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Mount Pleasant Gives Back

Community > Events & Outreach 1st March 2019

We believe in giving back to community. Under our initiative Mount Pleasant Community Outreach, we are delighted to give back to the people who are helping our community animals.

Across our clinics, our vet teams have provided free medical treatment and sterilisation to over 150 community animals from independent rescuers and various welfare groups such as Animal Lovers League, Noah's Ark CARES, Cat Welfare Society, SOSD, Purely Adoptions and House Rabbit Society Singapore.

Cat Welfare Society has been working hard on the ground since 1999, advocating sterilisation, adoption and education to give our community cats a better future.

With more than 100 rescued rabbits looking for homes, House Rabbit Society Singapore (HRSS) strongly advocates sterilisation, education and adoption. Male rabbits can be castrated around 4 months when their testicles descend into the scrotal sacs. Dr Daphne Ang and team sterilised 10 rescued rabbits from HRSS.

Dr Sarah Wong gives the bunnies a thorough health check before surgery. Female rabbits can be spayed at around 6 months of age. Male rabbits can be neutered younger, once their testicles descend. Sterilised rabbits are generally healthier and calmer.

We treated rescued and homeless animals with various medical conditions such as limb fractures, oesophageal stricture, glaucoma, corneal endothelial degeneration, heartworms and skin allergies.

Justine is the sole survivor in her litter when Noah’s Ark CARES rescued her. Unfortunately, her right hind leg was already injured in a traffic accident. Over time, with no treatment, the limb became deformed. Justine was getting by as best as she could but angular limb deformity can lead to painful lameness as the body is carried in an abnormal posture. Besides radiography, computed tomography (CT) scan was done to obtain a 3D image of Justine’s hindlimb so Dr Dennis Choi can decide on the best surgical correction plan.

The deformed bones were cut and realigned, then held in the correct position with an external skeletal fixator. Pins are placed through skin and bone, then connected externally to a rigid frame. Over a month, Justine’s right hind limb was straightening out nicely but she suffered from a luxating patella and had to undergo a second surgery. At her review 10 days post-surgery, Justine is doing well.

The Jurong Island project is a collaboration between SOSD Singapore, ACRES and Noah’s Ark CARES to sterilise and rehome stray dogs on the island. Dr Eric Yeoh made a trip to Jurong Island to vaccinate and microchip 26 adorable wriggly puppies!

A microchip (about the size of a rice grain) encodes a unique identification number. It is implanted just under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. Should your pets lose their way, vets can scan them to retrieve the microchip number and contact you via a database. You can register your pet’s microchip details with AVA and PetCall.

Senior dogs like Old Boy are prone to eye and joint problems. Dr Ang Yilin diagnosed him with bilateral corneal endothelial degeneration which makes his eyes look cloudy due to fluid retention. There is no pain at this stage. Over time, small bubbles may form within the cornea that could rupture and lead to corneal ulcers. Old Boy goes back with eye ointment to help draw excess water out of the cornea, as well as medications and joint supplements to reduce inflammation and pain.

Our vet tech Wils with Ron from Yishun Tabby Cat. He was regurgitating and vomiting every day. Fluoroscopy confirmed an oesophageal stricture which prevented food from passing through normally. Dr Anthony Goh immediately performed an endoscopically-guided balloon dilation to increase the diameter of the oesophagus at the stricture site. After 2 procedures, Ron is eating normally.

Junior is a rescued ex-breeding dog. A full body shave, health check and blood tests revealed maggot wounds, bad teeth, as well as bronchitis, pneumonia and heartworm disease. Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease caused by a parasite Dirofilaria immitis which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Left untreated, the worms cause lasting damage to the heart and lungs. Junior was hospitalised and cared for by Dr Chan Mun Ling and team until she was stable for home care.

After 2 months of dedicated care by Liz and family, Junior’s health improved and she was ready for sterilisation and heartworm treatment. Her new name is Maz – a spunky Star Wars character with a very long life.