Visiting the TVT dog (Chai Sheau Peng’s)


I went to the clinic to visit the TVT dog today and to meet with the vet. Unfortunately, the vet showed me the wrong dog so I actually did not get to see the real one. It was only after I left the clinic that their staff texted to say I was shown the wrong dog!

In any case, I have asked Ms Chai to liaise directly with the clinic and ask all the questions she wants because she is the client and not the agent XXX. For example, I was told by the vet that XXX said the dog is not to be vaccinated but when I checked with Ms Chai, she said she wants the vaccination. This is what happens when a middle-person acts as an agent. Again, I’ve told Ms Chai to liaise directly with the vet.

As far as we know, the dog still hasn’t eaten after having been spayed two days ago. The vet says the dog is fierce and hence, his procedure is to anaesthetise before injecting the chemo drug.

As far as we know, there are different procedures. My regular vet would insert an IV-port to inject the chemo drug because it is imperative that the chemo drug goes in intravenously into the veins and not into the skin. The chemo drug is toxic and if in contact with skin, it can cause necrosis. I was told some vet inject the chemo drug directly without the IV-port.

The vet says the first chemo jab will be given on Tuesday.

Ms Chai is now very worried that the dog hasn’t eaten since her spaying. But she is so far away in Mentakab and there is nothing she can do until Monday (on her day off) when she plans to travel down here to visit the dog. She has been feeding this female dog for at least 6 months prior to noticing that the dog had contracted TVT. The dog is still very scared of strangers and would move away when there are people. It is probably due to this that the dog is being very “fierce” at the clinic now. The clinic is a strange environment to her, so she is being defensive. She is also only familiar with Ms Chai and not the rest of the people at the clinic.

Ms Chai’s asked a friend to bring food for the dog too, but the dog refused to eat.

I suggested that Ms Chai takes the dog back to Mentakab to get the TVT treatments done there so that she could monitor the dog daily and ensure she eats and is well. But the problem with the Mentakab vet is that there is no boarding facilities and Ms Chai’s house is already full of dogs. I suggested that she enlists the help of family and friends to please spare a space for the dogs (there will be two TVT dogs) just for a period of 4-6 weeks for the treatment. She said she would try.

Initially, Ms Chai asked if it might be good to keep the dog in her friend’s shelter here and pay for pet taxi to send the dog for the weekly TVT jabs. I did not think so because when chemo treatment begins, the dog would have to be in a very hygienic and clean environment. Shelters aren’t exactly a good place for such.

It’s been a whole day of discussing possibilities with Ms Chai.

We have agreed to offer our usual neutering and vaccination aid. As for the medical aid for the TVT treatment, we have offered to cover the full costs of all the chemo jabs, the anaesthesia needed to administer the jabs and 14 days of boarding. The rest will be covered by Ms Chai herself.

We hope the dog will eat soon.

This photo was taken on the first day when the dog arrived at the clinic in Subang Jaya.




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