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

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

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

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

Terms & Condition

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

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

Tips membeli baju untuk kucing

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

1. Rekaan baju yang selamat untuk kucing

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

2. Pastikan anda memilih saiz yang betul

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

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

ukuran baju kucing

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

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

3. Pilih material yang sesuai

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

1. Baju Raya Melayu Kucing

Baju Raya Melayu Kucing

Sumber rujukan: Gun Pet Outlet

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

Harga: RM 25.90

Pilihan saiz: S, M, L

Beli di sini: Shopee

2. Baju Kurung Raya Kucing

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

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

Baju Kurung Raya Kucing

Sumber rujukan: Meowku

Harga: RM 48

Pilihan saiz: S, M, L, XL

Beli di sini: Shopee

3. Baju Melayu Kucing Teluk Belanga Songket Emas

Baju Melayu Kucing Teluk Belanga

Sumber rujukan: Meowku

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

Harga: RM 55

Pilihan saiz: S, M, L, XL

Beli di sini: Shopee

4. Baju Raya Kebaya Batik Kucing

Baju Raya Kebaya Batik Kucing

Sumber rujukan: Meowku

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

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

Harga: RM 65

Pilihan saiz: S, M, L, XL

Beli di sini: Shopee

5. Batek Edition - Baju Kebaya Saloma

Baju kebaya kucing

Sumber rujukan: Paola & Peeps

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

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

Harga: RM 59

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

Beli di sini: Shopee

6. Baju Raya Kucing Peplum Lite

Baju Raya Kucing Peplum

Sumber rujukan: Meowku

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

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

Harga: RM 42

Pilihan saiz: S, M, L, XL

Beli di sini: Shopee

7. Eid Apparel Juli Edition

baju raya kucing

Sumber rujukan: Paola & Peeps

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

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

Harga: RM 55

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

Beli di sini: Shopee

8. Baju Batik Kucing

Baju Batik Kucing

Sumber rujukan: Meowku

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

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

Harga: RM 52

Pilihan saiz: S, M, L, XL

Beli di sini: Shopee

9. Aksesori raya kucing Meowku

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

Songkok Baldu Meow

songkok kucing

Sumber rujukan: Meowku

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

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

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

Beli di sini: Shopee

Ketupat Catnip

aksesori hari raya kucing

Sumber rujukan: Meowku

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

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

Harga:  RM 12

Beli di sini: Shopee

Riben dan Bunga Headwear

riben baju raya kucing

Sumber rujukan: Meowku

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

Harga:  RM 6

Beli di sini: Shopee

Cara pakaikan baju kucing

1. Wujudkan persekitaran yang selesa dan senyap

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

2. Buka bahagian kepala dan leher pakaian seluas mungkin

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

3.Masukkan tangan kucing ke dalam lengan baju

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

Kesimpulan

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

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

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

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

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

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

oyen vaccinate pet promo

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

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

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

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

Terms & Condition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Does my cat need vitamins?

The short answer is - not really. 

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

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

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

when cats need vitamin supplement

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

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

1. Vitamin A deficiency

  • Unhealthy coat and skin
  • Night blindness
  • Weak demeanour

2.  Vitamin D  deficiency

  • Rickets
  • Increased heart issues

3. Vitamin E deficiency

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

4. Vitamin K deficiency

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

5. Vitamin B deficiency

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

6. Calcium deficiency:

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

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

human vitamin and supplement for cats

How about multivitamins for cats?

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

Can I give my cat human vitamins and multivitamins? 

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

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

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

best vitamins and supplements for cats

1. Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Supplements FortiFlora Feline Probiotic Supplement

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

Where to buy: Ubuy | Shopee | Lazada

Best vitamins & supplements for cats

2. Pet Naturals of Vermont Daily Multi For Cats

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

Where to buy: Shopee | Lazada

multivitamins for cats vetriscience

3. VetriScience Nu Cat™ Senior Multivitamin

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

Where to buy: Ubuy | Lazada

Best supplements Rx Vitamins for Pets

4. Rx Vitamins for Pets - Essentials for Cats

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

Where to buy: Shopee | Lazada | Pureformulas

Gel supplements for pets  Nutriplus Gel For Pets

5. Nutriplus Gel For Pets (Cats & Dogs)

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

Where to buy: petloverscentre | Shopee | Lazada

Cosequin Nutramax Joint Health Supplements for Cats

6. Cosequin Nutramax Joint Health Supplements for Cats

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

Where to buy:  Shopee | Lazada

Conclusion

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sebab kucing murung

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

Kucing berada dalam keadaan sakit atau cedera

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

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

Bersedih dengan kehilangan ahli keluarga atau kucing lain

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

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

Kucing hamil

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

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

Kucing murung anak mati

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

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

Tanda kucing murung

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

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

Cara merawat kucing murung

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

1. Luangkan masa berkualiti bersama kucing anda

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

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

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

2. Pujuk makan dengan menukar makanan yang baru

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

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

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

3. Bantu mereka menguruskan diri

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

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

4. Berikan kucing anda teman bermain yang baru

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

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

5. Ubat-ubatan daripada pihak veterinar

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

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

Kesimpulan

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are the benefits of cat salmon oils? 

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

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

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

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

Does salmon oil help with hairballs? 

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

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

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

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

This is happy news for both you and your kitty! 

Are there side effects for cat salmon oils? 

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

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

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

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

How much salmon oil can I give my cats?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 3 best salmon oil for your cats

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

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

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

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

Ratings: 4.9 stars / 35 ratings

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

Price range: RM48 to RM75

Buy online: Shopee // 88PetsMart

2. Zesty Paws Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil 

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

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

Ratings: 4.7 stars / 506 ratings 

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

Price range: ~ RM 134 to RM 191 

Buy online: iHerb // Threebs 

3. Brit Care Salmon Oil

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

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

Ratings: 4.9 stars / 150 ratings

Price range: RM 68

Buy online: Shopee

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

Fish oil vs. Salmon oil — which is better?

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

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

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

Bottomline 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sebab kucing enggan makan

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

Masalah mulut dan gigi 

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

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

Masalah sistem penghadaman 

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

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

Masalah pernafasan

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

Penyakit buah pinggang 

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

Baru sahaja mendapat vaksin atau makan ubat-ubatan

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

Kucing berada dalam keadaan stres atau murung

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

Kucing sudah kenyang

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

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

Berapa lama kucing boleh hidup tanpa makanan

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

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

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

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

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

Cara merawat kucing tak nak makan

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

1.Tentukan apakah tabiat makan bagi kucing anda

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

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

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

2. Letakkan bekas makanan di lokasi yang berbeza

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

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

3. Pilih bekas makanan yang sesuai

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

4. Cuba tentukan cara yang berbeza bagi memberikan makanan

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

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

5. Dapatkan rawatan veterinar

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

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

Kesimpulan

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

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

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

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

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

Ringworm the common dog diseases in Malaysia
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Ringworm

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

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

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

Symptoms of ringworm infections in dogs include:

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

Treatment for ringworm infections in dogs:

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

Prevention methods for ringworm infections in dogs:

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


Common Malaysian dog disease Canine Distemper
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Canine Distemper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prevention of canine distemper:

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

Kennel cough

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

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

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

Symptoms of Kennel cough in dogs:

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

Treatments prescribed for dogs with Kennel cough:

  • Adequate rest
  • Antibiotics
  • Cough medicine

Prevention of Kennel cough:

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

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

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

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

Symptoms of paralytic (dumb) rabies in dogs include:

  • Progressive limb paralysis
  • Face distortion
  • Difficulty in swallowing

Symptoms of furious rabies in dogs include:

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

The best way to prevent rabies in dogs is to:

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

Skin diseases

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

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

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

Symptoms of atopy include:

  • Incessant scratching 
  • Chewing and licking of the skin

Treatments for atopy:

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

There is no way to prevent atopy before symptoms appear.

