Ginger’s first home nebulization

Ginger seemed much better after the trip to the vet’s yesterday, with the Baytril injection and the nebulization done at the clinic. Either he’s a hypochondriac (“I’ve been to the vet’s so I’m already much better” – I know MANY human hypochondriacs, believe me – it’s called the Placebo Effect) or whatever that was done helped.

Of course I think it’s the latter. But humans says that 80% of healing IS placebo.

So, last night, I took out the nebulizer to figure out how to use it.

We figured that FINALLY, Ginger would be so pleased that he has “something” too. He’s been quite upset that he doesn’t get subcuts.

Luckily we have two pharmacists at home, so son-in-law, Yui Ping, helped me figure out how to use this and also to read the instruction manual (because the print is too fine for my aged eyes, I would have needed a magnifying glass).  Apparently, the tube cannot be sterilised but the plastic parts of the container can be. And Germisep cannot be used (sodium hypochrorite), only certain sanitising chemicals can be used. I decided to use the old-fashioned way of boiling. So I boiled the parts and air-dried them.

Meanwhile, we are retraining Ginger to sleep inside the house now. He loves the patio but sometimes it’s just too cold at night.

This morning, it was time to start our first nebulization attempt.

Target in sight.

Ginger’s dosage is half a nebule of Ventolin in 3ml of saline.

Liquid in container.

Bring forth the target, please!!

Target in pod. Ready for procedure.

Turn on nebulizer.

I thought it wasn’t working because no fumes came out. But actually, we just had to wait a bit. The fumes finally came out.

Place outlet in door of pod.

Cover entire pod with large towel.

The vet said it should take 10 mins but for some reason, today’s attempt took 20 mins.

But no harm done.

Procedure completed!

Target is released.

Target runs away.

Since the nebules could not be resealed, we used clingwrap to seal them back.

I washed the plastic container and air-dried them. The whole gadget comes in a bag.

Ginger seems so much better today compared with yesterday when he was snorting and breathing heavily. He only coughed once today.

Meanwhile….

….Heidi has taken up possession of BOTH the pod (carrier) and the basket.

I thought those were mine?

Don’t worry, Ginger. Heidi will “change nests” soon.

So, the nebulization will carry on daily. What fun…. I’m just so glad we can do it at home. The vet said if any other cat has respiratory problems, it can be done for them too.

On a more serious note, I hope none of our cats need to go to the vet’s anymore during this MCO-period because the 10km ruling is now in force.  It’s 14km to PJ from here. Luckily, the vets in Subang Jaya are still open.

Temporary arrangement: Submission of claims by email during MCO-period

Dear Applicants,

For this MCO-period, if you wish to submit your claims, kindly email the following:

1  Collage as per policy
2  Write-up as per policy
3  A clear image of the receipt (as per policy requirements)
4  A clear image of the form (completely filled)

Please email all to chankahyein@gmail.com

Please do not leave home to post the receipt and form during this MCO-period.  But please post the documents AFTER the MCO is lifted because we still need the actual documents for audit purposes.

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

 

MCO-Relief Petfood Donation (Goh Kok Ho)

This is a petfood donation to Mr Goh Kok Ho, a CNRM-feeder in Selangor, who is also one of our applicants. He feeds 30 cats. He could not get petfood from his regular petstore because it is closed during the MCO. Mr Goh has brought many of his community cats into his house now.

Donors: Chooi Yeh Lee, Kok Khee Wee, Ng Seng Yum, Belle & Freya, Maryam Aina Nabila, Tan Tay Thye & karma debtors, Ginger & friends, donors from Boost.

The petfood:

Vitalplus cat kibble 18kg – 3 packs

We thank Avant Pet for the free delivery.

A message from Mr Goh: Received…thank you very much for your and all donors’ generosity.

This is a special MCO-relief petfood donation project to help our CNRM-applicants who are in need of some assistance.

