Monday, August 31, 2009
Dogs, mainly eat meat or at least should only eat meat. A dogs stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) is 15 times greater than in humans so that they digest meat in 10 hours, which accommodates their very short intestines.
Humans produce an equal amount throughout the stomach and intestines combined, allowing raw meat and other raw animal products to digest easily and efficiently in our much longer digestive tract within 16 hours. (It is interesting to note that cooked meat takes 24 -36 hours to digest accompanied with putrefaction.)
The lesson here is that the dog has the ability to digest and assimilate raw meat diets much easier than a human. For this reason they are able to handle bacteria and microbes that might injure a human. It is important to realize that microbes and pathogens are everywhere and that they are needed for the process of dealing with decay.
The message is to feed each species appropriately. Thus the BARF DIET which is the most biologically appropriate raw food for dogs.
Been researching alot on the barf diet and til some time last few weeks back, i happen to chance upon barf singapore wedsite and read abt a maltese owner who desperately turn to barf diet as she had tried all kind of diet/med/vet/ you name it she tried it. And nothing cure her maltese's v v bad yeast infection til she turn to barf. Slowly after, condition improved. There are the before and after pices of her dog.
See below pices of the maltese i m toking about.
After reading, i m sort of convice to switch their diet.
Firstly, i have a long coat Monster that shed like no body business. Yes - i understand chh is a shedding breed but my fav chevro and cayn and button dun seem to shed as much.
2ndly, i have a super duber double thick coat boy that seem to chew on his ichy hands everynite. Vet say its some sort of mild alergies. And i cant seem to noe what he is alergy to.
Yes, this two main reason is good enought for me to put aside more saving on their exp diet. Cutting down on supplements to replace this as well.
It been two weeks since they are on these new diet. For the first two days, Noti monster reject her food. 3rd and 4th day she start to eat but she puke out every single bones she could feel.(jappy boy is like a snake, the moment cookie puke - he will be frm behind vacum up all the bones) And now, she could finish up her meal in less than 5min. All thanks to Jappy boy. Jappy boy is the leader in this and each meal cookie watch him eat and slowly she accept the food as like jappy.
Their poo is not smell at all. And the portion that they poo is so little which is good as it mean they are absording the nutrients frm the meat they needed.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The two babies are having holidays mood these few days.
Everyday before we step out for work, we will lead them into my master bedroom and place a playpen gate at the door to prevent them from free roaming into the living hall and other places.
Actuali cookie used to have free roam of the whole house as she had proof herself to be v guai when we are not ard. or rather i should say she passed the mark cos she simply sleep throu the hours that we are not ard. Mayb to her - she see it as Mummy and Daddy not ard, so no one to make them angry thus sleeping and restore energy durning this timming is best.
But eversince Jappy came, we could nv let cookie roam freely as Jappy wasnt 100% tiolet train yet. We tried to let cookie roam free in the living hall while Jappy only in e room. Jappy bark for cookie the whole day. (Surprise ting for Jappy is when he is lock in my room, he actuali noe he should go to the tiolet to pee and poo. But when he is free roam = free peeing and pooing also)
These few day, i almost recieved calls frm my mum that the two babies somehow manage to escape and push over the gate. And they are out in the living hall. hahaha.
The master mind is JAPPY.
He jump and jump and each time he jump, he use his elephant strength to push against that piece of gate. And u noe its just a piece of play pen fence so of course the fence topped. And both escape out.
The mess is - Cookie went to dig into the dustbin and mess up the whole floor wif whatever she pick up frm there.
Jappy mess is poo everywhere.
My cutest Jappy chose the best place to poopoo and that is rite behind our main front door.
Wel, he poo a huge pile.
And when mum came home after work...u noe what. She opened the door. And gosh the door smeash throu all the poopoo. Flatten the poo, leaving one pile of poo in front of the door and another pile rite behind the door.
OMG til now, i cant figure out how to clean my door. Cos the below part of the door where there is a gap inbetween the floor and our door (the part where it help to flatten the poo poo) sure got stain of it. but its so so tiny gap - i reali got no idea how to clean that part.
Its a nightmare to us but a holiday period for the kids.
I need helps to figure out how to lock them in my room without closing my door. Perphas i need a baby gate?
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Also known as "slipped stifles," this is a common problem in small dogs. It is caused when the patella, which has three parts-the femur (thigh bone), patella (knee cap), and tibia (calf)-is not properly lined up. This causes lameness in the leg or an abnormal gait, sort of like a skip or a hop. It is a condition that is present at birth although the actual misalignment or luxation does not always occur until much later. The rubbing caused by patellar luxation can lead to arthritis, a degenerative joint disease. There are four grades of patellar luxation, ranging from grade I, an occasional luxation causing temporary lameness in the joint, to grade IV, in which the turning of the tibia is severe and the patella cannot be realigned manually. This gives the dog a bowlegged appearance. Severe grades of patellar luxation may require surgical repair.
Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is a possible problem with all toy breed puppies. [Note: I have left this as toy breed here. There is a difference between toy size and small dogs-the difference, say, between Chihuahuas and yorkies and beagles and mini dachshunds.] Hypoglycemia is easily treatable in the early stages but can be fatal if not treated. It is important that breeders and owners of toy breed puppies recognize the signs and symptoms because this condition can sometimes be misdiagnosed as viral hepatitis or encephalitis by veterinarians. A puppy with hypoglycemia will slow down and become listless, followed by trembling or shivering. Place some honey under his tongue and get him to the vet immediately. If the situation is allowed to continue, he'll eventually collapse, go into convulsions, fall into a coma, and die. Any time your Chihuahua is limp, with grayish-blue gums and tongue, it's an emergency. Hypoglycemia occurs in toy puppies when they don't have the fat reserves to supply adequate glucose in times of stress or when they don't eat regularly.
Heart murmurs are caused by adisturbance in the blood flow through the chambers of the heart. They're an indicator that there may be a disease or condition of the heart that will need to be monitored and treated. Heart murmurs are graded on their loudness, with one being very soft and five being very loud. If disease is evident, as diagnosed through x-rays and an echocardiogram, the dog may require medication, a special diet, and a reduction in the amount of exercise he gets.
This congenital heart disease occurs when blood doesn't flow properly through the heart because the pulmonic valve is malformed, causing an obstruction. This means the heart must work harder and can become enlarged, leading to heart failure. Treatment depends on the severity of the disease. In mild cases, there's little or no obstruction and no treatment is necessary. If the dog is severely affected by the disease, surgery is recommended, but the procedure differs depending on the location of the blockage.
Collapsed Trachea: It is not completely understood how this occurs, but the rapid inhalation of air causes the trachea to flatten and makes it difficult for air to enter the lungs, much like a soda straw being drawn on too vigorously. This condition may be inherited; it occurs in certain breeds, and dogs with it show an abnormality in the chemical makeup of their tracheal rings in which the rings lose their stiffness and become unable to retain their circular shape.
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) can accumulate in the brain because of a congenital defect, obstruction, or the result of trauma during birth, placing pressure on the brain. The head looks swollen or enlarged, but the diagnosis can be confirmed with an ultrasound if necessary. There's no cure for hydrocephalus, although in mild cases steroids can help reduce fluid pressure. A shunt can also be used to divert fluid from the brain to the abdomen. Puppies with severe cases usually die before they're four months old, which is a good reason to delay purchasing a Chihuahua until that age.
Chihuahuas are born with a soft spot on the top of their head. Usually the soft spot closes, much like a baby's will, but sometimes one will not close fully. Treat these dogs gingerly. An accidental blow to the head can kill them.
Shivering is a common occurrence in Chihuahuas. The mechanics of why they shiver or tremble is unclear but it usually occurs when the dog is excited, stressed, or cold.
Are a common ailment in Shih Tzu. There are three main types: food allergies, which are treated by eliminating certain foods from the dog's diet; contact allergies, which are caused by a reaction to a topical substance such as bedding, flea powders, dog shampoos, or other chemicals; and inhalant allergies, which are caused by airborne allergens such as pollen, dust, or mildew. Treatment may include dietary restrictions, medications, and environmental changes.
Canine hip dysplasia:
An abnormal formation of the hip socket that can cause pain and lameness.
Patellar luxation, which means dislocation (luxation) of the kneecap (patella). The knee joint (often of a hind leg) slides in and out of place, causing pain. This can be crippling.
Juvenile renal dysplasia (JRD):
Is a genetic defect of the kidneys seen in young dogs. The dog is excessively thirsty and urinates frequently. He loses weight, vomits, and lacks vigor. Currently, there is only one definitive test for the disease that can be performed on breeding dogs--a wide-wedge biopsy of the kidney, which is very invasive and carries a lot of risk. There have been swab tests developed by geneticists, but, to this date, none of them appear to be 100 percent reliable.
Bladder stones and bladder infections can be caused by many factors, such as excessive protein, magnesium, and phosphorus in the diet, or long periods of time between urination. Bladder infections can be caused by bacterial or viral infections. If your Shih Tzu needs to urinate frequently, has bloody urine, seems to have difficulty urinating, or suffers a loss of appetite, take him to the vet for a checkup.