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

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

Ear infections

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

Symptoms of an infected dog ear are:

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

Treatment for ear infections:

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

Ear infection prevention in dogs: 

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

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

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

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

Symptoms of middle to later stages of heartworm disease include:

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

Treatment for heartworm disease in dogs:

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

Prevention methods for heartworm disease in dogs: 

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

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

Symptoms of leptospirosis in dogs:

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

Treatment for dogs with leptospirosis:

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

Preventative measures for leptospirosis:

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

Conclusion

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

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

Remember - prevention is always better than cure!

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

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

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

How often should a dog's teeth be cleaned?

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

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

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

How to clean my dog’s teeth at home? 

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

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

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

Do dogs like getting their teeth brushed?

How to brush dog's teeth

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

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

How to choose a dog toothbrush? 

Best dog toothbrush

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

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

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

Which dog toothpaste should I go with?

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

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

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

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

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

How does dog plaque and teeth tartar look like

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why is it important to brush dog's teeth

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

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

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

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

Should dogs go to the dentist?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where to bring my dog for teeth cleaning in Malaysia? 

Pets Grooming Hotel

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

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

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

Contact number: 010-203 6088

Website: PGH Malaysia

Pusat Veterinar Healing Pets

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

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

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

Website: Healing Pets

Animal Medical Centre

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

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

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

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

Website: Animal Medical Centre

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

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

How long is a dog under anesthesia for teeth cleaning? 

How long is a dog under anesthesia for teeth cleaning

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

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

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

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

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

Conclusion 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Punca kucing bergaduh

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

Takut

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

Naluri keibuan ibu kucing

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

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

Perubahan hormon

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

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

Mempertahankan kawasan

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

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

Kucing anda cemburu

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

Kucing berada dalam keadaan sakit

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

Tanda-tanda kucing ingin memulakan pergaduhan

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

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

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

Cara elakkan kucing bergaduh

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

Langkah pencegahan

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

1. Mandulkan kucing anda

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

2. Sediakan tempat persembunyian di sekitar rumah

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

3. Sediakan bekalan secukupnya

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

4. Rancang perjalanan anda

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

5. Pastikan kucing berada di dalam rumah. 

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

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

6. Asingkan kucing yang berada dalam keadaan yang sakit

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

Kucing saya sedang bergaduh. Apa yang perlu saya lakukan

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

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

Kucing serumah bergaduh. Apa yang patut saya lakukan?

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

Oyen kongsikan beberapa langkah yang boleh digunakan bagi situasi ini.

Situasi 1: Kucing serumah bergaduh pada tahap ringan

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

Situasi 2: Kucing serumah bergaduh pada tahap teruk

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

Kesimpulan

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

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

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

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

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

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Whether you’ve just adopted a puppy or had your dog for years, you may have wondered about the value of giving your dog a vitamin. 

Is it necessary to give your dog vitamins? The truth is - many dogs benefit from vitamins, and in some cases, they can even be life-saving. 

In this article, we will discuss why dogs need vitamins, the different types of dog vitamins, tips on how often to give them to your dog, the cost of dog vitamins, the top-recommended dog vitamins and more.

Let’s get into it. 

Does your dog need vitamins?

A well-balanced diet is typically enough to meet all of your dog’s nutritional requirements. In fact, if your dog is eating a well-balanced diet and isn't showing any signs of illness, vitamins or supplements are probably unnecessary. 

Commercial dog foods are designed to meet the nutritional requirements of your canines. However, if you only feed your dogs home-cooked meals, you may not be able to provide them with all of the vitamins they require. 

Therefore, vitamin supplements could come in handy here!

The different types of vitamins for dogs

Dogs require two types of vitamins: 

  • water-soluble vitamins (vitamin B-complex & vitamin C)
  • fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, & K)

Water-soluble vitamins

Water-soluble vitamins help with the development of a dog's teeth, connective tissues and bones. Because they dissolve in water, the vitamins quickly get flushed out of the body, which requires regular replenishment or ‘top-ups’. 

Unlike humans, dogs can naturally produce vitamin C in their livers. As such, there is no need to give them extra vitamin C unless prescribed by your veterinarian.

On the other hand, Vitamin B is not naturally produced and can only be obtained through food or supplements.

Fat-soluble vitamins

Fat-soluble vitamins are commonly found in animal fats, and when consumed, your dog's intestine absorbs and stores them for future use. However, too many of these vitamins can cause physical abnormalities, especially in the bones.

So, unless your veterinarian has prescribed them for a specific health condition, it's not a good idea to give your dog these supplements.

Here are some of the benefits of fat-soluble vitamins for dogs:

  • Vitamin A: For eye health
  • Vitamin D: Helps with calcium absorption, which aids in bone formation
  • Vitamin E: Helps in the production of red blood cells in the body
  • Vitamin K: Promotes blood clotting and the formation of protective scabs

So, should I give my dogs vitamins?

The short answer is yes, your dog can benefit from taking a vitamin supplement, but before you go out and buy a bag of chewables, consult with your veterinarian about which supplements are best for your dog and in what dosages.

The long answer is a little more complicated and depends on various factors such as your dog's age, breed, current diet, and whether or not your dog is showing signs of deficiency. In general, dogs can benefit from vitamin supplements, mainly if they exhibit vitamin deficiency symptoms.

Senior dogs, for example, can benefit from vitamins C and E, which act as antioxidants and aid in inflammation and memory problems. On the other hand, breeds like the Shih Tzu and Maltese can benefit from vitamin A for their eye issues, which are common in their breeds.

Signs of vitamin deficiency in dogs

There are four most common vitamin deficiencies to look out for in dogs:

1. Vitamin A (Beta-Carotene deficiency)

Signs to look out for:

  • Itchy skin
  • Rashes on the skin
  • Frequent illnesses due to a weak immune system
  • Weight loss
  • Night blindness

Treatment:

  • Include vitamin A-rich foods such as egg yolk, liver, carrots, and sweet potatoes in their diet
  • Vitamin A supplements

2. Vitamin D

Signs to look out for:

  • Joint inflammation
  • Weak bones
  • Painful walking
  • Loss of muscles
  • Stunted growth in young dogs/puppies
  • Rickets disease

Treatment:

  • Add vitamin D enriched foods like egg yolk, fatty meats and fish into their diet
  • Vitamin D supplements

3. Vitamin E

Signs to look out for:

  • Weakness in muscles
  • Skin issues
  • Reproductive issues
  • Might cause cell damage

Treatment:

  • Include vitamin E-rich foods in their diets, such as fatty oils and nuts. Peanut butter, almond butter, soybean oil, and sunflower oil are examples of fatty oils and nuts.
  • Vitamin E supplements

4. Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin Deficiency)

Signs to look out for:

  • Eyesores
  • Eye lesions
  • Flaky and dry skin
  • Fainting
  • Stunted growth
    Weight loss

Treatment:

  • Add vitamin B enriched foods like beef, fish, poultry, leafy greens and grains into their diet
  • Vitamin B-complex supplements

How about multivitamins for dogs?

