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SINGAPORE’S LEADING MAGAZINE FOR PET LOVERS THE ONLY AUDITED PET MAGAZINE IN SINGAPORE petsmagazine.com.sg

DECEMBER 2021 - FEBRUARY 2022

Christmas Extravaganza

Selected gift items – for pets and pet lovers in your life

PET-PROOF YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE Easy way to ensure a peaceful yuletide

TOP 5 NO-NO FESTIVE FOODS Tempting to give, but best to avoid

ICY CHRISTMAS POLES

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CHANGING OF THE GUARD

SPCA: Dr Jaipal passing the baton to Ms Aarthi Sankar



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CONTENTS December 2021 - February 2022

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CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAG AN ZA

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FROM PET LOVERS CENTRE

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FOR DOGS Good dogs (and all pets) deserve presents! We have sure-to-please gifts so solve those holiday shopping woes.

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FOR CATS & CAT PEOPLE Get your feline (and feline loving friends) in the festive mood with our selection of Christmas cat products!

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FOR PET OWNERS It’s armchair shopping at its best for the pet lovers in your life!

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JUST IN! FROM PET LOVERS CENTRE The latest products now available at Pet Lovers Centre ‒ the one-stop shop for all your pet needs.

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P EOP L E & P ETS 48

PET-PROOF YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE Five quick and easy tips to ensure a peaceful yuletide.

CROCHET A SWEET DREAM PET BASKET It’s the easiest and quickest DIY pet basket ever!

Text & Photos By: Sweet Dream Baskets

By Patricia E Tan

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YOUR DOG UNDERSTANDS YOU MORE THAN YOU THINK Untrained dogs can understand human cues.

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CHANGING OF THE GUARD Adieu, Dr Jaipal and welcome, Ms Aarthi Sankar.

By Eileen Chan Photography: Henry Lauw, The Photograph Co

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TOP 5 NO-NO FESTIVE FOODS Christmas can be a dangerous time for pets, with tempting but potentially dangerous foods and treats.

By Dr Jnanee, Vet Advisor at ZumVet


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PHOTO G ALLERY

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ICY CHRISTMAS POLES Just perfect for the season – Christmas popsicles for your BFF.

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By Riesa Renata

PET PORTRAITS: STRIKE A PAWS High-fashion makeovers by fashionista illustrator.

By Patricia E Tan

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JAMES KELLY: PAWS FOR PAINTING Realistic pet portraitures are his forte.

By Therese Tan

W EL L N E S S 66

HOW TO TAKE BETTER CARE OF YOUR PETS’ SENSITIVE SKIN The answer lies in the cleaning process itself.

By Dan Luo, Founder and CEO of For Furry Friends

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PET FIRST AID Knowing what to do in an emergency can be the difference between life and death for cats and dogs.

By People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, UK

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HAPP EN ING S 82

Pet Master Megastore Opens At Parkland Green

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Paws Claws Petstore

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And, The Winners Are…


Muzzling our toy dogs!

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SINGAPORE’S LEADING MAGAZINE FOR PET LOVERS

PUBLISHER

Ho Sum Kwong sk.ho@petsmagazine.com.sg MANAGING EDITOR

Eileen Chan eileen.chan@petsmagazine.com.sg DESIGN CONSULTANT

Jonathan Foo jonathan.foo@petsmagazine.com.sg IT & DIGITAL MEDIA DIRECTOR

Jun Evangelista jun.evangelista@petsmagazine.com.sg CONTRIBUTORS

Patricia E Tan Sweet Dream Baskets Dr Jnanee Riesa Renata Dan Luo People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, UK Therese Tan PHOTOGRAPHY

Hendra Lauw https://thephotograph.co

www.petsmagazine.com.sg www.facebook.com/PETSmag www.twitter.com/petsmagazine www.youtube.com/PETSmagazine www.instgram.com/petsmagazinesg Pets Magazine is published quarterly by Pets Media & Marketing Pte Ltd registered at 11, Yishun Industrial Street 1, #07-92 North Spring Bizhub Singapore 768089. MCI (P) 153/03/2019

All Rights Reserved. No material may be reproduced in part or in whole without prior written consent from the publisher. Views and opinions expressed in Pets Magazine are not necessarily those of the publisher or the editors. Although reasonable care has been taken to ensure the accuracy and objectivity of the information provided in this publication, neither the publisher, editors and their employees and agents can be held liable for any errors and omissions, nor any action taken based on the views expressed or information provided within this publication. Printed by KHL Printing Co Pte Ltd L010/08/2019

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EDITOR’S NOTE

The Winds of Change “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” —John F. Kennedy

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es, we all recognise that change is inevitable. Business Class 101 says if we resist it, there is a possibility that we get left behind – or, worse, get run over by it. If we cooperate and adapt to it, we can benefit from it. Changes brought on by the pandemic resulted in changes in the way we work, mix and move around. It also brought about Southeast Asians’ interest in pets going up by 88% (pg 14)! Yes, to alleviate the stress caused by the wake of the pandemic, getting a pet happens to be one of them. It’s all good news for the pet stores. With movement restrictions, people went online for their pet supplies. From virtual meetings via Zoom, to teleconferencing with the vet, we embraced the changes set before us. Change becomes a necessary vehicle of growth. Then there’s the change of stewardship at the SPCA. Dr Jaipal Singh Gill, the Executive Director of the SPCA is passing the baton to Ms Aarthi Sankar, after being at the helm of the venerable organisation for the past six years. We bid him a fond ‘Adieu’ in pg 54. For us at Pets Media And Marketing, change is afoot too. This is the last issue of Pets Magazine by us. The next —Benjamin Disraeli issue of Pets Magazine, in March 2022 will be published by Darby Media Pte Ltd, a media owner and content producer for interior and furnishing, pets and lifestyle industries.

“Change is inevitable. Change is constant.”

Keep an eye out for a fresh, new layout and a fresh new line-up by them! Here’s to new beginnings – cheers!

Eileen Chan

Managing Editor


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NEWS

Stricter Licensing Rules For Breeders And Boarders

SINGAPORE: From April 2022 onwards, petboarders and breeders will face stricter rules to raise standards in the industry and improve animal health and welfare standards. Changes to licensing conditions were announced on 8 Oct, in a move by the National Parks Board’s Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS) to boost animal welfare. These include:

For Pet Breeders

• Breeders must maintain a documentary record of dogs under their care. There should be daily health checks on pets and their litters, and the animals should have opportunities for social interaction, exercise and enrichment. • In-breeding and the breeding of dogs with harmful, heritable conditions is not allowed. • Breeding dogs can only have one litter per year. They must be retired when they turn six and must be sterilised within six months of retirement.

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• Breeders should also have a post-retirement programme for the dogs, either on the farm or by rehoming them. • Breeders must also maintain a record of dogs that have died on the premises, including their age, date and cause of death. • Pet buyers will be allowed to view the parents of the puppies that they want to buy via a written request to the breeding facility.

For Pet Boarders

• Only vaccinated animals can be accepted. • Boarders must provide sufficient space for animals at their facilities. Dogs housed individually must be kept in a space that is at least twice their length from the nose to the base of their tail. • The width of the space should be one-and-a-half times the dog’s length, while the height of the


space should give the dog enough headroom to stand upright on its hind legs. • Staff are required to immediately report to AVS and inform the pet owner, should there be any incident of serious injury or death within the boarding facility. Records of such incidents must also be maintained. • AVS will also require staff members who oversee the day-to-day running of boarding premises and care of animals to undergo training, so that they are “suitably equipped to handle boarded animals”. • The facility’s staff members must also immediately report to AVS any serious injury or death of an animal, maintain records of these incidents and inform the pet owner.

Dental Problems: Small Dogs At Big Risk Canine periodontal disease (PD), which includes gingivitis and periodontitis, is one of the most common problems faced by practising vets. The largest-of-its-kind data exploration study, conducted in the US and published in The Veterinary Journal, Sept 2021, by Science Direct

The new regime will apply to 20 breeders and five boarders on farmland in Sungei Tengah and Lim Chu Kang as well as about 50 commercial boarders scattered around the country. Records indicate Singapore has seen a growth in the number of pet operators. There were 68,000 dog licenses issued and 251 pet shops in 2018. In 2020, there were 72,000 dog licenses and 300 pet shops. As part of its review of the pet sector, AVS will also carried out a month-long online public consultation on dog rehoming and adoption practices till 8 Nov. The consultation (Public Consultation on Adoption and Training of Dogs) covered a range of topics on dog rehoming and adoption, and training-related issues. The feedback will be incorporated into guidelines on dog rehoming and adoption practices, which are expected to be ready by the year’s end.

showed that smaller breeds were more likely to develop PD than larger breeds. It found that the majority of dogs diagnosed weighed under 15 kg. Breeds most frequently affected include Toy and Miniature Poodles, Dachshunds, Yorkshire Terriers, Cocker Spaniels and Jack Russell Terriers. Least affected dogs included Border Collies, German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers. The authors of the study added breed predisposition to PD is potentially influenced by genetics, variation in skull shape, tooth overcrowding and jaw size) and differences in feeding regimes. In essence, the researchers noted that small dogs may have proportionally larger teeth and this can lead to overcrowding and increased plaque buildup and inflamed gums. The study concluded that “by eliminating calculus and subjecting dogs to daily repeated and careful tooth brushing, it is possible to establish and maintain healthy gingiva”.

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Black Soldier Fly Larvae Coming To A Dog Bowl Near You MISSOURI, USA: “Help! There’s a fly in my soup” takes on a different meaning when it comes to the Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSFL). Used as a sustainable new protein, BSFL and is gaining a lot of traction with the approval by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) for its use in the manufacture of hypoallergenic dog foods, in July this year. BSFL are seen as alternative protein sources for animal feeds due to their high-protein content and potential low environmental footprint. According to Sue Hays, chief executive officer of AAFCO, the ingredient was first introduced as a potential dog food ingredient in 2019, since then members of the association have come under scrutiny for the product. “BSFL is the only insect product that has successfully gone through the AAFCO ingredient definition process,” Ms Hays adds. “The tentative approval of AAFCO for BSFL in adult dog food means that in the near future many public agencies in the US will accept the Black Soldier Fly ingredient in adult dog food and treats for distribution in their respective localities.” Pet food manufacturers have been looking at new ingredients that are effective sources of

Yora: First Cat Food Made With Insect Protein WARNINGLID, UK: Sustainable cat food made from insect protein was introduced in the UK market in late September this year. Yora Pet Foods launched its first-ever complete-and-balanced formula featuring “the highest insect content of any cat food on the market” today at 62.5 percent. Just like its planet-friendly dog food, Yora Complete for Adult Cat is a complete food made

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BSFL is the only insect product that has successfully gone through the AAFCO ingredient definition process

easily-digested and immune-supportive protein. In addition, these novel ingredients must also meet market demand for sustainable, natural food. BSF larvae are dried, heat-treated and ground into a powder or oil that contains 50% to 54% crude protein that can then be added to a pet food recipe alongside other ingredients. AAFCO is also considering BSF Larvae for use in food formulations for adult cats in the near future. The US Food & Drug Administration has also recommended amending the AAFCO ingredient definition of BSFL to include feeding to poultry.


with natural insect protein. The crunchy kibble is made with insect flour from black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) larvae supplied by Protix, an insect ingredient producer based in Holland. The company stated its insect protein is highly digestible and offers “strong antioxidant activity.” The diet comes with all the essential amino acids (including Taurine), fats and minerals cats need. Yora adds that the grubs are just as nutritious “as the finest free-range chicken or line-caught cod. They’re just in a different shaped package!” The British Veterinary Association is fully behind insect protein for customers looking for an eco‑friendly option for their pets, or as part of a novel protein hypoallergenic diet. The company adds: “For dogs and cats with sensitive stomachs and digestive issues, our grubs are even easier to digest than chicken!”

Fancy Feast: Petites Feast Cookbook For Humans ST LOUIS, MISSOURI, USA: Fancy Feast, a popular brand of gourmet wet cat food, has released a companion cookbook for humans. With the Fancy Feast Petites Feast Cookbook, cat owners can now cook meals inspired by their cat’s favourite dishes but made for you. Available for download, this single-serve cookbook features 12 human recipes inspired by the Petites entrees range. Crafted by the company’s inhouse chef, Amanda Hassner, along with guest additions, the Cookbook allows cat owners to take part in the dining experience with their cats. “From Chicken and Ramen with Tomato Honey Butter Sauce to Whitefish and Asparagus with Beurre Blanc, the cookbook features recipes

Aside from the nutritional benefits, formulating cat food with insect protein also offers environmental merits. Yora Complete for Adult Cats is currently sold in the UK and online.

that are elevated but easy enough to whip up on a weeknight,” said Ms Hassner. “Each dish was inspired by the small-plate restaurant trend. The recipes are for humans but were created in honour of the dishes you will be serving your cat.” “Fancy Feast Petites was created by cat lovers for cat lovers,” said Lauren Pershing, Brand Manager at Fancy Feast. • To download the digital recipes, follow this link: www.purina.com/fancy-feast/petites-single-servewet-cat-food#cookbook

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We Look For Pets Nearly Twice As Much – Thanks To The Pandemic For Pet Supplies

iPrice’s database showed that from January to October 2021, the Google impressions of pet supplies increased by 158 percent in all six Southeast Asian platforms compared to 2020.   Thailand lead with a jump of 350 percent, followed by Malaysia at 243%. Vietnam comes in third, with a 220% increase.