Are not uncommon among Shih Tzus because their large eyes bulge. Disorders include keratitis, an inflammation of the cornea that can lead to a corneal ulcer and blindness; proptosis, when the eyeball is dislodged from the eye socket and the eyelids clamp behind the eyeball; distichiasis, an abnormal growth of eyelashes on the margin of the eye, resulting in the eyelashes rubbing against the eye; ectopia cilia, a condition similar to distichiasis; progressive retinal atrophy, a degenerative disease of the retinal visual cells that progresses to blindness; and dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca), a dryness of the cornea and the conjunctiva. Contact your vet right away if you notice any redness, irritation, or excessive tearing.
strike the Shih Tzu because his drop ears create a dark, warm ear canal--a perfect environment for infection. Check and clean the ears weekly to avoid problems.
Retained baby teeth and tooth and gum problems are not unusual because the Shih Tzu's baby teeth may remain intact when the permanent teeth emerge. Sometimes it is necessary for the veterinarian to extract the baby teeth. Because of the Shih Tzu's undershot jaw, he also can have missing or misaligned teeth. It's important to brush puppy teeth regularly and report dental problems, such as bad breath and loose teeth, to your veterinarian.
Are common among Shih Tzus. Quite often, these are caused by delayed closure of the abdominal midline. If the hernia is small, it may close as the puppy matures. Sometimes surgery is necessary to correct it, usually while the puppy is being spayed or neutered.
A portosystemic liver:
Shunt is a congenital abnormality in which blood vessels allow blood to bypass the liver. As a result, the blood is not cleansed by the liver as it should be. Surgery is usually the best treatment.
Mayplague the Shih Tzu because teething tends to be difficult. At about four months, the gums swell; since the gums are directly under those pushed-in noses, there isn't a lot of room. Puppies may snort, snuffle, snore loudly, or wheeze during this time, and may even have a clear nasal drainage.
occurs when the dog is overly excited, gulps his food too fast, or allergens are present. Nasal secretions drop onto the soft palate, causing it to close over the windpipe. The dog makes a wheezing sound and may become alarmed. Talk soothingly to him and try to get him to relax to shorten the episode. Some say that pinching the nostrils closed, so the dog is forced to breathe through its mouth, is the quickest way to stop the reverse sneezing.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
So funi - yesterday nite, i happen to caught cookie playing wif a real tiny white tingy. And she was just about to gup down that white tiny thingy and i was just in time to stop her.
I realise the tiny thing is a Canine Baby tooth. heheh - i m having two almost going 2 year old babies at home and i reali dun noe who this tooth belongs to.
Only god noes who is the real owner then.
(if i have time - will post pics of the tooth that i found.)
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Sat, mummy and daddy brin us to a place ful of all kind of dogs. And u noe what, my stupid korkor go and make friends wif everybody and every dogs there. Me not so happi lor. I hate them to smell my butt or cum near my mummy. I flang my teeth so many times lor. The only times i m happi is when mummy brin a meat loaf over to us. But korkor got a super big mouth that gump up almost half of it. On the way home, mummy praise korkor for being so friendly, and my mummy simply look like a stupid cheerleader lor.
The "Star" of the day
The cheerful Boy despite allThe Sweet Momo
The White bear
The Dessert : Mummy ate lots of this and nv gave us
Mummy: Thanks to the wonderful photographers: Domo Pa/ma(Brain and Serene) and Bon Pa/Ma(John and Dana) and Pony Ma (Joy Tan).
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Last nite, i was busy in the kitchen doing housework after dinner. After finishing up chores, i walk into the living room and caught monster in this act.
(Cookie: hehe Mummy is so busy in the kitchen and no one in the living room to catch me: good chance to jump up the dinning table to steal yum yum.)
Look at the monster stupid look. She refuse to acknowledge the fact that i m STANDING right in front of her. She refuse to face the fact that she is CAUGHT in action liao.
My first reaction is - "Cookie Seah come down!" and i was reply by ignore and turn away face lor.
Without waiting i go - " CAN CAN, come down!" and i tel u - she jump down in split sec and dash to hide under the sofa. Can can - works wonder on her.
Whenever hubby or me want her to kiss us - no matter how gentle we go by saying : "Cookie, kiss mummy! faster gal good gal kiss mummy" and the kiss nv once come.
But if we go like - "CAN CAN ya....and even before we say the word kiss, this monster would immedicatly plant countless kisses right at our lips.
See - CAN CAN works.
Monster love to hide under the sofa for God noes what reason. And no matter how we called and coax her to cum out of her hide out - she refuse and ignore.