If your dog isn't showing any signs of vitamin deficiency, but you want to give them a supplement as a precaution, they can benefit from a multivitamin. These supplements provide a variety of essential nutrients, such as protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals.

Multivitamins are specially designed to provide a variety of nutrients that dogs may not otherwise get from their diet. They are often designed to help improve the health of your dog's skin and coat, joints and bones, digestion, and metabolism.

They come in tablet form and are simple to administer. They're an excellent way to ensure your dog gets everything they need in a single dose. You can get them at your local pet store, or veterinarian or even order them online. Continue reading to discover the top-recommended vitamins for your pets - don't worry, we'll also share the costs!

However, before giving them to your dog, remember to consult with your veterinarian.

Can I give human vitamins and multivitamins to my dog?

Sharing human vitamins with your canine companions is strongly discouraged by veterinarians. 

Giving your dog human vitamins can be harmful because pets have different nutritional needs than humans. Too much calcium, for example, can be fatal to your pet.

As a result, you should avoid giving your dog any human vitamins.

Best dog vitamins in Malaysia (as recommended by local vets)

Sometimes, it can be hard to know which vitamins your dog needs. Luckily, there are various types of dog vitamins on the market. Which one is right for your dog? Let’s take a closer look at the different types of dog vitamins on the market so you can make an informed decision.

1. Zesty Paws 8-in-1 Multivitamin Supplement for Dogs

This multivitamin is designed to support eight aspects of your dog's health and wellness, including coat and skin health. It also contains probiotics and digestive enzymes for healthy, regular digestion, all in a chicken-flavoured soft chew.
Type: Soft Chews

Price: RM 136 - RM 139 (90 chews)

Suitable for: Dogs of all ages, breeds, and sizes
Nutritional Content: Full Spectrum of Vitamins & Minerals

Where to buy: Shopee | Lazada

2. Nutriplus Gel For Pets

If your dog does not like tablets or chews, this is a novel way to give them supplements. This gel is intended to be easily administered via syringe or by mixing it into their meals. 
Nutriplus gel is a multivitamin supplement for dogs that boosts energy. It contains essential vitamins, minerals, and trace elements that are especially beneficial to young animals' growth. It can also aid in the maintenance of good skin and coat health.

Type: Gel

Price: RM 42 - RM 48.80 (120.5g)

Suitable for: Pregnant and lactating dogs, hunting dogs, working dogs, and animals recovering from illness or surgery
Nutritional content:
Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Thiamine HCI (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Pyridoxine HCL (B6), Cyanocobalamin (B12), Nicotinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Folic Acid, Iron, Iodine, Manganese, Magnesium

Where to buy: www.petloverscentre.com.my | Shopee | Lazada

3. NaturVet Vita Pet Puppy Daily Vitamins

Look no further if you need a multivitamin for your puppy!  NaturVet Vita Pet Puppy Daily Vitamins is a veterinarian-formulated supplement containing vitamins and minerals essential for growing puppies. The gradual release ensures that nutrients are properly absorbed.

This product is also available for adult dogs and contains glucosamine for joint support.
Type: Tablets

Price: RM55 - RM 60 (60 tablets)

Suitable for: Puppies
Nutritional content: Full Spectrum of Vitamins & Minerals

Where to buy: www.perromart.com.my | Shopee | Lazada

4. Augustine's Approved SuperBoost Supplement for Dogs

Augustine's SuperBoost is an organic supplement made entirely from whole foods specially formulated for dogs.

This supplement is suitable for all dogs and can be added to raw, dry, canned and homemade meals.

The primary benefits of this supplement include promoting normal, healthy growth and development in your dogs. It also supports healthy skin, a shiny coat, and strong nails. This supplement encourages digestion and nutrient absorption, which can help your pet's gut health.

No matter how well you currently feed your dog, Augustine's SuperBoost is an excellent addition to any canine diet.

Type: Tablets

Price: RM119 (220g) or RM 165 (440g)

Suitable for: Dogs of all ages

Nutritional content: Flaxseed Meal, Barley Grass, Arrowroot, Sesame Seeds, Chia Seeds, Lecithin, Turmeric, Maca, Wakame, American Ginseng (aged 6 years)

Where to buy: www.perromart.com.my | Shopee | Lazada

5. Grizzly Salmon Plus for Dogs

With this salmon, whitefish and pollock oil blend supplement, you can give your dog a boost of skin and coat-supporting omega-3s. This fish oil for dogs is made from wild-caught salmon, whitefish and pollock and contains a high concentration of DHA, EPA, ALA and other omega fatty acids for skin and coat support. It also improves joint health.

Type: Oil

Price: RM45 to RM 49.50 for 118ml or RM218 for 946ml

Suitable for: Dogs of all ages

Nutritional content: Blend of wild-caught Alaskan salmon, pollock, and whitefish oils

Where to buy: Shopee | Lazada

6. Nutri-Vet Joint Health Plus MSM Chewables for Dogs

Joint Health liver flavour chewables from Nutri-Vet contain balanced levels of glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM to help maintain healthy canine joint function and connective tissue.

HCL glucosamine is the primary building block for cartilage development, while chondroitin sulphate protects and slows the degradation of existing cartilage.
MSM is an anti-inflammatory agent that contains sulphur, which is necessary for cartilage formation. In addition, manganese is required for biochemical reactions that aid in cartilage formation.
With this combination, your dog will have the healthiest hips and joints!
Type: Soft chews

Price: RM120 (60 tablets)

Suitable for: Adult dogs of all sizes
Nutritional content: Glucosamine Hydrochloride (from shellfish), Chondroitin Sulfate (porcine trachea), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Manganese (Manganese Gluconate), Cellulose, Liver Meal, Magnesium Silicate, Magnesium Stearate, Natural Flavor, Silicon Dioxide, Stearic Acid

Where to buy: www.perromart.com.my

Conclusion

After reading this article, we hope you better understand the importance of vitamin supplements for your dogs. If you're ready to start giving your dogs supplements, make an appointment with your veterinarian and discuss the product you'd like to introduce to your pets.

If your dog frequently exhibits signs of vitamin deficiency, pet insurance may be a wise investment.

However, Oyen Pet Insurance does not cover supplement-related vet bills. They are considered preventive treatments, which fall under the insurance policy's exclusion areas.

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Cuba bayangkan anda sedang membelai kucing kesayangan. Dengan muka yang comel dan bulu yang lebat, pastinya anda terhibur dengan telatah si comel ini. Namun, ada bau yang kurang enak mula menusuk hidung. Eww!