Dogs Vs Cats

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: It seems that getting a pet is one of the things we do to cope with the mental stress caused by restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Those directly involved in the pets industry will be happy to note that a furry friend can be quite the happy pill. A study by iPrice Group reveals that Southeast Asians’ interest in pets is up by 88 percent.  According to its media release, six countries in the Southeast Asian region had a notable increase in Google searches for pets (either for adoption or sale) and pet supplies on their platforms.

Top Contenders

The top contenders for the highest increase in searches for pets are: Malaysia and the Philippines: An increase of 118 percent. (The Philippines produced the highest overall searches – almost 7 million for Jan – Sept 2021). Vietnam: Over 1.8 million (an increase of 34 percent from 2019 to 2021).   Indonesia: An increase of 88 percent. Thailand: An increase of 66 percent.  Singapore’s searches for pets had a minimal decline. Comparing 2021 with 2020, there was a 7 percent decline in searches, probably due to an improved Covid-19 situation.

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According to the data, dogs are far more popular in the region. The searches for dogs are over five times more than cats. Note: An impression is counted each time an ad is shown on a search result page or other site on the Google Network. Each time the ad appears on Google or the Google Network, it’s counted as one impression. In some cases, only a section of the ad may be shown.

About iPrice Group… iPrice Group Sdn Bhd is a privately owned online shopping aggregator based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The company simplifies a consumers shopping experience by allowing them to browse for products and compare prices from various online stores. The company operates in seven countries ie: Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. Its mission is to bring a greater level of transparency, convenience and trust to the e-commerce market, Currently, iPrice compares and catalogues 7+ billion e-commerce offers from more than 8 million sellers. • Web: https://ipricegroup.com


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The Longest Ears On A Dog

It’s official. Lou the Coonhound’s long ears have landed her a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. He’s the new record-holder for the longest ears of any living dog.

The three-year-old black and tan pooch from Milwaukie, Oregon, USA has ears that measure an impressive 34 cm (13.38 in) each. He is featured in the 2022 edition of Guinness World Record (#GWR2022 book) released in Sept 2021. Lou belongs to Paige Olsen, a veterinary technician from Oregon, USA. Realising that Lou’s ears could be for the record books, she contacted Guinness, who officially verified her last July. While Lou’s ears are extraordinary, she’s still a few centimetres short of the all-time record, which belongs to a bloodhound named Tigger, who sported 34.9 and 34.2 cm ears, setting the record in 2004, according to Guinness. He died in 2009.

Lego: Dogs’ Agility And Herding Fun Park

The dogs have invaded Lego! Péter Szalay has designed a playable dog agility and herding course for the young and the young at heart in a Lego Ideas campaign. Peters’ Instagram offers a glimpse into the man behind the Dog Agility and Hearding Course. As the story goes, this Lego enthusiast adopted a dog named Stencil, and since then, he built up his Lego world around his four-legged best friend.

His latest dog-themed project offering a dog agility course took more than 200 hours of work to design. The interactive nature of the build will keep dog enthusiasts and keen agility participants engrossed with the building bricks for a pretty long time. To complete the dog agility course, a player would need to start from the grandstand and overcome the following obstacles: - Herd the sheep together - Jump over the obstacles - Get through the tunnel - Slalom between the poles - Run through the ramp Szalay is hoping to turn his dog agility idea into an official Lego set, and in order to do that, he needs more votes. • Vote for him at: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/ ecdd9c17-3ec3-4663-9179-16edffc9ce79.

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Onedog: Japanese Dog Tech App Now In Singapore

Hugely popular in Japan, onedog has since undergone a major revamp and is now a “healthcare app” for dog owners in Englishspeaking countries. Known in Japan for its walking-recording function, onedog has since been upgraded and is able to keep track of your dog’s health; information about hospital/vet visits; care logs and various health updates. Healthcare: Besides keeping daily records of your dog’s well being, vet visits, etc, there is a centralised health care repository for records on vaccination, microchips, etc. Walking records: Record your dog’s walk with its GPS map. It also offers other information such

The HOPE Movement: GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to come together to thank, help, give, show kindness, and share what they have with those in need. In recognition of GivingTuesday on 30 Nov 2021, readers are invited to access an e-copy of “Hopeful Hope” by pledging to donate any amount to an animal welfare organisation of their choice. Hope the dog, is the star of a heartwarming story written by authors Su-Jan Yeo and Mark Hon. The authors, supporters of animal welfare causes, first launched the e-picture book as a fundraiser to recognise World Animal Day in Oct. • Pledge today at: www.hopefulhopebook.

as distance, time and frequency. You can also set goals in the app. Information Sharing: You can add users to share information regarding the dog’s medication, vet or even grooming appointments. International Community Sharing: Daily photos and updates with an international community is available via the app. From comments to quick advice, the dog-loving community currently consists of pet owners from the US, Australia, Singapore and Japan. • Available on iOS and Android. • For more information: https://onedog.io

About Hopeful Hope The Book… Hope is a dog and the star of a heartwarming story about, well, hope! Fuelled by a sudden spur of spontaneity, a spunky dog named Hope abandons caution to pursue a beguiling firefly deep into the forest. Eventually, Hope ventures far off course and loses sight of home. This heartwarming story captures the enduring power of giving and receiving hope. With homestyle illustrations in a dreamy watercolour palette, the charming picture book offers a timeless message for readers of all ages.

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Squid Game: Available As Dog Treats Too!

Lee Jin-sun, owner of a pet cooking studio in Seoul, S Korea started a special baking class for the fans of hit Netflix show ‘Squid Game’’ in September. Her wheatfree dog treats come in the shapes of sugar candies popularised by the series, as well as the guards in pink jumpsuits and black masks. Ms Lee, who owns a one-year-old Maltese poodle named Geumdong,

Noodles: The Pug Has Spoken

Noodle, a 13-year-old senior rescued dog has become known globally as a bellwether for the general mood of the day. With his more than 4.5 million TikTok followers, and 54.7 million likes, this Internetfamous pug sets the tone for the day with his morning ritual. His owner Jonathan Graziano, 30, is a social media manager in New York City. He sits Noodle upright to see if the dog can stand on his own every Many people on TikTok have started to take the “bones day” topic very morning when he literally and base their whole day wakes the dog up. solely off Noodle the pug. It’s a “Bones Day” if Noodle stands up on his mat or, a “No Bones Day” if he flops down – just like a noodle. Noodle has bones. But the soft and squishy pug remains standing for even a few seconds, it is a day

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uses rice and coconut powder instead of wheat. Beetroot and carob are added for colouring. Subsequently, a tweet by Reuters propelled her cooking studio into the limelight. Since October, her one-on-one, in-person class remains fully booked. Squid Game has become Netflix’s mostwatched original series since it first started streaming in September. Reports say the series added some 4.38 million new subscribers to the world’s largest streaming service.

for action and accomplishing goals. If, however, he starts to recline and slumps, it is a day you may still accomplish something, but in soft pants and a bubble bath or other forms of self-care. The trend works much like a horoscope, where people can see what their day will be like based on whether or not it’s a bones day. On bones days, people are encouraged to take risks and treat themselves. But no-bones days are often associated with taking it easy and relaxing. Noodle’s TikTok account has gone massively viral, even being used by a US Louisiana Governor to urge people to get vaccinated. Gov John Bel Edwards was reported as saying: “Today is a bones Jonathan Graziano, 30, day, and while every day works as a social media manager in New York, is a great day to get your USA and is the proud vaccination, today is an owner of Noodle. extraordinarily good day.” The videos on the TikTok are fun and engaging as Noodle serves as a welcome respite from the depressive feel induced by the Covid-19 restrictions. p


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IN THING

JUST IN!

The latest products now available at Pet Lovers Centre ‒ the one-stop for all your pet needs.

FISH4DOGS: SENIOR SALMON WITH SWEET POTATO

Salmon is naturally rich in omega 3, which has many health benefits for older dogs, including supporting healthy joints and helping with coat (and skin) conditions. As older dogs can experience changes in their digestion, Fish4Dogs has added prebiotics with beta-glucans to help maintain good digestive health.

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FISH4DOGS: ADVENT CALENDAR FOR DOGS

What better way to spoil your pooch this Christmas than with a fabulous Fish4Dogs Advent calendar? Behind each of its 24 windows is a delicious, fishy, grain-free treat that your dog will love (from Squid Bites to Sea Jerky Fish Squares).


SUNSEED: VITA PRIMA ADULT RABBIT

SUNSEED: NATURAL TIMOTHY HAY CUBES

SUNSEED: VITA PRIMA CONURE FOOD

SUNSEED: TRAIL MIX TREAT WITH CRANBERRY & APPLE

With vitamin-fortified pellets and a blend of wholesome seeds, grains, fruits, and vegetables, Vita Prima Conure Food has all the essentials for your bird to live a happy and healthy life. Made with a nutrient-rich blend of ancient grains, the food pellets is further fortified with essential Vitamins A, D, and E.

Trail Mix Treat is a hearty snack and fun foraging treat for pet rabbits and guinea pigs. Made with real dried cranberries, apples, and other delicious ingredients, it’s a great foraging snack or flavorful pellet food topper.

SUNSEED: ANIMALOVENS APPLE STRUDELS

DOG FEST: DUCK FILLETS FOR ADULT DOGS

Vita Prima Adult Rabbit is designed for adult pet rabbits aged 1 year or older and comes with vitamin-fortified timothy pellets plus a blend of wholesome grains, fruits, and vegetables. Fortified with omega-3s and probiotics for health and digestion, the food diet has all the nutrients rabbits need, natural flavours they want, and the variety to inspire their natural foraging instincts.

Oven-baked, natural apple treats with a hard, crunchy texture helps with small animals’ tooth conditioning. AnimaLovens Apple Strudels are baked for that texture your pet loves and needs to gnaw on to maintain strong, healthy teeth. The combination of real fruit, vegetable, and whole-grain ingredients make them both delicious and nutritious.

Sunseed Natural Timothy Hay Cubes are a healthy, high-fibre treat for small animals and a mess-free way to add to your pet’s daily hay intake. Made from timothy hay grown without pesticides, these treats are a fun and natural source of fibre that helps support the dental and digestive health of your pet. The 100% natural chew treats are quick and convenient to serve too.

This simple, yet amazing treat is our best seller. Dogs truly appreciate the rich flavor of real duck meat. Could be used as a training reward or a quick snack. Composition: duck, vegetable byproducts, minerals.

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VERUS: LIFE ADVANTAGE - CHICKEN MEAL, OATS AND BROWN RICE

ALMO NATURE: HFC LONGEVITY STERILISED SEA BASS & SEA BREAM

The HFC Longevity Sterilised recipes offer complete meals that are ideal for sterilised cats. Formulated with a low magnesium content to reduce the possibility of kidney stone formation; a moderate fat content and an adequate supply of fibre to support the needs of house cats together with high-quality protein to preserve lean mass.

This Chicken Meal, Oats and Brown Rice Holistic Formula from Vērsus provides complete and balanced nutrition for all breeds of dogs and at all life stages. It uses USA-grown, antibiotic-free, EU-certified chicken raised without the use of growth hormones. Nutrient-packed ingredients like flaxseed and chicory root extract, freeze-dried live probiotics, chelated minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, and Lcarnitine are included in the food mix.

BUNGENER: KITTEN ESSENCE COW MILK POWDER

Bungener’s Kitten Essence Milk is a milk replacement series suitable for newborn kitties, pregnant or lactating cats as well as old or weakened cats. It provides the essential nutrients for energy and growth and comes with omega-3 fatty acids to support brain development. It also aids in reducing the risk of bloating or diarrhoea.

ALMO NATURE: HFC NATURAL & COMPLETE XS–S ADULT PORK

With ingredients originally fit for human consumption now food for your dog, the Almo Nature HFC recipes offer 100% fresh meat and 0% animal meal. The formula has been created with particular attention to the body and mind of your adult and mature dog. Thanks to the presence of polyphenols, chondroitin and glucosamine which, together with a healthy lifestyle, contribute to your pet’s vitality and well-being.

