You are currently browsing the tag archive for the ‘pets’ tag.

Homevet is a veterinary housecall service ran by British vet Dr Matthew Murdoch. Matthew has worked in HK since 2005. The vision is to provide better home care for elderly or poorly pets, and aid recuperation (with the back-up of a fully equipped clinic). They believe that anything which can be done in the consultation room of a veterinary hospital can be done in the comfort of your own home. With the most flexible hours, and bilingual services, at an affordable cost, it’s convenient and incredibly caring.
Read more about them at homevet.com.hk or chat on 9860 5522
Image

So,

when pets have operations, they often are sent home with big collars on…

people often know that their friend’s pet has seen the vet, because they see them wandering around with a bandage on their leg, and a huge white collar around the top of their head.

“can your dog eat with that huge thing on?” you ask them? “it makes your dog look like an alien!”.

Well, what are they for, and why?

This recent thread on the Pet Doctor Forum explains in some detail what they are used for and why. But what do you think of them?

Would it be better to use something else to do this function instead of a collar? If so, what?!!

Feel free to comment on your thoughts- on the comments page of this blog. (Or see the thread link above, and get involved in the conversation there….)

so, whats all the fuss about?

Well its about this

I am a tub of peanut butter

I am a tub of peanut butter

and THESE…..

salmonella salmonella_bacteria

well Dr Matt, nice pictures, but what are they?!!

Ok, the pretty artistic things are not aliens, but are infact Salmonella bacteria. One factory in the US accidentally somehow contaminated the peanut butter with the latter! And it appears now that peanut butter is in many things, NOT just in your grandma’s sandwiches.

One thing its in is in PET FOOD.

If you have a pet, what to do? Well, check this online pet/veterinary forum discussion yesterday on the very same topical issue…what are the peanut butter recall implications on pet food? (If you post a few questions, perhaps someone will answer it if you have any further questions).

what do people think about fleas? Have you ever seen a flea?

flea

Electron Micgrograph photo (courtesty Bayer) of a flea biting a pet

Electron Micgrograph photo (courtesty Bayer) of a flea biting a pet

There is an interesting discussion on a pet/veterinary forum here, where a member of the public asks if “flea control is just a big scam” or if its really needed.

What do you think? As a vet, I must say its essential against some different diseases (the posts on the forum above explain it well).

Anyway- I hope you like these images! Fleas are so small but they can jump about 30x higher than their body length…amazing eh… thats how they can jump quickly from one pet to another!!

well, my blog is regularly getting 100 hits a day now, just to tell my regular followers!

So some of you must like my images and content at least…. thats good. Please keep letting me know by email or with your comments, if you want me to blog on any certain topics etc

117 views yesterday, not too bad if i say it myself…. just started on twitter… anyone here use that…. big experiment for me…

im using it to promote mynew forum

see here for my forum www.petdoctorforum.com

and here for my twitter www.twitter.com/petdoctorforum

Ive ambitiously decided I want to aim for a forum of 100k users, but am happy with 10k by the end of this year. Lets see what happens eh.

Keep an eye on the twitter feeds, if thats your thing!

But I will stick to the pets and art on this blog and not get too distracted, don’t be worried…!

Hi, here is what the RSPCA sent me today and I think you will all enjoy it

“Hi Matt,

I have just been on your blog and I thought you may be interested in RSPCA’s ‘Give Animals a Voice’ campaign that I am currently involved in.

RPSCA have teamed up with the maker of ‘Simon’s Cat’ and created a video called ‘Fed up’. This video illustrates food-begging behaviour that is typical to dogs and the issue of pet obesity. The video, which launched yesterday, has already been viewed over 47,000 times!

Though it is not art… (that you have covered in your blog), I thought you may be interested seeing this approach to raising pet obesity awareness.

Though this animation has a light side to it, it still carries a very serious message, and we are really keen for this to be highlighted.

Pet obesity is a growing concern, and RSPCA want to raise awareness and get people to start thinking and talking about this issue. Especially during Christmas, is giving your pets treats under the dining table a nice or cruel thing to do? Do we actually know when our pets are overweight? And what do we do to combat this problem?

I hope this is of interest to you”

Also have a look at this link from the RSPCA re weight less help for your pet.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

My idea of a pig portrait is something like the picture below…

04pig

This is a watercolour by PAT WEAVER, of Dade City, Florida.

Its fairly similar to the kind of work Portrait Xpress Artists do as comissions of pets, from a photo.

This is art, and I like it. What comes below- really, this ain’t art.

I heard today about something very strange…. “pet art” by a Belgian Artist in China.

Belgian conceptual artist Wim Delvoye currently (Nov 08) employs workers to tattoo pigs in an “Art Farm” at the outskirts of Beijing, China. Delvoye has staff consisting of local farmers to raise the pigs.. and professionals to tattoo them with cartoons or symbols. The pigs would then be displayed at art exhibitions and their skins sold to collectors after they were slaughtered.

u102p200t1d199622f14dt20081121001542

Very wierd, and actually I dont like it- putting a tattoo on a live animal has got to hurt, and even if they are sedated, it seems pretty cruel. From a veterinary perspective, this seems very unnecessary and quite sick. Any comments?

a number of pet related news issues this week in Hong Kong….

First, there is a probe into an illegal dog slaughter house in Hong Kong. Some dogs, some knikes, and some bones, and other items were found this week in a flat near Tseung Kwan.

Also, pet food….. bit of a pandora’s box. Lots of unlabbelled pet food in Hong Kong from China etc, how much of it has melamine in? It has emerged that cyromazine, a derivative of melamine, is widely used in animal feed in China, so could it be in some of the Hong Kong pet food also? who knows. Best to stick to known brands which clearly identify their contents and say clearly where they are made, I say.

And on a lighter side, a couple of months ago (if you missed it in the news)…

A squeamish Hong Kong animal lover was rushed to hospital by ambulance after being bitten on the finger by his pet hamster. The 20-year-old rang 999 after the hamster nipped him on his finger at his home as he stroked him in the city’s Tin Shui Wai district at 3 am in the morning!

An ambulance was sent to take him to hospital where he was treated and later discharged after minor treatment, a police spokesman said.

del.icio.us