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Sewaktu pandemik yang melanda pada tahun 2020, kita dikejutkan dengan Corona Virus yang menjangkiti manusia. Tahukah anda, sebenarnya kucing juga boleh dijangkiti Virus Corona ini yang boleh menyebabkan penyakit FIP.
Kali ini, Oyen kongsikan bersama anda pengalaman kucing kena FIP, oleh Ain, pemilik kepada Ollie. Jom baca perkongsian pengalaman Ain bersama kami.
Ollie merupakan kucing yang saya dan suami bela. Sewaktu suami saya sibuk bekerja di hospital, Ollie menjadi peneman saya bersama-sama di rumah.
Ollie merupakan kucing British Short Hair yang berusia lebih kurang dua tahun. Sewaktu dua tahun pertama membelanya, tidak ada masalah kesihatan atau sebarang perkara yang tidak normal pada Ollie.
Sewaktu mencecah usia lebih kurang dua tahun, Ollie mula menunjukkan bahasa badan yang kurang selesa, tanda murung, kurang sihat seperti hilang selera makan dan muntah-muntah.
Saya dan suami ada membawa Ollie beberapa kali ke klinik veterinar, Ollie diberi rawatan biasa, Namun, keadaannya dari hari ke hari semakin stress, lemah dan tidak bertambah baik.
Sehinggalah suatu hari, saya dan suami saya baru sahaja pulang dari bandar, kami menemui Ollie dalam keadaan tidak sedarkan diri di atas lantai. Kami mengunjungi klinik veterinar yang menawarkan perkhidmatan kecemasan.
Malam itu, doktor mengesahkan Ollie positif virus Corona.
Disebabkan saya dan suami tinggal di pekan kecil yang jauh dengan khidmat klinik veterinar yang menawarkan perkhidmatan yang baik, kami perlu menempuh perjalanan yang jauh.
Bagi mendapatkan khidmat di klinik veterinar itu, saya dan suami terpaksa membawa Ollie dalam keadaan yang tidak sedarkan diri dengan masa perjalanan yang memakan masa 1 jam 30 minit.
Disebabkan keadaan Ollie yang sudah teruk, Ollie juga disyaki menghidap penyakit FIP.
“Pada waktu kami bawa ke kecemasan itu, sebenarnya keadaan Ollie sudah teruk. Pada waktu itu, kami bawa pulang Ollie balik dan nak jaga yang terbaik.
Olie ketika dalam keadaan yang sudah lemah dan tidak bermaya © Ain
“Sekali lagi, kami diuji dengan seluruh dunia dilanda pandemik Covid-19. Masa tu, ia menyukarkan lagi kami untuk beri rawatan disebabkan lockdown dan kawalan pergerakan.
Masa tu, susah sangat untuk dapatkan temujanji, saya dan suami juga perlu menumpukan perhatian kepada kerja saya dalam bidang kesihatan yang sangat diperlukan ketika itu,” Ain menerangkan.
Ollie juga mengalami kesukaran untuk melihat dan matanya sudah tidak nampak dengan jelas.
Bukan saya tak cuba, saya sebenarnya merancang untuk memberikan vaksin selengkapnya kepada Ollie, namun hanya setakat dos pertama. Saya tak sempat melengkapkannya apabila Ollie sudah jatuh sakit dan wabak Covid-19 melanda dunia.
Sehinggalah suatu hari, Ollie menjadi sangat lemah dan mengalami sawan dibawa sekali lagi ke veterinar dan akhirnya tidak dapat diselamatkan”, Ain mengakhiri perbualannya bersama kami.
FIP atau Feline Infectious Peritonitis sebenarnya merupakan penyakit daripada jangkitan Virus Corona yang bermutasi di dalam badan kucing.
Biasanya, kucing yang dijangkiti virus Corona hanya akan mengalami cirit-birit biasa. Namun, virus corona ini boleh bermutasi di dalam badan kucing yang menyebabkan jangkitan FIP.
Jangkitan virus FIP ini akan menyerang seluruh tubuh badan dan menyebabkan radang di bahagian tisu buah pinggang, abdomen dan juga otak.
Ada yang masih tertanya-tanya, adakah FIP kucing berjangkit? Sebenarnya, FIP bukan penyakit yang mudah berjangkit seperti penyakit sporo dan sebagainya.
Namun, jangkitan FIP ini boleh disebabkan genetik imun badan yang sedia ada rendah, dan juga persekitaran yang mempunyai kucing yang banyak. Ia menyebabkan kucing-kucing ini akan lebih mudah terdedah dan dijangkiti Virus Corona.
Mana-mana kucing yang sudah dijangkiti Virus Corona ini akan mempunyai risiko yang lebih tinggi untuk dijangkiti penyakit FIP pula.
Sebenarnya, jangka hayat kucing yang sudah dijangkiti FIP bergantung kepada keadaan kucing tersebut.
Walaupun penyakit FIP kucing masih tiada penawar, rawatan boleh diberikan untuk melegakan simptom dan juga meberikan kualiti hidup yang terbaik.
Bagi penyakit FIP, simptom yang akan ditunjukkan bergantung kepada dua jenis FIP iaitu:
Jangkitan Dry FIP akan menyerang salur darah di sekitar tubuh badan kucing. Jangkitan ini akan tertumpu kepada kawasan hati, buah pinggang, kulit dan otak.
Kucing yang dijangkiti jangkitan jenis ini akan menunjukkan simtom seperti sawan atau bergerak dalam keadaan yang tidak stabil dan pergerakan yang tidak normal. Kucing juga akan menjadi kerap muntah, hilang berat badan dan juga kerap kencing
Bagi jangkitan jenis ini, ia menyerang di bahagian dada dan abdomen kucing. Kucing akan kelihatan seperti busung dengan cecair yang bertakung di bahagian ini. Sebenarnya, ia terjadi disebabkan jangkitan ini menyebabkan salur darah rosak dan mengalami radang atau inflamasi.
Kucing yang dijangkiti FIP boleh menunjukkan simptom salah satu jangkitan ini dan juga daripada kedua-dua jenis jangkitan ini.
Jika si manja anda menunjukan simptom-simptom sedemikian, kami sarankan untuk ke veterinar terdekat dengan kadar segera. Rujuk pautan ini untuk klinik haiwan 24 jam di KL & Selangor.
Walaupun masih tiada ubat yang boleh menyembuhkan penyakit FIP kucing, mengambil vaksin dalam dos yang lengkap mampu mengurangkan risiko jangkitan di masa akan datang. Bak kata pepatah, mencegah lebih baik daripada merawat.
Jika kos yang membimbangkan anda, pelan Oyen Preventive Care sesuai dengan harga yang mampu milik. Pelan ini bukan sahaja merangkumi vaksin, malah ia juga menawarkan rawatan rutin yang lain seperti pemeriksaan fizikal, rawatan cacing dan juga kutu.
Bukan itu sahaja, anda juga akan mendapat tawaran dan diskaun bagi pembelian makanan kucing, aksesori dan sebagainya. Dapatkannya di sini!
Sekiranya anda ingin bersedia menghadapi perkara yang tidak dijangka kepada kucing anda di masa akan datang, insurans akan memberikan 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.
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Attention to all fur parents!
Just like me and you, we love our furry kids to the moon and back and want the best personal and health care for them! But how do you know which pet products are the best pet care in Malaysia? Be it in the form of food, fur shampoo, and other pet care products, there are just too many pet ingredients that we should be avoiding!
Likewise, this also applies to our daily (human) cosmetic care products, and we should be more alert and cautious when choosing the right personal care products for our furry kids (even for ourselves)!
For some of us or our pets, we or they may have sensitive skin prone to allergies, inflammation, and other skin reactions. If this is a frequent issue you are currently facing, then you are on the right track.
In this article, we will be introducing PawPal – Malaysia’s best pet care products, which offer:
Cats and dogs are affordable for all animal lovers out there, but they are also a handful!
If you are a cat owner, you may be looking at a sad-looking couch in the living room or even scratched expensive leather (speaking from my own experience – ouch!).
Dogs, on the other hand, are super active and require more training than cats. With a repellent spray, you can keep your furry kids away from the couch or certain areas of the kitchen to keep them safe and well-trained to avoid further accidents, especially when you have little humans around.
Instead of bringing out your disciplinarian in you, using a repellent spray is a softer approach to discipline your pets whilst maintaining their well-being too!
On another note, if you are staying on a landed property, a repellent spray could also help keep strays away from your pets avoiding unnecessary stress for yourself and your pets. This also means a disease-free area safe for you and your family.
PawPal’s Cat & Dog Repellent Spray is an effective way to repel and train on certain occasions. Made with a natural active ingredient, EGX-101 derived from a wild tomato plant, it is scientifically proven to do its job for up to 12 hours completely safe to use around animals, babies, and food.
The easiest part? It takes only a few sprays at a designated spot where you want to keep pets away, so you can keep your worries at bay! In doing so, it smells great too with cedar wood fragrance!
Have a friend who’s planning to visit you but has allergies to furry pets?
PawPal’s Pet Allergen Control helps keep your personal environment at home clean, fresh, and free from allergens created by your pets. Allergens are typically found in furry areas as they are trapped in your pet’s fur. From pet dander, proteins in their saliva or urine, and dust and pollen, are common ways allergens are produced.
Simply spray around your home or office to help reduce common pet allergy symptoms among friends and family members. It also helps cats & dogs that have allergies themselves too! With that, you can have more quality time with your paw pals and with others who have difficulties with allergens from furs.
Moreover, furs in general are found everywhere in your home such as T-shirts, pants, dresses, and kitchen clothes. With PawPal’s Laundry Pet Hair Remover, this organic and reusable product in the shape of a ball can help keep your laundry free from pet fur as much as possible. By creating friction, it helps to remove pet furs designed to be gentle on clothes keeping your personal environment clean and free from allergens. For how to use instructions, please refer to the link above.