BUNGENER: ADVANCED BONE & JOINT TABLETS – ADULT

Frequent exercise and normal activities put pressure on bones and joints and can cause mobility issues. Bungener’s Advanced tablets is specially formulated for adult dogs. The tablets contain glucosamine, chondroitin, vitamin D3 and other ingredients good for bone and joint function.

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Christmas Extravaganza Whether your heart belongs to a mammoth of a dog or a tiny fluffball kitty, celebrate the love with these toys, grooming products, wholesome food and fun picks.

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C H R I S T MAS E X T RAVAGA N Z A

From

Pet L

1ST CHOICE

Puppy Sensitive Skin & Coat 2.72kg (U.P. $45.25 each)

vers Centre

FISH4DOGS

Finest Dog Dry Food 1.5kg (Full Range excluding Puppy)

Buy 1 Get 1 Free

(U.P. $38.25 each)

1ST CHOICE

FISH4DOGS

Puppy Toy & Small Breeds 2.72kg (U.P. $41.25 each)

Buy 1 Get 1 Free

2 for $45.20

Superior Dog Dry Food 1.5kg (Full Range excluding. Puppy) (U.P. $42.25 each)

2 for $51.60

PRONATURE

Holistic Dog Dry Food 2kg - 2.72kg (Full Range) (U.P. $51.25 - $57.25 each)

$31 - $35.80 each

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BLACK HAWK Dog Dry Food 2.5kg - 3kg (Full Range)

(U.P. $62.38 - $68.63 each)

$39.90 - $44.90 each


VIGOR & SAGE

Dog & Cat Dry Food 2kg (Full Range) (U.P. $50 each)

PRONATURE

Holistic Cat Dry Food 2kg - 2.72kg (Full Range)

$31 each

(U.P. $61.33 - $67.33 each)

ITI

ITI

Biti Air Dried Meat for Dogs 1kg (Full Range) (U.P. $70 each)

$41 each

$36 - $40.50 each

Kiti Air Dried Meat for Cats 1kg (Full Range) (U.P. $70 each)

$41 each

ALLEVA

Holistic Puppy & Dog Dry Food 2kg (Full Range) (U.P. $35 - $37.50 each)

$22 - $24 each

BLACK HAWK Cat Dry Food 1.2kg - 1.5kg (Full Range)

(U.P. $38.63 each)

$23.90 each

1ST CHOICE

VIGOR & SAGE

(U.P. $61.33 each)

(U.P. $15 each)

Kitten Healthy Start 2.72kg

Buy 1 Get 1 Free

Cat Dry Food 400g (Full Range)

$9 each

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ALLEVA

Holistic Kitten & Cat Dry Food 400g (Full Range) (U.P. $13.13 - $13.75 each)

$8.50 - $9 each

BOO BOO’S BEST Dehydrated Mighty Mussels 85g (U.P. $20.95 each)

$12.81 each

WAGG CUNIPIC

Naturaliss Adult Rabbit & Guinea Pig 1.81kg (U.P. $23.63 each)

Dog Treats 120g 150g (Full Range) (U.P. $4.70 each)

$3.20 each

$14.90 each

MHIMS

Dog Wet Food 375g (Full Range) (U.P. $8.69 each)

2 for $9.60

ITI

Dog & Cats Treats 100g (Full Range) (U.P. $14 - $15.43 each)

$8.30 - $9.30 each

BURP!

Ola Bone Dental Treats for Dogs (Full Range)

BLACK HAWK

Dog Canned Food 100g (Full Range) (U.P. $2.26 each)

$1.50 each

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(U.P. $29.90 - $32.90 each)

$20.02 - $22.42 each


CUNIPIC

Naturlitter Clumping Wood for Cats 10L (U.P. $24.75 each)

$13.80 each

CHIPSI

Ultra & Universal Plus Small Animal Litter 8L-10L (U.P. $15 each)

$8.75 each

CUNIPIC

Naturlitter Ultra Pellet for Cats 10L (U.P. $18.50 each)

$10.30 each

CHIPSI

Nesting Bed (Organic Fibre) 20g (U.P. $2.24 each)

$1.50 each

ODOURLOCK

Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Sand 6kg (Full Range)

CUNIPIC

(U.P. $21.12 each)

(U.P. $11.50 each)

$13.40 each

PET’S DREAM Paper Pure 10L (U.P. $15 each)

$8.85 each

Naturaliss Premium Timothy Hay 500g

$6.24 each

RUFUS & COCO

All Products (Excluding Wee Kitty & Little Tray Liners) (U.P. $5.50 - $39.90 each)

20% OFF

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BIOGANCE

Dog & Cat Shampoo/ Conditioner/Lotion 250ml (Excluding Extra Volume, Tawny Apricot & Fresh N Pure)

SAVIC

Dog Barrier Gate (U.P. $106 each)

$69.50 each

(U.P. $21 each)

$11.85 each

ISLE OF DOGS

Coature Dog Shampoo 1L (Full Range) (U.P. $87 each)

$62.60 each

AQUALIGHTER Aquarium Set Pico 5L

(U.P. $106.66 each)

$65 each

VET NOVEL

SAVIC

(U.P. $58.70 each)

(U.P. $33.33 each)

Organic Coconut Shampoo 650ml

$39.90 each

WILDA SIBERICA

Dog Shampoo 400ml (Full Range) (U.P. $12.53 each)

$9.90 each

Trotter 1 Carrier (Full Range)

$21.50 each

SAVIC

Andes 7 Carrier IATA (U.P. $412 each)

$279 each

To Buy: https://www.petloverscentre.com/christmas-sale Terms & Conditions apply. • Valid online and at all Pet Lovers Centre & The Pet Safari retail stores with the product/range featured. • Valid for VIP members only. • Valid from 19 Nov - 26 Dec 2021. • Not valid with other promotions and offers. • While stocks last

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C H R I S T MAS E X T RAVAGA N Z A

FOR DOGS Good dogs (and all pets) deserve presents! We have sure-to-please gifts so solve those holiday shopping woes. From delicious treats to skin-care products, we’ve got your covered.

K9 CONNECTION: BOARDING FOR DOGS

Going away for vacation or just a staycation? Not sure where to board your beloved furkid? Look no further. With our state of the art pet hotel with 24/7 IP camera access, you will have a peace of mind while vacationing.

K9BIOSHIELD: DAILY DISINFECTANT SPRAY

K9-Bioshield products eliminate 99.999% of allergens, viruses, and bacteria that can be picked up from plants, other dogs, and even humans within 60 seconds.

• Promotions: 10% of boarding rates if you like and follow K9 Connection on Facebook and Instagram. Leave a review on Facebook to earn an additional 5% discount upon checkout. • Validity: 1 – 31 Dec 2021

To Buy: https://promo.k9connectionsg.com

With a non-toxic, non-alcohol formula, it’s safe for use especially, before your pets return from playtime outside. • 10% off original price for Pets Magazine readers • Validity Period: 1 Dec 2021 – 31 Dec 2021

https://www.k9bioshield.com

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CHEW GOOD: SNUFFLEMATE & FISH TWISTERS • SNUFFLEMATE: MAKE MEALTIMES FUN Use the SnuffleMate to make mealtimes more exciting, stimulating and fun for your pet dogs and cats.

Foraging, hunting and seeking are instinctive behaviours for dogs and cats. A feel-good brain chemical known as Dopamine increases when an opportunity to gain food appears. It is the thrill or the pursuit of the food that is more satisfying than the food itself. To use, put the SnuffleMate on the floor and drop kibble, meat or kibble or treats on top of the strips. You can also hide the meat or kibble or treats between the treats so your pet has to hunt for them. • 10% off retail price for Pets Magazine readers • Offer valid from 1 Jan - 31 Jan 2022

• FISH TWISTERS: DELICIOUS & HEALTHY TREATS These treats are a delicious, natural, and healthy product. Packed in 90 gram pouches, they are made from Australian shark cartilage, and wrapped with Australian mackerel. These pet treats contain no additives or preservatives – only natural Australian fish.

The shark cartilage is rich in calcium which will help to strengthen bones. As mackerel is high in omega 3, it serves to reduce joint inflammation, improve brain function and increase a dog’s coat health. • Buy 2 get one 1 free for Pet Magazine readers. • Offer valid from 1 Dec – 31 Dec 2021 To Buy: www.chewgoodsg.com

LOYAL.D

Loyal.D was founded in Singapore in 2015 as a socially motivated company that brings quality, trustworthy products for dogs and animal lovers. Through the sales of its products and volunteering efforts, Loyal.D aims to raise funds and awareness to support community animal welfare groups. • Enjoy 10% off when ordering code: LDXMAS2021 • Local Delivery is FREE for orders of $55 and over • Offer valid till 31 Jan 2022 To Buy: www.loyald.com

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WOOFALICIOUS: DR GOAT MILK & LICKIMAT • DR GOAT MILK Dr Goat Milk is 100 percent natural and made in New Zealand. It is suitable for dogs and cats with no added fillers or preservatives. With lesser Cassien content compared to cow’s milk, goat’s milk is the perfect treat in the form of milk for your pet.

THE PAWMISE: PURPOSE PET FOOD & M-PETS

• PURPOSE PET FOOD Purpose pet food uses humanely raised and human-grade, antibiotic-free and steroid-free meats, poultry, certified organic produce, certified organic minerals and natural vitamins to make sure it follows your pet’s ancestral diet.

This formula is best fed to new-born animals, pregnant and lactating mothers, sick and older animals. • LICKIMAT: BUNDLE SET FOR MEDIUM TO LARGE DOGS. Lickimat is a family of enriching products designed by vets for dogs and cats. Made from rubber that’s non-toxic and safe for human use, this slow feeder is suitable for both dogs and cats. It’s also microwave proof and freezerfriendly. A bundle deal consisting of the following is now available: - Lickimat Slodog - Lickimat Slomo - Lickimat Buddy Tuff - Lickimat Bandana - Dr Goat Milk Powder 7oz (200g) - Brush for cleaning Lickimat

Purpose Duck Dog Food is rich with iron and makes an easy to digest protein source. • Free-range duck, farm-raised in the USA • 95% duck, 5% organic produce • No fillers like grain, corn, wheat, soy or potato • No artificial preservatives, flavours or sugar • M-PET DEODORANT SPRAY M-Pets Odour Stop Deodorant Spray in Lavender scent is formulated with Phytoncide, a renewable plant extract that makes it more environmentally friendly! It quickly eliminates odours and bacteria in as quick as 30 seconds, leaving behind a pleasant and fresh scent. Odour Stop can be used in homes, vehicles or any area.

• Dr Goat Milk Promo: 10% off retail price for Pets Magazine readers. • Lickimat Promo: 15% off for Pets Magazine readers. • Offer valid from 1 Dec 2021 – 31 Dec 2021 To Buy: https://www.woofalicious.shop

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FOR FURRY FRIENDS: SKIN CARE PRODUCTS

• PET’S ACTIVATED WATER SANITIZER (P.A.W.S) 250ML Top-selling PAWS is a lifesaver for any furkid with common skin issues such as rashes, hot spots, bacterial and yeast infection. It eliminates bacteria, viruses and odours and is suitable for pets of all ages. It is easy to use and saves time while maintaining their cleanliness daily. PAWS is chemical and alcohol free and is safe for pets and pet owners with sensitive skin. • BODY HEALING BALM

Great for moisturising dry and flaky skin conditions. It also works wonder on dry skin hotspots, wounds, eczema and dermatitis. • FLEA AND TICK SPRAY 250ML (FOR DOGS ONLY) Natural flea and tick protection is possible with For Furry Friends Flea and Tick Spray for dogs. Designed to repel mosquitoes, fleas and ticks effectively, the spray is water-based and uses safe and natural ingredients only. The repellent works by masking the dog’s natural odours. The fleas and ticks will then lose interest and won’t go near our fourlegged companions. • Promotion Code: Pets Magazine readers use PETSXMAS for a 10% discount found on the website below. • Validity Period: Till 31 Dec 2021

For Furry Friends Body Healing Balm is specially formulated for dogs. The balm works to encourage superficial wound healing and calm itchy skin.