We often had to use treats to lure her out. But soon i find out someting works better and even faster than treats.
And it is using the words - CAN CAN. The moment i say " CAN CAN ya" she will dash out and sit right in front of me.
Mayb she shouldnt be called COokie, perphas her name should be change to CAN CAN.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sunday, we brought Jappy boy back to his old place – My cousin house.
Jappy stay there for almost 6mths and all these while the maid love him a lot.
The maid who is the main care taker will be leaving spore back to her home town on Monday. Thus tinking it would most prob be the last time they met, I brought jappy back.
Still remember when Jappy first came to me, the maid cried and kept asking when is Jappy boy going back to the family.
But stil the maid doesn’t have the means and ability to protect and hold him. What can a maid do rite? My uncle simply want Jappy to be out as he mark and bark too much.
Guess, its just fated that Jappy boy is mine. Cos serious speaking, although he does make mistake and pee on our bed, but til date – he nv nv mark our house.
Unlike when he is at my uncle place. (heheh when he was for visiting, he mark like crazy again leh, and he actuali mark til – he hike his leg but no single drop of pee cum out cos he simply hike too MANY times liao)
Well, just so funi, at my place, he nv hike his leg at all. When ever he pee, be it in our toilet or accident mistake places, he pee wif his four legs on the ground.
Anyway, I found out some real horrible truth abt Jappy’s past. My uncle finali tel me the whole story of how Jappy cum about. All these while – I only heard story from my cousin and not frm my uncle.
Frm my understanding, Jappy boy belong to a Pilipino maid. I was then puzzling how could a maid own a dog but I quickly brush it off wif the ans of “there are many weird happening on earth mah so why not”.
Wel the real truth is Yes – Jappy boy belong to a pilipino maid in disguise. Lets gave the owner a nickname – PM for Pilipino maid k.
PM is actuali my uncle friend called Peter ‘s mistress. They noe each other way back and somehow Peter manage to get PM over as maid.
And he rent a pent house for her in east coast area convince for them to do their hangi panki. And of course jappy was a gift frm peter to PM cos PM love dog a lot.
Jappy was brought at a high price at 1.2k. Dun understand why would someone spent so much on a dog and yet later gave it away. In jappy case – I tink he is being used as a puppet to make PM happy.
After a yr, after the sweet little pup turn into adult....somehow PM had to go back to her own country thus she entrusted Jappy to her friend. And just after 3days, jappy was return.
And having her date to return her home town draw nearer, Jappy was passed on to Peter. Peter own a shop and jappy was leash tie to the entrance of the shop everyday.
Since my uncle is peter close friend and noeing my cousin love dog a lot, peter push my uncle to take in Jappy. And that how Jappy ended up wif my cousin.
And frm my cousin place, due to the marking issue and barking issue, uncle want him to be out and he was looking for anywan to take over him. Thats somehow the way I got this boy into my life.
Wel, I really tink that this PM is very irresponsible. Having noe the fact that she is here only temp why stil take on a dog. I m not trying to say I m a very good owner but the very least bit I noe I would not just gave up my babies like that. Frankly for those people who are tinking of having a dog and yet you cant commit yourself for at least 20yrs for the dog then I consider u as not fit to own one. True enough we may have our future plans, work commitment and etc but the dog only have U. If one cannot tie in the dog wif one's commitments then dun have a dog.
For those who already have a dog and for some reasons u say u cant continue keep it by ur side, then pls be good hearted enough to at the very least make sure the dog goes to a good home and not dump it anyway.
Good people will have good returns and the bad people will also have their fall.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sat - a busy day for us. Early morning, we got a urgent call from my MIL asking for help. She said her nini - silky T skin rotten and ask if hubby could help to drive them to the vet. Of course we agree. Skin rot? i was preparing for the worst. As in - this family dog nini is already very old. 15yrs old wif heart problem, organs are already slowly failing. I was so dam worried and could wait to fly there.
When we reach, was happily to see nini smiling away although he was panting real hard. Frankly, i was imagining that nini couldnt even walk, in pain and had to be carry on arms. I was all wrong. hehehe good to be wrong rite.
Then i realised, there wasnt any skin rot lah, just some bites frm ticks. And omg, nini got countless of baby ticks all over his body. I m serious...its looks like small tiny seeds all over. And when u look clearly, its crawling.
At the clinic, heehe we got a good scolding. The vet scolding SIL for bringing the dog to the grass and caught all these ticks.
So dam angry wif all these pest.
Anyway, after sending them home, we did a good "tick and flea bombing" to our company van. Thank god we didnt drive our own car there. hehe, anyway the two babies are band frm taking the van for at least two week.
