Be Kind To Pets - Singapore

Be Kind To Pets

Date:   12 May, 2009  

BE KIND TO PETS --- TIPS FOR A LONGER LIFE FOR  YOUR PETS
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Community Education for first-time pet owners and animal lovers
--- sponsored by asiahomes.com, toapayohvets.com & Dr Sing Kong Yuen

Research & case studies of over 500 puppy owners in Singapore
by Dr Sing Kong Yuen

1 Successful case study - TIPS FOR THE FIRST-TIME PUPPY OWNER - HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY GRATE + PEE PAN TRAIN YOUR PUPPY
Written: June 14, 2008
Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS
Toa Payoh Vets
Summary: The grate and pee pan set has been used by many Singaporean puppy owners with varying degrees of success. This case describes the success in getting a small breed dog to step up onto the grate to pee and to poo. Unlike a previous case of just pee but not poop on the Grate + Pee Pan. The previous partial success case study is at: Grate + Pee Pan Success Story? How did the owner do it?
 
Positive reinforcement training for the puppy using verbal commands and food treats whenever the puppy shows signs of elimination (squatting, sniffing). For the working couple in this case study, it took a lot of time of many weeks and probably months. Training would be done when they returned home from work.
Clean grate is important. The owner cleans the Grate + Pee Pan every 2 days. Stools must be removed promptly or the dog will not eliminate on the grate.

SUGGESTION.
I did not suggest any new idea as the owners had complete success using the Grate+ Pee Pan method for their little breed. The use of a plastic floor grate may be preferred to a wired one as the latter rusts over time. 

"Is it OK for my dog during the surgery?" the lady in her mid 30s were more concerned as to whether her dog would die under general anaesthesia for neuter.

Singapore puppy toilet training. Grate+ Pee Pan. Toa Payoh Vets
The Grate + Pee Pan set with a Maltese is shown above. 

For some Singapore owners of small breeds like the Chihuahua, peeing and pooping on the grate saves a lot of cleaning of the soiled paws.

In using newspapers, owners complain the newspaper ink dirtied the paws in white breeds. Some owners don't like that. An alternative is the puppy diapers.

"99% of healthy young dogs being neutered do not die on the operating table," I said. As the dog was docile, I used the 8% gas anaesthesia to knock him down, put in the endotracheal tube to connect his lungs to the gas and put on 1% maintenance dose. No tranquiliser was given so as to prevent anaesthetic complications. There was no problem at all.  

Singapore puppy.Grate+Pee Pan Success Graphics Story.Toa Payoh VetsThe dog had been so active in humping every towel and other dogs such that it was anti-social and embarrassing. The couple were knowledgeable and knew that early neuter was the solution.  The dog had no problem with the anaesthesia and went home to a happy couple.

I recorded in a piece of paper quickly after the interview before I forget the details as writing takes days in time-pressed Singapore. 

 

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