YAPPY PETS: LOOKING GOOD, FEELING GOOD

• HAPPI DOGGY CARE DENTAL CHEWS Whether it’s for the joints, skin and coat, or gut, Happi Doggy Care dental chews (4-inch) can make it all better! Get ready to have your pup’s vitality and well-being amped up for more fun times with you! • Buy 3, Get 1 Free Usual Price: $7.60, Now At: $5.70 • Valid till 31 Dec 2021 To Buy: https://shopee.sg/yappypets

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• EARTHMADE AIR-DRIED DOG TREATS Born from the pristine landscape of New Zealand, where livestock roams cage-free and stress-free, comes earthmade. The dog treats are naturally air-dried to retain the majority of their nutrients and flavours for your four-legged friend’s enjoyment. It is also free from preservatives or artificial flavours, no corn, wheat, soy, and fillers. • Promotion: Buy 1 Free 1 (The lowest-priced item will be the free product) • Offer valid till 31 Dec 2021 To Buy: https://shopee.sg/yappypets

LOYALTY & CO

• BEYOND CLEAN: PET CLEANING & GROOMING Beyond Clean offers products that are sustainably sourced and free from harsh chemicals. Their commitment to safer, healthier, and more eco-conscious cleaning extends to their range of pet cleaning and grooming products. Their products are safe to be used around food, are biodegradable, are cruelty-free, and have no parabens, sulphates, or toxic chemicals in them. • HEALTHY SHORES: PREMIUM PET FOOD FROM CANADA Feed your pet nature’s best food from Canada’s west coast. All Healthy Shores products are packed with premium cut, human-grade sustainably sourced wild-caught fish from the pristine icy waters of the Pacific Northwest. Their products are AAFCO compliant for a complete and balanced diet.

• LOYALTY & CO DENTAL PLUS Loyalty & Co Dental Plus is a specially formulated organic dental supplement for both dogs and cats. Made from dehydrated and crushed wildharvested Ascophyllum Nodosum Seaweed (ANS), organic nutritional yeast, and diatomaceous earth. When consumed, ANS is absorbed by the bloodstream and released into the saliva.

The organic dental supplement has been clinically proven to reduce plaque and tartar by softening them — enabling easy removal by brushing, chewing or scaling. • Promotion: 20% off all products • Validity Period: 1 Dec – 31 Dec 2021 To Buy: https://loyaltyandco.sg

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AKC BRILLANTPAD ORIGINAL: PEE PADS WITH A DIFFERENCE

Never see, smell or touch dog waste again with BrilliantPad Original. Considered the world’s first

self-cleaning dog potty that handles, wraps and seals waste to keep your home clean and odour-free. Adjustable timer automatically replaces a dirty pad with a clean, fresh one. Or advance the pad anytime at the touch of a button. Messy and smelly is replaced with clean and fresh. Original model features drip lip along edge of the machine to reduce spills onto the floor. • BrilliantPad Original will ship 1-3 business days after placing your order. To Buy: AKC Shop

GOOD STEPS: DESIGNED FOR DOGS

Good Steps is the world’s first dog steps designed to ergonomically adjust to fit the physical needs of nearly every dog. It works with your dog from puppyhood through their senior years to help them safely and comfortably reach a variety of special spots – from their favourite spot on the couch to that little slice of dog heaven, your bed! They are also great for dogs with health issues such as bad hips, surgical recovery, failing eyesight, or balance issues, as well as those who, because of body type, just can’t make traditional dog steps work. These steps adjust in over 100 ways to serve the needs of dog breeds such as Corgis, Maltese, Dachshunds, Bulldogs, and others who may be stair-challenged.

SOSD: MOZOMOZO POWER • MOZOMOZO HARNESS: DIMSUM & FLOWER PATCH Handmade and assembled with love, the Dimsum and Flower Patch dual reversible Mozomozo harness is made with soft polyester and breathable mesh. The ID identity tag is reflective while the sturdy attaching ring comes with little charms. Matching collar, harness, bandana and bow-tie are available. Suitable for small and medium-sized dogs • MOZOMOZO FISH AND CHIPS LEASH The reversible dual-designed Mozomozo Fish & Chips leash is made comfortable with its soft polyester webbing strap and neoprene padded handle lining. It offers a heavy-duty swivel metal clasp and metal (iron) ID ring for identity tags and little charms. Matching collar, harness, bandana and bow tie are available. Size: L - 152cm | Width 2cm

To Buy: www.GoodSteps.dog To Buy: https://sosd.org.sg/shop

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PET MASTER: NORTH PAW GRAIN-FREE DOG & CAT FOOD

FUREVER FLOOF: ADORINGLY FLOOFY

North Paw offers protein-rich formulations that help our pets thrive. It is formulated with high meat inclusions and the finest ingredients. Each kibble is nutrient-infused and made with highquality, thoroughly tested ingredients.

• ADJUSTABLE DOG HARNESSES Harnesses that are adjustable at the neck and chest for the perfect fit. Available in a range of vibrant designs to fit your mood of the moment. Choose from sizes Super Petite to Large.

Pet Master is a comprehensive pet store created by pet lovers for pet lovers, specialising in everything dogs and cats, from foods and treats to toys and furniture.

• NORTH PAW GRAIN-FREE DOG FOOD Available in 4 formulas: - Atlantic Seafood with Lobster - Lamb and Sweet Potato - Small Bites - Adult (Chicken & Herring) • NORTH PAW GRAIN FREE CAT FOOD Available in 3 formulas: - Atlantic Seafood with Lobster - All Life Stages - Mature / Weight Health

Founded and designed in Singapore, Furever Floof products are inspired and worn by Founder Michele Yip’s own dogs. This small business enterprise aims to offer products that are comfortable, stylish, durable and yet affordable.

• DOG COLLARS Designed for pups and available in a range of colourful designs, these collars can be paired with a matching leash and waste bag holder for a coordinated appeal.

To Buy: https://petmaster.com.sg • Use code NORTHPAW10 to receive 10% off all North Paw products (only one code can be applied per order). • Valid till 31 Dec 2021. • Enjoy $10 off your first purchase of $80 • For further info: https://petmaster.com.sg/ collections/north-paw

• DOG WASTE BAG HOLDERS Hold your dog’s waste bags in style with these brightly coloured pouches. Available In a range of lively designs. To Buy: https://www.fureverfloof.com

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FOR CATS (AND CAT PEO PLE)

Get your feline (and feline loving friends) in the festive mood with our selection of Christmas cat products!

FANCY FEAST: HOLIDAY SPECIALS

• HOLIDAY FEAST Fancy Feast has released two new holiday feast inspired flavours: Yuletide Turkey Feast with Sweet Potato & Tomato in Gravy and Hearthside Salmon Platter with Pumpkin & Spinach Pate, which are available in the Fancy Feast Feastivities Advent Calendar and Stocking Stuffer Sleeve for a limited time.

The calendar retails for US$24.99, and pet parents can purchase them from online retailers like Amazon. • HOLIDAY ORNAMENT This year’s Holiday Ornament celebrates the culinary magic that happens inside our kitchens throughout the season with a holiday sugar cookie inspired ornament.

Packed in a sleeve for inserting in a holiday stocking, the Fancy Feast Stocking Stuffer Sleeve is available for a retail price of US$4.99 at online retailers in the US. • ADVENT CALENDAR Last year, Fancy Feast introduced its Feastivities advent calendar. This year, its advent calendar features 24 recipes including Fancy Feast classics and new limited-edition holiday recipes like Yuletide Turkey Feast in Gravy.

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The ornament comes with a limited-edition cat-shaped cookie cutter and a Nestle Tollhouse recipe so that pet parents can bake their own holiday cookies. Purina will donate all proceeds to RedRover through the Purple Leash Project, with a mission to create more pet-friendly domestic violence shelters in the US. To Buy: www.Feastivities.com


YAPPY PETS: CIAO CHURU CAT TREATS

KEDAI KOOLCATS: HANDMADE FABRIC PRODUCTS

Let your cat lick the liquid snack like a popsicle or squeeze it over their food for extra flavour. It’s great for finicky cats and suitable for all life stages.

• KEDAI KOOLCATS X TROOPS ON PRINT This collection consists of three products made using cat print canvas designed exclusively by Singaporean illustrator, Troops on Print for Kedai Koolcats.

Ciao treats are prepared with human-quality ingredients that are grain-free and preservative-free.

• Spend a minimum of $38.80 on Ciao ChuRu products and get a free mystery gift. Available at selected stores only. • Offer valid 31 Dec 2021 To Buy: https://shopee.sg/yappypets

MAOBOX: CHRISTMAS SURPRISE!

Looking for a Christmas gift for your kitty or a friend? Purchase an a-la carte MāoBox or a subscription with a one-time promo code. For details, go to website: www.maobox.sg • Use PETSMAG for a 10% discount off your Christmas MāoBox • Validity Period: 15 Nov till 23 Dec 2021 To Subscribe: www.maobox.sg/subscribe

• CATNIP KICKER TOY A kicker toy for your cats. Handmade using durable cotton to withstand your cats’ kicks and pulls, each kicker toy is filled fully, purely with about 48g of organic catnip i.e. no cotton stuffing or artificial fillers, but only catnip. • WATER-RESISTANT WRISTLET An all-purpose 5 in. H by 8 in. W flat zipper pouch. Made using water-resistant cat print canvas and water-resistant black polyester lining. Comes with ‘Kedai Koolcats’ embossed wrist strap that is semidetachable using metal snap buttons, and wide elastic slot as sanitiser bottle holder.

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SWEET DREAM BASKETS: HOLIDAY JOY

• SANTA CLAUS PET BASKET Sweet Dream Baskets are cosy, handmade beds for your cat or dog are soft and soothing to the touch. It also acts as a beautiful accessory in your home.

Available in two designs: Colourful Cats on Green and Black Cats on Flowers. • MERCAT CUSHION Not any cat, not just a mermaid, but a mercat (mermaid cat)! This cat-shaped cushion with a mermaid tail is the purrfect gift for any crazy cat lady/guy/kid. Made using quality cotton from Japan.

Sweet Dream Baskets are crocheted individually using textile waste. They are environmentally friendly, turning scraps of fabric into a work of art. They make a great gift basket under the Christmas tree! Spend your holidays watching your pet sleep in one of these endearing baskets. • HOLIDAY JOY COLLAR This Holiday Joy Collar is a little gift designed to bring Christmas cheer to your furry one! Perfect for those photoop moments during this Yuletide season.

Available in two designs: Cats on Green and Pastel Cats on White. • Free doorstep delivery for all local orders. To Buy: https://www.kedaikoolcats.com

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There is a couple of shiny bells, a ring and a ribbon on the collar that is adjustable to pets up to 4.5kg. • Free shipping worldwide till the end of the year. • Offer valid till end of 20021 To Buy: www.sweetdreambaskets.com


F O R P E T OW

NERS

Celebrate the magic of Christmas with these selected gift items. It’s armchair shopping at its best for the pet lovers in your life!

MASTERBRANDS

MasterBrands is a specialised e-commerce platform offering a variety of goods and services in a curated portfolio. Started in 2021, the one-stop website enables shoppers to confidently purchase their favourite brands and find new ones to love. Each lifestyle, F&B and travel affiliate is carefully screened to ensure that the highest standards of quality and value are accorded to the individual shopper.

• BLENDTEC CLASSIC 575 BLENDER The Blendtec Classic 575, is the ultimate all-in-one appliance. Pre-programmed cycles make it easier than ever to create smoothies, salsas, hot soups, and more.

Features include a powerful 1,560watt motor, a touchpad interface for easy cleaning, preprogrammed cycle, 5 incremental speeds + Pulse and an illuminated LCD timer displays remaining time on blends Colours Available: Black, Red and White Recommended Retail Price: S$828.00

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• BLENDTEC DESIGNER 625 BLENDER The Blendtec Designer 625 blender is engineered not only to perform—but also to fit in with your fashion sense.

Features include, a powerful 1560-watt motor, Illuminated, capacitive touch interface, reprogrammed cycles, 6-speed capacitive touch slider + Pulse, Illuminated display to show remaining blend time

• SOLIS BARISTA PERFETTA PLUS Compact elegance for your perfect coffee. The Solis Perfetta Plus fits in the smallest kitchen and has been lovingly developed to get the best out of every coffee bean.

Colours Available: Black, Blue, Green, Purple and White. Recommended Retail Price: S$1,201

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The materials and components of the espresso machine have been carefully checked and selected. Ready for use in just 40 seconds while achieving the ideal and constant brewing temperature at the same time – right from the start. Retail Price in Stainless Steel or Red at: S$920


• VINTEC WINE CABINETS Maturing or aging wine is as much science as it is an art, and maintain a consistent temperature is extremely important. Age-worthy wines can improve in flavour as well as value over time, but can be damaged in less than a year if not properly cared for. By creating the conditions of the best natural underground wine cellars, the Vintec line of climatecontrolled wine cabinets is an elegant solution for preserving and protecting your unique and valuable wine collection.