I will pray for all of our furkids to be pest free.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Jappy's new collar
Other designs that i like
Remember in my earlier post that feature the two babies's T-shirt?
Also frm ALL. Here are some of the designs:
The Price List for the T-shirt
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Monday, August 3, 2009
Frankly, I m totali in love wif this boy.
Not that I dun love him at the start, but its that I knew my life would be so different if he is not by my side anymore.
After grandma death, I got a taste of what it mean by “there is no such thing as I cant live without another person”. I knew I wont just die even wif grandma not being ard anymore. Life stil goes on. However, its different in the sense I m feeling empty.
I use to tink that only if cookie is not ard then I will have this emptiness again. But I realize it apply to jappy boy too…cos he is so close to my heart now.
He is my shadow ALWAYs.
Cookie is also my shadow but just that when I m ard – she feel safe and noeing that I wont leave her behind thus she gave her attention to seeking of some monkey business. Jappy is a very sensitive boy.
When he is playing wif his soft toy, he will always take note of what I m doing. When I stood up and abt to move off frm my current position, he will immediately drop whatever he is doing and follow me.
Every nite, I try my best not to wake up and goes to the toilet too many times, as every time I goes, I find this loyal pig, half asleep – sometime even snoring away, he would jerk himself up and drag himself to the outside of the toilet waiting for me to finish.
As for Jappy – he cant afford to lost cos he lost his love too many times before. **Adoption him into my life is the greatest thing how would I leave him?
One of my closest friend and advisor Ms A told me this and I was very touch by what she said abt Jappy, abt adopted dog, abt love for our dog.
a adopted dog tend to show that he treasure his love more as he noe what is zit like when he lost his love. What is zit like when he had nothing at all.
By giving you(me) his(Jappy) loyalty and devotion, that means he is giving you his ALL.
Not just a bit, but everything. With dogs it is never half half but completely.
He looks on you as his saviour, his mom, dad, rescuer, feeder, everything.
He wakes up and sees only you. he sleeps knowing that tomorrow he will see you.
He can only give you what he knows best which is his love and devotion. If he could talk he would say that but he can't so he shows you by following you around
For humans, that may be little but from the dog's point of view, itis everything and humans always underestimate that.
That is the trouble with us, human. To us love is not enough. we have to show it by saying it or buying things
But a dog, can't do anything like that. So people think keeping a dog is useless but they don't understand devotion canot be bought.
It can only come from pure love, understanding caring and trust.
so no matter how tired or sleepy he is, he by following you around is showing his thanks. To tell yu that he appreciates it even tho he can't talk what he does is more than enough.
Frankly, I had nv deam that I would have Jappy in my life. Indeed adopting a dog is such a wonderful thing that happen in my life. Althoug I adopt him out of pity, out by chance but stil I m very gald I have him. - MY LOYAL LITTLE PIG
To Cookie's Fans,
Cookie is never any less loved even after I had Jappy.
In fact, all along I knew this gal wel. She had a loyal faithful side as well.
She nv show it in front of us but we know.
Stil remember, one evening, we sent her to my cousin place while me and hubby went for our dinner at parkway. We tot its best to leave her there to play wif her childhood playmate: Oreo, a CHH too. So we left her there for a good 3hrs.
After I left, my cousin called me and said “ cookie dash to the door and keep scratching the door”. I get my cousin to trick her wif treat and to calm her down. I happily went ahead for my dinner.
After dinner, we went to fetch her. I tot all these 3 hrs she should be having fun wif oreo as oreo is her fav playmate. When I was ard, they can play for hours witout resting.
I was all wrong. Cousin told me the whole 3 hrs, she stood by at the door, never ever move an iche. Even wif oreo temping her into play, she ignore and stood there for the whole 3long hours.
Thats monster, my quiet faithful monster.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Since sumone is askin my mummy hw to do this meal 4 us,tel me share wif u guys! I was rite there eyein at her al e time,throug out e whole proces.
Step 1: cut sum long bean into smal tiny size.
Step 2: boil potato
Step 3: after e potato r cook-cut it into smal tiny size too.
Step 4: mix e veg n potato into e mince meat.(e pic show only pork meat 200g but we had another 250g of mutton meat too-no pic)
Step 5: optional-add rosemary herb n pasley leave
Step 6: turn e meat into ball shape
Step 7: coat e oven plate wif olive oil
Step 8: bake e meat ball-remember to turn n flip e meat ball on n off e bakin session
End of e day-u have ur meat balls.
If any of u r tryin to make dis,remember to kep sum 4 me yah.-but dun tel my mummy lah