Rupa-rupanya, punca bau tadi datang daripada mulut kucing berbau busuk. Pasti anda tertanya-tanya, mengapa perkara ini berlaku dan apakah cara mengatasinya. Dalam artikel ini, Oyen akan kongsikan segalanya yang anda perlu tahu.

Mengapa mulut kucing berbau busuk

Sebenarnya, punca mulut kucing berbau busuk bukanlah hanya semata-mata kerana makan sesuatu yang busuk seperti bangkai dan sebagainya, ia lebih rumit daripada itu. Antara beberapa sebab mengapa mulut kucing berbau busuk ialah:

Masalah gigi

Secara umumnya, bau yang busuk ini berasal daripada bakteria. Air liur digabungkan bersama bakteria akan membentuk plak pada permukaan gigi kucing. 

Jika keadaan ini tidak dirawat buat jangka masa yang panjang, ia akan membawa kepada penyakit periodontal yang berkaitan dengan jangkitan pada tisu yang menyokong gigi.

Penyakit gusi

Bukan sahaja gigi yang perlu dijaga, gusi juga boleh menjadi salah satu punca mulut kucing berbau busuk. Antara penyakit gusi yang menyebabkan mulut kucing berbau busuk ialah gingivitis (radang atau inflamasi pada gusi).

Biasanya, ia berpunca daripada masalah gigi, namun ia juga boleh terjadi disebabkan bakteria, alahan atau virus.

Diet dan pemakanan

Selain itu, jenis makanan yang dimakan oleh kucing juga boleh menyumbang kepada masalah ini. Kucing anda mungkin makan sesuatu yang busuk seperti bangkai dan sebagainya.

Jangan terkejut, sekiranya jenis makanan kucing  yang diberikan juga boleh menyebabkan masalah bau mulut kucing berbau busuk ini. Anda boleh mencuba untuk menukar jenis makanan atau membeli makanan kucing yang khas bagi masalah bau mulut ini.

Ulser mulut kucing

Bukan sahaja menyakitkan, masalah ulser mulut kucing atau juga dikenali sebagai stomatitis juga boleh menyebabkan bau busuk pada mulut kucing. Pada tahap teruk, ulser mulut ini boleh berada di lidah, bibir dan juga lelangit kucing.

Keadaan ini boleh menjadi sangat menyakitkan sehingga kucing tidak boleh membuka mulutnya. Walaupun nampak remeh, ulser mulut kucing merupakan salah satu tanda penyakit kucing yang boleh membawa maut seperti Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)

dan Feline leukemia virus (FeLV).

Penyakit kucing yang lain

Jika anda sudah buntu mencari punca, mungkin sebenarnya ia bukan berasal daripada masalah mulut. Sesetengah penyakit lain seperti diabetes, penyakit hati, serta penyakit buah pinggang juga boleh menyebabkan bau mulut kucing yang busuk.

Kanser mulut kucing

Tahukah anda, kucing juga sebenarnya juga boleh mendapat penyakit kanser mulut kucing. Malah, salah satu simptom bagi kanser mulut ini juga adalah nafas kucing berbau busuk.

Pihak veterinar perlu melakukan pemeriksaan yang lebih lanjut seperti prosedur biopsi atau mengambil tisu bagi mengesahkan sel tersebut merupakan sel kanser.

Tanda-tanda mulut kucing anda bermasalah

Berikut merupakan beberapa tanda yang anda boleh perhatikan pada mulut kucing. Sekiranya tanda-tanda ini berpanjangan, pastikan anda mendapatkan rawatan dengan segera:

  • Mulut kucing berair dan air liur meleleh
  • Ulser pada bahagian mulut kucing
  • Enggan makan dan minum
  • Gusi atau mulut yang bengkak

Cara merawat mulut kucing berbau

Seterusnya, terdapat beberapa langkah yang anda perlu lakukan bagi merawat mulut kucing berbau seperti berikut:

1. Buat pemeriksaan terhadap mulut kucing anda

Kadang-kadang, mulut kucing berbau disebabkan makanan atau sesuatu yang menyekat makanan di dalam rumah mereka. Kucing kesayangan anda mungkin mengunyah pelbagai benda asing yang boleh melukakan atau menyekat makanan.

Sekiranya anda mendapati si comel ini menunjukkan tanda-tanda dalam keadaan sakit, perkara yang pertama adalah cuba lakukan pemeriksaan di dalam mulut kucing. Lihat sama ada ada objek tajam atau benda asing yang boleh menyekat makanan.

2. Dapatkah rawatan daripada veterinar

Seterusnya, langkah terbaik bagi merawat masalah kucing ini ialah mendapatkan rawatan daripada pihak veterinar. Biasanya, pihak veterinar akan melakukan pemeriksaan fizikal terhadap mulut kucing bagi menentukan tahap kesihatan.

Pada tahap yang teruk, kucing anda mungkin memerlukan ubat pelali atau bius untuk melakukan pemeriksaan yang lebih menyeluruh. Jika perlu, pihak veterinar akan membersihkan karang gigi dan kotoran yang ada.

Bukan itu sahaja, pihak veterinar juga mungkin akan melakukan pemeriksaan darah bagi mengenalpasti punca penyakit lain yang menyebabkan perkara ini.

3. Ubah diet dan pemakanan kucing jika perlu

Selain itu, cuba perhatikan diet dan pemakanan kucing anda dan makanan yang menyebabkan bau mulut kucing berbau busuk. Lihat makanan apakah yang akan menyebabkan bau mulut itu datang kembali.

Anda juga boleh mencuba diet pemakanan yang boleh membantu kesihatan gigi dan mulut seperti berikut:

Gamabar rujukan: © cgpetstore

Apa yang menarik tentang snek kucing ini, ia dikatakan mampu membantu kesihatan gigi dan mulut dan diperbuat daripada bahan-bahan semulajadi yang selamat untuk kucing anda.

Snek makanan ini juga menawarkan 4 perasa enak iaitu salmon, ayam, catnip dan juga tuna.

Dapatkan di: Shopee

4. Berus gigi kucing setiap hari

Akhir sekali, langkah pencegahan yang terbaik adalah memastikan kesihatan mulut dan gusi kucing anda dijaga setiap hari dengan memberus gigi. Bagi mereka yang mahu memulakan rutin memberus gigi ini, terdapat beberapa tips mudah yang anda boleh cuba:

  • Sapukan gel bagi gigi pada mulut kucing pada peringkat awal ini. Pastikan ia selamat untuk ditelan oleh si comel
  • Bagi memudahkan proses ini, setiap kali selepas rutin ini, beri ganjaran kepada kucing dengan snek atau makanan kegemaran mereka
  • Letakkan gel gigi kucing ini sedikit pada jari anda dan sapu di permukaan gigi depan
  • Ulang langkah ini selama beberapa hari atau beberapa minggu, setelah kucing semakin selesa, sapu gel ini dengan lebih dalam di permukaan belakang mulut kucing

Apabila kucing anda sudah selesa dengan gel atau berus jari silikon, ini masanya untuk mencuba berus gigi pula. Jangan membuka mulut kucing secara paksa tetapi tarik permukaan bibir secara perlahan sebelum memberus gigi.