For a cleaner and fresher personal environment, you could also consider other PawPal’s spray products to help you remove stains and odours, sanitize and deodorise a pet area, and deodorising your cat litter(s) - scented and unscented available.
Here are a few scenarios as to when you should use them:
PawPal’s product range in flea and tick control comes in 3 different forms, which are liquid shampoo, powder, and spray powered by plant-based ingredients and easy-to-use instructions.
Depending on individual preferences, if you are looking for an efficient way to protect your furry kids from fleas and ticks after a walk down in the park or from strays, a long-lasting repellent effect is crucial to prevent infestation from your beloved cats and dogs.
With either of PawPal’s No Rinse Flea And Tick Pet Shampoo - Floral Fresh or Flea And Tick Control Powder these products are designated to clean and keep your pet’s coat fresh and feeling smooth while also getting rid of bacteria without using any harsh chemicals such as alcohol or parabens. Simply massage it into your pet’s fur without the need for water or rinsing.
It is also a great way to prevent flea and tick infestation in your children, friends, and other family members nearby while eliminating problems for pets who dislike bath time!
Last but not least, a good-to-great pet grooming experience for your furry kids is an alternative way to bond better with one another.
We feel you! It is never easy to have bath time in peace!
Some cats or dogs dislike it simply because they don’t have the best experiences. That is why having the best pet grooming products made super easy to use with calming ingredients is a crucial step to having a fun and loving grooming experience. When they are having fun, you are having fun too!
The first step would be to introduce the PawPal Pet No-Rinse Shampoo And Conditioner - Pure Blossom Scent specially designed to hygienically clean, condition, detangle and moisturize both their fur and skin. It also helps to prevent dry and itchy skin with its antimicrobial formula.
If your beloved cats or dogs have open wounds, fret not! PawPal’s Pet Antimicrobial Wound And Skin Care Spray - Nano Silver helps provide an effective way to eliminate harmful microbes and prevent microbial-induced skin conditions and wounds. With its soothing chamomile extract, it also helps to naturally relieve inflamed areas and prevent constant scratching from irritated areas of their skin potentially increasing their chances of skin infection and/or diseases.
odorsTo finish off, either PawPal’s Pet Perfume – Floral Essence or Antibacterial Pet Freshener Spray - Pure Blossom Scent is a great way to end the entire pet grooming journey leaving you a clean and fresh coat of fur that you can purchase at an affordable price free from harmful chemicals.
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To summarize, any pet parents would want the best and most purr-fect personal care products for their furry kids!
If you are looking for natural and plant-based ingredients free of harmful chemicals such as alcohol and parabens, which are both damaging ingredients to the fur and skin, PawPal products are one of the best choices up to date in Malaysia.
After all, happy pets stem from happy owners who care for their pet’s health and well-being!
Choosing a pet can be tough. What are the things to consider? What type of care do they need?
Before taking a cat or a dog home, do your animal research. Consider your finances (adoption fees, food, and long-term needs like veterinary care), space (teeny-tiny city apartment or 2 acres to roam), time (will you be home enough to keep your furry friend healthy and happy), and commitment (can you envision this pet in your life for the next 10 years).
You’ll need to dig deeper into the needs of particular breeds and species, but here are some general starters when it comes to caring for the most common pet categories:
Numerous dog breeds exist, each providing as much individuality and delight as the next. But which dog breeds are the most well-liked in Malaysia?
Here are the most common dog types in Malaysia. For this piece, we included information about the breed's history, the average price in Malaysia, weight, and longevity.
Labrador is an easy-going, devoted, and affectionate companion always eager to please. The sweet-faced Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular dogs among Malaysians. For a family searching for a medium-to-large dog, Labrador makes sociable, outgoing, and affectionate companions with plenty of love to go around.
Depending on the sex, the robust, well-balanced Labrador Retriever can reach 21.5 to 24.5 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 55 to 80 pounds. Labradors are known for being amiable. They get along well with the entire family and are amiable roommates. They also get along well with the canines and people in the neighborhood.
The Labrador is an eager athlete that needs loads of activity, such as swimming and marathon games of fetch, to be physically and mentally fit, so don't mistake his laid-back demeanor for low energy.
Dogs that are mixed breeds have ancestors from two or more distinct breeds. When the specific breeds that make up your dog remain a mystery, they are commonly referred to as mongrels or mutts. Do pups of mixed breeds make lovely pets? Absolutely! Mixed-breed dogs can be any size or shape, and their traits will vary depending on their ancestry.
Mixed-breed dogs make good adoption candidates since the shelter may have already trained them. Additionally, you may learn about their personalities from the proprietor of the shelter ahead, which makes it simpler to know what to anticipate.
Poodles are one of the dog breeds that are among the easiest to recognize. Despite being primarily known for their trendy appearances, the agile, energetic, and clever Poodle has many more skills than just their fashionable appearance.
You should offer them duties to do because they are extremely trainable and suitable for almost any job. If they aren't kept active and challenged intellectually, bored Poodles might become destructive. However, energetic owners who can provide for their dog's requirements will discover a devoted, intelligent, trainable, and affectionate family member.
Golden retrievers are excellent family pets because they are devoted and intelligent. They are regarded as one of the most well-liked breeds in Malaysia because of their kind disposition, glossy coats, and charming grins. Since golden retrievers are easy to train, it won't be difficult to get them to learn commands like "stay" or "fetch”.
It has been said that the little Pomeranian, a longtime favorite of both royalty and commoners, is the perfect companion. The magnificent coat, happy, foxy face, and vibrant nature of the Pomeranian have made it one of the most well-liked toy breeds in the world.
Pomeranians make excellent watchdogs and cheerful companions since they are alert, clever, and simple to train. They are happy in both the city and the suburbs since they are energetic yet may be exercised with indoor play and quick walks. They are adept at pranks and games, but their favourite thing to do is to make their particular person laugh and be with them.
The Shiba Inu is a little but well-muscled dog of an ancient Japanese breed that was previously used for hunting. The Shiba is currently the most popular companion dog in Japan thanks to its enthusiasm and pleasant attitude. The flexible Shiba is at home in both the city and the countryside. Shibas, who was just recently introduced to America from Japan 60 years ago, is quickly gaining popularity in the West and are already the most well-liked breed in their own country.
They resemble foxes in some ways because of their white markings, red, red sesame, or black and tan coloration, alert demeanor, and easy gait. They are strong, powerful canines with a brash, assured demeanor to match.
The Welsh words "cor" (dwarf, or occasionally, to gather), and "ci" (dog), may have contributed to the name Corgi, while it might alternatively have come from the term for cur. The extremely intelligent Pembroke Welsh Corgi loves living with a human family and being a member of the "pack." Pembrokes are courageous, independent, and very flexible, which makes them excellent watchdogs. They are also devoted.
The Pembroke's large torso and small, stubby legs might be deceiving because these dogs are strong and diligent herding dogs. Despite being close to the ground, they are nonetheless incredibly nimble when doing daily duties.
Pugs are very low maintenance and have a major propensity to gain weight if their nutrition and activity are not regularly monitored. Due to their small muzzles, they struggle in hot, muggy conditions and need to be closely monitored for heatstroke. Due to their narrow muzzles, pugs do have a tendency to snore. Because of how readily they might be hurt, the prominent eyes must be kept moist.
To help with their weight issues, pugs perform best when they exercise every day. Despite their heroic warning from years past, they are not often good watchdogs, preferring to greet visitors with a wagging tail. Pugs should be socialized to maintain their friendly nature; they get along well with other animals.
To discover the ideal match for you, your family, and your lifestyle, it's crucial to conduct research. It's not always simple to choose a breed because there are so many options available.
As much as you can, try to learn about the breeds that interest you. Learn about the benefits and drawbacks of owning any breed you are thinking about.
Learn more about types of dogs HERE.
According to a survey, in Malaysia, there are 6 million dogs and 5 million cats as of 2019. However, only 398,000 dogs and 658,000 cats are owned, indicating that cats are more common to own in Malaysia.
But which feline breeds are most favored in Malaysia? In this article, we provide a list of popular cat breeds and describe each one's traits.
You will be surprised to know how common British Shorthair types of cats are in Malaysia despite the name being British. Anyway, the British Shorthair is a medium- to a large-sized cat with a great deal of strength. It has thick boning and a lot of muscle. It also appears to be heavy and rounded.
The British Shorthair is built with a wide chest, a robust neck, powerful jaws, and a well-proportioned snout. They are one of the most popular pet cats for beginners since they are simple to train and require low maintenance.
2. Sphynx Cat
Sphynx cats are renowned for appearing (almost) naked, but there is so much more to these endearing, perceptive, and loving cats. Despite being referred to as "hairless cats", they are not always hairless. These cats have a thin down coat that is difficult to see but is instantly noticeable (i.e., incredibly soft) to the touch.
Sphynx cats are loyal, clever, and entertaining companions. They are an affectionate and sociable breed that longs for your company and love, especially the scritches that go along with it.
3. Persian Cat
Now, let’s talk Persian. One of the most well-liked cat breeds is the Persian, which is elegant, refined, and yes, fluffy.
Persian cats are medium-sized, averaging seven to twelve pounds in weight and standing between ten and fifteen inches tall. They feature large eyes, tiny, rounded ears, and a rounded skull. Additionally, they often have plump cheeks and a face that looks pulled in and flat. However, classic or doll-faced Persian cats resemble their progenitors by having more pointed features.
The Påersian cat is an exceptionally beautiful breed, with snub noses, round cheekbones, and long fur. They are often friendly and peaceful cats who prefer being held, but they are also content to simply lounge. They're the great purring lap warmer!
