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Dental Disease In Pets, The Silent Killer – Part 3
30th Jun 2013, by Dr Rayya's Online Veterinary Journal

Now for my way overdue and final dental sequel. The main topic is feline dentistry and there will also be a brief discussion about dental problems in other pets. There will be some overlap with canine dentistry but the focus will be on the unique oral inflammatory diseases that affect cats! We previously discussed how dogs are good at hiding their dental disease. Guess what, cats are even stealthier than dogs at doing that! I often hear owners exclaim in utter surprise when I inform them th...

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Do Cats Really Have Nine Lives?
19th May 2013, by Dr Rayya's Online Veterinary Journal

Don’t worry, I know I still haven’t posted my last dental sequel and I will definitely be doing that soon. I just had to share this unbelievable case with you first. This will also give you a brief break from the gory dental pictures. We have endured a very chaotic working schedule in the past two weeks. We have seen a huge and interesting case load and been swamped with emergencies and so I haven’t had time to blog. Last week, my colleague Liz had just examined a stray kitten ...

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Dental Disease In Pets, The Silent Killer – Part 2
14th Apr 2013, by Dr Rayya's Online Veterinary Journal

Now to pick up where I left off in my last post; allow me to highlight the most common symptoms your pets may present with when suffering from a tooth ache and this will include some nauseating pictures. In dogs, the subtle signs they may display include: Favoring soft food, Burying their raw bone instead of tackling it head on (few exceptions are those dogs that enjoy hiding their bone until it ripens) and/or preferentially chewing on one side of their mouth (this can easily be m...

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Dental Disease In Pets, The Silent Killer – Part 1
1st Apr 2013, by Dr Rayya's Online Veterinary Journal

This is a subject very close to my heart. Ever since I graduated, I always struggled with educating my clients about the importance of dental hygiene in their beloved pets. As soon as I noted some tartar or plaque build-up on their pet’s teeth and before I could discuss my recommendations, they would defensively react by saying: “Look the previous vet said my dog is too old to undergo a general anesthetic and I agree with his/her opinion”. At that point, they were not...

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Vets Need Holidays :-)
16th Mar 2013, by Dr Rayya's Online Veterinary Journal

I always feel terrible when I have to tell my clients  I am going away as they unintentionally make me feel guilty about taking holidays. They ask questions like: Exactly when will you get back? How long are you away? Can I reach you when you are away? I just always make sure they are fully aware of my impending holidays and if they have a patient with ongoing issues to contact one of my colleagues that I have assigned to look after their pet. Well guess what. I only just got back from holi...

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Oh No, I Discovered A Lump On My Pet! Part II
2nd Feb 2013, by Dr Rayya's Online Veterinary Journal

Last time, I discussed three very common lumps I come across in my canine patients. There are a myriad of lumps and bumps that can affect your pets and I simply can’t cover all of them. I do, however, want to shed some light on a few other prevalent lumps and just equip you with an appropriate strategy to tackle any lump your pet may develop. I must warn you, there will be lots of graphic pictures included in this post! Epidermal Cysts: These are generally secondary to a malformation of t...

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Oh No,I Discovered A Lump On My Pet! Part 1
14th Jan 2013, by Dr Rayya's Online Veterinary Journal

It must be very scary to discover a lump on your pet especially if it a decent size. I ask you not to panic and I hope this post will guide you on what to do next. I will be including lots of pictures and some may not be so pretty. The rule of thumb with lumps is if it is growing too quickly and bothering your pet (appears red or inflamed) then it needs to be attended to immediately. However, this does not apply to all lumps. Some skin tumors can be slow growing but...

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Capping Off 2012 With IFAW’s Animal Action Award
30th Dec 2012, by Dr Rayya's Online Veterinary Journal

A few weeks ago, while I was running around at work, one of my vet nurses put a phone call on hold and asked me if it was okay for her to give out my email address to the caller associated with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare). I wasn’t really familiar with that group and we weren’t sure what it was regarding but I told her it should be fine. I arrived home pretty late that evening and started going through my emails. My attention gravitated to the IFA...

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Leave The Little Birdies Alone
17th Dec 2012, by Dr Rayya's Online Veterinary Journal

Summer has arrived and it brings with it the introduction of so many beautiful little birdies. In the last two weeks, our clinic was inundated with so many different species of nestlings, fledglings and juvenile birds that have been brought in by the public. I was examining pigeons and different types of parrots (corellas, galahs, and sulphur crested cockatoos), ravens, honey eaters, kookaburras and so forth. Most of these little critters were in great health. Others were injured or malnourished...

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Are You Sure You Want To Breed From Your Dog?
3rd Dec 2012, by Dr Rayya's Online Veterinary Journal

I was in the middle of surgery when my colleague walked out and said, get ready for an emergency caesarean. Layla,a 12 month old Great Dane, had been scheduled for a pregnancy ultrasound later that afternoon. Her owner had wanted to check how many puppies were present and to make sure the pregnancy was going well. Overnight, Layla went into labour.. Layla’s owner brought her straight in when she noticed she was having suspect uterine contractions that were non-productive and she had also s...