NOIR SERIES VWS020SBA-X: 20 BOTTLES SINGLE ZONE Dimension: 820(H) x 295(W) x 561(D) mm Single Temperature Zone: 6 - 18 °C Door: Triple Glazed, UV treated Display Panel: LED Digital Display Price: S$1,299.00

CLASSIC SERIES V120SG: 90 BOTTLES SINGLE ZONE Dimension: 1550(H) x 595(W) x 595(D) mm Single Temperature Zone: 6 - 16 °C Door: Double Glazed, UV treated LED: Crystal White LED light Price: S$2,999.00

NOIR SERIES VWD050SBA-X: STORAGE FOR 50 BOTTLE DUAL-ZONE Dimension: 820(H) x 595(W) x 571(D) mm Dual Temperature Zone: 6 – 12, 12 - 18 °C Door: Triple Glazed, UV treated Display Panel: LED Digital Display Free Standing / Under-Counter Price: S$2,469.00

NOIR SERIES V190SG2EBK: 198 BOTTLES MULTI-TEMP 1850(H) x 595(W) x 595(D) mm Multi-Temperature Zone: 5 - 22 °C Door: Double Glazed, UV treated Display Panel: LED Digital Display Price: S$4,849.00

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• SCHOTT ZWIESEL: DIVA Schott Zwiesel is a well recognised brand in crystal glasses, and is considered the glassware of the professionals. Sommeliers, wine makers, internationally acclaimed chefs and top hotels in over 130 countries value the brand highly. The Schott Zwiesel Diva range captures the flow of emotion in its sensuous design. The slim, convex stems flow in the hand and lend a charm to the softly curved bowls. The harmonious forms of the fourteen bowls – from wine to Grappa – are designed to bring out the complex aromas of a wide variety of drinks. Made in Germany, all the Diva glasses are dishwasher safe. They are made from Tritan crystal, known as the hardest, clearest and most brilliant crystal globally. While the Diva glassware is machine-made, the decanters are all handmade.

SPARKLING WINE GLASS Dimension Per Glass: H253 mm x Dia 72 mm x Vol219 ml Price: S$138 Box of 6

RED WINE GLASS Dimension Per Glass: H247 mm x Dia100 mm x Vol 613 ml Price: S$138 Box of 6

SCHOTT ZWIESEL WHITE WINE GLASS Dimension Per Glass: H230 mm x Dia73 mm x Vol302 ml Price: S$138 Box of 6

SCHOTT ZWIESEL DIVA DECANTER Dimension Per Glass: H226 mm x Dia224 mm x Vol 1000 ml Price: S$148 Box of 1

• LELIT FRED Fred is the line of high performing grinders for blends always freshly ground, a must for the lovers of real Espresso. It grants a constant grind of excellent quality in compact dimensions for every space demand. It comes with a micro-metric stepless grinding adjustment, coffee chute, filterholder support and grinding switch in stainless steel. Recommended Retail Price: $428.00

To Buy: www.masterbrandsasia.com

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AKC: CHRISTMAS CHEER

• HOLIDAY GIFT BOX Whether you’re buying this bundle of musthave goodies for your pup, or shopping for a loved one, the AKC Shop Holiday Gift Box offers a wonderful collection of products to celebrate the upcoming Holiday season. This year, you can choose from three different plaid blankets, a hide and squeak hot cocoa mug with marshmallows, Santa’s S’mores (a peanut butter treat), a donut toy and a rope toy. That little something extra is an odour eliminating candle, and a Happy Holidays card from the AKC Shop. Suitable for all dogs (and dog owners) who love being spoiled! • CHRISTMAS CHEER PILLOW CASE It’s hard not to smile while looking at these adorable Santa themed breed-specific throw pillows. Made from a hefty polyester/cotton linen weave fabric, it features a printed version of your favourite pup on the front. The pillowcase also

PERFECT PETS: GUIDE TO MOST POPULAR DOG & CAT

• WHICH DOG? AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO BRITAIN’S 20 MOST POPULAR BREEDS Which Dog? guides the new owner through the most popular breeds and gives an insight into how a puppy can develop into a perfect member of the family. Illustrated with colour photographs throughout, and full of facts, this book is not only an essential guide but also a pleasure for the family to enjoy.

comes a zipper for easy wash and removal. This effortlessly chic pillowcase will add an adorable touch to any space. Choose to purchase the cover only or, a pillow stuffed with a poly-fil insert. • BREED LOVE COFFEE MUG What can make a well-designed, generously-sized coffee mug even better? If it’s adorned with an image of your favourite dog breed. Get a few for the house, get one for the office. It even makes a great gift for the dog lovers in your life. The modern, clean lines of this ceramic mug will look good in any setting. It’s microwave and dishwasher safe.

To Buy: https://shop.akc.org

• WHICH CAT? AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO BRITAIN’S 20 MOST POPULAR BREEDS Which Cat? Some cats love to wander about outdoors – some rarely leave the house. With an endless list of questions Which Cat? helps to guide and answer many of them. Which Cat? is illustrated throughout with full-colour photographs. It is not just an essential reference guide, and it is a book that all can enjoy. • Discount: Use code “Pets 25” to get 25% off • Promotion ends March 2022 To Buy: https://perfect-pets.org/product

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SPCA: FRIENDS FOR LIFE

• SPCA CALENDAR 2022 We know organising your life can be tricky without a system. With the SPCA’s calendar on your desk, it can help you navigate your days easier. It is also a collector’s item.

Featuring some of SPCA’s animals, it makes a perfect gift for yourself, your loved ones or friends. • SPCA EZ LINK CARD (LIMITED EDITION) Spread the word and show your support by using SPCA’s limited edition EZ Link Cards. The cards do not come with any stored value.

• SPCA T-SHIRTS STOP ANIMAL ABUSE Spread the word and show your support by using these wonderful and very comfortable to wear 100% cotton T-shirts.

• SPCA STATIONARY SET A wonderful gift for the young or the young at heart. The Stationery Set comes with a stapler, tape dispenser, paper clips and post it pads. Size: 8.5(H) x 12(L)cm

To Buy: https://shopee.sg/spcasingapore

HOPE DOG RESCUE: HARPER CHRISTMAS SPECIAL TEE

Specially designed by one of HOPE’s volunteers, the Christmas tee comes in various sizes and colours. Harper is an icon at HOPE Dog Rescue. She is a special needs dog who has been with the group for eight years. Born with a broken spine, she is paralysed waist down. Due to this, she is incontinent. Despite all her health issues, Harper is an amazing dog with an indomitable spirit. Get yourself a Harper tee. Proceeds from the sale will go towards HOPE Dog Rescue to buy food for the strays.

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To Buy: https://hdr.secure-decoration.com/


PURELY ADOPTIONS 2022 CALENDAR

Purely Adoptions 2022 calendar is ready and on sale now!! Having a hard time selecting a small gift for your fellow animal lover friends or family? These lovely drawings of Purely Adoptions rescued furry friends adorn each individual month in the calendar. This year’s calendar is a collaboration with @ Paintinks by Melt & @Amber Art Gallery. Each calendar is going for $10 each (excluding courier fee). • Courier Fee (one location only) by Qoo Express 1 - 10 calendars: $4.30 11 - 30 calendars: $6.90 * Self-Collection is unavailable due to Covid-19 restrictions. Simply follow these three steps to order Purely Adoptions 2022 Calendar: 1) Pm Purely Adoptions via WhatsApp 96984704 and state the number of calendars you wish to purchase. 2) Donate to Purely Adoptions via: - UOB current account: 374-322-623-0 - PayNow UEN:202123474H (input reference as “2022 calendars”) 3) To confirm your order, send a screenshot of the donation to tel: 96984704 The calendar is priced at $10 each and is available while stocks last.

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MERCYLIGHT

• 2022 CALENDAR From Mercylight Animal Rescue and Sanctuary Ltd comes this charming 17cm x 22cm standing desk calendar.

Available at $10 per copy, all proceeds will get a dollar-for-dollar match by Tote Board and the government under the Enhanced Fund-Raising Programme. Your purchase will enable the homeless dogs to receive the life-saving care and medical help they need, as well as the love from the volunteers until they find their happy homes. To Buy: https://bit.ly/ML2022Calendar

• ANGEL WINGS “His eyes are talking to me.” With these words, Zen, a one-year-old Labrador Retriever, entered the lives of his two humans in Singapore back in 2016.

A few months later, the author, his wife, and Zen, relocated to Stanford University in the US. In the summer of 2017, the trio set off on a two-month, 10,000 miles road trip across America, covering some 29 states. A humorous narration of Zen’s adventures as told from his unique perspective and inimitable style – is ardent, conversational, and simply touching. • $5 donated to Mercylight for every book purchased • Price: $20 per copy • While stocks last To Buy: https://zen-doggy.com/buy-in-singapore

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PEOPLE & PETS

Pet-Proof Your Christmas Tree Five quick and easy tips to ensure a peaceful yuletide. By Patricia E Tan

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Christmas tree is the quintessential symbol of the season, and a Christmas celebration wouldn’t be complete without a nicely decorated tree to evoke the festive spirit. Of course, with the pets running around, the idea of having a Christmas tree morphs into a hazard that’s best relegated to the bin. However, don’t dismiss the idea just yet! With a bit of creativity – and compromise – there are ways to incorporate this Christmas icon into your fur-mily celebrations safely.

1. Oh, Christmas Tree…

Real or artificial one? While real ones are the draw with their wonderful pine scent and gorgeous outlook, real trees are unfortunately a no-no if your pooch is into chewing tree branches. While the trees are generally safe and nontoxic for pets, there are pets who love to chew tree branches. Those pine needles can inflict damage to the eyes and cause irritations to the mouth. For safety, it’s also good to get a tree that has a heavy and wide base for added stability. As most pets hate aluminium foil and citrus scents, wrapping the trunk with foil and placing a few lemons or orange peels around it may just keep the pets at bay. A light spray of lemon deodoriser will also do the trick.

2. Bare Tree

3. Scent Deterrents

Before decorating the tree, consider spraying it with a product called Bitter Apple. The scent from the spray deters our pets from the tree but does not leave a noticeable odour to human noses. A citrus spray or Citronella oil added into a small water bottle will also achieve the same effect on felines.

4. Decorating Dangers

When it is finally time to decorate, do not tease Fido or Puss with the decorations as you hang them up – this will only encourage it to see the ornaments as toys that it can be played with. Dangling baubles, tantalising tinsels and flashing fairy lights can all be very tempting for cats and dogs. Dogs tend to explore things with their mouths, so it’s easy for them to pick up small decorations and swallow them accidentally. Such items can cause severe blockages in your pet’s stomach or gut. It’s best to keep your pets out of harm’s way while you decorate the tree. It’s also not a good idea to decorate with food items like candy canes or even sugar cookies. Best to place temptation out of the way as a mischiefmaking dog/cat is liable to jump at it. Food is for feasting, not trimming. Get the four-footed household members adjusted to the sight of a tree before putting the ornaments up.

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The colourful, sparkly baubles and flickering lights are tempting. We can’t wait to add them once the Christmas tree is up. However, it may be better to

leave the tree – naked and unadorned for a while. The trick is to get the four-footed household members adjusted to the sight of a tree in their midst. They will then be less inclined to play with the tree – especially when the ornaments are up!

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wrapped up and secured. Taping the wires down to the base of the trees is one suggestion. The wires can also be coated in Bitter Apple, any citrus spray or Citronella. Remember to turn off the lights when there is no one in the room as well. Have fun and happy decorating! p

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Curious Ways To Put Up A Christmas Trees What would Christmas be without a Christmas tree? Without it, where would Santa leave his presents?

For a dog or a cat, it would seem that the Christmas tree you just set up is a great scratching post, a free-for-all stick buffet, or a snack bar filled with sweet delights.

How To Protect Christmas Tree From Your Cat? Use A Cage. For The Tree

Perfect Tree For House With Cats

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Keeping the Christmas tree decorations safe in a pet-less household is easy enough. But if you have an extended family with a couple of four-pawed members, it might become a mission impossible.

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A Christmas tree will not be complete without those flickering lights that give the tree its magical glow! Of course, for Fido, chewing plugged in fairy lights could give him a nasty shock. It’s best to look out for the loose wires and have them tied up,

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For some creative pet owners, they have found a way around the conundrum. Here’s how they did it.

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5. What A Shock

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Finally Dog Proof!

We Put Our Tree Up Today!

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PEOPLE & PETS

Your Dog Understands You More Than You Think Untrained stray dogs can understand human cues. By Therese Tan

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ntrained stray dogs respond to gestures from people, suggesting that understanding between humans and dogs transcends training. The findings from a study published in Frontiers in Psychology shows that untrained stray dogs respond to gestures from people, suggesting that understanding between humans and dogs transcends training.

To investigate, Dr Anindita Bhadra of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, India, and colleagues studied stray dogs across several Indian cities. The researchers approached solitary stray dogs and placed two covered bowls on the ground

Human Gestures

Dogs were domesticated 10,000 – 15,000 years ago, likely making them the oldest domesticated animals on the planet. Humans then bred dogs with the most desirable and useful traits leading to domesticated dogs that are highly receptive to human commands and gestures. To find out if these abilities innate or are they exclusively learned through training, researchers investigated whether untrained stray dogs could understand human pointing gestures.

