Cocker Spaniels. The most common ear disease in dogs is otitis externa, where the outer area of the ear becomes inflamed. The veterinarian should be able to diagnose the cause of the infection by taking a few swab samples from the dog’s ear and examining them under a microscope.

Symptoms of an infected dog ear are:

  • Redness of the ear canal
  • Flaky and crusty skin around the ear canal and opening
  • Brown discharge from the ear canal
  • Bad odour 
  • Restlessness 
  • Constant scratching around the ear

Treatment for ear infections:

  • Vet-prescribed ear cleanser 
  • Ear drops or medicated ointment
  • Antibiotics
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine

Ear infection prevention in dogs: 

  • If your dog has floppy ears, frequent and gentle ear cleaning can help prevent ear infections.
  • Remember to completely dry your dog's ears after bathing to prevent moisture from remaining in their ears.
Heartworm the common dog disease in Malaysia and its symptoms and medication
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Heartworms

In pets, heartworm disease causes severe heart failure, organ damage, lung disease, and death. Dirofilaria immitis is the disease-causing parasitic worm. Mosquito bites transmit the disease. While inside the dog, the worms mature, mate, and reproduce. 

The term "heartworms" came from the fact that adult worms live in infected animals' heart, lungs, and blood vessels.

The heartworm lifecycle can be viewed here. There are no visible symptoms to be noted in the early stages of infection. However, as the infection progresses, the symptoms will become more apparent.

Symptoms of middle to later stages of heartworm disease include:

  • Persistent mild cough
  • Exercise aversion
  • Fatigue
  • Reduced appetite
  • Loss of weight
  • Heart disease
  • Swollen stomach caused by an excess of fluid in the abdomen
  • Caval disorder (a form of cardiovascular collapse)

Treatment for heartworm disease in dogs:

  • Perform tests to confirm the diagnosis
  • Vet-prescribed medicine administered through injections
  • Surgery to remove worms from the heart and lungs (if there are too many)

Prevention methods for heartworm disease in dogs: 

  • Make sure to give your dogs heartworm prevention supplements monthly
  • Annual vet visits are recommended to ensure that your dog is not infected
Dog with Leptospirosis disease common in Malaysia
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Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that causes kidney and liver damage in dogs. Bacteria multiply in the bloodstream and gather in these vital organs. If left untreated, leptospirosis can be fatal. The bacteria spread through an infected animal's urine and can survive in damp soil or stagnant water for extended periods, infecting dogs who come into contact with it. Because leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, pet owners can contract it from their dogs.

Symptoms of leptospirosis in dogs:

  • Fever
  • Shivering
  • Tenderness of the muscles
  • Reluctance to move
  • Increased thirst
  • Changes in urination frequency or amount
  • Dehydration
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Appetite loss,
  • Lethargy
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin))
  • Inflammation of the eye

Treatment for dogs with leptospirosis:

  • Fluid therapy to aid with dehydration
  • Antibiotics
  • Hospitalisation for severe cases

Preventative measures for leptospirosis:

  • Annual vaccination
  • Keep an eye on where your dog goes and keep them away from stagnant or damp soil

Conclusion

It can be scary to see the diseases your dog can contract, but it is equally important to be aware of the warning signs. All the common diseases in Malaysia mentioned above have one thing in common: they are all preventable with the proper vaccinations and annual checkups. As a dog owner, your responsibility is to keep your dog healthy and free of diseases that can be avoided with a vaccine.

However, we understand that the costs associated with these diseases can be very high, and we are here to assist you. Oyen's Preventative Care provides basic health checks for your dog at an affordable price. 

Remember - prevention is always better than cure!

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Did you know that puppies have 30 teeth, while adult dogs have 42 teeth? 

Brushing your dog's teeth regularly is the foundation for good oral health and hygiene. Unfortunately, dental problems are so prevalent amongst dogs that over 80% of dogs over the age of three experience some sort of dental disease.

Here’s a complete guide on how to keep your dog's teeth clean and healthy. 