Nampak mudah, tetapi semua proses ini memerlukan masa dan perhatian yang secukupnya untuk menjadikannya rutin yang berjaya. Bagi proses ini. Oyen kongsikan juga beberapa produk yang anda boleh cuba:

Set berus gigi dan ubat gigi

Gambar rujukan: © mr.petchef

Bagi mereka yang ingin memulakan rutin untuk memberus gigi, anda boleh mencuba set lengkap ini untuk bermula. Dengan set yang dilengkapi berus jari, ubat gigi dan berus gigi kecil, anda sudah boleh bermula menjaga kesihatan mulut kucing anda.

Dapatkan di: Shopee

Kesimpulan

Nampak remeh, tetapi masalah mulut kucing berbau busuk yang tidak ditangani sejak dari awal, boleh menjadi tanda-tanda awal kepada penyakit kucing yang sebenarnya boleh membawa maut. 

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

Dengan mendapatkan rawatan rutin, anda juga boleh menangani masalah mulut kucing berbau busuk ini lebih awal sebelum menjadi lebih teruk. 

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

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Cats love their food, and we love them. Hence, it's only natural for pet parents to want to give the best cat food to satisfy their feline's taste palette. 

However, walking along the aisle of wet cat food can be pretty intimidating because there are just so many options. 

Not all wet cat foods are the same. That being so, we need to identify what is the healthiest wet food for your cat. This article will discuss just that! 

Here are the 9 best-wet cat foods in Malaysia that you can get for your feline friend.

1. Snappy Tom Canned Food

Image source: Shopee

Snappy Tom is an Australian brand that produces a tasty selection of wet cat food for pet owners to choose from. This wet cat food is made of natural fish and chicken to provide the authentic taste of the protein source for cats. 

Moreover, their products are grain-free and don't contain artificial colours or preservatives. Therefore, it's an excellent choice for cats with food sensitivities as this cat food is unlikely to irritate the stomach.

With 4.9 stars ratings from over 5,500 happy customers, you can be sure of the quality of this product. This wet canned food is also rich with Omega oils, allowing your cat to benefit from associated positive health benefits on the joints, heart, and overall health.

Suitable for: cats with food sensitivities 

Protein source: chicken, lamb, fish, tuna, sardine or beef liver

Price range: ~RM2 to RM3.50

Where to buy: Shopee 

2. Royal Canin Feline Health Nutrition Wet Pouch

Image source: 88PetsMart

Royal Canin has been a trustable brand in the market for more than 50 years now. All of their product formulas are well-researched and developed to best suit the nutritional preferences of pet cats and dogs. 

As such, this kitten wet food is created to provide an optimal balance of proteins, fats and carbohydrates for cats and support the development of their immune system. Moreover, this kitten wet food comes in small chunks, making it easy for pet kittens to swallow and digest. 

Suitable for: kittens up to 12 months old 

Price: ~RM3.90

Where to buy: 88PetsMart 

3. Purina Fancy Feast Inspirations

This Australian wet cat food comes in four flavours packed with protein and essential vitamins from vegetables. As this wet cat food is highly palatable, it’s a suitable choice for cats with low appetite or fussy eaters.  

With a 5-star review from customers, you can be sure that your cat will love this product's gourmet flavour and texture. However, do note that you should only buy this wet cat food as a supplementary food option as it doesn’t suffice for a complete diet. 

Suitable for: cats with poor appetite  

Protein source: salmon, tuna, beef, chicken 

Price: RM3.15

Where to buy: Shopee 

4. Sheba Cat Canned Wet Food

Some cats can get bored with their food and would appreciate having a switch-up in their taste. Luckily, this product comes in nine different flavours. This gives your cat plenty of freedom to experiment with a wide range of taste palettes. 

Sheba Cat Canned Wet Food is formulated without corn, wheat, soy, or artificial flavours. However, do note that this product contains thickening agents such as modified starch and guar gum which may be unsuitable for cats with sensitive stomachs. 

Suitable for: cats of all life stages 

Protein source: chicken breast, tuna, crab  

Price: RM3.05

Where to buy: Shopee 

5. Pro Plan Veterinary Diets

Image source: Miscota

Cats diagnosed with renal failure often suffer reduced appetite and dietary restrictions. This clinically formulated wet cat food diet helps cats with renal problems satisfy their daily energy requirement without causing any health adversity. 

The Pro Plan Veterinary Diet is designed low in phosphorus to help slow the progression of renal disease. Moreover, the high-quality protein in this product will help minimize the loss of muscle mass and avoid the formation of toxins. 

Suitable for: cats with chronic kidney failure

Protein source: chicken 

Price: RM62.41

Where to buy: Miscota 

6. Cat's Agree Premium Cat Food

This wet cat food formula provides essential carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals for your cat. This product has no preservatives, offal meat or artificial chunks. This wet cat food contains real fish sources enriched with omega-3 fatty acids. 

The high content of omega-3 fatty acids helps support a healthy immune system and strengthens the skin barrier. Therefore, the natural ingredients in this wet cat food make Cat's Agree Premium cat food the right choice for your furbaby's nutrition and well-being.  

Suitable for: cats of all life stages 

Protein source: ocean fish, prawn, mackerel, sardine, tuna, chicken 

Price range: RM3.25 - RM3.30

Where to buy: Shopee 

7. Specific FIW Digestive Support

Image source: Miscota

Cultivating good gut health for your cat has a lot to do with the food you're feeding your cat. The Specific FIW Digestive Support is formulated with beta-glucans in yeast to strengthen your cat's immune system and help fight intestinal bacteria. 

"My senior cat was having so many issues with vomiting, and I have tried so many different brands of cat food that were healthy. My cat has been on this food for years and loves it!"

Zeolites, a type of mineral in this wet cat food, help absorb any harmful components in the intestine, supporting intestinal health. Moreover, all the ingredients in this product are in an easy-to-digest form, maximizing the absorption of nutrients in a compromised digestive tract.  

Suitable for: cats with stomach upset or digestive issues 

Protein source: pork, beef and fish 

Price: ~RM54

Where to buy: Miscota 

8. Carnilove White Muscle Meat Wet Cat Food

Carnilove launched canned wet food for cats after receiving great attention for their dry cat food. This wet cat food can be considered a complete food as it is loaded with a combination of 55% white muscle meat, vegetables and forest fruits. Carnilove introduced a wide range of flavourful recipes such as Turkey & Reindeer, Chicken, Duck & Pheasant, Turkey & Salmon for Kittens, Turkey & Salmon, and Chicken & Lamb. 

Packed with digestible dietetic proteins, this wet cat food is great for the development of tissues and maintaining a physically healthy cat. Additionally, forest fruits contain essential nutrients and antioxidants which can assist in boosting your furkids' immune system. Carnilove's white muscle meat wet cat food accommodates zero preservatives, chemicals, grain or potato in the ingredients.