4. Bengal Cat
The Bengal or ‘the mini tiger’ is a very clever and energetic animal. He might be challenging at times, but this makes him enjoyable to live with. The Bengal is a self-assured, chatty, sociable, and watchful cat. They notice everything. They enjoy playing games, like fetch, and is a pros at picking up new skills. It's a good thing he doesn't have opposable thumbs since his dexterous paws are almost as excellent as his hands because he would definitely dominate the world!
Despite their wild appearance, Bengal cats or mini tigers are actually quite affectionate with their hooman families.
A small to a medium-sized cat called a munchkin (sometimes called a "sausage cat") is distinguished by its extremely short legs, which are typically 3 inches shorter than those of a typical cat. Since they are so popular, they are intentionally bred. A genetic abnormality that results in a deficiency in cartilage development is the cause of shorter legs. These social cats are energetic and like running, chasing, and exploring their surroundings.
Munchkin cats are vivacious, enthusiastic, and love to bond with anybody, including dogs, other cats, and people. Additionally, Munchkin cats are delicate, so they don't frequently leap to great heights.
The name of these amusing fluff balls comes from North America, particularly Maine. Due to their naturally thick coats, which protected them from the harsh New England winters, they were kept outside as farm cats.
Maine Coon, who is also known as the ‘gentle giant of cats’ are recognized for having a kitten-like demeanor. They are one of the largest cats, yet their voice is surprisingly small.
Maine Coons are excellent additions to big families, whether they be human or feline, as they like interacting with both people and other animals. This breed is ideal if you want a cat that will show you some love when you arrive home since they are highly friendly and enjoy playing.
To various individuals, owning a cat might signify different things. Others are content to live with a highly independent cat who spends much of its time outside and doesn't seek a lot of human connection. Some people want a cat to snuggle with them and sit on their laps.
It's crucial that you look for a cat that will engage with you if you ask it to. Since no two cats are exactly alike, how each one interacts with you will rely on its innate nature and its early experiences—or lack thereof—which may make it afraid or confident around humans and in general.
Learn more about types of cats HERE.
While owning a pet is rewarding, be mindful that pet ownership is also a huge responsibility. From allergic to thyroid issues, look at the most common disease that veterinarians treat in their canine and feline patients.
Contrary to its name, ringworm is a fungal infection of the top layers of the skin and hair, not a worm (or even anything caused by a worm). Dermatophytes are the several types of fungus that cause ringworm, and Microsporum canis is the most prevalent one in animals. While usually not harmful, ringworm is very infectious among people, especially among kids, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.
Like the human body, the cells in a cat’s body need sugar in the form of glucose for energy. However, glucose in the blood requires insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, to “unlock” the door to cells.
Both cats and dogs can get arthritis, however in certain cases the site of the disease changes between the two species. Dogs that have arthritis typically experience pain in their hips, shoulders, elbows, knees, wrists, ankles, and spine. Cats with arthritis typically experience pain in their shoulders, hips, elbows, knees, and ankles.
Cats' bladder and urethra are affected by a number of disorders together referred to as feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD). The most common symptoms of FLUTD in cats are blood in the urine, increased frequency of urination, and difficulty and pain during peeing. In addition to excessive self-licking, cats with FLUTD may also pee outside of the litter box, frequently on cool, smooth surfaces like a tile floor.
Your dog may have itching from bacterial and fungal diseases, and their skin may seem dry, flaking, crusty, or wet. Along with persistent health issues like yeast dermatitis or staph infections, redness, inflammation, and odour may also be a problem.
While common issues such as ear infections and skin allergies are rarely life-threatening, they can be unexpected and expensive. The purpose of pet insurance is to shield you from unforeseen expenses like vet bills. Consider getting pet insurance for peace of mind.
Jujur sahaja, setiap kali anda melihat kucing kesayangan anda, semuanya akan kelihatan comel! Comel ketika mereka berselera makan, atau ketika mereka mengiau manja memujuk untuk memberikan makanan yang anda sedang makan.
Namun, sedar atau tidak, sebenarnya bukan semua makanan sesuai diberikan kepada kucing anda! Jika tersilap langkah, ia mungkin boleh membahayakan nyawa dan menjejaskan kesihatan kucing anda.
Dalam artikel kali ini, Oyen akan kongsikan kepada anda senarai makanan bahaya untuk kucing dan mengapa ia tidak sesuai. Jom kita bermula!
1. Bawang merah dan bawang putih
Ya, bawang merah dan bawang putih merupakan salah satu bahan utama masakan di dapur, namun ia sama sekali tidak boleh diberikan kepada kucing. Ia mengandungi bahan yang boleh merosakkan sel darah merah kucing dan boleh menyebabkan anemia.
Makanan ini akan menjadi bahaya dan beracun kepada kucing sekiranya dimakan dalam kuantiti yang banyak. Selain itu, ia juga boleh menjadi bahaya sekiranya kucing anda terdedah kepada dalam kuantiti yang pekak seperti serbuk bawang putih dan sebagainya.
Sekiranya kucing anda menunjukkan simptom selepas terdedah atau makan bahan ini seperti lemah, kurang selera makan serta air kencing berwarna jingga dan merah gelap, segera bawa kucing anda berjumpa dengan pihak veterinar.
2. Telur mentah, daging mentah dan tulang
Sama seperti manusia, kucing yang makan sebarang daging mentah dan tulang juga berpotensi dijangkiti dengan Salmonella atau E.coli. Lebih membahayakan, bakteria ini juga boleh disebarkan kepada manusia.
Oleh itu, pastikan anda membasuh tangan dengan bersih selepas memasak dan jauhi kucing anda daripada memakan makanan mentah ini. Selain itu, telur mentah juga mengandungi sejenis enzim yang boleh mendatangkan masalah kepada kulit dan bulu kucing.
Bukan itu sahaja, makanan seperti tulang juga boleh menyebabkan kucing anda mengalami masalah tercekik atau tulang ikan yang tajam boleh mencederakan mulut dan gusi kucing. Malah, tulang yang tajam ini boleh mengganggu sistem penghadaman kucing.
Sekiranya kucing anda mengalami simptom seperti cirit-birit, muntah dan lemah badan, segera dapatkan rawatan veterinar yang berdekatan.
3. Coklat dan minuman berkafein
Mungkin anda sudah biasa mendengar coklat membahayakan bagi anjing, dan ia juga sama bagi kucing. Coklat dan minuman berkafein mengandungi sejenis bahan yang dikenali sebagai Methylxanthines yang berbahaya kepada kucing.
Apabila ia dimakan, ia akan menyebabkan simptom berikut kepada kucing anda iaitu:
4. Susu dan produk tenusu
Kucing anda mungkin gemarkan susu, namun ia tidak semestinya sesuai untuk mereka! Susu mengandungi laktosa yang tidak selesa bagi sistem penghadaman mereka.
Biasanya, kucing hanya akan terdedah kepada laktosa sewaktu awal minggu kehidupan mereka daripada ibu kucing. Walaupun ada kucing yang tidak mengalami sebarang masalah sewaktu meminum susu, ia masih perlu dielakkan bagi mengelakkan masalah penghadaman pada masa akan datang.
Bagi kucing yang mengalami masalah bagi menghadamkan makanan ini, ia akan menunjukkan tanda-tanda seperti sakit perut dan cirit-birit.
5. Anggur dan kismis
Nampak berkhasiat dan comel, namun sebenarnya ia sangat bahaya bagi kucing. Walaupun dalam kuantiti yang kecil, ia boleh menyebabkan kucing anda mengalami kegagalan buah pinggang.
Hanya dalam masa 12 jam selepas termakan makanan ini, kucing anda boleh menunjukkan simptom seperti muntah. Dalam masa 24 jam seterusnya pula, kucing anda mungkin akan menunjukkan simptom yang lebih serius seperti sakit pada abdomen, lemah badan dan cirit-birit.
6. Serangga liar
Adakah kucing anda aktif di luar rumah? Jika ya, anda perlu berhati-hati dan memerhatikan apa yang dimakan oleh mereka di luar rumah.
Di kawasan luar rumah, terdapat pelbagai jenis serangga dan haiwan liar yang mungkin beracun kepada kucing anda. Antara haiwan liar yang mungkin menjadi makanan ialah katak, tikus, burung dan cicak.
Nampak remeh, namun haiwan ini boleh menjadi toksik dan beracun sekiranya ditelan oleh kucing anda hingga membawa maut.
7. Ubat-ubatan manusia
Percaya atau tidak, ada sesetengah kucing yang mudah tertarik dan menelan ubat-ubatan manusia. Tidak kira dalam bentuk cecair atau tablet, sekiranya ia dimakan dan dijilat oleh kucing, ia sangat bahaya dan boleh menjadi racun dalam masa yang singkat.
Yang paling memudaratkan, jangan sesekali sengaja memberikan ubat-ubatan manusia sekiranya kucing anda dalam keadaan sakit.
8. Doh kuih yang mengandungi yis
Tidak kira anda sedang membakar kek atau membuat kuih, perhatikan sekiranya kucing anda ada berdekatan. Yis yang ada di dalam doh boleh mengganggu sistem penghadaman kucing.
Yis ini juga boleh menyebabkan perut kucing menjadi kembung dan berbelit, yang boleh mengancam nyawa dan membawa maut.
9. Bunga lili
Bagi penggemar bunga, anda perlu lebih berhati-hati ketika membeli atau menanam bunga lili. Walaupun cantik di mata, ia sangat tidak sesuai jika anda merupakan pemilik kucing. Setiap bahagian daripada bunga lili ini beracun bagi kucing dan boleh menyebabkan kegagalan buah pinggang hanya dalam masa 3 hari.
Walaupun begitu, tahap toksik bunga lili ini sebenarnya bergantung kepada jenis dan spesies bunga lili. Namun begitu, pada tahap toksik ringan atau tinggi, ia tetap perlu dielakkan sama sekali.