How often should a dog's teeth be cleaned?

brush your dog's teeth at least two or three times a week

It would be best if you aimed to brush your dog's teeth at least two or three times a week at home. You'd need a suitable dog toothbrush and toothpaste for brushing your dog's teeth. 

Make sure to use dog toothpaste because human toothpaste may contain toxic ingredients such as fluoride or xylitol (an artificial sweetener) that are unsafe for dogs.

How to clean my dog’s teeth at home? 

Here are a step-by-step guide (as recommended by vets) to clean your dog’s teeth:

  1. Start by squeezing generous amounts of toothpaste onto a wet dog toothbrush. 
  2. Then, softly brush your dog's teeth and gums in a circular motion for approximately two minutes. It would be best if you started by brushing the front teeth and slowly making your way to the side and bottom parts of your dog's teeth. 
  3. Finally, rinse your dog's mouth well with lukewarm water.
  4. After brushing your dog's teeth, you can use dental spray products to prevent plaque build-up or tartar on dog teeth. To use dental dog sprays, lift your dog's lips and spray 1-2 times onto its teeth or gums. 
  5. Avoid giving your furbaby any dog food or drinks for at least an hour after use for the best results. 

Protip: Do note that dental sprays are not an alternative to dog teeth cleaning; it's an additional step that may improve dental outcomes.

Do dogs like getting their teeth brushed?

How to brush dog's teeth

If your dog is like most, it wouldn't like getting its teeth brushed at first. 

Luckily, you can train most dogs to tolerate teeth cleaning over time. It would help if you could establish a consistent schedule for your dog's teeth cleaning so it will start to anticipate teeth cleaning times. 

How to choose a dog toothbrush? 

Best dog toothbrush

First of all, you must always choose a toothbrush that's comfortable for you and your dog. 

If it's your first time brushing your dog's teeth, using a finger toothbrush would be a more straightforward option for you. This is because the design of finger toothbrushes allows easy cleaning of the whole mouth in just a few strokes. 

On the other hand, if you're looking for a dog stick toothbrush, choose those with soft bristles as they're more gentle on the dog's mouth. The toothbrush should also have angled handles or multiple heads to ensure it reaches every corner of your dog's mouth.   

Which dog toothpaste should I go with?

There are various flavours of toothpaste, ranging from peanut butter to beef and chicken, in the market today. That being the case, you could also experiment with different dog toothpaste flavours to find one that's most appealing to your dog. 

Make sure the dog toothpaste contains no foaming agents so it doesn’t harm your dog if accidentally swallowed. 

In short, we encourage you to try out different kinds of toothpaste and toothbrushes with your dog to figure out the best combination for you and your pup. 

Protip: Keep teeth brushing sessions with your dog short and fun so it will start to enjoy them rather than resist them.  

How can I get plaque off my dog's teeth? (tartar) 

How does dog plaque and teeth tartar look like

Plaque is a sticky, colorless layer of bacteria that forms on your dog's teeth. These bacteria produce acidic substances every time your dog eats or drinks. The acidic substances could destroy tooth enamel, resulting in gum diseases (gingivitis), cavities, or tooth loss. 

If the plaque is not removed promptly, it may harden into tartar on dog teeth. Tartar on dog teeth is often visible as it looks like stubborn dark staining on the surface of the teeth. The best way to avoid plaque buildup is by regularly brushing your dog's teeth. It also helps to keep their mouth clean and healthy. 

Additionally, chewing dog toys are of great help too. Chewing is the natural way for dogs to clean their teeth. That being so, chewing dog toys are specially designed to minimise the buildup of plaque and tartar.

However, if your dog already has a buildup of plaque or tartar, it's best to consult a dog dentist for dog teeth cleaning. This is because brushing alone may be ineffective in removing plaque from your dog's teeth at this stage. 

The removal of tartar requires professional cleaning with specialised equipment. Moreover, dog teeth scaling may also be performed to polish your dog's teeth and remove plaque or tartar around the gum line.

What happens if I never brush my dog's teeth?

Why is it important to brush dog's teeth

Brushing dog teeth helps to prevent plaque build-up. Without regular brushing, you're putting your dog at risk of various dental complications such as gum disease, halitosis (persistent bad breath), periodontal diseases, or tooth decay.