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Lucy, You Are Worth It!
26th Nov 2012, by Dr Rayya's Online Veterinary Journal

I admitted Lucy to the hospital. She was very distressed in her cage and so I gave her a dose of Valium (sedative) to help her settle down. As I was driving her home, I had a million thoughts bouncing through my head. Is Wally, my husband, going to support the news of me adding a new member to our household without involving him in the decision? Is she going to get on with my dogs? What if the answer to the two previous questions was NO, what then? Where could I send her to when every ...

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Fostering A Special Needs Dog
19th Nov 2012, by Dr Rayya's Online Veterinary Journal

Let me tell you all about my lovely foster dog, Lucy. She is a beautiful 5-year-old female de-sexed golden retriever. She greets you with the biggest grin, loves to be a lap dog regardless of her size and just thrives on attention. I first met Lucy in 2010 as she had a very sore eye. Her initial full eye examination made me think she had a severe case of conjunctivitis. After multiple treatments with different eye ointments and oral anti-inflammatories, I was concerned about the episcleral ...

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Is Your Dog’s Scratching Driving You Mad?
11th Nov 2012, by Dr Rayya's Online Veterinary Journal

Allergy season is officially here. The warmer weather does not only bring with it the outdoor adventures but also the flea burden, risk of mites and/or tick infestation, and the unavoidable exposure to a multitude of pollen and grass. It can be quite stressful watching your dog obsessively chewing his/her feet or scratching his/her flank. If you have ever had to take your pet to a vet for a major skin issue, you would have been subjected to an intense interrogation ...

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I’m A Vet And I Love It..
11th Nov 2012, by Dr Rayya's Online Veterinary Journal

I can’t believe that I have not written a post for over two months. Well actually I did two posts during that period but regretfully was asked to retract them. I think that put me off writing for a little while. I just put so much of my heart and soul into each post and the only reason I blog about my work is to spread education and awareness. I basically work 12 hours a day and dedicate my free time to blogging about my veterinary journey. I would like to reiterate that my posts are pure...

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Should You Treat Your Hyperthyroid Cat? – Part 1
10th Sep 2012, by Dr Rayya's Online Veterinary Journal

Meet, ‘Fluffy’ or as I like to refer to her ‘Miss Fluffball’. She is a 17 year old domestic long haired female de-sexed cat with a big personality. She absolutely loves to chat and tell you all about her day. This is Fluffy in action. She exhausted herself. She first presented to me in November 2011 as her owner was concerned about a lump that had suddenly appeared on her head. I recommended doing a geriatric blood test and monitoring the lump closely. If it grew any bigger, the plan wa...

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The Plight Of A Schnauzer – Episode 2: Defeat
26th Aug 2012, by Dr Rayya's Online Veterinary Journal

Is your Schnauzer in peak health? Last week I posted ‘Episode 1 – Turmoil‘ of one of the most remarkable cases I have ever had to deal with. Episode 2: Defeat I kept myself up-to-date on Winston’s daily progress at the specialist center. He was hospitalised for a few more days after the surgery. He developed some expected complications, the main one being jaundice. On the bright side, I was informed that he had also started to eat which was a very good sign after suc...

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The Plight Of A Schnauzer – Episode 1: Turmoil
19th Aug 2012, by Dr Rayya's Online Veterinary Journal

Is your Schnauzer in peak health? This is ‘Episode 1’ of one the most remarkable cases I have ever had to deal with. Brace yourselves for a very long read! If you own a Schnauzer, you simply must read this post. Episode 1: Turmoil It all started with me going into a revisit consultation booked for ‘Winston’, an eight year old male de-sexed Schnauzer. It wasn’t the first time I have examined the handsome Mr. Winston. He had been discovered eating ratsak two wee...

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Atlantis Dolphin Encounter
29th Jul 2012, by Dr Rayya's Online Veterinary Journal

First up, for all of you who noticed I had vanished off the blog planet without a trace, I apologise for not giving you a heads up. I have been overseas in Dubai for the past 3 weeks indulging in a much overdue and needed holiday with family and friends. I absolutely enjoyed every moment spent with my loved ones. I happened to also spend my birthday there and my hubby treated me with an experience of a life time. I got to indulge with a dolphin encounter at Atlantis. It cost a fortune but it was...

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Do You Trust Your Vet?
18th Jun 2012, by Dr Rayya's Online Veterinary Journal

I think it is very important for a veterinarian to be able to forge great relationships with their clients. Personally, I feel very privileged to have so many regular clients that value my judgement and entrust me with their pet’s wellbeing. However, I do appreciate that not all clients will appeal to the way I practice. In similar effect, I find that I get along with certain clients more than others. That being said, it is essential that a vet and client don’t ever allow their diffe...

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Curiosity Almost Kills A Cat
3rd Jun 2012, by Dr Rayya's Online Veterinary Journal

I was bustling in and out of my morning consultations when I heard my colleague frantically researching the product containing ‘monoammonium phosphate’. She informed me that there will be a cat arriving in the next hour or so that has ingested that product and is now bleeding from its mouth. Please be aware that I will be sharing some very unappetising photographs so you may want to abstain from reading this post if you can’t cope. When the patient arrived, I happened to be fre...

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