10. Tomato yang belum masak
Walaupun tomato yang masak tidak memberikan kesan yang bahaya kepada kucing, lain pula ceritanya dengan tomato yang belum masak. Ia mengandungi bahan tomatine yang boleh dijumpai di dalam tomato yang belum masak.
Jika dimakan, ia akan menyebabkan kucing anda mengalami gangguan sistem penghadaman yang teruk. Kucing anda boleh menjadi lemah, muntah-muntah dan cirit-birit.
Sekiranya anda mempunyai pokok tomato di kebun dan kucing anda menunjukkan simptom ini, jangan berlengah lagi untuk membawa kucing anda ke veterinar dengan segera.
Rawatan yang paling penting untuk dilakukan ialah mendapatkan rawatan segera ke pihak veterinar berdekatan. Jika dibiarkan buat masa yang lama sebelum mendapatkan rawatan, ia mungkin boleh mengancam nyawa dan tidak boleh diselamatkan lagi.
Walaupun nampak remeh, memberi makanan yang salah kepada kucing boleh menyebabkan kesihatan mereka terjejas. Walaupun makanan yang diberi tidak berbahaya kepada manusia, lain pula bagi kucing anda yang mempunyai sistem tubuh badan yang berbeza.
Bukan sahaja anda perlu melindungi kucing anda daripada makanan yang berbahaya, berikan juga mereka perlindungan kesihatan dari awal untuk kejadian yang tidak diingini di masa akan datang.
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.
Cat Tail Language: Tails to be told
Felis catus, commonly known as lovable companions (cats) are domesticated carnivores of our family. While some cats live in cozy homes, ferals often secure their hidings in close proximity to human-populated areas.
In recent studies, cats have been found to be more agile than their extended family members such as tigers. They also possess better balance and hunting abilities compared to their longtime rival, dogs!
It is true that cats are often misunderstood as emotionless creatures. However, stoic expressions are an ordinary trait of felines. While human beings project emotions through human connections and facial expressions, our meowing beans are descendants of wild cats that favour solitary life. This does not mean that cats feel zero emotion. Bodily movements become a way for them to express anger, fear, sadness, joy and happiness.
Although some may look for the pleasant sound of a cat’s purr to distinguish comfort, a cat’s tail has more purpose than we can imagine. Their tails are often used to aid balance, communicate, and express hidden emotions.
Below are ten cat tail signs you may have seen your cuties do! We are starting the list with an extreme end of the spectrum before finishing it up with the cutest tail signs.
10 Cat’s Tail Meanings
The duster: Threatened
When a cat arches its back with its tail all puffed, this is an indication that it feels threatened. Puffed tails are especially apparent during cat fights and when cats come in contact with larger animals. Cats puff their tails to appear bigger and intimidating.
Tucked between back legs: Insecure submissive, fear
Just as humans naturally hunch when we feel inferior, submissive or in pain, cats tend to curl their tails between their back legs when feeling insecure, fearful or ill. If your cat positions its tail as such in the presence of no one, you may want to take it to the vet. If it is due to the presence of strangers, they would naturally curl their tails to appear smaller. Ultimately, hinting a sense of fear.
The whip & trash: Annoyed/aggravated
Whipping or thrashing of the tail (to the ground or sideways) are signs of annoyance and aggravation. You may confuse this with friendliness but it’s best to remember that dog and cat’s tail languages are different. In other words, ignorance of this sign could cause one to be scratched, bitten or hissed at.
Keeping it low: Scared/anxious
Have you seen your cats stick the lower half of their bodies to the ground, especially their tails when guests enter your home? This is a sign of anxiousness. Never attempt to pet cats if you observe this tail sign. Instead, play with them first to build trust.
Twitchy end: Hunting, playing, annoyed
Twitching of the tip of cats’ tails can mean multiple things. It truly depends on a cat’s surrounding and/or environment. While this tail sign can be triggered when playing or hunting, it can also mean that a cat is vexed. It is crucial to look at a cat’s surroundings to see if something is causing its tail to move in this manner and proceed to discard any discomfort.
Self hug: Self-comfort, to feel safe, unwell
When a cat wraps its tail around itself while sitting, this demonstrates that he/she is either comforting himself/herself to feel safe or due to sickness. Some may find this tail action adorable but if your cat constantly wraps its tail around its body while sitting, you may want to determine the cause of this behaviour. Your cat is definitely feeling uncomfortable with his/her surroundings or is unwell.
The slow swing: Focused/ interested in something
Tail movements are often minismised when a cat is focused on or distracted by something. Slow swinging of the tail could mean that a cat’s attention is captured by other animals or toys. You may witness a sudden pounce right after!
The straight quivers: Excited, marking
If you have ever encountered a cat that has its tail straight up as it quivers, you are one lucky hooman! This means “I’m excited to see you” in cat language. However, it could also suggest that a cat has marked a place with its urine.
The question mark: Affectionately happy
No, this does not mean a cat is confused. The question mark is when a cat has its tail straight up as it curves towards the end. This is a sign of an extremely happy cat that appreciates your presence. If a cat frequently does this to you, you must radiate cat-hooman energy!
Upright!: Assured, confident, happy
When kittens greet their mothers, their tails are always positioned (straight) upwards. This symbolises trust and confidence. A cat may also do the same when they encounter people or animals they feel safe and comfortable around.
Although cats’ tails can be very telling at times, never completely depend on them to determine every emotion a cat experiences. Instead, spend more time with your cats to ensure that their needs are met so they can live a healthy and content life.
To prepare for any cat stumbles in the future, consider getting you furkids insured with Oyen!
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.
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.
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.
Scab in dogs describes a crusty, flaky skin layer that forms over bites, 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.
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
Yeasts are single-celled microorganisms naturally found on dog's 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.
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.
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 papilloma viruses. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 dog's legs.
Ringworms are highly contagious to both humans and other animals. Appropriate anti-fungal treatment is indicated for the treatment of ringworms.
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.
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 behavior, diet, or environment. These are pertinent information that may help veterinarians to identify and diagnose your dog's skin condition correctly.
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!
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.
Jom baca 10 sebab kenapa anda tak patut tidur bersama kucing. Ada 3 kategori; sebab jangkitan kucing, kesihatan, dan kebersihan.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Ada beberapa cara yang boleh anda lakukan untuk mengelakkan diri daripada tidur dengan kucing. Berikut disenaraikan antara cara-cara yang boleh anda lakukan:
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.
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.
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!
Most pet owners consider vets as heroes to their furry companions but how much do they know about the struggles and experience of these heroes? In today’s story, Oyen is joined by one of Malaysia’s most diligent vets, Dr Diana, to dive into her ten-year journey as a veterinarian.
Dr Diana: My name is Nur Diana Hasan from Kajang, Selangor. I was born in 1988 and I graduated from UPM in 2012. This year marks my tenth year as a vet and it feels really good. I started working once I graduated and applied to a few companies. However my first job was as a research assistant. It was a good experience but it lasted me a good three to four months. Then I was offered a junior vet position in Langkawi and worked there for over two years. Afterwards, I continued my studies and later, started working at a small animal vet clinic for three to four years before I opened my vet clinic.
Oyen: How and when was your practice founded?
Dr Diana: Pets Ville Animal Clinic was founded in April 2018. Back then I was in the midst of changing careers and my husband was planning to set up a business and we decided to set up a small animal practice. We were looking at Klang Valley but we found out that Cyberjaya had no vets. We went to a commercial area in Cyberjaya to ask about pet shops and what not. The people there informed us that there was only one pet shop and they had zero vets.
Pet owners we met told us that they would travel quite far just to find a vet. Some went to vets in Putrajaya, Dengkil and even to Bangi which takes forty minutes without traffic jams. We knew that it was only right for us to open a practice in Cyberjaya and we did! We were the first vet in Cyberjaya. We never thought of competing with anybody, it was a matter of providing help to pet owners. We started very small but slowly, more people started coming to us.
Oyen: What does being a veterinarian mean to you?
Dr Diana: I think it’s all about giving the right diagnosis to patients and providing treatments that cater to their needs. Additionally, we’re not simply placing our focus on our patients but we also have to attend to pet owners. This means that a vet must be equipped with the skills that can allow them to manage both parties. We also try our best to educate pet owners on the principle of good pet ownership. Any medical complications that occur to pets, depend heavily on pet owners. We also cannot simply do as we wish to our patients because we need the consent of their owners.
Oyen: What do you consider the most rewarding experience you have had as a vet?
Dr Diana: I think my answer will be very cliché but, in all honesty, being able to see your patients heal and become healthy again will forever be rewarding to me. Besides that, seeing pet owners’ smile is another heart-warming achievement.
It may not seem too extravagant but to be able to save life or provide treatments for pets in need is what’s most rewarding to me.
Oyen: Can you share a stressful event you had to go through as a vet?
Dr Diana: As a small business owner, not being able to perform in full capacity is what stresses me. For example, if you have a team member who is off duty and you know that you’re going to be handling a lot of cases in a single day, it takes so much energy out of you because you become pressured. We are not a big clinic that has over forty staff, our team is small and it would only be right for everyone to be present so that the vet can function without any issues. Sometimes, due to the lack of available tools and/or facilities, it does become frustrating because we’re not able to give what should be given to patients. There is only so much a small vet practice like ours can dream of.
Oyen: Is there a particular event throughout your career that left a lasting impact on you?
Dr Diana: It took me quite a while to think about how to answer this question. My answer might not be vet-related but in the five years I’ve operated my practice, I lost two people who were very dear to me, my beloved uncle and grandmother. It hit me quite hard back then, it took a toll on me.
I learnt that money will never be able to buy time so don’t take people for granted. I finally came to realise the importance of work-life balance. It’s regrettable that I wasn’t able to be there during their passing but it made me appreciate the people around me.
