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20 July 2023
What is veterinary acupuncture?
Use of acupuncture has become more common around the world, either alone or in conjunction with Western medicine. It can be used as a preventative medicine or treatment to relief certain symptoms. Same as human, there are multiple acupuncture points locate on the body of both large and small animal (e.g., Horse, dogs, and cats).   These acupuncture points connect to internal organs via different meridians or channels. Many of these meridian traces the paths of the body’s major nerve trunks. Placing needles on these acupuncture points can stimulate healing process and provide analgesic effect. Acupuncture can be used on some functional diseases. The most common conditions that show positive responses include traumatic nerve injuries, intervertebral disc disease, osteoarthritis, facial paralysis, vestibular syndrome.   For inquiries or bookings acupuncture treatment, please do not hesitate to contact us at VEC 2334-2334.   If your pets are in an emergency or if you have general inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Veterinary Emergency Centre (VEC).   General Hotline: 2334-2334 24-Hour Emergency Hotline: 6282-8179

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12 June 2023
Pain in Old Cats
Many illnesses can cause daily pain in cats, such as dental disease, arthritis, kidney disease and others. - Over 50% of cats have dental disease. - Over 90% of cats above 12 years old have osteoarthritis. - 30% of cats above 10 years old have kidney disease.   Cats naturally HIDE signs of pain, so how can I know if my pet is suffering? 1. Has your cat stopped jumping up onto the bed or sofa? 2. Seems less playful or sleeping more? More grumpy or vocal than before? 3. Eating less or prefers only soft food now? Drinking more? 4. Running away from the grooming brush? Grooming themselves less/letting hair get matted? Or overgrooming a certain area (such as groin or hip). 5. Using the litter tray less often?   These could all be signs of chronic pain. If you’re worried your pet is suffering from chronic pain, then vet can help check your pet for signs of illness.   VEC is launching [Senior Cat / Dog Wellness Plan (age 7+)] for owners to know more your pet’s health. For more details please call 2334-2334. General Hotline: 2334-2334 24-Hour Emergency Hotline: 6282-8179 & 6828-6620

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5 April 2023
Senior Cat Wellness Testing
Wellness testing includes blood tests and other diagnostic tests that can detect early disease in senior pets that appear healthy and have no obvious clinical signs.   Illness and diseases can be masked in the early stage of disease in cats. If a disease can be detected early on, steps can be taken to slow down the progression of the disease. Wellness testing is important in senior cats that are over 7 years old as they have a higher chance of developing chronic disease.   Wellness testing can be performed during your cat’s annual visit to the veterinarian for physical examination and vaccination.   Tests that can be included for wellness testing for older cats include complete blood count (CBC), biochemistry profile, urinalysis, thyroid hormone testing, blood pressure and early kidney function test (SDMA). It is recommended to do more comprehensive testing for older cats as they have a higher risk of underlying disease.   Complete Blood Count (CBC) gives information about the red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets number. It can test for anemia (decrease red blood cell), infection (increase white blood test) and clotting problem (decrease in platelet number).   Biochemistry profile helps to detect diseases such as diabetes, kidney and liver disease. If abnormalities are detected, more diagnostic tests such as radiographs and ultrasounds will be recommended. Blood pressure monitoring can detect an increase in blood pressure which is common in older cats.   SDMA tests for early kidney function loss as early as 25% loss of function. Urinalysis tests for kidney function and if there is any diabetes or infection present. Kidney function test and urinalysis allow a more complete assessment of kidney function which is important as there is higher chance of kidney disease in older animals.   Thyroid problems are also common in older cats. Thyroid hormone testing gives information about the thyroid hormone level in the blood. Cats usually suffer from hyperthyroidism (high levels of thyroid hormone).   Wellness testing is a straightforward way of monitoring your older cat’s health. Early detection of disease can lead to early treatment and delay in the progression of disease and to ensure your pet will have a healthy and active life.   VEC is launching [Senior Cat Wellness Plan (age 7+)] for owners to know more your pet’s health. For more details please call 2334-2334. General Hotline: 2334-2334 24-Hour Emergency Hotline: 6282-8179

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1 March 2023
GDV
Gastric (stomach) Dilatation (distention) and Volvulus (twisting and turning) GDV is an emergency situation, without early recognition and swift medical respond, it can take away your pets life in a matter of hours. It is usually seen in large breed dogs. BUT it can also happened in the smaller breed dogs and even in cats. Over the years, we have seen GDV in mongrel, standard poodle, shiba inu and even in shih tzu.   We recently have a corgi presented with gastric dilation and potentially going into volvulus. Fortunately, the owner bring him to VEC in time to have our medical treatment and hospital care. He was saved and went home! GDV is caused by multiple factors. Here are some of the factors that predispose your dog to this horrible condition, see if your pet is at risk?   Major risk factors: 1) Relatives that have history of GDV 2) High chest depth: width ratio. Therefore - Large breed 3) Middle age to older dog Fearful and anxious pets Stressful events: e.g. boarding 4) Single large meal, vomiting, ileus (disruption of normal GI motility)   Minor risk factors: 1) Postprandial exercise 2) Lean body condition 3) Dry food exclusive diet   IMPORTANT Signs to look out for! 1) Non-productive retching 2) Drooling 3) Abdominal distention 4) Increased in respiratory rate and restless 5) Weakness and collapse   If your pets are in an emergency or if you have general inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Veterinary Emergency Centre (VEC). General Hotline: 2334-2334 24-Hour Emergency Hotline: 6282-8179

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7 September 2022
Common signs of heart disease for pets
If you ask people the common signs of heart disease, I think most of them will say collapse, exercise intolerance, and swollen limbs...etc. Yes, indeed, those signs could be the signs of heart disease, but I would say I saw more coughing and breathing difficulty than those clinical signs in Hong Kong instead (don’t neglect cough, and it could be fatal). First, we should know the difference between heart disease and heart failure. Pets with heart disease doesn’t mean they have heart failure. However, pets with heart failure means they really have underlying heart disease.   Heart disease can be defined as any abnormality of the heart. It encompasses a wide range of condition, including congenital abnormalities, and disorders of physical structure, function, or electrical activity. Heart failure is a condition that the heart fails to pump enough blood to meet body’s needs. And this will result in abnormal accumulation of fluid, decreased blood flow to the body, and/or abnormally low blood pressure.   Signs associated with heart failure are due either to inadequate blood flow through the organs (exercise intolerance, weakness, and fainting) or to fluid to leak from blood vessels into tissues (cough, distended abdomen, and shortness of breath). When there is not enough oxygen in the blood, the mucus membranes develop a blue tinge.   As previously mentioned, heart disease doesn’t inevitably lead to heart failure. In contrast, heart disease usually are silent (means they don’t show any clinical signs) in the beginning. The only way to detect it is doing regular check-up with the vet. We will hear heart murmur or abnormal heart sound with a stethoscope first and then we can arrange other tests to find the underlying heart disease. Signs of heart failure could be serious and even lead to death (shortness of breath due to pulmonary edema). Early detection can help your lovely pets get prompt treatment earlier and improve the quality and expectancy of life.   If your pets are in an emergency or if you have general inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Veterinary Emergency Centre (VEC). General Hotline: 2334-2334 24-Hour Emergency Hotline: 6282-8179

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