Suitable for: Cats with digestive issues 

Protein source: Turkey, chicken, duck, pheasant, lamb, reindeer, and salmon

Price: RM6.50 (100g)

Where to buy: Lazada

9. Cindy’s Recipe Original Cat Canned Wet Food

Cindy's Recipe formulated 36 different human-grade tuna and chicken based recipes of wet cat food for your fur kids! This effectively means high protein content and Omega 3 which are extremely crucial in protecting and encouraging healthy coats and skin. 

This well-balanced wet cat food thrives to satisfy the natural meat cravings of your feline companions whilst providing them with essential and key nutrients. Cindy's Recipe promotes wet cat foods that are healthy for your furkids' heart, vision and nervous system.

Suitable for: Cats with digestive and hairball issues, felines of all stages

Protein source: Tuna and chicken

Price: RM3 (80g)

Where to buy: Shopee | Mysterious Catz

Is it OK to mix wet and dry cat food?

Yes. Finding the right balance between wet and dry cat food for your pet can bring numerous nutritional benefits. 

Dry cat food often lacks sufficient water content to keep your cat hydrated. As a result, your cat will be more likely to develop dehydration or urinary tract issues. That being so, feeding wet and dry cat food together helps to complete and balance your cat’s nutrition. 

Can you give your cats wet food every day?

Yes. Wet cat foods are safe to be consumed by cats on a daily basis. In fact, wet cat foods are better at mimicking cats' "natural foods" in the wild. 

How many times a day should a cat eat wet food?

Generally, cats with an average healthy weight require 110-140 grams of wet cat foods daily. You should aim to feed your cat in 2-3 servings, each with equal amounts of wet cat food. However, the recommended feeding amounts may vary from brand to brand. 

Therefore, you should refer to the product information and decide the best amount to feed your cat. A properly fed cat will not exhibit signs of hunger, such as pawing near the food bowl or storage area or persistently meowing. 

Conclusion 

Giving your pet cat the best in life begins with the right quality of nutrition. Of course, no one knows your cat better than you. So take some time to experiment with buying wet cat food in Malaysia. Be patient, and we're sure your cat will find something of its taste! 

Before you leave, take a quick quiz here to check out your pet's eligibility for pet insurance. 

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Sebut sahaja kucing, pastinya anda sudah terbayang si comel ini dengan bulunya yang bukan sahaja lembut, gebu dan lebat. Pastinya seronok membelai dan menggosok bulu mereka ini, sebagai tanda kasih sayang anda terhadap mereka.

Namun, bagaimana sekiranya masalah bulu kucing gugur berlaku kepada anda? Malah lebih menyedihkan, masalah gugur ini semakin teruk hingga bulu kucing botak.

Dalam artikel kali ini, Oyen akan kongsikan segalanya tentang bulu kucing gugur, punca dan tips penjagaan bulu kucing.

Apa yang dimaksudkan dengan bulu kucing gugur?

Secara normalnya, bulu kucing lama akan gugur setelah beberapa ketika. Malah, jumlah bulu yang gugur juga bergantung kepada jenis baka. Malah, bulu kucing juga akan lebih banyak gugur pada cuaca yang panas berbanding sejuk.

Sekiranya bulu yang gugur ini akan disusuli dengan tumbuhnya bulu kucing baru, ia hanya merupakan kitaran normal. Namun, jika bulu ini gugur sehingga meninggalkan kesan botak pada badan kucing, ia merupakan tanda anda sudah perlu berjaga-jaga.

Kenapa bulu kucing gugur

Sebenarnya, ramai dalam kalangan pemilik kucing yang menganggap masalah bulu kucing gugur adalah perkara biasa, sehinggalah ia berada dalam tahap yang sudah teruk. Oleh itu, jom kita ketahui apa yang sebenarnya menjadi punca bulu kucing gugur.

Jangkitan fungus 

Jangkitan ringworm atau kurap pada kucing merupakan salah satu punca bulu kucing gugur. Ia merupakan sejenis penyakit kulit pada kucing yang boleh menyebabkan kawasan jangkitan berbentuk bulat dan bulu gugur.

Jangkitan parasit

Tahukah anda, parasit seperti kutu juga boleh menyebabkan bulu kucing akan gugur. Apabila kutu ini hinggap dan menghisap darah, ia akan menyebabkan rasa gatal di badan kucing.

Apabila kucing menggaru di tempat yang sama berulang kali dan juga agresif kerana gatal,  bulu kucing juga boleh gugur.

Alahan atau alergi

Seperti manusia, jangan terkejut sekiranya kucing anda juga mempunyai masalah alahan atau alergi. Malah, ia merupakan salah satu punca utama berlakunya masalah bulu kucing gugur.

Kucing juga boleh mempunyai alahan terhadap makanan, gigitan serangga malah habuk atau debunga. Kesannya, mereka akan mengalami kegatalan pada badan dan mereka akan menjilat bulu mereka hingga meninggalkan kesan bulu kucing gugur bertompok dan botak.

Kesan sampingan ubat-ubatan

Bergantung kepada jenis ubat-ubatan dan badan kucing itu sendiri, kucing mungkin akan mengalami kesan sampingan ubat-ubatan sekiranya ia tidak sesuai dengan badannya. 

Sekiranya bulu gugur ni menunjukkan kesan selepas kucing anda ada mengambil ubat-ubatan tertentu, berbincanglah dengan pihak veterinar bagi pilihan ubat lain yang lebih sesuai.

Tekanan atau stres

Apabila kucing berada dalam tekanan atau stres, si comel ini boleh bertindak dengan menjilat bulu mereka secara berlebihan. Lama-kelamaan, ini boleh menyebabkan bulu kucing gugur.

Kucing anda mengalami penyakit yang boleh menyebabkan bulu gugur

Selain itu, bulu kucing gugur juga merupakan salah satu simptom beberapa penyakit kucing seperti kanser, serta penyakit metabolisma seperti hyperthyroidism. Oleh itu, sekiranya menunjukkan tanda-tanda atau simptom bulu kucing gugur  

Tanda-tanda kucing anda mungkin mengalami masalah bulu gugur

Seterusnya, ayuh kita kongsikan tanda-tanda kucing anda mungkin mengalami masalah bulu gugur. Jangan lupa untuk perhatikan tanda-tanda berikut pada kucing anda:

  • Bulu kucing botak
  • Bulu kucing gugur teruk
  • Bulu kucing gugur bertompok
  • Kerap menjilat badan (overgrooming)

Bahagian badan kucing yang biasanya mengalami masalah bulu gugur

Selain itu, anda juga boleh memerhatikan beberapa bahagian badan kucing ini yang biasanya kerap mengalami masalah bulu kucing gugur ini:

  • Bulu kucing gugur di ekor
  • Bulu kucing gugur di kepala
  • Bulu kucing gugur di telinga
  • Bulu kucing gugur di punggung
  • Bulu kucing gugur di atas mata
  • Bulu kucing gugur di leher
  • Bulu kucing gugur di perut

Cara merawat bulu kucing gugur

Sebelum pihak veterinar menentukan jenis rawatan yang akan diberikan, mereka akan menjalankan beberapa proses sebelum menentukan rawatan yang paling sesuai untuk diberikan kepada kucing anda.