Back then we operated daily because we were still new. We were the only vet there so the fear of people not knowing that we even existed was rather strong. My team and I were too hard on ourselves, we were overwhelming ourselves. Slowly, we figured that it needed to change. We wanted to have days of our lives outside of our profession which is why the operation hour beacme much shorter than before.
Oyen: How do you usually deal with distressed pet owners?
Dr Diana: Usually, when pet owners enter the vet and they’re already feeling upset, it is almost impossible to calm them down. So, we need to hear them out and see what they have to say. If I catch them saying things that are wrong or misleading, I simply correct them. If what we suggest does not seem enough to these pet owners, we sometimes have to agree to disagree.
If you have dealt with many pet owners, you’ll know there are different categories. Some are very accepting, some are very hard on themselves and lastly, there are those who possess a lot of money but then vets are the ones who lack the capacity to help. When we deal with distressed owners, we just have to see what they have to say and see what they request from you. If it is something tolerable then go ahead and assist them but if their requests are nonsense then you just agree to disagree or just direct them to another vet.
If I had to nitpick, I would say that some breeders paint themselves to be very knowledgeable. Of course, this does not apply to all breeders but we’ve had a few who were very demanding. They would request specific treatments and procedures. If their demands are reasonable, I can truly help them but there are breeders who would cross the line. Again, not all breeders are irresponsible but there are a few that are very persistent and strong headed, especially when it comes to what they want. There is no changing their mind or perspective.
We’ve met breeders who were against neutering and would breed cats multiple times a year for the sake of money. This really needs to come to an end, they have zero ethics and have insufficient knowledge of what breeding should be like. A lot of female cats would suffer uterus infections because of these breeders. I would say that it’s easy money for them. Breeding cats is more than just about money, you need to find the right mating partner and breeders need to have plans for the cats they breed. Certain cats cannot produce healthy offspring after four to five years and this type of knowledge is crucial. On a brighter note, I’ve also met responsible breeders who would take matters seriously and they are open to learning and accepting the opinions of vets.
Oyen: What message would you give pet owners in Malaysia?
Dr Diana: I just want to say that pets are family. They deserve your time, love, and attention. Your plans are their plans which means every decision you make for yourself; there should be space for them as well. We have to consider pets like they are our kids. I really believe that the best thing a pet and an owner can have is a close bond.
Our team at Oyen would like to thank Dr Diana for taking her precious time to speak with us. Her stories and thoughts as a decade-long veterinarian are truly eye-opening and inspiring. If you enjoyed Dr Diana’s heart-warming stories, reach out to us and let us know!
Having a hard time gathering information about vitamins & supplements for your furbabies? Then you’ve come to the right place!
Over the years, we are seeing pet owners becoming more aware of the health benefits of acquiring supplements. However, this can be a daunting task as there are many variables to consider - from choosing the right supplements, where to buy and if our pets even need supplements in the first place.
In this complete guide, you’ll learn all you need to know to get started on pet vitamins & supplements.
A concentrated version of an ingredient is given to a pet's meal as a nutritional supplement to improve nutrition and their health or well-being. Supplements help your pet’s nutrition by supplying and enhancing the necessary. While they might not be required for all cats or dogs, for some, they can significantly enhance their quality of life. These conditions are frequently treated with supplements:
Supplements also include specialized nutrients that have been shown by research to have positive effects:
Well, it depends. The truth is that most dogs and cats do not need additional vitamins and supplements if they are eating a diet that consists of pet food you picked up at the pet store. However, at some point in their lives, having supplements could help to boost their immune systems and meet their nutritional needs. This would greatly benefit our senior pets, or those suffering from vitamin deficiencies.
Before beginning our pet's journey into supplements, it would be wise to seek counsel from the veterinarian.
There are quite a number of vitamins out there, but here are a few to get you started:
Salmon oil is a natural food supplement extracted from salmonids. The essential Omega-3 fatty acids in the oil serve as the reason for its production. The oil is far higher in these fatty acids than the salmon flesh, despite the fact that these acids are also formed from the meat.
Although salmon oil is a type of fat, it is added to pet food as a functional element that has advantages for the body of the animal even though it is not used as a source of energy (as is the case with most fats).
Salmon oil for cats comes with a myriad of benefits. 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.
Healthy cell membranes depend on the structural integrity of omega-3 fatty acids. Long-chain fatty acids also have anti-inflammatory advantages, perhaps preventing the onset of skin allergies, and speeding up wound healing.
Many of pawrents must have heard of probiotics. But what are probiotics for cats and dogs? Probiotics are often associated with digestive health, and just as with people, both cats and dogs can benefit from them. When there is a suspicion that the typical helpful bacteria populations have changed, probiotics are live bacteria that are often used to boost the balance of the gut flora.
Studies have shown that probiotics may reduce the length of acute diarrhea. Similar improvements have been noted with several types of chronic gastrointestinal conditions, and some medical professionals have recommended a probiotic therapy trial before conducting more tests on stable individuals.
Dogs may benefit from probiotics in a variety of ways, including improved digestion, a boosted immune system, and relief from allergies and skin issues.
The finest dog probiotics will have live, active cultures that can aid in reestablishing the proper balance of beneficial bacteria in your dog's digestive system. Your dog's general health may benefit from this.
Probiotics are commonly given to cats to aid with digestive difficulties such as constipation or diarrhea, but the health advantages of probiotics for cats extend far beyond bowel health.
Other advantages of probiotics for cats include:
Find out the full guide on how probiotics can help your cats in many senses.
Probiotics are usually available in:
Multivitamins are crucial for your dog's and cat's healthy development, vigour, and general health. Our dog and cat multivitamins include only the best quality ingredients for your pet and contain vital fatty acids, minerals, and amino acids to support your pet's immune system, heart health, and brain health.
The following advantages for each element of the vitamins are what make a difference in your pet's health:
Understanding what sorts of vitamins are required in your cat's and dog's multivitamins is critical to understanding what they require in a well-rounded diet.
Vitamin A: To maintain their immunity and bone formation.
Vitamin D: Help controls calcium levels and maintains phosphorous levels in the blood.
Vitamin E: Helps control cholesterol, mend damaged skin, and enhance eyesight
Vitamin K: Will assist to regulate regular blood clotting and reduce bone fractures
Vitamin C: This vitamin is required for bodily tissue regeneration and wound healing.
Vitamin B: Help to minimize the chance of stroke
If you believe your pet would benefit from vitamins and supplements, take precautions to assure their safety. Consult your veterinarian and pharmacist at all times. Find out what sorts and brands are available, as well as if compounding is the best option. If you prefer not to compound, look for items made by trustworthy brands. Examine the reviews, recalls, and compliances.
Finally, continue to monitor and document any significant changes, whether positive or negative. Your pet will most likely benefit greatly from vitamins and supplements, and the two of you may age gracefully together.
If your pet routinely displays indications of vitamin insufficiency, pet insurance might be a good purchase.
Oyen Pet Insurance, on the other hand, does not cover supplement-related vet expenditures. They are considered preventative treatment, which are excluded from insurance policies.
Pet owners often worry about the health and well-being of their pets. They almost always seek a veterinarian’s assistance with their cutie’s medical complications. However, have they ever thought of the journey of those who help their pets? In all honesty, we never truly comprehend the experiences of our pets' heroes.
In today’s story, we are joined by Dr Foo (right) and Dr Tan (left) as they share their thirteen-year-long experiences and thoughts as veterinarians in Malaysia.
Dr Tan: I’m Dr Tan and I graduated from UPM in 2009. I joined small animal clinic when I finished school which means it has been thirteen years.
Dr Foo: Hi, I’m Dr Foo but you can also call me Dr Sandra. I started working in a small animal clinic for the first two years of my career. I then moved to corporate for a few years, specifically small animal nutrition before I went back to join the small animal clinic. I’ve also been a vet for thirteen years.
Oyen: Can you perhaps talk about how your clinics were founded?
Dr Tan: Our first clinic was founded in 2011 so, Essential Clinics have been around for eleven years. As of now, we have nine clinics. We moved to a bigger premise last year, so we are able to do quite a lot. We changed the concept from a vet clinic to a veterinary centre. We are able to deal with more advanced cases like surgeries. It has been quite a fulfilling journey because we are able to see how the industry has allowed us to grow.
Oyen: What made you two decide to work together?
Dr Tan: You didn’t know? She’s actually my wife. I started KD Vet first and then we came to a stage whereby we needed more vets, that’s when she decided to join.
Oyen: I wasn’t aware! That’s really cool. Since both of you have been in this industry for over a decade, I'm really curious to know what being a vet means to you. Can you perhaps share a bit about that?
Dr Tan: I think for me it's pretty straightforward. I knew since I was thirteen that I wanted to become a vet. The journey to becoming a vet and doing what I'm doing now has always been clear to me. I'm simply doing what I feel like doing. I would say being a vet is fun, I enjoy it a lot but of course, it has some downsides just like any other profession or job.
Overall, I think the passion is still there. If you love what you are doing, if you love taking care of patients and seeing them recover, I think the years go by really quickly. So, when I told to you that I’ve been in this industry for thirteen years, I was also quite surprised. It’s been that many years but it doesn’t feel like it because I still feel really happy treating animals in need.
Oyen: Can you tell us an experience you’ve had as a vet that you find rewarding?
Dr Foo: I think the most rewarding experience I’ve had as a vet is divided into two parts. The first is being in a small animal practice. It’s rewarding when I see my patients recover and become healthy again because of the treatments I gave them. I also worked in a small animal nutrition company, I think that is a bit different but it was still rewarding for me because I was able to convey knowledge and raise awareness of nutrition for small animals, the knowledge is conveyed to vets and pet owners.
