“RESERVE ‘I BELIEVE’ FOR RELIGION”: JEAN-PAUL LY, ANIMAL DOCTOR

“RESERVE ‘I BELIEVE’ FOR RELIGION”: JEAN-PAUL LY, ANIMAL DOCTOR

“You have to see beyond the fur,” Jean-Paul Ly says. He’s animated and there’s a stridency in his voice. “Animals, especially our pets, are part of the family. You have a 12-year-old child with liver failure. Transplant is required. Would you do it? Is there a risk? Of course, there’s...

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Are we breeding our dogs to extinction?

Are we breeding our dogs to extinction?

We have come a long way from the ‘original dog’ that first roamed the planet, hunting in packs and adopting man’s camps as easy food source as they shared the discarded scraps with the vultures and other scavengers. Man tolerated the scavenging canines because they found dogs useful as hunting mates and waste...

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Is my cat getting all the vitamins and nutrients she needs from commercial pet food?

Is my cat getting all the vitamins and nutrients she needs from commercial pet food?

Q: Is my cat getting all the vitamins and nutrients she needs from commercial pet food? I feed her a mixture of dry and wet food and  occasional treats. Should I be giving her supplements as well? A: Similar to processed human foods, off-the-counter pet foods are mostly formulated to provide pets their...

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It’s Not All Lost with Bad Breeding!

It’s Not All Lost with Bad Breeding!

A: The unfortunate reality is that most diseases suffered by our ‘new-age’ pets today are largely attributed by genetic disorders, the environment or both. Over the centuries, the role of dogs used for herding and hunting has changed, and the majority are now kept primarily for their companionship, or more importantly for the...

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Leftover foods for pets

Leftover foods for pets

Q: I’ve always assumed that my dogs and cat can take leftover foods from my dinner table. But recently, a vet told me that spicy foods like chicken or mutton curry are bad for pets. So far, my pets have not suffered from any discomfort after eating leftover meat from curry dishes....

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Acupuncture Vet

Acupuncture Vet

  Dr Jean-Paul Ly is an acupuncturist who has an 80 percent success rate in treating sporting injuries. But don’t bother rushing off and asking him to stick a needle into you to fix up that torn ligament, because he only treat animals. Most of his patients are racehorses and...

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Wanted: Blood donors for pets

Wanted: Blood donors for pets

Ms Russ Tay found out from her veterinarian last May that her 15-year-old shih tzu, Mickey, had a low blood count and would not last more than two to three days without a blood transfusion. She searched online and contacted animal welfare groups. But by the end of the first...

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When your pet has cancer

When your pet has cancer

SINGAPORE- The Big C is a scary diagnosis for pets just as it is for humans. Moreover, by the time pet owners notice the symptoms in the animals, the cancer has often already spread and is difficult to treat. “By the time you see swelling, lumps or tumours, feel fluid...

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PROTEIN IN A CAT’S DIET

PROTEIN IN A CAT’S DIET

Q: Does my cat have enough protein in her diet? A: Protein is an important component in a cat’s diet but a lot of pet owners are under the misconception that more is better. A high protein diet can increase the risk of dehydration as well as ammonia and urea...

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WILL I CONTRACT DISEASES FROM MY DOGS?

WILL I CONTRACT DISEASES FROM MY DOGS?

Q: My two Jack Rusells are very close to me. We sleep together on the same bed. It is alright? Will I contact any illness or diseases from them? A: Zoonotic diseases (diseases which can be passed from animals to humans and from humans to animals) are rather rare in domestic pets...

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