The common signs of dental problems in dogs you should look out for include: 

  • Bleeding or swollen gums 
  • Chewing on only one side of the mouth  
  • Drooling excessively 
  • Trouble eating or chewing food 
  • Noticeable bad breath 
  • Painful bumps inside the mouth
  • Unexplainable weight loss
  • Yellowing of the teeth 

If left untreated, these dental conditions will negatively impact your dog's life quality. So, it's safe to say that brushing dog teeth and regular dog dentist visits are crucial to maintaining the overall well-being of your pup. 

Should dogs go to the dentist?

Yes. Professional dog teeth cleaning by a veterinarian is essential to protect your pup's oral health. Dog dentists or veterinarians can help identify, prevent or treat dental conditions from a very early stage. 

That being so, your dog must undergo oral examinations and dental cleaning at least once a year. This would allow veterinarians to alert you of any early warning signs of dental problems. 

 In some cases, plaque or tartar may still develop despite regular dog teeth cleaning. So it's always important to consult a trusted veterinarian to evaluate the health of your dog's jawline and teeth. 

Veterinarians are equipped with dental instruments to perform dog teeth scaling or polishing that can remove tartar on dog teeth or plaque build-up. 

How much does it cost to clean the teeth of a dog in Malaysia?

The average cost of cleaning a dog's teeth could range from RM 200 to RM 400, depending on the case complexity. 

While most veterinary clinics offer general dental check-ups, here are some of the best dog dentist facilities you can bring your pet to for a more in-depth analysis of your dog’s oral health. 

Where to bring my dog for teeth cleaning in Malaysia? 

Pets Grooming Hotel

This facility offers anaesthesia-free teeth cleaning services which take 20 to 40 minutes. Firstly, a licensed veterinarian will perform a brief wellness test here to identify the need for more extensive oral care such as tooth extractions or gum disease treatment. If deemed unnecessary, your dog will undergo routine cleanings by experienced dog dentists who are promised to be gentle and affectionate. 

Cost: RM 200 to RM 300 (depending on breed size) 

Address: GF-22A, Ground Floor, Mainplace Mall Jalan USJ 21/10, Persiaran Kewajipan, 47630 Subang Jaya, Selangor.  

Contact number: 010-203 6088

Website: PGH Malaysia

Pusat Veterinar Healing Pets

This well-established facility offers services from various disciplines such as dentistry, ophthalmology, cardiology and many more! You can be sure that your pup is in good hands because the veterinarians in this clinic are well-qualified with years of experience.  

Address: 26-30, Pusat Veterinar Healing Pets, Jalan SS21/62, Damansara Utama,  47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Contact number: 012-328 9062 or 03-7732 8878

Website: Healing Pets

Animal Medical Centre

This veterinary centre was established 45 years ago to deliver advanced diagnostic veterinary care and animal services. The dog dentists here are qualified to perform dentistry and oral surgeries to alleviate pain and improve overall oral comfort. 

Cost: from RM 60 (total cost estimation will be provided after consultation) 

Address: Wisma Medivet, 8, Jln Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur

Contact number: 013-431 5157 or 03-4042 6742

Website: Animal Medical Centre

Dog dentistry is essential to taking care of your pet's well-being. Although Oyen Pet Insurance doesn't cover dental visits or procedures, we do offer reimbursement for any accidental treatments related to the pet's dental care.

On top of that, our insurance plan also covers consultation and surgery costs for your dog.

How long is a dog under anesthesia for teeth cleaning? 

How long is a dog under anesthesia for teeth cleaning

Dogs often start feeling scared or stressed during dental procedures. As a result, they may move around excessively, making it difficult for the veterinarian to complete the dental procedures. 

Anesthesia is a class of medications that temporarily put your dog in a "sleep-like" or unconscious state before a medical procedure. It's a means for your dog to undergo dental processes effortlessly without feeling any pain or discomfort. 

Anesthesia for dog teeth cleaning usually lasts for 60 to 95 minutes. This time is sufficient for dog dentists to examine the dog's mouth with dental instruments and perform dog dental cleaning procedures. 