Dr Tan: IN my case, I cannot pinpoint a single experience that I find rewarding but I would say that I find it fulfilling that I can share and show a lot of youngsters that being a vet is not entirely difficult, I can show the positive parts of being a vet. There are of course various inputs from various people in the industry. There were cases whereby students would come in to see me and say that they would like to do veterinary medicine but their families are against it. I would tell them to come again to gain experience.
Some ended up speaking to their parents and they’d say that even if their parents don’t support them, they’d still want to stick to their decision. A lot of these younger potential vets got their inspiration to pursue their dreams. I think when we compare veterinary medicine with human medicine or other occupations, if you don’t have the heart for this industry, you can’t really see why one would want to become a vet. We don’t blame anyone because a lot of parents and family members won’t understand. The same goes for my parents back then, in the end, they supported me.
Oyen: How do you usually deal with distressed pet owners?
Dr Foo: In a small animal practice, we do get some angry customers, especially if their request is not fulfilled. I always try to understand and communicate properly. I would calm them down before providing options for their ill/injured pets. I don’t think there’s a point in getting worked up when you want to explain what’s wrong with their pets, it’s all about sympathy and putting yourself in their shoes.
I don’t think I’ve rejected any clients before but there were times I had to tell pet owners that they were coming for treatments pretty late and the vet is closing. Instead, we would suggest that they go to other vets that are still operating. Other than that, I don’t think I’ve ever rejected clients because of their behaviour. I’m sure there is a reason why they get emotional. I’ll make sure to place myself in their position as a customer and figure out what I can do to work things out.
Dr Tan: It’s impossible to please everyone and find companies that have perfect online reviews. As long as you do a good job then you will be just fine. We mainly focus on doing what we do. We have our fair share of good and bad reviews; we don’t ask our customers to give us feedback and we don’t actually reply to them. The reason why is that when we receive negative reviews, we believe that we should respect people as they have the right to their opinions. We would never tell them to remove or edit their reviews, customers have every right to feel the way they feel. We just wouldn’t reply. Funnily enough, a lot of customers who have received treatments for their pets from us would defend us instead.
Oyen: Since both of you have been in this industry for over ten years, is there an event you think left a lasting impact on you?
Dr Foo: We’ve come across so many cases and experienced so many things as vets. It’s difficult to pick just one case but I think along the way, we do have a few cases that have caused more impact on our entire experience as vets. I can tell you that as a fresh graduate when I first started working, there was a puppy that had a fatal illness that came from a breeder. The poor puppy passed away due to the severity of the illness and that left a scar on me. From then on, I would try my absolute best to help every patient I get but sometimes things just don’t go the way we want. Certain illnesses and cases are just too fatal that we are left with no way out.
Oyen: When it comes to vets, I take it as handling two customers. One is the actual patient and the other is the owner. As for the latter, it is as if you are their therapist. A lot of vets I’ve interviewed agreed with this statement, what about both of you? Do you perhaps agree or do you think otherwise?
Dr Foo: I think I agree with that because it seems like we deal with two patients rather than just one. You need to provide treatments to the patients and simultaneously provide comfort to pet owners. Pet owners may come in and tell you what they’ve observed and what they think is wrong with their pets but when you do the check-up, other things come to your attention.
Dr Tan: I think as vets you’ll always have two patients to treat, especially with clients who are hard to get through. Despite all that, everything is usually solved with genuine and good conversation.
Oyen: I’m assuming that both of you have dealt with different types of owners throughout your years of experience as a vet. Do you have any messages or advice to give to pet owners or who wish to get a pet?
Dr Tan: Get insurance! Get it from Oyen. I do believe that financial restriction is one of the most difficult obstacles to overcome as pet owners, but I really believe that getting insurance from you guys is necessary. Besides adopting pets, you are entitled to your freedom of choice, I’m not against purchasing pets and just adopting because as long as you know what you are doing and you’re a responsible owner, you'll be fine. Just be a responsible pet owner and get insurance.
Dr Foo: I think for me I’d say that one would have to become a responsible pet owner. Pets also deserve a quality life and I think with insurance it can financially assist pet owners. Additionally, I do want to remind pet owners that they should always seek medical assistance for their pets right after seeing the first sign. Illnesses can quickly deteriorate a pet’s health and it would eventually become difficult for vets to help. If you are not ready for the responsibility of providing for your pet, perhaps delay that decision to get pets. I always think that pets can be a part of one's life and family but to a pet, you are their everything.
We would love to thank Dr Foo and Dr Tan from Vet Essential Services for spending their precious time chatting with us. If you enjoyed their stories and thoughts, reach out to us and let us know!
Is there a reason or reasons why we like tiny things? From tiny salt shakers to tiny models of architecture, I believe we tried to make a mini version of everything! Well, it is because teeny things are cute! And we like adorable things; they make us happy.
Maybe that is why the Munchkin breed is one of the most popular cat breeds in the world. Their stompy legs are just irresistible!
Cats with short legs have been documented in England as early as the 30s, but due to World War II, their population declined tremendously.
It was really in the early 80s when a Louisiana school teacher found 2 pregnant, short-legged cats hiding under her car. She rescued them both and kept Blackberry, the black cat, and gave Blueberry, the grey cat, away.
Nobody really knows what happened to Blueberry, but all of today’s registered Munchkins can be traced back to Blackberry!
Also, the breed name “Munchkin” came from the little people characters in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!
Munchkins are friendly, intelligent, and curious cats. They do very well with other pets and children, which makes them excellent pets for people with large families.
Their stubby legs might hinder them from reaching high places, but that does not stop them from exploring the world. Sometimes, they will even perch on their hind legs like prairie dogs to get a better view!
Do not underestimate them because of their itty bitty legs! Other than jumping onto the kitchen counter, they can do anything an ordinary cat can do. Remember I said they are intelligent? They will figure out another scenic route via a chair or a stool to get there. When there is a will, there is a way!
Munchkin cats also love to stash away shiny, little things to play with later. This trait makes them the magpies of the feline world. So, next time your jewellery goes missing, your Munchkin might be the one to blame. :)
Caring for Munchkins is pretty easy. Depending on their fur coat, long or short-haired, you should brush them weekly, and occasional bathing is recommended to keep them clean. Not to mention, regular nail trimming and ear cleaning would also be essential to maintain their hygiene.
Since they are blessed with stubby legs, caregivers have to make sure their food dishes, litter boxes, and water bowls are low, so our short kings and queens can access their necessities without any issue!
The Munchkin breed has an expected lifespan of 12-15 years. They are a generally healthy breed. However, just like any other cat, they are prone to certain health issues.
This disease in cats usually happens in areas like the knees, ankles, hips, and elbows. Some symptoms include lameness, changes in gait, inactivity, and reluctance to jump.
Just like in humans, osteoarthritis is more common in older cats, which is why it is encouraged to bring your little furry friends to the vet for checkups as often as possible.
Hyperthyroidism, an endocrine disease, is also more common in senior cats. This condition is caused by increased production of thyroid hormones. Some distinct symptoms are increased thirst or appetite, aggressive behaviour, increased vocalisation, and an unkempt coat.
The only way to confirm this diagnosis would be blood testing by a veterinarian. The treatment will typically range from dietary changes and medications to radioactive iodine therapy and surgery.
This condition affects the cat’s urinary system and is usually caused by inflammation, diet, infection, or urinary obstruction. Symptoms of FLUTD include blood in the urine, urinating outside the litter box, crying while urinating, and excessive licking of the genital area.
Regardless of how severe the cases are, veterinary intervention is necessary to treat this disease.
Being one of the top 10 most famous cat breeds in Malaysia, of course, we have to talk about where we can get our own Munchkin! Here is a list of where you can get your hands on Munchkins in Malaysia. The price varies from RM2500 - RM4000 depending on the breeder. Feel free to reach out to these sellers for more information.
Being a responsible owner is not an easy task. While taking care of our little furbabies, we need to take care of ourselves too! Mental health, financial planning, and time management all contribute greatly to our own welfare and, indirectly, our pets’.
Why not check out Oyen Pet Insurance for peace of mind? We cover a range of things, from vet or surgery bills to farewell costs! Why don’t you just kick back and relax? We will sort these out for you!
Even though they are named after the legendary Egyptian sphinx, feline sphynxes actually originated from Ontario, Canada.
This all goes back to one historic day in 1966 when a domestic shorthair cat in Ontario gave birth to a litter of kittens and one of them being genetically mutated, had no hair.
The genetic mutation does sometimes happen to a lot of other animals like dogs, guinea pigs and rats. It is undeniable the reason why sphynxes are around is because humans find their hairlessness feature attractive. So much that we decided to breed this characteristic in pet animals selectively.
Fun fact of the day; Do you know that most of the modern sphynx cats today are descendants of 2 kittens in Minnesota back in 1975 and 3 kittens in Toronto back in 1978?
The Sphynx is considered an “extroverted” cat breed because they LOVE attention. They are energetic, friendly, loyal and a bit of a show-off. :)
Yes, you heard that right, they love to show off to get your attention! Due to their highly acrobatic nature such as balancing, climbing bookshelves or perching on your shoulder like a bird, they love to perform for people’s entertainment.
As energetic as they are curious, these charming traits can be a handful for some cat owners. They might even get into dangerous situations, which is why they are exclusively indoor cats.
Contrary to popular beliefs, Sphynx cats are actually NOT hypoallergenic. In fact, no cat is entirely hypoallergenic.
Due to a lack of hair, sphynxes produce more body oil than other breeds and need to be bathed regularly to prevent greasy skin. If you are allergic to cat body oils, it might be a headache for you to care for them.
Though they seem nude and hairless, these cats actually have a suede-like fine coat. Their skin also produces a normal amount of allergy-causing skin or fur flakes which could trigger allergic reactions in humans.
