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Date:   24 February, 2009
Blk 1002, Toa Payoh Lor 8, 01-1477, Singapore 319074.  Tel: 6254-3326, 9668-6469

Focus: Small animals - dogs, cats, hamsters & rabbits
*10 a.m - 5 p.m (Mon - Sun, except Sat). Dr Sing Kong Yuen. By Appointment Only.

*6 p.m - 10 p.m (Mon - Fri). 10am - 5pm (Sat). Dr Jason Teo. House-calls available.

Appointment preferred.
Tel: 6254-3326, 9668-6469
11 p.m to 6 a.m
Dr Jason Teo
9668-6469, 6254-3326
Fax: +65 6256 0501

Interesting case studies/pictures

tpvets_logo.jpg (2726 bytes)2060 - 63. CASE 1SCENT GLAND INFECTIONS.
A boy studying in Primary 5 (probably 11 years old) was worried that his dwarf hamster had a tumour in his navel area. His mother and father took time off to bring his best friend to consult me. Tumours and infections must be checked out.

Fortunately, it was the scent gland clogged with waxy secretions and accumulation.  For a thorough removal and cleaning, I put the hamster under general anaesthesia using isoflurane gas. Grabbing the hamster and doing it without anaesthesia could stress him severely and he may just die on the spot. The hamster recovered. Wood shavings as litter would be replaced with paper litter and regular maintenance of the scent gland using cotton bud and clean water every week would be ideal.

What is the use of scent glands? Male dwarf hamsters use their scent gland to mark territories and warn off other hamsters. Females use it when they are in estrus too. To warn off other females and to attract the males?  Some writers note that the female hamsters produce less scent when she is on heat.  

In Syrian hamsters, the scent glands are on the hip areas on both sides. Some hamster sources say that the dwarf hamster has 6 scent glands!  Dwarf hamster scent gland secretions are unsightly to owners who care and can be mistaken for tumours, infections and abscesses by veterinarians. For example, one of my cases: Breast tumour near the navel.

Thanks to the internet, I am able to pull out one of my cases in May 19 2005 for review and to share with readers. The owner was very worried about the infected "belly button" which was the infected scent gland. Not all scent gland cleaning need anaesthesia. Some owners can't clean the scent gland as the hamster bites or just will not permit cleaning. Is there a "hamster groomer" in Singapore?  I guess there will be but it is hard to earn a living being a specialised "hamster groomer."
Interesting goods and produce, Wet Markets, Myitkyina, Myanmar unlike Singapore's Wet Markets.


To: Busy fathers

The Wet Market in Myitkyina, Myanmar has a variety of produce for sale. Vegetables, fishes, eels, oranges and farm produce are eye-openers for the urbanised children of Singapore. There is no "smell" in the Wet market in Myitkyina as they are well ventilated, unlike some of Singapore's Wet Markets which are really enclosed under a low roof.

Myitkyina is in North Myanmar, seldom visited by foreigners, except the Chinese Nationals.
Many interesting rural areas to explore with your family. Gold mining operations by the river. Visit Lake Inndawgi via a 7-hour car ride from Myitkyina.

Nuns receiving alms. Myitkyina, Myanmar. Toa Payoh Vets
Myitkyina. Nuns receiving alms. My Canon camera focusing lens started to malfunction. Unable to focus. Bring two cameras when you travel. 
Reclining Buddha, Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar. Toa Payoh Vets
Myitkyina. A reclining Buddha.
North Myanmar, Rice farms near Lake Indawgyi. Dry season. Toa Payoh Vets
Near Lake Inndawgyi. Suddenly, this pretty rural scene with sunshine on the right presented as I was sitting inside the moving van passing Christian villages to Lake Inndawgyi. Fortunately, the picture came out well. May hay while the sun shines?
The threshing machine takes out much drudgery out of farm labour. Kachin State, Myanmar, Toa Payoh Vets
Near Lake Inndawgyi.
Machines are rented by an entrepreneur to the farmers. By late December, most rice farms have completed harvesting. Visit in November if you want to see the golden padi fields.
Cows are used to thresh rice stalks. Toa Payoh Vets
Near Lake Inndawgyi
The farmers in this picture probably can't afford the thresher. Manual threshing using cattle's feet.
Clear and serene Lake Indawgyi, Myanmar. Toa Payoh Vets
 Lake Inndawgyi
Myanmar. Kachin State. Lake Indawygi guest house for foreign tourists. Toa Payoh Vets.
Candlelit breakfast by Lake Inndawgyi. My Canon camera focusing lens had malfunctioned.

Christian villages in a land of pagodas are seen here as Myanmar was historically part of the British Empire. The missionaries were dedicated and many of the rural villages outside Myitkyina are Christians and there were Christmas celebrations in the villages near to Lake Inndawgyi.

No distractions from mobile phones as you travel to Lake Inndawgyi seeing rice fields and other scenes of village living.  Large teak tree trunks felled, ready for export to China. Wild flowers. Beautiful sunshine in December as it is a dry season. 

As a busy working father, you will have more time to bond with your family members. Your children also have more time to bond with you too as they are deprived of their internet access to online gaming and instant messaging. They appreciate the culture and way of life so much different from Singapore's highly stressed and competitive environment.  There are so many places in Myanmar to visit but you can't do it in 7 days. Some pictures are at:
Be Kind To Pets Jan 2009

Working Fathers:  Contact, +65 9668-6468 if you wish to arrange a personalised, stress-free and safe family tour to different interesting parts of Myanmar. See Myanmar Travel Stories.
See: Dec 2008 travel to Myanmar. Earnings from Myanmar Travel Tourism help to maintain the community education by Dr Sing and help the villagers to feed their families.  

  Dwarf Hamster. Left eye conjunctivitis, itchy. Lethargy. Toa Payoh Vets
Dwarf Hamster. Left eye conjunctivitis, itchy. Lethargy. Toa Payoh Vets Dwarf Hamster. Left eye conjunctivitis, itchy. Lethargy. Toa Payoh Vets
tpvets_logo.jpg (2726 bytes)2056 - 58. "Did you cut the cheek pouch?" the lady owner who diagnosed left cheek pouch abscess and e-mailed me was taking the hamster home after 2 days at the Surgery. There was no pain on palpation of the cheek pouch. Hamster had left eye conjunctivitis and neck skin infections. Antibiotics given. Hamster more active. No further complaints for last 7 days. See: Cheek pouch tumour and abscess 
Dwarf Hamster tumours are best removed by surgery when they are small. Toa Payoh Vets Dwarf Hamster tumours are best removed by surgery when they are small. Toa Payoh Vets
Dwarf Hamster tumours are best removed by surgery when they are small. Toa Payoh Vets Dwarf Hamster tumours are best removed by surgery when they are small. Toa Payoh Vets
tpvets_logo.jpg (2726 bytes)2007-10. Get your hamster tumours removed by surgery when they are very small. Chin tumours prevent the hamster from eating normally and he loses weight. Do not wait too long as the tumour becomes too large and the tumour cells infiltrate the lips. The hamster in this case needed careful nursing, cleaning and observation at the veterinary surgery but the owner wanted it home.  

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