The veterinarian may increase the anesthesia period depending on the complexity of the case. For example, dogs with a lot of tartar in their mouth may need a longer time for teeth cleaning and, subsequently, a longer time under anesthesia. 

After the procedure, the effect of the anesthesia may last for 15 to 20 minutes. If you're afraid of putting your dog under anesthesia, you may opt for veterinary clinics that perform anesthesia-free dog teeth cleaning.  

Conclusion 

Do not overlook the importance of your dog’s oral hygiene. It’s never too late to start brushing your dog's teeth. Taking good care of your pup is worth every penny (or ringgit). 

Look into your options of insuring your pet today with Oyen Pet Insurance. Take a quick quiz here to check your pet's eligibility for pet insurance!

Do note that pet insurance does not cover any cost related to dental cleaning as such treatments are considered preventive treatments. Pet insurance do however, cover any accidental injury that’s related to the pet’s teeth. 

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Bagi pemilik kucing, situasi kucing bergaduh bukan lagi perkara asing. Kucing anda mungkin kerap bergaduh dengan kucing jalanan yang datang ke rumah atau lebih teruk, dengan kucing yang dibela di rumah yang sama juga!

Situasi ini pastinya menjadikan anda serba salah, terutamanya sekiranya ia sudah berada di tahap yang teruk, sehingga kucing luka kerana bergaduh dengan sesama sendiri. 

Dalam artikel ini, Oyen akan kongsikan cara elakkan kucing bergaduh dan apa yang anda perlu lakukan sebagai pemilik kucing. Jom kita bermula!

Punca kucing bergaduh

Bak kata pepatah, tak kenal maka tak cinta. Sama seperti masalah, kita harus mencari apakah punca sebenarnya yang menyebabkan keadaan ini berlaku. Oyen akan kongsikan beberapa punca mengapa kucing boleh bergaduh sesama sendiri mereka.

Takut

Biasanya, apabila kucing berada dalam keadaan yang takut dan terancam, mereka akan membesarkan badan dan mengeluarkan suara yang garang. Apabila berada dalam keadaan yang terlampau takut, atau mereka merasakan pihak lawan mereka cuba menyerang mereka, ia boleh memulakan pergaduhan yang tidak diingini.

Naluri keibuan ibu kucing

Ya, bukan kucing jantan sahaja yang cenderung untuk bergaduh. Kucing betina juga mempunyai sifat semulajadi dan naluri keibuan bagi melindungi anak-anaknya.

Sifat melindungi anak-anak ini bukan sahaja membuatkan mereka menyerang orang asing, malah anda sebagai pemilik juga boleh diserang jika mereka berasa terancam.

Perubahan hormon

Biasanya, apabila kucing jantan yang tidak dimandulkan mencecah umur dua tahun hingga 4 tahun, perubahan hormon yang berlaku di dalam badan mereka akan menyebabkan mereka menjadi agresif sesama mereka.

Keadaan ini biasanya akan kerap berlaku dalam kalangan kucing jantan berbanding dengan kucing betina. Malah, keadaan  kucing bergaduh ini akan menjadi semakin teruk dalam kalangan mereka terutamanya pada musim mengawan.

Mempertahankan kawasan

Sekiranya terdapat kucing liar atau jalanan yang cuba menceroboh kawasan rumah, pergaduhan antara kucing mungkin akan berlaku bagi mempertahankan kawasan. 

Bukan itu sahaja, kucing di dalam rumah yang sama juga boleh bergaduh sesama sendiri. Sebagai contoh, salah seekor kucing anda mungkin pulang dari klinik veterinar dan membawa  pulang bau yang asing dan akhirnya bergaduh sesama sendiri.

Kucing anda cemburu

Nampak comel, tapi benar. Kucing anda boleh menjadi cemburu terutamanya jika anda membawa kucing baru masuk ke dalam rumah. Sekiranya mereka melihat anda memberikan perhatian yang lebih atau kurang perhatian kepada mereka, jangan terkejut jika ‘perang kecil’ mungkin bermula.