Because different people have different allergic reactions to different allergens, it is highly recommended that you find out what you are allergic to first before getting a sphynx cat. The allergens could be the cat's saliva, fur, skin oils or others.
Sphynx cats love to eat and their potbellies are the ultimate proof! Even though they have a sensitive digestive system and high metabolism, most will eat anything you give them. But that doesn’t mean you don't have to supervise their weight and nutrition. Obese cats have a shorter lifespan and can develop health issues like arthritis and diabetes.
Small meals in regular intervals throughout the day are the most ideal for your sphynx. Feeding your cats all-kibble, all-wet food or a mixture of both is dependent on your cats’ preferences. They don’t really matter as much as the content of the food, which has to be high in protein, moderate in fats and low in carbs.
Some people might assume that since sphynxes have little to no fur, they don't really need that much attention when it comes to grooming. That is not true at all!
In fact, they need more grooming than any other cat breed. Due to the lack of hair, their body produces more oil. This means you have to have a regular bathing routine, preferably weekly or biweekly for your not-so-furry furbabies to maintain skin health and the cleanliness of your furniture (yes, they leave oil spots on furniture).
One more fun fact of the day! Do you know because they are hairless, a sphynx cat is more tolerant to water than most cats? How cute is that?
Another thing to take note of is the ear wax buildup. Having no hair means these cats tend to accumulate wax and dust inside their ears. So, regular ear cleaning is a must for them.
While it is understandable for them to seek warmth by staying under the sun, they need supervision when it comes to sun exposure. This is because too much exposure to the sun will cause sunburn and that would be horrible! Or you could get your sphynx a comfortable cat bed or even a heated one to keep them toasty!
The Sphynx cat is a strong breed with few health issues. Although, there are some health conditions that are known to affect sphynxes. The common ones are hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), urticaria pigmentosa and periodontal disease.
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a disease that thickens the heart muscle and causes difficulty in blood pumping and the formation of blood clots. Some symptoms to watch out for are lethargy, poor appetite and rapid breathing.
This is a skin condition that causes itchy rashes to form on the cat’s body. The exact reasons for this disease are not confirmed yet but it is highly probable that it is passed on genetically. So, please bring your cat to the vet for diagnostic testing to narrow down the treatment options and to relieve your cat’s symptoms as soon as possible.
Or even better, you can also do DNA testing on your sphynx to know more about his or her genetic dispositions, allergy, and risk of diseases. The information could potentially help you to do preventative measures for genetically causing diseases.
Periodontal disease is a kind of dental disease that starts with the hardening of the food residue which builds up on the visible parts of your cat’s teeth. This would eventually cause infections of the gum and tooth roots, so make sure to brush their teeth often because the treatment for this disease is extremely stressful for your cats and expensive for you.
Unfortunately, the Sphynx breed is not the most popular breed in Malaysia. The selection for sale and adoption in Malaysia is so limited that it is non-existent. However, if you are determined to get a Sphynx, you can check out Mother of Sphynxes in Thailand and arrange to import your Sphynx.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is true at the time of writing, and although we suggest these platforms to aid in your buying/adopting process, we highly advise you to take extra precautions when dealing with online sellers to avoid getting scammed. Oyen is not affiliated with any of the businesses mentioned below and will not be liable for any losses or inconveniences that happen from dealings with them.
Pets can be a person’s companion, source of joy and happiness. But let’s admit it, while going to the vet is necessary to keep their health in check, the bills might be too much. Not to mention with the recent inflation that has been going on, vet bills can really eat into our budget. Why not check out Oyen’s insurance for cats where you can enjoy up to RM8,000 in medical coverage annually? Get in touch with us now!
The Labrador or the Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. If you have seen one, I am absolutely sure you would agree with the rest of the world.
They are literally angels. I am not exaggerating. Some of the most used words to describe them are sensitive, friendly, loyal, playful, well, basically anything that makes a good dog great.
Labrador Retrievers are considered medium to large breed dogs with lifespans ranging from 10-12 years. Their average weight ranges from 25-35kg and their height is around 50-65cm.
They have a short and smooth coat that usually comes in colours like yellow, chocolate or black. Well, do you think because they have short coats, they don't really shed that much? I am sorry but you are so wrong. They shed A LOT!
Because of that, they have to be brushed regularly with a comb or bristle brush. Once in a while, it is recommended to send them to a professional pet groomer for deep cleaning and trimming.
Absolutely! They are the perfect family dogs.
They are incredibly affectionate, especially towards kids! Not to mention, they are one of the friendliest breeds. You will be amazed at how they just become friends with other pets, heck they will even give the biggest smiles to strangers on the street!
Their temperament is so gentle and playful, that it is rare for a Labrador to show any sign of aggression. However, because they shed so much, it might be an issue if you are prone to allergies. Other than that, they are perfect!
Labrador puppies are extremely active and prone to eat things they shouldn't, like socks, shoes, and furniture. Sometimes they LOVE going into the garbage bins to sniff things around too! That is why it is important for them to go through puppy training and obedience training so they know how to behave and socialise with others.
Nonetheless, we have to pay attention so they are not jumping too high or running too hard because they might put too much pressure on their developing joints and might cause joint issues when they grow up.
Being a large breed dog means they have very fast growth spurts, so Labrador puppies should be fed premium large breed puppy formula that is NOT grain-free until they are 1 year old. After that, they should switch to high-quality adult formula.
According to PetMD, grain-free dog food contains peas, legumes, and lentils which are the top five ingredients that are linked to heart conditions like nutritional dilated cardiomyopathy. This condition causes the heart to become dilated and unable to function properly.
Labrador Retrievers should be fed twice daily, usually in the morning and evening. They are known to be very fast eaters so it is recommended to use a slow feeding device.
By slowing them down, we can prevent stomach upset and regurgitation. Also, since they are a deep-chested breed, eating too fast can cause bloating or worse, the stomach might twist on itself!
The feeding amount should be based on the feeding guidelines on the bag of the large breed formula. Or even better, try talking to your vet about this to manage a healthy weight for your furkids.
Energetic and playful, Labradors need at least 2 hours of exercise daily to keep them happy and healthy.
Historically, they were fishermen’s helpers in chilly Newfoundland, Canada. This explains why most Labradors LOVE swimming and the great outdoors. Basically, any kind of outdoor activity is their favourite activity.
But if they had to be left indoors for some time, try to leave them with stimulating dog toys and chew toys as they love to have something to gnaw on.
Just like any other dog breed, Labrador is susceptible to diseases. However, there are some diseases that are more common for this breed. Let’s take a look at the 3 most common ones!
One of the most common conditions is an ear infection. Due to their love of swimming and the way their ears hang down loosely, moisture and wax often get trapped and this is the perfect breeding ground for infections.
Some common symptoms are redness of the ear canal, brown or yellow debris in the ear canal, head shaking or head tilt. However, this can be easily prevented by implementing an ear cleaning routine every 2-3 weeks with an ear cleaner that has a drying agent.
Another disease is a heart condition called Nutritional Dilated Cardiomyopathy. While a mild condition is asymptomatic, if the condition worsens, it could be really severe with symptoms like rapid heart rate, difficulty breathing, cough, collapse and even death.
There are studies that show the risk is higher if they are fed a grain-free diet. So, make sure you choose a well-balanced diet that includes grain for your Labrador.
Joint conditions, specifically hip dysplasia is a hereditary condition in certain large breed dogs. Canine with this condition would limp in pain while standing or walking. In more severe cases, it could lead to arthritis and muscle atrophy.
Despite being a hereditary condition, we can prevent or slow down the deterioration by giving them supplements when they are young.
Now, if you are thinking of getting a Labrador in Malaysia, there are multiple ways to do it. One of them is to import your Labrador from overseas. You can also buy them from a reputable local breeder or simply, adopt them. Rather than spending HUGE amount of money, isn’t it more practical to adopt them from local shelters? You get what you want without breaking the bank and the doggo gets a second chance in life. :)
Being a pawparent definitely has its challenges. Other than having to spend time and energy with your furbabies, there are also the expensive vet bills that could eat into your budget. This is where Oyen Pet Insurance comes into play. We help you with the bills, farewell costs, and many more so you can just focus on loving your pets. Check out the details here!
The Persian feline breed is one of the oldest cat breeds in the world. Their history can be traced all the way back to the cradle of civilisation: Mesopotamia, later known as Persia, and now modern-day Iran.
It is believed that they were smuggled out of Persia in the 17th century by an Italian traveller, Pietro Della Valle. Back then, because there were no long-haired cats in Europe, he became the person who brought the first long-haired cat to Europe.
One of the most distinctive features of Persian cats is their long, luxurious coat and short, but almost non-existent muzzle. Their faces are flat and pushed-in with very chubby cheeks.
Historically, they had long grey fur, but they are now found in a wide range of colours and patterns due to selective breeding. The more common ones are white, black, cream, and bi-colour.
Persians have very unique traits compared to their same-species counterparts. They are sweet, affectionate, and quiet. They do not like loud environments and can remain inactive for a long period of time.
Some even named them “furniture with fur” because of their inactiveness. However, this reputation is undeserving because they do love to play. They just lack the curiosity that other cats have.
This is why Persians are the perfect companions if you are looking for an indoor, docile cat who will not pester you for attention.
Now, I understand their luscious coat is beautiful and oh so luxurious to touch. But like all things beautiful, it takes a lot of effort. Persians’ long coats require constant brushing, grooming, and trimming to keep them shapely and clean. It is recommended to brush them daily and groom them every six weeks.
Not only that, Persian cats are also famous for being picky poopers. If they do not like their cat litter boxes, they will stop using them. So, make sure you clean them out as often as possible!
Persians’ long hair can also be a vice in this department if not taken care of. Their backend hair, if not trimmed, will accidentally catch bits of faeces. Please, please, please trim their backend fur as short as possible to make both you and your Persian’s life less complicated.