MCO-Relief Petfood Donation (Wong Ah Nui)

This is a petfood and pet supplies donation to a CNRM-feeder, Mdm Nora Wong Ah Nui. She is a dedicated CNRMer and uses her own savings to neuter her community animals.  She is currently looking after 6 cats, already brought into her house. She could not get cat litter and catfood as her regular petstore is closed.

Donors: Chooi Yeh Lee, Kok Khee Wee, Ng Seng Yum, Carol Chong Saw Kan, Ginger & friends, donors from Boost, AnimalCare donors (reserve fund).

The petfood and supplies:

Cindy & Friends cat litter  – 5 bags

Cindy Holistic cat kibble (7kg) – 2 bags

We thank Avant Pet for the free delivery.

A message from Mdm Nora Wong: Received the stock. Thanks

This is a special MCO-relief donation project to help CNRMers who are in need of some assistance.

 

MCO-Relief Petfood Donation (Nurulsyikin Jamaludin)

This is a petfood donation for Ms Nurulsyikin Jamaludin, a CNRM-feeder in Selangor. This dogfood will be shared with other feeders in KL and Selangor who will be feeding street dogs in various locations. This is a joint sponsorship between our donors (below) and an anonymous donor.

Donors: Chooi Yeh Lee, Kok Khee Wee, Ng Seng Yum, Kwan Pei Kuan, Carol Chong Saw Kan, Ginger & friends, In memory of Ms Chan Kam Peng,

The petfood:

Vitalplus dog kibble (18kg) – 15 packs

We thank Avant Pet for the free delivery.

A message from Ms Nurulsyikin: Ribuan terima kasih diucapkan kepada Dr Chan, para penderma atas sumbangan Vitaplus dog kibbles untuk anjing2 jalanan dan terima kasih kepada Avant Pet kerana menghantarnya dengan begitu cepat sekali…saya akan buat yang terbaik dan berusaha sedaya upaya saya untuk mengedarkan makanan kepada haiwan 2 yang amat2 memerlukan dalam masa PKP ni..Terima kasih sekali lagi & semoga semuanya sihat dan selamat sentiasa.

This is a special MCO-relief petfood donation project to help our CNRM-applicants who are in need of some assistance.

 

Thank you very much (March 2020 donors)

The Covid19 crisis has indeed taken a huge toll on every single one of us. We have now started on an MCO-Relief Petfood Donation project to help our CNRM-applicants and some other feeders to tide over this difficult period and likely, beyond: https://myanimalcare.org/2020/03/31/mco-relief-petfood-donation-to-feeders/  

If you are able to spare some cash and would like to donate a little bit more to help out with petfood donation to feeders who have been hard hit by the MCO and the Covid19 crisis, we deeply appreciate your generosity.

Public Bank Bhd 3168194929 
AnimalCare Society Petaling Selangor

As always, let us thank this month’s donors. A large portion of your donations have been used for petfood donations to shelters as well as feeders. Thank you so much!

This month’s neutering aid:
Number of animals: 15 (2 dogs and 13 cats)  
Amount paid out: RM1578.00
Recipients of the Neutering Aid: https://myanimalcare.org/category/aid-neuter/

This month’s vaccination aid:
Number of animals: 4 cats
Amount paid out: RM100.00
Recipients of the Vaccination Aid: https://myanimalcare.org/category/aid-vacc-med/

This month’s Petfood Donation to shelters: RM16,287.45
Recipients of the Food Aid: https://myanimalcare.org/category/aid-food/

(The invoices for the MCO-Relief Petfood Donation to CNRM-feeders have not been sent to us yet, so these are not included in the amount above. They will be in next month’s.)