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To find out if these abilities innate or are they exclusively learned through training, researchers investigated whether untrained stray dogs could understand human pointing gestures.


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Dogs use their understanding of humans to make a decision.

near them. A researcher then pointed to one of the two bowls, either momentarily or repeatedly, and recorded whether the dog approached the indicated bowl. They also recorded the perceived emotional state of the dogs during the experiment.

Understanding Humans

Approximately half of the dogs did not approach either bowl. However, the researchers noticed that these dogs were anxious and may have had bad experiences with humans before. The dogs who approached the bowls were noted as friendlier and less anxious, and approximately 80 percent correctly followed the pointing signals to one of the bowls, regardless of whether the pointing was momentary or repeated. This suggests that the dogs could indeed decipher complex gestures. “We thought it was quite amazing that the dogs could follow a gesture as abstract as momentary pointing,” explained Dr Bhadra. “This means that they closely observe the human, whom they are meeting for the first time, and they use their understanding of humans to make a decision. This shows their intelligence and adaptability.” Overall, dogs may be more perceptive than we realise. “We need to understand that dogs are intelligent animals that can co-exist with us,” said Dr Bhadra. “They are quite capable of

understanding our body language and we need to give them their space. A little empathy and respect for another species can reduce a lot of conflicts.” p • Website: https://www.frontiersin.org/ articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02818/ full?utm_source=fweb&utm_ medium=nblog&utm_campaign=ba-sci-fpsygstray-dogs-behavior

About Dr Anindita Bhadra… Dr Bhadra, a behavioural biologist, works with free-ranging dogs in India. She uses the dogs as a model system to address basic questions in behaviour and ecology. She also addresses questions about the dog-human co-evolution using field-based studies on behaviour and cognition. She is the founding chairperson of the Indian National Young Academy of Science, and a member of the Global Young Academy. She serves on the editorial board of the Pet Behaviour Science journal and the Proceedings of INSA journal.

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CHANGING OF THE GUARD

Adieu, Dr Jaipal and welcome, Ms Aarthi Sankar. By Eileen Chan Photography: Hendra Lauw, https://thephotograph.co

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he incumbent, Dr Jaipal Singh Gill has turned his lifelong love of animals into a crusade – and a career. He has been involved with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) since 2007 in various capacities. Now, after six years at the helm as its Executive Director, he is leaving Singapore’s

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largest and longest-serving animal welfare NGO. At the end of this Dec 2021, he is off on his “own adventures with family”. Stepping into his shoes is a relative new face (at least in the world of Animal Welfare Groups). She is Aarthi Sankar, 34, a Community Engagement and Transformation Specialist ie: she amps up the engagement with people.


will see her pushing engagement strategies and partnerships for the association, bringing the SPCA to the fore of public awareness. Aarthi offers a warm, calming presence to anyone bumping fists with her for the first time. Slim and petite, standing at 1.6m, she is poised and confident, much like the accomplished Classical Indian dancer that she is. She is no wallflower – that’s a given. With her bubbly façade, she wears her strengths and vulnerabilities on her sleeve: She does not have to prove her worth. She can leave it there.

Of the NGO’s future challenges, Jaipal says: Coping with the disruptions posed by Covid-19, and of funding. “Funding is always an issue. The main bulk of work we do still needs funds.”

While Jaipal brings an arsenal of knowledge and experience in animal welfare, Ms Aarthi’s strength lies on the other side of the equation: Volunteeer engagement and communications.

People Power

With a wealth of experience in community engagement, she brings to the table a keen understanding of public policy formulation and the wherewithal to win over the multiple stakeholders. She carries with her an entire toolbox of qualities and traits that, when the opportunities arise, will be able to put them in good use. Being with the People’s Association (PA) for more than a decade, puts her on stable ground. Her experience in bridging the public and private sector divide is a strength that will undoubtedly serve the SPCA as the organisation moves ahead amid the disruptions caused by Covid-19’s wake. Describing herself as a “someone who adapts easily and thrives in challenging environments,” she is very much a people person. Her skill-set

Aarthi’s aims at the SPCA: “Strengthening the cause; amplifying the collective voice of the community and, continuing the good work that the association has been doing”

She’s not one to poke the bear either. Her ability to direct interactions to calmer waters is a boon in negotiations with the diverse and passionate groups of people she will be dealing with.

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A bit about Aarthi Sankar… A graduate of the National University of Singapore, majoring in Sociology, Aarthi is currently pursuing her Masters in Advance Research in Social Sciences at Singapore University of Social Sciences. She is an avid Indian Classical dancer who has been learning since the age of four and gives back to the community by organising weekly pro-bono dance classes.

Aarthi adds she always wanted to work in animal welfare. Needless to say, when the opportunity presented itself, she jumped headlong into it. Items on her in tray at the SPCA include — as she puts it: “Strengthening the cause; amplifying the collective voice of the community and, continuing the good work that the association has been doing”

Personal Agenda

New Ways To Solve Old Challenges

In her last role with the PA, she was the Consistency Director in Marsiling. There she was able to hone her outreach strategies and communications skills, as she put in place various processes to support operations. She enjoyed herself tremendously along the way, adding: “It’s great finding new ways to solve old challenges.” Bringing a fresh perspective is something the organisation can look for with her. In her course of work at the PA, she built a strong rapport with volunteer networks and partners at imPAct@Hong Lim Green, the PA’s first Specialist Community Club. A firm believer in the power of social action, Aarthi says she “looks forward to working hand-in-hand with animal welfare groups and volunteers to build a more compassionate and safe society for the animals.”

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Pets Magazine’s Aug 2020 exclusive interview with Jaipal, was titled “All Lives Matter”. Now more than ever, he is pushing his personal agenda that all lives truly matter. For him, it’s not just about the welfare of dogs and cats; he believes in advancing the better treatment of all animals, including those in the food and animal testing industries. He says: “Animal welfare should be all-encompassing. The SPCA and ACRES (Animal Concerns Research & Education) have been working together to improve the welfare of animals used for food.” An area that is of concern to him is the treatment of animals in the food animal space due in part to its sheer scale. Jaipal cites the 2016 outcry over the use of rabbit fur for accessories such as keychains, and the 2019 one involving a restaurant using a claw machine on live crabs, as just some cases of many which drew the ire of an evolving society. It is evident that many in our society stand, with hand


on heart, behind the SPCA’s motto: Be Kind to Animals.

Challenges Ahead

Back to right here, right now. Jaipal, ever the SPCA steward, tells of the NGO’s future challenges: Coping with the disruptions posed by Covid-19, and of funding. He adds: “Funding is always an issue. The main bulk of work we do still needs funds.” The cancellation of Tux for Tails (a benefit gala) last year and this year, and of course Covid-19, has made outreach and funding much more difficult for the humane society. The organisation will continue its proactive work with its animal sterilisation programmes

such as the government funded Trap-NeuterRelease-Manage (TNRM) programme for street dogs. The SPCA will also continue to promote adoption, responsible pet guardianship and provide support for pet parents – all with the aim to “empty our shelters”. Aarthi’s goals are aligned with the organisation. Although he is vacating the office, she knows she can rely on Jaipal for his advice and support: “You can take the man out of the SPCA, but you can’t take the SPCA out of the man.” While there is a changing of the guard, there is no change in the organisation’s aim: To promote kindness and prevent cruelty to animals. p

Note from Jaipal: “I’ll Be Back” The six years I served as executive director have flown by and it has truly been a privilege for me to have been a part of such a committed and passionate community. I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has supported SPCA’s animal protection work over the years, be it through volunteering, adopting, donating, or through speaking up on the myriad of animal welfare and cruelty issues we have raised. We have seen improvements to the state of animal welfare in Singapore and these changes were only possible because of the incredible community of advocates we have here. Some issues have been tougher to tackle and I understand that it can sometimes be difficult to feel hopeful that change will come. But our collective voice is strong and I have confidence that if we continue with our efforts and work collaboratively, we will see progress made and the future will be a better one for the animals. This is not goodbye as I intend to continue contributing to the cause and I hope to be able to work with some of you again. In the meantime, I wish you all the very best. -- Jaipal

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FEATURES

t e e w S A t e h c t e Cro k s a B t e P m a e r D It’s the easiest and quickest DIY pet basket ever!

Text & Photos By: Sweet Dream Baskets

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our pet will love to curl up in this basket! It’s a comfy basket that’s approximately 30 cm in diameter and highly suitable for your cat or small dog. You can even add rows to the pattern to make the diameter bigger. The pattern is suitable for the novice or an experienced crafter. The super fun project can also be used for group activities or fund-raising projects. Estimated time of accomplishment: 2 hours.


Materials/Equipment Required: • 10 mm crochet hook. • 500gr T-Shirt yarn. That is around the size of two oranges. You can make your yarn by recycling any fabric you have. Cut the fabric into strips and tie them together. • Scissors • Stitch Markers These are small hooks to mark the beginning of rows. You can substitute this with a paper clip or a hairpin. Abbreviations: sl: slip stitch ch: chain stitch sc: single crochet stitch

To Make The Base

Make a slip stitch and 3 chain stitches. Connect the third chain and slip-stitch with a chain stitch. This is important: We will continue and finish the base by inserting our crochet hook IN BETWEEN the two wings of our next stitch. 2nd row: 2 sc in each stitch. That will be 6 sc. At the end of each row, put the stitch marker on the first stitch of the new row to mark the beginning of the row; otherwise, you will lose where the beginning of the next row is.

3rd row: 2 sc in each stitch. That will be 12 single crochets. 4th row: 2 sc in one stitch, 1 sc in next stitch. Repeat pattern till the end of the row. 5th row: 2 sc in each stitch. 6th row: 2 sc, then 2 times 1 sc in each stitch. 7th row: 2 sc in each stitch. Take the stitch maker off.

The Wall Of The Basket

Insert your hook under BOTH wings of the next stitch throughout the end. There is no need for a stitch marker on the wall. Keep crocheting in a spiral, making a single crochet in each stitch for a minimum of 6 rounds. Keep going as much as you like to make the wall around the basket higher. Once you are finished with the wall, cut the end of the yarn (leave a tail of about the length of your crochet hook). Make a double knot around the stitch you are in to close the work. Cut off the remaining tail. Roll the wall inwards to make a roll around the base. Your pet will love to put her chin on the roll! You can use multiple coloured yarns for a bright or vivid effect. To do this, simply tie the different yarns together as you crochet along. You can wash your basket in the machine washer. Have fun crocheting! p • For a follow-along video of the pattern: https://www.sweetdreambaskets.com/post/ the-1-easiest-and-quickest-diy-pet-basket-inthe-world • For more ideas or to order a basket: Web: www.sweetdreambaskets.com E-mail: info@sweetdreambaskets.com All Rights Reserved. You are not allowed to sell this pattern. You are not allowed to distribute or publish this pattern in any form. You are not allowed to alter this pattern in any form.

The pattern is suitable for the novice or an experienced crafter.

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ASK THE EXPERT

TOP 5 NO-NO FESTIVE A FOODS

Christmas can be a dangerous time for pets, with tempting but potentially dangerous foods and treats. By Dr Jnanee Vet Advisor, ZumVet

s the year draws to a close, we eagerly await the array of festivities that give us opportunities to feast on platters of decadent food. Naturally, as loving paw-rents, we envision sharing our festive food with our beloved pets too. As tempting as it might be to treat your pets to something extra, it’s best to be cautious about what you’re giving them. Besides just a nasty tummy

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upset, many such foods can pose considerable risk to our animal friends. To save your pet from falling ill during this Christmas period, here’s a list of the top five foods that are best avoided:

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CHOCOLATES & CANDIES

As most paw-rents are aware, chocolate can kill their pets! Chocolates contain high amounts of theobromine and caffeine. Humans are better equipped to digest these compounds – not so for cats and dogs. This is why chocolate is okay for humans, but poisonous to pets! Theobromine and caffeine can damage your pet’s heart, nervous system and kidneys. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, restlessness, excessive drinking and urination. In severe cases, symptoms can include muscle tremors, seizures and collapse. If your pet has eaten chocolate or you suspect so, it is an emergency and your pet needs veterinary attention right away. Also, resist giving Christmas candy and other sweets to your furry ones. Treats may include xylitol – an artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets.

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GRAPES & RAISINS

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FATTY/FRIED MEAT

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RAW & COOKED BONES

It is pretty common for paw-rents to give prime cuts of their marbled meat to their pets. However, fatty or fried meat causes pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). The pancreas secretes substances that digest food. When it is inflamed, pets can fall very sick. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy and/or decreased appetite.

