Kittens and puppies in a pet shop didn’t come from a flying stork


Puppies with mommyWhen you bought your pet from a pet shop, did you assume that at the back of the shop, there’s this one cozy corner with warm lights, soft cushions, and a cute dog nursing its newborn puppies?

In reality, it’s more like this:

These are not photos of irresponsible pet owners.

To be brutally honest, if you have ever bought your pet dog or cat online from a pet shop or Pasir Ris Farmway, YOU might have been the direct cause of these animals’ suffering. YOU have encouraged pet farms to continue breeding, to supply because of YOUR demand.

Why aren’t they properly taken care of?

To put it simply, pet farming is a business that involves high risks and operating costs.

Bitches can give birth only once to twice a year and usually give birth to no more than 4-5 puppies, usually lesser, for smaller breeds. Furthermore, it’s common to have bitches, which are late, dogs that are past their fertile age and early death in puppies. Therefore, the breeder usually holds a large pool of dogs for breeding in a limited space to increase the chances of puppy births, to minimize financial risks.

As a result, who would suffer from irresponsible breeders who aim to keep costs as low as possible? Your puppy’s birth parents, of course, but have you considered that you might be a victim as well?

How does it concern you?

Poor living standards, diets, and breeding with close relatives cause poor genetics in offspring are reasons for improper breed standards, poor immune systems, genetic problems, causing a myriad of medical problems for your beloved pet, a ton of vet bills, and heartaches for you.

“But my dog has a pedigree cert leh…”

I know some of you, even with much persuasion, would still want to get a puppy or a kitten. But a liar wouldn’t tell you he’s one would he? Firstly, the area where the pet is sold isn’t the place where the breeding stocks are kept, so even if the retail area is kept clean, it doesn’t mean that the rest of the area is kept the same.

Secondly, if the puppy has papers to show that it’s a pedigree or champion bloodline, even, to be honest, it says nothing about the living conditions. A pedigree is just a term for a certified purebred dog, that’s all.

As for champion bloodlines, breeders aren’t going to worship your puppy’s mommy and daddy high on a pedestal, isn’t it? Furthermore, many champions are also bought; even if they aren’t, many show dogs’ lives are only marginally better, being confined for long hours so that they’d look happy when they’re let out.

Finally, just because your pet is imported from Australia or any foreign country doesn’t mean that they are under the wings of an angel.

This is reality

I admit much news nowadays is sensationalized but ask if you were to ask animal rescuers, volunteers, adopters, honest vets, vet assistants, groomers, and pet shop staff,  the photos you’ve seen are a common sight. They all looked like that when they were freshly rescued from pet farms.

I hope you will do more than take my word for it. How about spending a few moments just researching this topic? Add some of the organizations helping out farm animals in Singapore on Facebook. Let all your friends know because they might decide to buy a pet someday.  Help your furry best friends; share this article.

Further reading: 

Article in CNN Travel on puppy mills in Singapore

What do we mean by a ‘Reputable Breeder’


Food safe for us but deadly to pets

A man’s poison could be another man’s meat. Most probably, you’ve heard from fellow pet owners about some of the dangerous food that pets aren’t allowed to consume. But how about the rest of the stuff we eat every day? Here’s a rather comprehensive list, organized properly that makes it easy to remember:

>>Toxic Food For Pets<<

Your pet’s health can only be as good as its digestive system

Plagued with gastric ailments for as long as I can remember, I know how much a healthy digestive system can affect a person’s health and your pet’s.

Allow me to auntie complain for awhile.

Basically, I’m experiencing bloating that never goes away, and it seems like my meals are taking a long time to digest. Gastroscopy shows that I have an inflamed stomach lining with no H. Pylori bacteria. So doctors put me on a double dosage of Omeprazole (a drug to suppress gastric acid) for months, which did as much help as asking Alan Garner (Played by Zach Galifianakis in The Hangover) to plan my wedding.

Getting self-aid help online

Even after consulting different specialists and TCM practitioners, going through months of medications, strict diets, and spending how much money, I don’t know, nothing seemed to work seemed and totally solved my problem once and for all. I then started to self-medicate and tested different theories and methods – Manuka honey, alkaline diets, apple cider vinegar, ginger tea, green papaya, probiotics, etc. but yet, nothing worked.

Also, information found online is often contradicting, like how two different diseases can produce the same symptoms. That’s why even doctors take a trial-and-error approach, don’t they? Hence recently, I went for something more straightforward and tried tackling my problem one symptom at a time.

Finally, something after years of struggle

Since I reckon that my bloating is caused by indigestion and having too much or too little gastric juices can cause indigestion, I tried using digestive enzymes to speed up digestion. And guess what? Although not fully cured, it was the first time I truly felt better.

It was then I remembered that many animals also suffer from digestive problems, and even with supplements and probiotics, they can’t seem to gain weight; they overeat, have a large stool, or vomit and have diarrhea frequently. Although I don’t have concrete research, I believe that if the body can’t absorb, it can’t benefit.

One for you and one for me

Even though there are digestive enzymes for pets, as with most pet supplements, to make measuring simple (imagine scooping 500mg of flour) and to create the impression of ‘Value for money, manufacturers bulk it with fillers. That’s why I’m using NOW® Super Enzymes, which has worked great for me, and it’s the same formulation from Mercola. I’ll break a capsule into 10 servings of Secure and a probiotic capsule on top of that. But because the digestive enzymes are quite sensitive to heat and moisture, you can stir in 1/8 tsp of calcium carbonate to act as a desiccant or simply put it in the fridge.

Even if you or your pet has no digestive issues, I believe it’s a great supplement to boost your pet’s overall health. Here’s a good article on the need for enzymes. I’m not promoting any products in the link, and nor am I carrying their products, but I just find it informative. For more info, you can also read this article from or The Whole Dog Journal.