This breed does come with excessive tearing. This means, as responsible owners, we have to wipe under their eyes daily with a soft cloth or cotton ball to avoid staining. Imagine having mascara or eyeliner smudged around your eyes. That’s not cute. Well, it’s the same for them!
Last but not least, keep them entertained with lots of interactive toys. I know I did say that they are a pretty laid-back breed, but toys or catnip can get them moving. Plus they get to have some exercise, which is always good.
What if your Persian cat refuses to use the litter box? No worries! Ever heard of the term “toilet training”?
Just like humans, they can do their business on the toilet! This might roughly take 2 weeks to 3 months for them to be completely on board. The logic is really quite simple.
First, you gradually move the litter box nearer to your toilet. When they are more comfortable, you can place a bowl with cat litter inside the toilet and then finally remove it altogether once your feline is used to it.
Things to take note:
ONLY proceed if your cat is comfortable and please use FLUSHABLE cat litter only!
Technically, you can! But only brown rice though. Persian cats have sensitive stomachs and are prone to diarrhoea. Brown rice has a full serving of vitamins, fibre and iron that are beneficial to Persians’ digestive systems.
But why not white rice? White rice is a simple carbohydrate and might spike our furbabies’ insulin and blood sugar levels. That could be harmful to their health.
Also, cats are carnivores. They thrive on protein. So, it is not a good idea if you feed them a lot of brown rice either. Next time when you are choosing food for your Persian, choose food that has brown rice being proportioned into their meal. The primary ingredient should always be meat.
Just like any other cat breed, there are some health conditions that Persians are more susceptible to. Most of them are related to their unique facial features.
Having pushed in muzzles means that they have very short nasal passages. This makes them extremely sensitive to any changes in their environment–heat, cold, dry or humid. The dust and debris around your house could also accumulate in their nostrils, making them even more difficult to breathe.
Dental malocclusions is the misalignment of teeth. The abnormally positioned teeth will interfere, rub against, or even penetrate the cat’s gums. This could be painful for your cat, and they might not be able to eat properly. It is recommended to bring your cats to the vet for further checkup so they can recommend treatment options for your Persians.
This is a condition where the cat’s eyelashes rub and irritate the cornea. Some symptoms are small pink swelling in the corner of the eye or mucus-like discharge from the eye. The treatment for cherry eye is a surgical correction to prevent further trauma to your cat’s eyes.
In Malaysia, Persian cats range from RM700-RM2500 depending on where you get them and how old they are. Here are some places where you can buy them:
Conversely, why not consider adoption? Though you rarely find Persian kittens in animal shelters, the number of adult Persian cats in shelters is substantial. Instead of breaking the bank, why not give the adult Persians another chance? You can find Persians that are up for adoption on these sites:
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is true at the time of writing, and although we suggest these platforms to aid in your buying/adopting process, we highly advise you to take extra precautions when dealing with online sellers to avoid getting scammed. Oyen is not affiliated with any of the businesses mentioned below and will not be liable for any losses or inconveniences that happen from dealings with them.
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It's easy to confuse a Pomeranian for a stuffed toy because of just how fluffy and adorable they look. Despite their petite bodies, Poms have a burst of personality crammed in them, and they're always a joy to have around you.
There are many types of Pomeranian breeds, but this straightforward guide will equip you with everything you need to know about pom puppies. Let's learn how to care for a Pomeranian puppy and keep them happy and healthy!
If you're on the lookout for Pomeranian puppies on sale, you can check out your local pet shop or online websites and social media sites like Facebook.
Some online websites you may wish to take a look at include the following:-
It's a little tricky to find a Pomeranian for adoption in Malaysia, but you can call up your nearby pet shelter to find out.
Like any other dog, Poms must be appropriately trained to learn obedience and good manners. It's generally recommended to start training Poms that are eight weeks old and above.
What's more interesting is that senior Pomeranian dogs also have a remarkable learning capacity. That being so, it's safe to say Poms are life-long learners, and it's never too late to start training dogs.
Potty training is essential because it teaches your pup to be independent. The key factor to potty training is consistency and repetition. Therefore, it's recommended that you place your Pom's litter box or pee pads in the same place every day. Find a designated "potty space" that's accessible and obvious to your pup.
When you notice your pup sniffing or pacing around (a sign your puppy needs to pee), immediately move it to the "potty space". Make use of verbal cues like "go potty" in a calm voice tone. Once your pup has peed in the designated spot, reward it with small treats and praises.
Teaching basic commands such as "sit down," "stay," or "catch" is both fun and challenging. Pomeranians are great learners, and they love to tackle new commands with enthusiasm. On that note, poms are more likely to listen and respond better to those it's fond of and familiar with.
That being so, you should aim to bond with your Pom before teaching it basic commands. Slowly expose your pup to yourself and your family members. This allows your puppy to familiarize itself with everyone's scent and voice.
Once your pup starts feeling comfortable, it'll have the eagerness to perform new tasks or tricks you instruct. Your pup will also not feel overwhelmed when required to do a task.
Pomeranians are often associated with loud barking noises. In most cases, Poms bark as a means of self-defence or to show excitement. Excessive barking can get troublesome, and training them to stop barking on demand is necessary.
Firstly, you should assure your Pom that it is in a safe and secure space. Make it feel comfortable in your home. You should also find out if there's any trigger that causes your pup to bark and remove it if possible.
Next, when your Pom starts baying, clap your hands, or say a loud "No!" The point is to make your dog stop and look at you. However, if you find your Pom continues barking without any reason, take away his favourite dog toy momentarily. This will teach them not to become overly territorial.
Yes and no. Pomeranians are said to be "seasonal shedders," meaning they shed more at certain seasons than others.
Generally, they start shedding when they reach 4 to 6 months of age. This is because their baby coat is being replaced by an adult double coat, whereby the outer layer has long furry hairs while the inner coat layer is dense and thick. This process will take approximately five months to complete.
Followingly, Pomeranians will shed during summer or whenever there's a sudden change in weather. Increasing the frequency of brushing your Pom during these times would be best to avoid your living spaces being scattered with pom fur.
Pomeranians have a luscious and fluffy coat, making it easy to tangle if left unbrushed for a prolonged time. Here's a simple step-by-step method to untangle your Pom's hair.
Ensure your pup is not in pain or discomfort when untangling its hair. Practice brushing your Pom's hair regularly to avoid the future occurrence of severe tangling.
Proper grooming sets the foundation for your dog's coat and skin health. It's recommended that you bathe your pomeranian dog every three weeks or at least once a month. This will help avoid your Pom's coat from becoming tangled or matted. However, do note that frequently bathing your pup will strip away its natural body oils, causing dry skin issues.
Here's a busted myth: all breeds of dogs shed to some degree and could cause allergy in humans. No dog is 100% hypoallergenic. Nevertheless, the American Kennel Club has published a list of the best "hypoallergenic" dogs (dogs with the least risk of triggering allergies).
Unfortunately, Pomeranians are not included in the list. Henceforth, if you're concerned about allergies, it's best for you to spend some time with Pomeranians before deciding to bring one home.
If you already have a Pom at home, you can routinely groom it to minimize the risk of allergy. When properly groomed, more of your Pom's fur or coat will end up in the brush—not in your common living spaces, triggering allergic reactions.
No. It's not recommended for any dogs to eat raw meat. This is because raw and uncooked meat is more likely to contain harmful bacteria (i.e. salmonella or E.coli) and could cause serious bacterial infections after ingestion.
Foodborne illnesses are more common in dogs than they're in humans. That being so, it's best to feed your Poms cooked and high-quality dog foods.
The lifespan of dogs depends on many factors, including lifestyle, genetic predisposition, and exposed environment. That said, both regular and teacup Pomeranians have an average life expectancy of 12 to 16 years.
Pomeranians are generally healthy dogs, but similar to all other dog breeds, they carry their own susceptibility to certain health conditions. The three most common health conditions in Pomeranians are patella luxation, hypothyroidism, and coat loss.
Patella luxation concerns most small-sized dogs such as Pomeranians, Shih Tzus, or Pugs. Patella, also known as the kneecap, is a small bone under the thigh muscles' tendon. Patella luxation describes a health condition where the kneecaps get dislocated and slip off the tendons.
Pomeranians with patella luxation often limp in an attempt to reassign the kneecap to its place. However, this is rarely successful and will only cause pain and worsen over time.
You should check your Pom's patella yearly to spot any signs of patella luxation early. Furbabies diagnosed with patella luxation almost always require knee surgery to treat the condition.
Thyroid hormones, produced in the thyroid glands, play a vital role in metabolism and energy production. Hypothyroidism in poms is an abnormal metabolic state contributing to multiple systemic changes.
The hallmark symptoms of hypothyroidism in dogs include constipation, low energy, unexplained weight gain, and skin discolouration. Untreated hypothyroidism will significantly shorten your dog's lifespan and increase its risk of developing other health conditions (i.e., high blood cholesterol or weakened immune system).
It's essential for your pup to get routine blood tests to detect hypothyroidism or any other abnormalities.
Coat loss (or severe hair loss syndrome) is a debilitating condition, causing your Pom's coat to thin over time. This occurs prominently at the back and bottom area. In most cases, hair loss in poms is attributable to an underlying issue such as skin parasite, infection, or even poor coat health. That being so, it's paramount to have your pup's coat examined professionally by a vet and treated promptly if necessary.
Prevention is always better than cure. So always keep an eye out for your Pom's health and strive to do everything in your power to keep your pup fit as a fig. Seek medical care if you spot anything unusual.
Pomeranians are adorable companions that are worth all our time and attention. They're active, loyal, and intelligent dogs capable of getting along very well with humans.
While it's a joy to have Pomeranians around, it's also essential to remember that they're an added responsibility to our life. As pet parents, there's more than the best we'd want for our furbabies.
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