Kucing berada dalam keadaan sakit

Akhir sekali, sekiranya tiada punca-punca lain yang menyebabkan mereka agresif, cuba perhatikan kucing anda sekiranya mereka berada dalam keadaan luka atau sakit. Sekiranya mereka berada dalam keadaan sakit, mereka cenderung untuk menjadi agresif dan boleh menyerang tanpa sebab.

Tanda-tanda kucing ingin memulakan pergaduhan

Sebenarnya, anda boleh mengenalpasti tanda-tanda kucing ingin memulakan pergaduhan sesama mereka. Cuba perhatikan beberapa tanda dan bahasa tubuh mereka seperti berikut:

  • Mengembangkan bulu dan membesarkan badan
  • Ekor dalam keadaan tegak
  • Anak mata berada dalam keadaan bulat
  • Telinga terlipat ke belakang
  • Bunyi mendesis dan menggeram dalam keadaan marah

Dengan peka pada tanda-tanda ini, anda mengambil langkah berjaga-jaga  dan pencegahan sebelum mereka mula bergaduh dan akhirnya mencederakan sesama sendiri.

Cara elakkan kucing bergaduh

Jika anda melihat kucing mula bergaduh, jangan sesekali memberanikan diri dan meleraikan pergaduhan tersebut secara fizikal. Anda bukan sahaja berpotensi untuk cedera dengan cakaran dan gigitan, kucing juga boleh hilang kepercayaan terhadap anda sebagai pemilik mereka.

Langkah pencegahan

Bagi mengelakkan berlakunya pegaduhan yang lebih teruk, anda sebenarnya boleh melakukan beberapa langkah pencegahan. Berikut merupakan beberapa langkah yang boleh dilakukan:

1. Mandulkan kucing anda

Kucing jantan yang belum dimandulkan akan cenderung untuk menjadi lebih agresif dan bergaduh sesama mereka. Kucing betina yang belum dimandulkan pula akan cenderung bergaduh mempertahankan anak kucing mereka.

2. Sediakan tempat persembunyian di sekitar rumah

Bagi mengelakkan kucing anda bergaduh kerana takut atau terancam, berikan mereka ruang untuk bersembunyi dan berasa selamat

3. Sediakan bekalan secukupnya

Jika anda merupakan pemilik beberapa ekor kucing, pastikan bekalan makanan dan minuman disediakan secukupnya. Selain itu, ruang bermain dan mainan juga perlu dipastikan cukup.

4. Rancang perjalanan anda

Bagi kucing yang biasanya bergaduh sekiranya salah seekor daripada mereka pulang daripada kawasan luar. Contohnya, seperti klinik veterinar, rancang lawatan anda ke klinik veterinar dengan membawa mereka pada masa yang sama. Ini akan mengurangkan kemungkinan berlakunya pergaduhan kembali.

5. Pastikan kucing berada di dalam rumah. 

Sekiranya kucing anda cenderung untuk bergaduh dengan kucing liar atau kucing jalanan, cara terbaik adalah memastikan mereka sentiasa berada dalam rumah. Hal ini kerana, kucing anda mungkin akan bertindak mengejar kucing jalanan tersebut, lupa jalan pulang dan akhirnya berkemungkinan untuk hilang.

Namun, sekiranya anda ingin memberikan si comel ini ruang untuk bermain di halaman rumah, pastikan pagar rumah sentiasa ditutup atau mempunyai penghadang.

6. Asingkan kucing yang berada dalam keadaan yang sakit

Bagi memudahkan rawatan dan juga penjagaan kucing yang sakit, asingkan kucing ini terlebih dahulu. Ia bukan sahaja akan mengurangkan risiko jangkitan penyakit, kucing yang sakit ini juga akan berasa lebih selesa dan kurang cenderung untuk menjadi agresif serta bergaduh.