This month’s donors

In memory of Mr Chan Kam Loon
In memory of Ms Chan Kam Peng
In memory of Mdm Chan Kam Yuen
In memory of Mdm Chua Cho Joo
In memory of PohPoh-AhGirl (from Joyce Lim)
Anonymous donors
Ahmad Amir Kamil
Avant Pet Sdn Bhd
Belle & Freya
Carol Chong Saw Kan
Catherine Cheong
Chooi Yeh Lee
Connie James
DT
Ginger & friends
Iylia Elena
John Lye Tuck Lee
Joy Saga & friends
Julia Chong, Premala Narendra, Irene Leong
Khoo Ming-Yi
Kok Khee Wee
Kwan Pei Kuan
Maryam Aina Nabila
NandaLeonie Hong Siew Lan
Ng Seng Yum
Tan Kwee Lin
Tan Lai Fun
Tan Tay Thye & karma debtors
Tham Pei Yam
Wan Tai Seng

Ginger to the vet’s for the 3rd time (needs daily nebulizing)

Ginger was getting better, but took a turn for the worse yesterday when he started snorting. Although his appetite is intact, I did not want to take any chances. So I got an appointment at the vet’s for 11am today.

At 10.20am, I “geared” up and Ginger and I made our trip to the vet’s in PJ.  I disinfected his carrier first, and brought along a spare towel for his carrier (he always pees in the carrier in car trips) and a plastic bag in a cloth bag that will be washed once we return.  Brought along my mask and hand sanitizer too.

I placed a big towel on my car seat and placed Ginger’s carrier on it. Later, upon our return, the towel will be washed.

At the exit of Subang Jaya, there was a roadblock. Every single car was stopped and the driver was questioned by the police. This took quite long. When our turn came, I told the kind policeman that Ginger was sick and needed to see the vet in PJ. He saw Ginger in the carrier and said, “Cat sick? Sure, can.” and let us pass. I was so thankful. The rest of the drivers were still being questioned. I was the last car and the first to be let off.

We lost some time at the roadblock, so I had to speed up a little to make the appointment at the vet’s. Luckily there was hardly any traffic.

Ginger was stressed in the car, as usual. He was also breathing heavily. We reached on time and sat in the car to wait our turn (most vets practise this protocol). There was unfortunately two cases that took awhile so it was a rather long wait. Ginger was alternating between hyperventilating in the car and what appeared to be gasping for breath for a few minutes. I guessed he was just stressed but to play it safe, I informed the clinic, so we were allowed inside. I asked if he could be put on the nebulizer first.

One of the vets attended to Ginger first, and Ginger was calm and curious. The “hyperventilating and gasping” was most likely due to stress. That stopped once he was in the clinic.

Finally, Ginger’s vet came to examine him. Ginger’s lungs are slightly infected. Prior to this, his lungs were clear. He has been on treatment since 25th February now, been on two courses of antibiotics and other medication. Each time he was on medication, he would get well (but not totally recover), then he would relapse again. This, of course, is mostly likely due to the fact that he is FIV+.

The vet explained that it started as a viral infection (the cat flu) but now, there is bacterial infection as well. That is why he has a cough now. The infection started in the upper respiratory section but is moving down now.

Each time we went for a consultation, the vet did ask if there has been any change of smells in the house, particularly the use of aerosols or any new scents. But there has been none at all. Today, the vet mentioned “cooking smells” so I will take heed of this as we have been cooking at home more often during this MCO-period.

The vet prescribed a new antibiotic, Baytril, for 10 days (previously, it was Doxycycline), the same antihistamine (Cetirizine) for 10 days, the mucolytic (Bromhexine) for 16 days and the broncodilator for 16 days.

Ginger would also need to be put on the nebulizer every day, so I need to purchase the machine. The vet showed me how the nebulizing is done. The liquid is half a tube of Ventolin and 3ml of saline.

After that was done, I had to go to a pharmacy to purchase the nebulizer. I called my regular pharmacy in Subang Jaya and they did not have anymore stock. The order was made two weeks ago, but the stock still had not arrived. So the vet told me that there were three pharmacies “nearby” and I could go and enquire there. I called up one of the pharmacies and yes, they had the nebulizer as well as the Ventolin.

But how to get there? I am directionally dyslexic! But it has to be done. The vet advised that it would be better to leave Ginger at the clinic while I went to make the purchase. So, I used Google Maps and after much difficulty figuring which was left and which was right, I got there. Bought the machine and the Ventolin and again, relied on Waze to get back to the clinic to pick up Ginger.

Phew!