Di veterinar, kucing anda mungkin perlu menjalani pemeriksaan fizikal terutamanya di kawasan kulit yang mengalami masalah bulu gugur ini. 

Seterusnya, kawasan yang mengalami masalah bulu gugur ini akan diperiksa dengan lebih teliti. Ini termasuklah mendapatkan sampel biopsi atau kutu pada bulu kucing ini.

Jika dirasakan perlu, pihak veterinar mungkin akan meneruskan proses diagnosis ini dengan melakukan ujian darah serta ujian X-Ray bagi mengesan kemungkinan penyakit yang lebih serius seperti kanser.

Rawatan untuk bulu kucing gugur

Setelah melakukan pemeriksaan, doktor veterinar akan menentukan rawatan yang terbaik berdasarkan keputusan yang diperolehi. Terdapat beberapa pilihan rawatan yang biasanya akan diberikan bagi mengatasi masalah bulu gugur ini iaitu:

1. Rawatan krim topikal

Salah satu pilihan rawatan yang paling popular bagi bulu kucing gugur ialah krim topikal. Biasanya ia akan digunakan bagi masalah bulu kucing yang gugur disebabkan penyakit kulit, jangkitan kutu dan fungus.

2. Ubat antidepresan dan antiresah

Bagi masalah bulu kucing gugur disebabkan tekanan atau stres, pihak veterinar mungkin akan membekalkan ubat bagi membantu kucing anda mengatasi masalah ini. Cara ini dikatakan dapat membantu mengurangkan tabiat kucing yang menjilat bulu mereka secara berlebihan atau lebih dikenali sebagai over grooming.

3. Ubat alergik 

Seterusnya, sekiranya kucing yang mengalami masalah alahan yang menyebabkan bulu mereka gugur, pihak veterinar akan memberikan ubat-ubatan yang boleh mengurangkan kesan alahan ini.

Setelah mengetahui punca sebenar alahan ini, cara paling terbaik di masa hadapan ialah mengelakkan punca alahan ini agar ia tidak berulang di masa depan kelak.

Cara melebatkan bulu kucing

Selain daripada mendapatkan rawatan berdasarkan diagnosis yang betul dengan pihak veterinar, anda juga boleh menggunakan produk bagi membantu melebatkan bulu kucing semula.

Jom kita lihat beberapa cara dan produk yang anda boleh gunakan untuk melebatkan bulu kucing.

Makanan untuk melebatkan bulu kucing

Salah satu cara bagi membantu ialah memberikan kucing nutrien yang secukupnya bagi membantu pertumbuhan semula bulu serta melebatkan kembali bulu si kucing ini. 

Berikut merupakan beberapa pilihan yang anda boleh cuba:

1. Royal Canin Hair and Skin Care

Sumber gambar: Shopee Mall Royal Canin

Jenama Royal Canin sudah tidak asing lagi sebagai salah satu jenama yang menawarkan pilihan makanan kucing yang berkualiti. Apa yang menarik, ia menawarkan hasil bulu yang kelihatan berkilat dalam masa 21 hari.

Ia dikatakan dapat membantu untuk mengekalkan pertumbuhan rambut dan kulit yang sihat dengan kandungan protein yang berkualiti tinggi seperti amino acid. Pada masa yang sama, ia juga boleh membantu kesihatan sistem urinari bagi kucing.

Sesuai untuk: Kucing dewasa 

Harga:  Bermula dengan RM 26 bagi 1 kg hingga RM 125 bagi 5 kg

Dapatkan di: Lazada | Shopee

2. SmartHeart Gold Skin & Coat Care Formula

Seterusnya, bagi membantu kulit dan bulu kucing anda tumbuh dengan sihat, anda juga boleh mencuba SmartHeart Gold Skin & Coat Care Formula. Dengan bahan Omega 3 dan 6 di dalam makanan ini, ia akan membantu bukan sahaja bagi kulit yang lebih sihat, malah bulu yang berkilat.

Bukan itu sahaja, makanan ini juga boleh membantu mengawal pembentukan hairball atau bebola bulu kucing di dalam sistem penghadaman.

Sesuai untuk: Kucing dewasa 

Harga:  Bermula dengan RM 91 bagi 6 kg hingga RM 125 bagi 5 kg

Dapatkan di: Lazada | Shopee | SmartHeart

Jika anda inginkan lebih banyak pilihan makanan kucing dengan jenama yang terbaik, baca perkongsian artikel kami di sini.

Shampoo kucing untuk bulu gugur

 Bukan sahaja makanan, bagi memastikan kesihatan bulu kucing dikekalkan, rutin mandi dan pembersihan bulu secara berkala juga penting untuk dilakukan. Jom kita lihat beberapa pilihan syampu mandi kucing yang ada:

1. CHUN Essentio Aromatherapy Fur Growth Cats and Dogs Shampoo

Sumber gambar: petsmore.os

Jika anda inginkan pilihan dengan bahan semulajadi, syampu ini merupakan salah satu pilihan yang boleh dicuba. Apa yang menarik, syampu ini juga mengandungi ekstrak minyak kelapa yang boleh membantu menjadikan bulu kucing anda lebih lembut dan lebat.

Malah, syampu ini juga bebas daripada kandungan berbahaya kepada si comel anda seperti paraben, silikon dan bahan kimia yang lain.

Harga:  RM 41.30 bagi 500 ML

Dapatkan di:Shopee 

2. Organic Olive Anti Hair Fall Pet Shampoo

Sumber gambar: 88petsmart

Seterusnya, syampu mandi berasaskan buah zaitun ini juga menawarkan pilihan bahan yang organik serta membantu bagi mengatasi masalah bulu gugur. Ia juga selamat digunakan kepada haiwan peliharaan seperti anjing dan kucing.

Bukan itu sahaja, syampu ini juga mampu bertindak sebagai membunuh bakteria dan juga membantu bagi masalah kutu dan juga hama.

Harga:  RM 5.88 bagi 450 ML

Dapatkan di:Lazada | 88petsmart

Jika anda ingin lihat lebih banyak pilihan syampu mandi lain yang terbaik bagi si comel, jom lihat senarai 15 Syampu Mandi Kucing Terbaik Di Malaysia.

Kesimpulan

Walaupun nampak remeh, masalah bulu gugur ini perlu dibendung daripada awal bagi mengelakkan ia menjadi lebih besar. 

Malah, bulu kucing gugur juga boleh menjadi salah satu simptom penting yang perlu diperhatikan pada kucing yang berkemungkinan mengalami masalah kesihatan.

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

Dengan mendapatkan rawatan rutin, anda juga boleh mengesan masalah bulu kucing gugur ini lebih awal sebelum menjadi lebih teruk atau sehingga botak! 

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

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Feeding your dog may be a slippery slope—too little might cause malnutrition, while too much could cause obesity. That being the case, you need to find the right balance in feeding your dog (even when it’s tough to resist their puppy eyes). 

As dog parents, we always want to give our pets the best. But this doesn’t always mean more food!

How and when should we feed our furbabies? 