Dogs were often portrayed with bones in our favourite childhood cartoons. However, did you know that bones are actually dangerous to pets? Raw bones are a hotbed of harmful bacteria such as salmonella, which can make your pets very sick. Furthermore, dogs can damage their teeth on raw bones that are too hard. Cooked bones are also dangerous. They are likely to splinter into fragments. When this happens, these pieces can puncture your pet’s stomach or cause a gut blockage. Both outcomes are life-threatening and will require emergency surgery. It is also a myth that cats can remove fish bones with their teeth, and swallow just the meat.

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Grapes and raisins are poisonous to your pets as they can cause kidney failure. Even a few grapes or raisins can lead to severe kidney damage.

Once again – if your pet has eaten grapes or raisins or you suspect so, it is an emergency.

Avoid giving bones where possible – either cooked or raw.

Besides foodstuff, festive décor items present a constant source of consternation for pet owners.

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Make the most of the festive season with your four-legged furry family member by following the tips given.

Paw-rents often ask if they can feed smaller bones such as chicken feet to their pets. The answer is still a resounding no! Bones are bad, period! Signs of a rupture and/or an obstruction include profuse vomiting, an inability to keep food or water down, decreased appetite and/or reduced activity.

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MACADAMIA NUTS

Different types of nuts vary in toxicity. Generally speaking, you should avoid feeding them to your pets because they can cause obesity and pancreatitis. Macadamia nuts are among the most dangerous nuts that you can feed to them. Signs of macadamia nut poisoning include vomiting, stumbling, weakness and even seizures.

FESTIVE DÉCOR TOO

Besides foodstuff, festive decorations present a constant source of consternation for pet owners. For some pets, everything is edible: From smelly socks to pretty festive decorations strewn around the house. Mistletoes are the perfect example. While mistletoes represent love and romance, it is poisonous to both owners and pets. Mistletoes contains toxins such as lectins. Signs of mistletoe poisoning include vomiting, diarrhoea and drooling. In severe cases, your pet can have breathing difficulties. It is important to keep your Christmas decorations out of your pets’ reach – and remove

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any streamers or any string-like decorations. Cats are generally very fond of playing with stringlike objects. Tinsels and wide ribbons around the Christmas tree are only fair game to pets. When swallowed, these objects will cause the intestines to bunch up, leading to a blockage. This will require emergency surgery to correct. No one wants a trip to the vet, particularly during the festive period. By following the above tips, you can make the most of the festive season with your four-legged furry family member and avoid any potential problems. p

About The Author… Dr Jnanee is the Vet Advisor with ZumVet. She graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Massey University, New Zealand. Dr Jnanee has a special interest in veterinary public health and preventative health.

About ZumVet… ZumVet is a vet consultation service giving today’s pawrents easy access to affordable veterinary care. ZumVet believes that pet care should be stress-free. As such, they offer ondemand services to give pet owners qualified support whenever it is needed. Animal healthcare is made more convenient through video consultations, home-based services and medication delivery. Web: zumvet.com


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Just perfect for the season – Christmas pupsicles for your BFF. By Riesa Renata

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othing beats the heat like a delicious, healthy and refreshing icy pole. Bowie’s Christmas-themed icy poles are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals essential for maintaining our dog’s healthy immune system. Have I mentioned that they are also very easy to make? Bowie’s icy pole is also perfect for keeping your pooch entertained and dehydrated during those hot days. If you don’t have icy pole moulds, you can use plastic champagne flutes instead. Please note that you should always introduce new food slowly in small quantities and monitor. If you are unsure of the ingredients, consult your vet or pet nutritionist first. Ingredients For the Red section, you will need: - ½ punnet of fresh strawberries - 1 tablespoon of honey

- Bone broth (optional) to make it more palatable for your dog For the White section, you will need: - Natural greek yoghurt For the Green section, you will need: - 1 kiwifruit - A pinch of green spirulina powder For the icy pole stick, you will need: - Dehydrated shark cartilage Directions 1. Blend the ingredients for the red section in a blender. 2. Pour into the icy pole moulds or plastic champagne flutes, and freeze until the top surface is frozen. 3. Top with natural greek yoghurt and put back in the freezer. 4. Meanwhile, mash the kiwifruit and mix well with the spirulina powder. 5. When the yoghurt is semi-frozen, top with the kiwifruit mixture and insert the dehydrated shark cartilage in the centre. 6. Put back in the freezer until all is fully frozen. 7. If you use a plastic champagne flute, you can dip it in the warm water to de-mould the icy pole. 8. Serve it hand-held for best results! p

About The Author… Riesa Renata is from Melbourne, Australia, and together with her furry sidekick, Bowie, created Master Bowie, a recipe book specially for dog lovers around the world. She’s a graphic designer and digital producer by trade, a legit dog lover, and wonderful cook to boot! Mum to Bowie, she credits her cheeky Labrador for all her inspirations under Master Bowie enterprise. Her e-cookbook, Bowie Drools Over Dumplings, is available for purchase at www.masterbowie.com.

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WELLNESS

How to Take Better Care of Your Pets’ Sensitive Skin The answer lies in the cleaning process itself. By Dan Luo, Founder and CEO of For Furry Friends

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oing the most for your furkid but can’t put your finger on why their skin is still acting up? There are several reasons why your pet might have been experiencing skin issues, including genetics, diet, lifestyle, and environment. However, one significant factor pet owners, both new and experienced, often overlook is the process of how we keep them clean.

HABITS TO AVOID

• Daily Washing of Paws Contrary to what many pet owners believe, washing our pets’ paws daily is extremely harsh and harmful to them.

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Many make the mistake of doing so, especially after walks outdoors, thinking that this is necessary, much like how we as pet owners behave. However, the daily washing of our pets’ paws could be the cause behind skin issues, particularly around the leg area. Water from our showers contains numerous impurities and minerals, and by washing their paws too often, will enable bacteria to grow and potentially cause fungal and yeast infections. For many dogs, this can trigger the tendency to constantly chew and lick on the surrounding leg areas, including the gaps in between paw pads. • Using A Wet Cloth Using a wet cloth to clean your pet is another common but incorrect method of care. Water at most only helps to remove visible dirt, but does not effectively remove any actual bacteria. By using a wet cloth, bacteria is spread from one spot to another and inadvertently all over the pet’s body. As mentioned, water assists the growth of bacteria such as fungus, yeast and other microorganisms. In pets with more severe infections, this can trigger outbreaks of rashes and worsen itching inflamed skin.

What To Do Instead

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• Blow Drying A Must After Showers, But Not Too Often Much like how the constant washing of our furkids is harmful, frequent blow-drying of their body and fur is also damaging.

After a shower, it is an absolute must to follow up with a blowdry session.

The daily washing of our pets’ paws could be the cause behind skin issues, particularly around the leg area.

Heat from the dryer causes the skin to lose natural skin moisture. The result is flaky skin, hairline cracks, and outbreaks of eczema or acute dermatitis in severe cases. It is advisable to reduce the frequency of showers to approximately twice a month. The twin process of washing and blow-drying work in unison. As such, when pet owners shower their pets, it is an absolute must to follow up with a blow-dry to prevent water from stimulating bacterial growth. Blow-dry every part of the body, especially on areas prone to skin issues, including the neck, ears and front and back of the paws. • Choose Products That Are Natural And Multi-Purpose Ideally, pet owners should choose products that are natural and multi-purpose. Key features to look out for include products that are chemical-free and serve various functions (such as cleaning the pet’s body, paws, face, mouth). These products should also be able to remove other odours and stains at the same time. Using natural and multi-purpose products to replace an unnecessary series of chemical-based products is highly beneficial, as this reduces our pets’ exposure to chemicals and harsh ingredients. It also makes them suitable for pets with sensitive skin.

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Using natural and multi-purpose products to replace an unnecessary series of chemical-based products is highly beneficial.

is still required at least once every two to three days. During the process, it is also good to check on their ears to look out for dirt or odour, as this points to early signs of possible infection. Overall, by keeping in mind the common habits to avoid, educating themselves on ingredients and chemicals to look out for, and using the right products, pawrents can easily solve the root cause behind their furkids’ skin issues. p

Upkeeping our furkids’ basic daily cleanliness routine is essential.

Daily Skincare & Maintenance

Upkeeping our furkids’ basic daily cleanliness routine is essential. A few key practices include brushing of fur, wiping off excess earwax and tear debris, cleaning the mouth after meals, as well as the hindquarters to ensure overall hygiene. Even for super busy pawrents and furkids that do not go out frequently, brushing the pet’s fur

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About For Furry Friends… For Furry Friends strongly believes that all-natural solutions can make pet wellness simpler but better. They introduced their first product Pet’s Activated Water Sanitizer (PAWS) in 2020 to make cleaning and sanitizing easier for pet owners.


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WELLNESS

Pet First Aid:

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In Case Of An Emergency

Knowing what to do in an emergency can be the difference between life and death for cats and dogs. By People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals

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eing clued-up on first aid could help save our pet’s life in an emergency. Our vets from the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) in the UK have put together this guide for pet owners to help you learn which steps to take should a pet become seriously ill or injured.

REMEMBER: If you’re worried about your pet, call your vet.

RECOGNISING AN EMERGENCY

Your pet could need to see a vet as an emergency if they: • Aren’t breathing or are having difficulty breathing • Are unresponsive • May have broken bones • Are having a fit/ seizure • Are having difficulty moving or coordinating movements • May have eaten something toxic

• Have collapsed and can’t get up • Have been vomiting or passing diarrhoea for more than 24 hours • Have been electrocuted • Are unable to pee • Are having a severe allergic reaction • Are choking • Are bleeding heavily

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WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY

If your pet is injured, you’ll be more help to them if you can stay calm.

• Try not to panic. If your pet is injured, you’ll be more help to them if you can stay calm. • Call your vet. Explain what’s happened and let them know when you’ll arrive. Follow any instructions you’re given, for example emergencies may be seen at a different site. If it’s an evening or weekend, you might get a message giving you details of your local out-of hours vet. • Be careful when checking your pet and giving first aid. Pets can lash out when they’re in pain which can injure you and cause more problems for your pet. If your pet has serious injuries don’t try to cope with them yourself. They will often need treatment from your vet as soon as possible. • Don’t give your pet anything to eat or drink unless your vet tells you to.

BE PREPARED FOR EMERGENCIES

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• Keep a pen and paper handy to take down any important instructions from your vet. • Keep a pet first aid kit at home. If you’re travelling, carry a mini pet first aid kit and make sure you know the details of a local vet in case of emergencies.

HOW TO ASSESS YOUR PET’S CONDITION

• Is your pet collapsed? • Are they responding to you? • Are they breathing? If not, begin CPR. • Are they having breathing problems or are they breathing quickly? • Do they have pale (white or blue) gums? • Do they have any wounds or injuries? • Is their belly swollen? • Could they have eaten something toxic? If your pet has any of these signs, please call your vet immediately.


GIVING CPR TO PETS

CPR is life-saving first aid given to pets if their heart stops and they aren’t breathing. We would always advise owners to take veterinary advice and attend a veterinary-led first aid course, to learn how to deliver CPR in the safest way. Unfortunately, CPR usually isn’t appropriate or successful for pets. Those who have an underlying illness or disease are unlikely to recover, even if given CPR. However, CPR can save lives in some situations – for example, if a healthy pet’s heart has stopped due to a specific cause, like drowning or choking.

Don’t Forget Your ABCs

A FOR AIRWAY

Carefully pull the tongue forward. Putting your fingers near your pet’s mouth can be dangerous. If they suddenly wake up, there’s a good chance you could get bitten.

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REMEMBER: If the pet reacts or tries to resist you then they don’t need CPR. Call your vet and tell them your pet has collapsed but isn’t unconscious. Check there’s nothing in the throat. If there’s something blocking the airway, remove it, taking care not to push any obstructions further down the throat.

B FOR BREATHING

Look and listen. Are they breathing? Can you see the chest rising and falling or feel breath coming from the nostrills or mouth? If they’re not breathing, immediately check for a heartbeat.

C FOR CIRCULATION

Can you see the chest rising and falling or feel breath coming from the nostrills or mouth?

Place your hand or ear over the chest, where the elbow meets the ribcage. Can you feel/ hear a heartbeat? If you are sure there is no heartbeat, start CPR.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR PET COLLAPSES

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Call for help – call a vet immediately and you’ll often need two people for CPR. Move your pet to a safe place (if necessary). It’s best to attend a veterinary-led first aid course, to learn how to deliver CPR in the safest way.

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potential hazards. Approach your pet, speak to them and see if they respond. Gently touch your pet. If they’re collapsed but aware or responding to you, they don’t need CPR.