We were finally on our way home. By then I was so frazzled by the left-right-left-right, I didn’t quite know how to get home!  You’d have to be directionally dyslexic before you understand what that’s like. It’s like that part of your brain is just….”retarded”.

But we made our way home. No police roadblocks. I wasn’t afraid of police roadblocks because I wasn’t flouting the MCO. There was a valid reason to travel – Ginger was sick. So far, from everything I’ve heard, the police has been VERY compassionate and reasonable, even with people who had to go out on animals matters. I experienced this myself today, so I want to say a huge thank you to our police force for their kindness and compassion.

Thank you, sirs and madams!

When we reached home, I took our 24/7 disinfectant (perfectly safe and non-toxic) to disinfect Ginger’s carrier first, in the porch. Then, I put Ginger inside the house. I had already disinfected my hands every time I got into the car, from the clinic and pharmacy.

After that, I massively and totally disinfected myself and everything else with Germisep in the porch, including the plastic packaging of the nebulizer, the small plastic bags of medication and the plastic bags. I disinfected myself from head to toe, including my shoes too. It pays to be safe. The bag I used was a cloth bag, so I disinfected that as well. It was only after that that I stepped into the house, all cloth materials were washed immediately and I took a head-to-toe bath. All clothes also washed immediately.

Here’s Ginger with his nebulizer. In my haste to get home and get out of the pharmacy, I didn’t test it. I hope it works.

I found out later that another pharmacy in Subang Jaya had the nebulizer…for half the price.  Oh well, never mind.

As before, after the nebulizing, Ginger was snorting for a few hours. Now, he seems to be more comfortable.

Please get well soon, Ginger!

This is the funny version of the same story: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157367962967799&set=a.10151416743937799&type=3&theater

Please share your happy stories (Indy’s escapes)

Dear everyone,

There’s enough gloom and doom going around during this period, so if you have a happy animal related story to share, please do send photos and stories to me at chankahyein@gmail.com.

We need to keep everyone’s spirits up.

Thank you!

Here’s mine for today.  Indy is terribly bored.  So, he has been making escapes out to the patio every single time we open Bunny’s grille. He is as quick as lightning.

And what does he do when he comes out?

He bugs Ginger.

You bug me, I bug you back.

Going to stare at you….

What Indy does not know if that Ginger has an abundance of patience and will not allow himself to be bugged. Ginger is the master-bugger in the house.

Here is another bugging session.

Today, he has since escaped twice. Well, we have only opened Bunny’s grille twice today.

I’m letting him play with serai leaves today. Something new to keep him occupied…for 3 seconds.

I’m bored…I need something else.

Now, he is pushing chairs and making noise.

Actually, I’ve been taking many photos with the intention of writing happy stories, but I’ve really been swarmed with MCO-related matters. There’s e-learning at work and there’s also responding to many emails and messages. But we’d just have to keep ourselves sane, composed and do our very best with rationality.

On a more serious note, Ginger’s flu took a sudden turn yesterday. He’s been relatively well with just some mild cough, but he starting snorting again yesterday, so I hope I can get through roadblocks to take him to the vet in PJ today. I think he might need the nebulizer again. He loves the nebulizer, so that is good.

Will write more on this later. Just please wish us luck with the roadblocks. Thank you.

I do have a contingency plan, though. Our vets in Subang Jaya are still open.

Little Suzie settles in

Here’s some happy news to share, from our friend and donor (herself also a dedicated animal caregiver), Sis NandaLeonie.

Little Suzie came to her house from the street a few days ago and is now settling down happily with Sis Nanda’s dogs in her house.

Big Sophie (doggy) making friends with Little Suzie (brave kitty).

To everyone, every little bit helps.  If you can provide shelter and food for even one street animal, you have already made a world of positive difference to him/her. Take comfort in that and be happy.

We cannot save the whole world. No one can. But we are certainly do our small part to make life a little better for someone.

This is a difficult time for everyone, so find reasons to be thankful for and rejoice in them. Our animals need us to remain calm, strong, resilient and yes, happy.

Stay strong. Stay safe. Our animals need us.