Here’s the ultimate guide for you on how much to feed a pup to get you started! 

How much should a puppy eat?

Eating is the primary source of energy for dogs. So, your dog's daily intake should match its daily energy expenditure. The standard formula for calculating the energy requirements of the average adult dog is as follows:

Daily caloric needs = 70 x (Body Weight in kg)3/4

Your local Malaysian vet will be able to estimate how many calories your dog needs daily based on a couple of factors. 

Age and breed size 

Firstly, age and breed size influence the energy it requires daily. Puppies (below 24 months), particularly, grow at fast rates, demanding higher food intake than adult dogs. 

Apart from that, smaller dogs have a higher body surface area (BSA), causing them to lose more heat. Therefore, higher amounts of calories are required to maintain their body heat compared to large dog breeds. 

Lifestyle of the dog

Secondly, the lifestyle of your dog matters too. Highly active and outdoor dogs need greater amounts of food to make up for all the calories they would've burnt throughout their day. 

On the other hand, spayed or neutered dogs might need lesser amounts of food to avoid the risk of weight gain. 

Lastly, know the type of food you're feeding your dog. Proper nutrition is essential for dogs to grow healthily. However, a balanced diet will not look the same for all dogs; it's not a one-size-fits-all matter. Choose dog foods (wet or dry) with high-quality ingredients and specialized diet formulas to lead to a better health outcome. 

How many times should I feed my puppy in a day?

"How often should I feed my puppy?" is a common question amongst dog parents. The simple answer is two to three times a day. Take the total calories your dog needs and divide it into two or three smaller meals. 

Make sure to feed your dog at regular intervals throughout the day too. 

Please note that feeding a single large meal to your dog is not recommended. This is because large meals will cause bloating and slow your dog's digestion process. It's also easier for your dog to be overfed when left with huge portions of food in its feeder.

Creating a feeding schedule can help you remember to feed your dog routinely. Choose a suitable time of the day for you to feed your dog. You can also choose an appropriate location for your dog to eat every day. This will help your dog familiarize itself with its feeding schedule too. 

Here’s an example of a dog feeding schedule you can integrate into your lifestyle: 

Source: Pet Backer 

Note that you should only feed dogs above 12 months of age twice a day. Dogs above 12 months of age are considered mature, requiring lesser energy for bodily development. If your dog always seems hungry, it could be due to a lack of essential nutrients in its diet. 

Reassess what you're feeding your dog in terms of nutrition and consult a veterinarian if necessary. 

Avoid feeding your dog an hour before letting it outdoors as it may cause bloating, distress and abdominal pain. 

Although not stated in the feeding schedule, you can give your dog snacks or treats in between meals. That said, make sure not to overdo it as it may lead to unhealthy weight gain.

If you won’t be home at all throughout the day, investing in a good automatic food dispenser or feeder for your pup is a great option to consider! 

How many calories does my puppy need?

Maintaining your pet at its ideal body weight can be challenging, but it's crucial to ensure long-term well-being. Here's a simple table on how much you should feed a puppy by its weight (kg).

Source: WSAVA Global Nutrition Committee

Alternatively, you can also use the Dog Calorie Calculator to determine the right amounts of calories you should feed your dog based on its ideal weight and activity level. 

However, if you're hoping for your dog to gain or lose weight, you should adjust the daily calories intake accordingly. The advised kcal/day above will no longer be applicable for your dog in this case. Hence, the best option is to go down to any local vet clinic to get expert advice. 

Book your first vet consultation on us! Check your pet’s eligibility for Oyen Insurance and get in touch with us to explore options to insure your pup. 

What should I feed my dog when it has an upset stomach?

Stomach upset could stem from various reasons—a sudden change in diet, infections or blockage in the gastrointestinal system. Feeding your dog with an upset stomach may be challenging because it may have reduced appetite. 

Firstly, you can feed your dog a bland diet that's low in fat. This is because a plain meal is more easily digestible. Hence, your dog's gastrointestinal system will not require excessive digestion processes, which may worsen intestinal discomfort.

Secondly, you can feed specially formulated dog food for sensitive stomachs. These dog foods promote gastrointestinal health with highly digestible proteins and prebiotics. 

Probiotics are "good intestinal bacterias" that aid in healthy digestion and modulate the immune system. Feeding your dog with special diet foods can support its recovery from stomach upset while supplying vital nutrients.

If your puppy's stomach upset worsens or doesn't resolve, we highly recommend double-checking your dog's health with a vet. 

What should I feed if my dog is still young?

Like humans, the best source of nutrition for puppies during the early days is mother's milk. That being so, having your puppy nursed and nourished by its mother is ideal. However, formula milk feeding is a healthy substitute in cases where this is not possible. 

Puppy milk formulas contain ingredients to support the rapid growth of bones, muscles, cells and tissues. It’s recommended as a replacement to mother’s milk for puppies until 3 to 4 weeks of age. 

Every milk formula is unique, so remember to check the recommended serving size in its packaging. 

When bottle-feeding your puppy, lie them down in a belly-down position on your lap. Then, gently place the tip of the bottle into your puppy's mouth. Place a finger on your puppy's throat to check if it's suckling and swallowing the milk properly. 

After feeding, you need to burp your puppy by tapping softly on its back with an open palm. It's also necessary for you to check your puppy's weight daily to track its growth. If your puppy is not meeting its growth target or steadily increasing in weight, meet a veterinarian immediately to get further nutritional advice.

Am I overfeeding my dog? 

Overfeeding a dog is just as detrimental as underfeeding it. In most cases, owners don't even realize that they're overfeeding their pup. Crunchy dog treats and chews are often common culprits. 

Symptoms of overfeeding my dog

  • Restlessness or lethargy 
  • Swollen abdomen or abdominal pain 
  • Vomiting 
  • Flatulence 
  • Rapid shallow breathing
  • Profuse salivation

While overfeeding may not seem problematic at first, it can lead to serious health consequences in the long run. 

For example, overfed dogs are at a higher risk of developing heart disease, bowel conditions, diabetes, joint problems, obesity, and arthritis. As a result, the lifespan and quality of your dog's life may be substantially reduced. 

Can my puppy eat adult dog food now?

Shifting from milk-feeding or puppy food largely depends on your dog's size, energy requirement, and growth rate. 

Most puppy foods are protein-dense and calorie-rich to complement puppies' high metabolism and energy. Therefore, it's essential to note that switching to adult dog food means cutting down on your dog's nutrient supply.  

In general, most dogs will require a change in their diet when 6 to 12 months old. Start by mixing small amounts of adult dog food into your pup's usual food. Then, slowly increase the portion of adult dogs while decreasing the puppy food.

Abrupt changes in diet may cause stomach upset, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or bloating. So remember to take the process of transitioning slowly. When done correctly, it'll take roughly 3 to 5 days for your dog to get used to adult dog food.

Conclusion 

Every dog is different, so take time to understand the needs and right amount of food for your dog. Adjusting the calorie intake of your dog might be confusing at the start, but trust us when we say it gets better. If you’re unsure about how much you should be feeding your puppy, consulting a vet would be the safest route to take. 

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