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HOW TO MOVE AN INJURED PET

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Stay Calm Reassure your pet with a calm, soothing voice.

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Check Safety Make sure the area is safe for you and your pet.

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Check Your Pet If your pet has hurt their neck or back, avoid moving them and try to keep them still until you have spoken to your vet. Carefully check for: • Breathing difficulties • Broken bones • Wounds • Heavy bleeding

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Move Your Pet: Check the route is safe. Speak calmly and place a hand on your pet to reassure them. Hold the four corners of the blanket, board or towel, bend your knees and lift them. Walk slowly, don’t jolt them. If your pet is unconscious, struggling to breathe or has a serious injury, take them to the vet ASAP. If possible, phone on the way to check they are ready for your arrival.

Call your vet if you are concerned and don’t feel confident in moving your pet. Your vet will be able to give you advice on what to do next.

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Support Your Pet Make sure you support their head, neck and back by putting one arm under their head and shoulders and another arm under their pelvis. You may need to call a friend, neighbour or someone nearby to help.

As a rough guide, if your pet weighs more than 15kg, you will need someone else to help you lift them safely. Once your pet is securely supported, slowly and carefully, lift your pet onto a large towel, blanket or board. If nothing else is available, a jumper or coat can be used but make sure it’s strong enough to hold your pet.

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WHAT TO DO IF YOUR PET IS INJURED

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It can be worrying if your pet gets injured. The treatment needed for a wound depends on its location, size, depth and cause.

Anything more serious than a minor cut or graze should always be checked by a vet.

• If your pet has a small wound that’s not bleeding, flush the wound gently with water to help to remove as much dirt and bacteria as possible.

A Pet First Aid Kit A good pet first aid kit will contain all the things you’ll need to give simple first aid for small injuries at home. Even if you can treat your pet using your first aid kit, you should take them to your vet for a check-up as soon as possible. Your first aid kit should have: • Gloves • Pet-safe antiseptic wipes • Pet-safe wound wash • Sterile eye wash • Wound dressings • Bandages • Cotton wool pads • Microporous tape • Tick tweezers/ twick twister • Tweezers • Blunt ended scissors • Foil blanket • A thick, old towel • A spare lead (for dogs) • Muzzle (for dogs) • For large pets, a blanket can be used as a stretcher • First Aid guide Never apply bandages tightly at home, as they can make wounds worse or even cut off the essential blood supply. Always apply any wound dressings loosely so you can fit at least two fingers comfortably between the bandage and your pet’s skin.

• If there are areas of skin missing cover the wound with a clean, dry dressing and call your vet. • If your pet seems uncomfortable when you try to cover the wound, or if you don’t have a clean dressing available, leave the area uncovered.

Even if you can treat your pet using your first aid kit, you should take them to your vet for a check-up as soon as possible.

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• If the wound is bleeding heavily, apply pressure to the wound with a dry, clean dressing and call your vet straight away.

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• If there is something inside the wound (such as piece of glass) don’t try to remove it and avoid putting any pressure on it. Your vet will be able to safely remove the object and clean the wound. Deep or large wounds should always be checked by a vet. All wounds, no matter how big or small, should be monitored for signs of infection as they heal. If you are worried about your pet, cover their wounds, keep them warm and call your vet straight away.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR PET IS CHOKING

Choking can be a serious life-threatening problem that needs immediate action. • Firstly, check if your pet is choking or coughing. If your pet is choking, they’ll often be struggling to breathe. If they’recoughing they’ll still be able to breathe. • If they are choking and conscious, try to gently open their mouth tolook for something that’s stuck. If you can see a blockage, use forceps or a strong pen to remove it. This can make your pet panic, so never use your fingers as they could bite you by accident. • If your pet is collapsed and unconscious, check their mouth for a blockage, remove it safely and start CPR.

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If you’ve removed the blockage or your pet is coughing, contact your vet for advice.

• If you’re unable to remove the blockage, call your vet as an emergency. • If you’ve removed the blockage or your pet is coughing, contact your vet for advice. To find out more about Pet First Aid, please visit: www.pdsa.org.uk/first-aid-advice p

About PDSA… Founded in 1917 by animal welfare pioneer, Maria Dickin CBE, The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) is the UK’s leading veterinary charity. Operating through a UK-wide network of 48 Pet Hospitals, PDSA provides low cost and free veterinary care to the sick and injured pets of people in need and promotes responsible pet ownership.


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PHOTO GALLERY

Kayla Adams with Flash, her agility-award winning Sheltie

Pet Portraits:

STRIKE A PAWS High-fashion makeovers by fashionista illustrator. By Patricia E Tan

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his fashion illustrator from Hong Kong is using her styling skills to give dog owners a glamorous makeover in a portrait with their pampered pooch. Priscilla Tang, 70, has combined her passion for fashion and her love of animals to create a portrait business with clients worldwide. She says: “I am on a quest to honour the hardworking dog mums out there who deserve to feel chic and valued. It is my mission to show these women an image of themselves as the absolute queen that they are in their dog’s eyes.”

It’s All About Relationships

All Priscilla needs from her customers is a basic image of both the pet and their owner – not necessarily together – and some background information to create a chic and stylish piece of art.

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Pet portrait of Marcea Barton and her Skywalker

A pet portrait for a Grand Mum who’s got everything she ever needed.

She takes great care to focus on the dog owner’s personality and capture their love and connection to their pet. “I want my art to show the love and devotion in the relationship between a beloved pet and their owner,” adds Priscilla. Then she has fun with chic embellishments and accessories to create an imaginative and glamorous final portrait. Priscilla said: “I do up their nails, their hair and add jewels and glamour to each portrait.”

Making Moves

Priscilla, who grew up in Malaysia and now lives in Hong Kong, started her pet portrait business in 2019 after a long and varied career in design. After her gaining an architecture degree at the National University of Singapore, she turned her hand to fashion illustrations when she moved to New York, USA, in the 80s. As a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, she worked with Madison Avenue

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and Broadway Street fashion giants as a lingerie garment sketcher. “I had a beautiful mongrel called Bobby who came into my life when I was four or five. He was everything to me and started my love for animals. He was a close friend, my patient drawing muse and my playmate. I used to spend hours sketching and drawing him.” After an initial consultation and sharing of images Priscilla can paint a bespoke portrait in 12- 14 days which will be shipped internationally within four weeks. Portrait prices start at around US$200 for a pet painting and clients can choose whether they would like their portrait painted in watercolour or as a mixed media digital print. p For more info: prissyfashionpetart.com

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Pet Portraits:

PAWS FOR PAINTING Realistic pet portraitures are James Kelly’s forte. By Therese Tan

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fter graduating from Herron School of Art and Design in Indiana, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and a commercial art programme at The Colorado Institute of Art in the US, James Kelly worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for nearly 20 years. Since his move to Indianapolis, the 62-year-old artist has refocused his career and his illustrative

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abilities. From his Mad Lab Studio at the Garfield Park neighbourhood of Indianapolis, he has been producing hundreds of custom pet portraits and many other illustrated commissions for a worldwide audience. p Web: www.jameskellystudios.com


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HAPPENINGS

Pet Master Megastore Opens At Parkland Green

Besides the pets mega store, it comes with a water playground area, DIY grooming rooms, and a Gelato ice cream corner.

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fter eight months of development, store refurbishment and setup, Pet Master Megastore by CatSmart opened its doors to the public on 4 Nov 2021. Situated at Parkland Green, East Coast Park, it is billed as Singapore’s largest pet lifestyle concept store. Situated close to the East Coast beach area and completely pet-friendly, shoppers can expect a variety of products catering to the needs of all pets. From hanging out and getting desserts with your fur kids in a café, to a splashing good time at the pet water playground, there’s also an area where you can groom your pet after a day at the beach.

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Roger Neo, founder of Pet Master said: “We strive to provide convenience and a one-stop shopping experience for them, while not having to go to different retail establishments in Singapore to accomplish all of that.” The 5,000 sq ft (464.5 sq m) facility consists of: • Pet Master Mega Store By CatSmart The store sports over 500 brands, including Snappy, Whiskers2Tail, Naturea, and Finesse, along with over 25,000 pet essentials. Pets are welcomed to wander the spacious aisles as their owners’ browse and shop.


Spacious aisles for both pets and owners to shop around.

• Paws 4 Splash For a splashing good time, there’s a pets water playground area complete with changing rooms. The 0.9m deep pool has its own water sanitation system, while the changing room allows pet owners to change and dry themselves and their pets. Only dogs with up to date vaccinations are permitted entry. • DIY Grooming Rooms: Pawsome And Pawsper Pet parents will be able to utilise the DIY grooming rooms to wash, dry, and groom their pets after a day at the beach or the dog run.

Water playground for a splashing good time.

• Petto Creamery Gelato ice creams are available as pet owners relax with their pets while taking in the sea breeze. PET MASTER MEGA STORE BY CATSMART 920 East Coast Parkway #01-03/04/05/06/07/08 Singapore 449875 Website: https://petmaster.com.sg

Grooming rooms to wash and dry your dog after a day of fun and activities.

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Paws Claws Petstore Chill with some of the friendliest felines in a new cat playground at Joo Chiat.

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ith a bunch of Ragamuffins waiting for you to pat-pat them, cat lovers around Joo Chiat area in the East can consider themselves so fortunate! With their thick, soft coats and docile, friendly personalities, the Paws & Claws Petstore is a veritable magnet for those attracted to all things feline. Ragamuffins are well-known lap cats, so you can expect them to come up to you for a cuddle. Opened on 16 Sept, the owner of the place is Adi Rusydi A Rahman, and the surrounding cats are all his. “We have a total of 17 Ragamuffins here, and they are related. Our oldest pair of cats total had nine children and nine grandchildren. They are proud grandparents!” says an elated Adi. He has peppered the area with scratching posts, chew toys, climbing fixtures and mazes to entertain them – and guests at the cat playroom. “Our cats are super friendly and are not shy nor afraid of humans,” adds Adi. The shophouse premise is large enough to allow Adi to divide the cats into two separate shifts. “We want our cats to have plenty of rest as

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well so the second level serves as a rest area for the cats.” The minimum age requirement for entry is seven years old, and children below the age of 12 also have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Entry fee is S$12 per person with extensions of S$5 per 30 mins or $8 per hour. Each customer gets an individually packed and highly popular Kitty Meringue Biscuits. As Adi comes with more than eight years of experience as a grooming professional, the store also offers cat grooming services. Services available include: detangling, nail clipping, deshedding and underbelly shaving. The store operates a strictly by appointment basis, so drop them a Direct Message on Instagram to make your reservation. p Paws Claws Petstore 331 Joo Chiat Road Singapore 427587 Instagram: pawsclawspetstore


And, the Winners are… Announcing the contest winners of “It’s OK To Play With Your Food”.

Hiro & Max keep dig into the fun

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uring mealtimes, what strategy do you use to give them some mental stimulation? Answering the above question with panache, are the four winners of the Woofalicious “It’s OK To Play With Your Food” contest.

1. Jeslyn Chioh & Luna

“Luna, our 11-month old labradoodle, is very food-motivated and loves to sniff around and forage for whatever she can get her paws on! Since she was a puppy, one quick and easy way to burn off some of her excess energy was to feed her breakfast using the Kong Wobbler. However, as enrichment toys can be quite expensive, our favourite enrichment activity (both Luna and I!) is whatever we can create using everyday household items. For example, cardboard boxes that hold individual bottled jars (like bird-nest) makes a great box to hide treats in all its compartments.”

2. Elissa Loi & Vader

“I have a really fearful dog by the name of Vader. Adopted him from the SPCA early this year. His fearful personality was already established from when he was as young as three months old. I started fostering him and subsequently adopted him. Our favourites would be treats and kibble spread out across a few snuffle mats, or when we know he will be having salmon (his absolute favourite!) in his meals, we mix it with

chicken, wet food and kibble and freeze it in a LickiMat Wobble as he will work extra Rescued dog Mocha hard for it. Otherwise, his usual PetCubes with kibble served in IKEA ice trays (cheap and come in a variety of shapes!).”

3. Eliza Chua & Hiro, Max

“I hide the kibbles or treats around the house, under cushions, stools, sofa and also on shelves. Both Hiro and Max have to stay in place and out of sight. I will call them by name and let them have a scent of the food before I tell them to find it. Snuffle mats are fun and take a longer time to find the kibbles. The dogs really enough sniffing and it keeps them busy for a long time!”

4. Markus Curreem Ommen & Mocha “We make mealtime fun for Mocha by making her varieties of home-cooked meals, and also just before she eats, we make her sit, paw, spin, wait and jump. And at other times when she gets treats, we sometimes put some peanut butter in the kong peanut butter holder.” The winners each received one of the four fabulous gift hampers from Chew Good and Woofalicious, worth $170 in total.

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