Frequently-Asked-Questions
  1. How old does my pet have to be to get spayed/castrated/neutered?
  2. Different vets will have different preferences. We at the SPCA encourage that you wait for your pet to be 6 months in age before de-sexing. You can however, de-sex your pet regardless of age, if they are over 1kg in weight.

  3. Why is my pets hair falling?
  4. There can be many reasons for this. It is best that you bring your pet to the vets so they can examine the skin and hair and come to a specific conclusion and treatment plan. The reasons can vary from poor diet and flea allergies to mange and fungal infections.

  5. Can I give my pet Panadol when he is feeling sick?
  6. NO. Many people make this mistake and it often poisons their pet. Panadol and other human pain relief is lethal for your pet.

  7. Can I give my pet milk?
  8. Generally, cats digest milk better than dogs. It is best to only give milk to puppies and kittens. Do not give cows milk, but administer the appropriate puppy and kitten milk. If it is not available, you can opt to give them human baby formula. If your cat or dog is able to eat solid food, then they do not need milk, they need water.

  9. Can I feed my pet meat dust?
  10. Yes, but cook it first. Remove all bits of plastic and other impurities before giving it to your pet. Meat dust is not ideal but it is a cost effective option for most pet owners.

    We at the SPCA do not give the shelter animals meat dust as it becomes hard to manage the impurities in large quantities. We provide them fish off cuts cooked with rice. You may opt to do the same.

  11. Why does my puppy destroy shoes?
  12. Generally it can be either a behavioral display of not having enough exercise and too much energy. Or it can be a need to ‘chew’ as they are teething.

    Provide your pup rope toys to chew on, and take her for regular walks. You will find that destructive behavior will change if they are adequately active.

  13. Why is my newly adopted kitten so timid?
  14. Often, it takes time to adjust to new surroundings. Provide your kitten a warm, quiet sleeping place, a litter space, and a place to put her food and water. She will get accustomed to it over time. Try and keep these places consistent in the house.

  15. How do I litter train my cat?
  16. We at the SPCA provide a litter tray which we fill with sawdust, sand or shredded newspaper. They learn to use it over time with positive reinforcement and privacy. Do not rub his/hair face in it or punish them – this is counterproductive.

  17. Why is my cat sneezing?
  18. Often cats develop flu-like symptoms. This can take long term treatment to fully recover. It is best to consult a vet to be certain as it could be underlying symptoms of more serious diseases like feline herpes, and the sneeze is often contagious to other cats.

  19. My older dog is finding it hard to walk. What can be done?
  20. Animals can develop arthritis just like people. However, that is not a certain diagnosis for every case. It can be due to injury or disease as well. It is best to get your pet checked and begin a treatment plan.

  21. When can I start de-worming my puppy or kitten?
  22. The pregnant mum should be de-wormed during pregnancy and the kittens / puppies can be de-wormed from 2 weeks of age.

  23. Can house visits be done?
  24. This can be arranged with Reception. It depends on availability of transport and the patients in house at the clinic at that day. Sometimes, if there are many emergencies, house visits cannot be done.

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