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Recommended vet in Manila: Mount Sinai Veterinary Practice

Recommended vet in Manila: Mount Sinai Veterinary Practice

If you’re looking for a vet for your pet, I recommend Doc Racky of Mount Sinai Veterinary Practice. You can reach Mt. Sinai by calling (02) 551-1359 or 0917-314-5242. Doc Racky also does house calls.

To explain why I’m so impressed with Doc Racky, I’ll go into the story of my Siberian Husky, Logan.

One of the rare moments when Logan is not bursting with energy.
One of the rare moments when Logan is not bursting with energy.

As you can see, Logan’s fur is primarily black with a scattering of white.

Logan before, note the rich black fur on his face and neck.
Logan before, note the rich black fur on his face and neck.

Around mid-2015 I noticed that Logan was having constant diarrhea. I would walk him every day and without fail his poop would be liquid without any solidity to it.

Other than that though there was no other indication of a problem. Logan still had a lot of energy, had good appetite, was very makulit.

We tried changing his diet but his poop stubbornly remained the same. Around this time also I began to notice that his fur began to whiten. It was a gradual whitening which occurred all over his body.

Logan mid 2015, face is now mostly white. He looks quite cute in this shot though!
Logan mid 2015, face is now mostly white. He looks quite cute in this shot though!

So now there were two symptoms: constant diarrhea and whitening of fur. We brought him to several vets who gave a variety of diagnoses. One vet prescribed both antibiotics (in case the problems was an infection) and steroids (in case the problem was an auto immune disease) at the same time.

In this shot you can see how much Logan's fur had whitened at this point. Photo is from the doggy hotel at Better Dog.
In this shot you can see how much Logan’s fur had whitened at this point. Photo taken at the  doggy hotel of Better Dog.

We tried everything but nothing worked. His poop remained the same and his fur continued to whiten. Meanwhile all of his tests came back fine, he had no infection, did not have lupus (which was another suggested diagnosis); all other vitals were normal.

Finally my brother suggested Doc Racky of Mt. Sinai Veterinary Practice. Apparently, Doc Racky had also successfully diagnosed my brother’s beagle with a benign tumor in her tail. All other doctors had not noticed that the dog’s tail was plump and had just treated her for allergies which they thought was the reason why she kept gnawing on her tail.

Doc Racky came to the house, saw Logan and suggested Logan had irritable bowel syndrome, a condition common to Huskies. Basically there wasn’t enough good/beneficial bacteria in Logan’s gut and this imbalance was causing the diarrhea and whitening.

The doctor prescribed a change in food and supplements. When we couldn’t find the specific supplements prescribed, the doctor said that feeding Logan yogurt (ordinary yogurt which humans eat) would be fine.

Logan in November 2015, still a lot of white but the black is coming back gradually.
Logan in November 2015, still a lot of white but the black is coming back gradually.

Honestly I was a bit skeptical but immediately after we started giving Logan yogurt everyday, his poop improved dramatically. Within a couple of days he no longer had diarrhea.

At the time of this writing, around 4  months or so since Doc Racky’s diagnosis, Logan’s fur is slowly becoming black again. In addition to his normal meals of two times a day, we feed him yogurt once a day.

Fortunately Logan likes yogurt and we have an inexpensive source of it; I sometimes have the same yogurt for my own breakfast. The yogurt we have has no sugar, is strawberry flavored but has not fruit bits mixed in.

To make a long story short:

1. Doc Racky of Mount Sinai Veterinary Practice is awesome. He knows his stuff and routinely makes the correct diagnosis where other doctors are stumped.

2. If your Husky has constant diarrhea and whitening of fur, he may have irritable bowel syndrome. Call a vet (you know who I would recommend) and in the meantime feed your dog some yogurt daily.

Review: Better Dog Hotel

Review: Better Dog Hotel

I had to leave for an extended trip and was unsure if the people in my house could properly take care of my dog. He’s a Siberian Husky who has a lot of energy and tends to get into all sorts of mischief.

When he's not brawling with the neighborhood toughs my dog likes lazing around reading.
Logan makes himself at home in the house.

My cousins in Canada had told me before that when they go on trips they leave their pet at a dog camp where he gets to roam around and play with other dogs. In fact, their dog enjoys the camp so much that he gets excited when he realizes that he’s on the way there.

With this idea in mind I set out to find a comparable place in Manila: a doggy hotel where my dog could be left for an extended period and I could be sure that his needs (not just the basics like food and shelter but also play and exercise) would be met.

I discovered Better Dog quite by change because it was beside the building on Pasong Tamo where I was getting my Canadian visa. It looked like a well run place so when I went online to research on them I was happy to see they had a doggy hotel facility.

(Actually Better Dog is really focused on the training of dogs. My dog and I have never taken their classes though so this review will be limited to their side business of a doggy hotel.)

I have placed Logan (my dog) twice now in Better Dog so I can say with some confidence that it’s a great place to leave your dog.

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Rabies vaccines: My record of vaccines from around the world

Rabies vaccines: My record of vaccines from around the world

Last July I was walking my dog near my house when he got into a scuffle with another dog. I got into the middle of the fight hoping to break it up. Fur flew, I stuck my hands where I shouldn’t have and at the end of the day I was bleeding from my hands from several scratches and other incisions on my right thumb which may or may not have been from a bite.

When he's not brawling with the neighborhood toughs my dog likes lazing around reading.
When he’s not brawling with the neighborhood toughs my dog likes lazing around reading.

This may not have been the wisest decision but it was a move made in the spur of the moment. My goal at the time was simply to get my dog out of there. Well, at least now I can honestly say I’ve been in a dog fight.

My dog has been vaccinated against rabies so I wasn’t worried about any infection from him. I had no idea about the other dog though so I immediately went to the nearest hospital (St Lukes – Taguig) to get checked out.

In the ER they gave me the initial shots for the rabies vaccine as well as shots against tetanus. In total that night I received 6 injections, a record for me. I got 2 in right arm, 2 in the left arm, 1 in the right thigh and 1 in the left thigh.

After all those injections I would have thought that would be that but the rabies vaccine requires more injections (thankfully just one per visit) spread out over the course of a month. (You get injected on Day 0, Day 3, Day 7, Day 14 and Day 28).

In the Philippines getting a rabies vaccine is not difficult; pop into the ER of any major hospital and they’ll give you the shot without much fuss. At most you’ll need to present the vaccination card you are given when you begin the treatment.

The problem was that I was scheduled to leave for a trip to Europe and then the US later on in the month. To complete my treatment I would need to somehow procure the rabies vaccine in multiple countries and find someone to inject it. In the end my treatment spanned 3 continents and 4 countries.  Read on how you can get the rabies vaccine outside of the Philippines!

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