Kucing saya sedang bergaduh. Apa yang perlu saya lakukan

Bagaimana sekiranya, anda sudah terlambat. Kucing anda sudah bercakaran dan menyerang lawannya atau bergaduh sesama sendiri. Apa yang perlu anda lakukan

  • Jangan sesekali memukul atau mengejar kucing anda. Ia akan membuatkan mereka berasa lebih takut dan hilang kepercayaan terhadap anda
  • Sembur dengan air atau gunakan bunyi bising untuk menghentikan pergaduhan
  • Jangan marah atau memujuk kucing anda. Berikan mereka ruang untuk bertenang selepas berlakunya pergaduhan 

Kucing serumah bergaduh. Apa yang patut saya lakukan?

Jika selama ini kucing-kucing ini tinggal di rumah yang sama dengan tenang dan gembira, dan tiba-tiba bergaduh sesama mereka, pastinya ini membuatkan anda buntu. 

Oyen kongsikan beberapa langkah yang boleh digunakan bagi situasi ini.

Situasi 1: Kucing serumah bergaduh pada tahap ringan

  • Asingkan kucing ini selama beberapa hari atau minggu di dalam bilik yang berbeza. Bekas makanan dan juga pasir kucing perlu diasingkan.
  • Dengan cara ini, kucing akan mendengar dapat menghidu bau masing-masing, namun tidak perlu berhadapan dan berinteraksi
  • Jika boleh, letakkan bekas makanan mereka di belakang pintu yang bertentangan dengan pintu bilik di mana mereka diasingkan. Ini membantu mereka biasa dengan bau antara satu sama lain ketika melakukan sesuatu yang menyenangkan seperti makan
  • Setiap hari, tukar bilik mereka antara satu sama lain. Ini bagi membiasakan mereka dengan bau masing-masing. Anda mungkin memerlukan bantuan daripada orang lain bagi melancarkan proses ini.
  • Sekiranya pada langkah ini, mereka masih berada dalam keadaan relaks, cuba buka pintu mereka sedikit demi sedikit setiap hari. Jika mereka masih berada dalam keadaan tenang, ia merupakan petanda yang baik. Namun, sekiranya mereka menunjukkan tanda agresif, asingkan mereka semula.

Situasi 2: Kucing serumah bergaduh pada tahap teruk

  • Asingkan mereka buat masa yang lebih lama. Bagi proses pada tahap ini, anda mungkin perlu mengambil masa yang lama sebelum membantu memperkenalkan mereka semula.
  • Jika pada tahap ringan, anda mungkin boleh membuka pintu sedikit demi sedikit setiap hari. Namun awas, pada tahap yang teruk ini anda perlu lebih berjaga-jaga. Gunakan tali kolar atau letak kucing anda di dalam sangkar sebelum membawa mereka lebih dekat antara satu sama lain.
  • Pada sesi ini, lakukan perkara yang menyenangkan seperti makan atau bermain bersama kucing anda. Lakukan aktiviti ini dalam jarak yang jauh dan waktu yang singkat dahulu.
  • Apabila mereka sudah mampu relaks dalam keadaan jarak beberapa kaki untuk makan atau bermain, anda boleh meninggalkan mereka buat seketika. Ingat, pada peringkat awal, tinggalkan mereka hanya untuk masa yang pendek sebelum menambah masa yang lebih lama secara berperingkat.

Kesimpulan

Jika semuanya sudah tidak berhasil, ini masanya anda mendapatkan bantuan profesional atau pihak veterinar bagi mendapatkan rawatan seterusnya. Kucing anda mungkin akan diberikan ubatan atau menjalani terapi sekiranya diperlukan.

Terima kasih kepada anda, pemilik kucing yang tak pernah berputus asa dengan si comel walaupun mereka menjadi agresif atau memerlukan lebih perhatian untuk dijaga. Oyen ucapkan semoga berjaya!

Bagi mendapatkan lebih penjimatan serta memastikan si comel ini mendapatkan bukan sahaja perlindungan daripada pergaduhan tetapi juga  perlindungan kesihatan secukupnya, apa kata dapatkan insurans bagi kucing anda?

Dengan mendapatkan Oyen Pet Insurance, ia akan melindungi segala kos rawatan, surgeri dan segala cedera kemalangan sehingga RM8,000. 

Anda sudah tidak perlu lagi bimbang memikirkan kos rawatan yang perlu dihabiskan bagi si comel ini. Semak kelayakan di sini.

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