Tuesday, March 8, 2011

4th Day - New photo of Elsa and Elly on March 8, 2011 - Veterinarian & Dental Care for Dogs

Once Elsa and Elly were stray puppies and today they are living in a comfort place with us:

New photo of Elsa and Elly - Did not receive any photos today to post except for this one where both of them are having long nap. Elly is sleeping soundly on Elsa. She thinks Elsa is a pillow. I like to watch Born Free the movie very much so I thought maybe I named one of our pets Elsa and just look at Elsa. She looks like a cub when she is sleeping.

A packet of dental care treats for them - RM12.00

Veterinarian & Dental Care for Dogs

If you own a dog, it is your responsibility to make sure your four-legged friend gets the veterinary care he needs to stay happy and healthy. There are a number of things dog owners can do to keep their pets healthy, including feeding top quality dog foods with fresh, natural ingredients, making sure their dogs get plenty of exercise and keeping those appointments with the veterinarian. All dogs need a number of vaccinations to prevent communicable diseases and all dogs should have an annual exam to make sure they are in good health.

Annual Vaccinations

1. Dog owners should work with their veterinarians to determine the proper vaccinations for each pet in their care. In each area of the country there are certain common canine diseases, and dog owners can protect their animals with the appropriate vaccines. Certain vaccinations, like the ones for parvo, distemper and rabies, are considered core vaccines, and those inoculations are recommended for most pet owners. Puppies may require additional vaccines to help them fight off common infections, so new puppy owners should speak to their vets about the most appropriate vaccines. Owners who plan to show their animals will generally want to inoculate their animals against kennel cough, a highly communicable disease that can be deadly to dogs. But no matter what type of dog you own, the best course of action is to work closely with your vet to determine the best vaccination program.

Keep an Eye on Your Dog

2. A big part of the veterinary care of your dog is simply keeping an eye on your dog for signs of illness. After awhile dog owners will get a sense of what is normal for their dogs, and they will learn to know when something is not quite right. Dogs are very good at hiding illness, so it is important for dog owners to remain vigilant and watch out for signs of illness. If the dog is not eating right or appears lethargic, a trip to the vet is definitely in order.

Keeping Your Dog's Teeth Clean

3. Dental care is an important part of a dog owner's responsibility, and there are a number of ways dog owners can help their dogs in this regard. One of the simplest ways to keep your dog's teeth clean is to feed him a quality dry food. Wet food is great as a treat, but feeding wet food exclusively can be bad for your dog's dental health. In addition to a diet of dry food supplemented with a bit of canned food, dog owners can help their dogs remove plaque from their teeth by feeding hard treats designed to clean teeth. There are a number of biscuits and dog treats on the market that are specifically designed to clean plaque off a dog's teeth. The special shape of these biscuits and treats helps to clean teeth and remove harmful tartar and plaque.

Dog owners can help further by brushing their dog's teeth at least a couple of times a month. Weekly cleanings are best for dogs with a heavy buildup of plaque and tartar. There are specially designed toothbrushes and toothpastes just for dogs--never use human toothpaste to brush your dog's teeth. Your dog may object to this dental cleaning at first, but most dogs will adapt quite well to having their teeth brushed regularly.

Flea and Tick Control

Flea and tick control is another important part of your dog's veterinary care. Everyone knows that fleas and ticks are annoying, but they can also carry some very dangerous diseases like Lyme disease. That is why dog owners should ask their vets about a year round treatment to keep these parasites at bay. There are a number of prescription flea and tick control products on the market, including Frontline, Revolution and others. Using these products can greatly reduce the chance of flea or tick problems in your dog.
Dental Care for Dogs

The posters in veterinary offices depicting dog dental ailments such as periodontal disease are often quite disgusting to look at. If you want to do your best to prevent the same happening to your dog, there are several ways to stave off dental problems in dogs, especially if you start your puppy's dental care early.

Teeth Brushing

1. Ideally, a dog's teeth are brushed daily with specially designed dog toothbrushes and toothpastes.

Treats and Toys

2. Allowing your dog to chew on hard rubber, rope and sheepskin toys will be beneficial for its teeth, as these toys can break tartar off of teeth.

Dental Diet

3. If your dog will not allow you to brush its teeth, feed it a dental formula dog food designed to break tartar off down to the gumline.


4. By teaching your puppy to allow teeth-brushing starting at six months of age, you can prevent it from not allowing dental care later on in life. The only choice for adult dogs may be annual professional cleaning at the veterinary clinic.


5. Just as you need an annual or bi-annual dental check-up, your dog does, too. This is performed by your veterinarian.

What to eat for dinner on March 8, 2011 - Braised Chicken and oyster sauce Siu Pak Choy - Braised Chicken recipe

Two simple dishes for dinner on March 8, 2011 - Braised dark soya sauce chicken and...

oyster sauce siu pak choy

Braised Chicken recipe


o 1?1.2 kg chicken, cut into halves
o 4?5 cloves garlic, smashed


o 1 tbsp salt
o 1 tbsp Chinese five-spice powder
o 1/2 tsp pepper
o 2?3 tbsp oil
o 1 tbsp chopped shallots
o 3 slices young ginger
o 3 stalks spring onion
o 2 tbsp sugar
o 1½ tbsp dark soy sauce
o 5cm piece galangal, sliced thickly
o 5?6 cm piece cinnamon stick
o 3 star anise
o 5 cloves
o 700?750ml water


Combine salt, five-spice powder and pepper in a bowl. Use this to marinate the chicken. Keep in an airtight plastic container and leave to marinate in the refrigerator for several hours.

Heat enough oil in a wok and deep-fry the chicken halves until lightly golden. Remove and leave aside. Dab with kitchen paper to absorb excess oil.

Heat a clean wok with oil. Fry garlic and shallots until fragrant, then add in sugar. Stir until sugar melts and add dark soy sauce.

Coat the chicken with the sauce. Add water, galangal, cinnamon stick, star anise, cloves, spring onion and ginger slices. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat for 40?45 minutes or until meat is tender and the gravy has reduced. Remove the chicken and chop into bite-sized pieces and serve.

Credits to/recipe source taken from: http://kuali.com/recipes/