8. Get insurance
Your beloved pets are unfortunately not immune to illnesses and accidents. Safeguard their future against the high cost of care and ensure they can get the best medical attention they need by getting them some insurance coverage.
CIMB Bank Singapore recently launched its CIMB My Paw Pal Pet Insurance for domestic dogs and cats, in partnership with Sompo Insurance Singapore — making it the first bank to offer such insurance plans in Singapore. Its Basic Plan protects against accidental death, medical expenses due to an accident, cremation or burial expenses due to an accident and third party liability.
You can add Optional covers such as loss of dog due to theft, medical expenses and cremation or burial expenses due to illness. Policy plans start from S$74.90 a year for a Basic Plan and no medical check-up required.
To be eligible for the insurance coverage, the pet has to be between 12 weeks to seven years old, and microchipped. Pet dog owners also have to ensure that their canines are registered with AVA. Certain dog breeds will not be covered, such as Bull Terrier, Doberman Pinscher, Rottweiler and German Shepherd Dog.
Other pet insurance policies you can consider include AON HappyTails and Liberty PetCare.
9. Pet acupuncture
Acupuncture, which involves the penetration of the skin by small metallic needles at specific points, has been a go-to Traditional Chinese Medicine measure for pain management among humans. TCM practitioners believe that this would stimulate energy flow (Qi) throughout the body, creating harmony and balance.
Disharmony or “blockage” would in turn cause pain and illness. There are now increasingly more veterinary acupuncturists performing pet acupuncture in Singapore, as practitioners believe that the same principle applies to animals. Many say the treatment helps pets who are suffering from chronic or acute pain, such as muscle pain and osteoarthritis and spinal arthritis, skin problems, conditions related to the immune system and other problems such as constipation in cats and irritable bowel related problems in dogs.
Clinics who offer this service include AVH Animal Ark Veterinary Group, The Visiting Vets and Amber Vet. According to Jane Tan, The Visiting Vets’s veterinary acupuncturist and nurse, “acupuncture is not a cure but a supportive and complementary therapy that goes hand-in-hand with veterinary treatment”.
10. Chiropractic care
Chiropractic treatments focus on spinal manipulation and the treatment of surrounding structures, with the belief that proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure will enable the body to heal itself. It is another pain relief alternative and to restore mobility in joints. Similar to acupuncture, many believe the same theory holds for animals.
Animal chiropractors can help treat a number of conditions, including chronic musculoskeletal problems, acute tension or stiffness, muscle spasms and even separation anxiety and incontinence. It can also be a wellness treatment to simply enhance performance, prevent illness and maintain fitness.
There are very few options here currently, but you can try Dr Valerie Teo from Elder Chiropractic Clinic.
If your ageing pets are suffering from mobility issues, RA Healing Centre offers a range of physiotherapy treatments, such as therapeutic exercises, canine hydrotherapy, electrostimulation, cold therapy and even tuina. All these are meant to improve your pets’ quality of life and their function in daily life, to improve their range of motion, muscle mass and muscle strength and balance, and to alleviate pain.
Gentle Oak Veterinary Clinic also offers Bowen Therapy, a holistic form of bodywork that’s a bit like a massage, where fingers and thumbs are pressed on precise points on the animal’s body to restore balance.
It is supposed to promote and support the body’s own powers of relaxation and self-healing, and can be useful for animals with problems such as sprains and strains, to improve the lives of those with chronic conditions and degenerative disease, to relieve tension caused by stress and trauma and more.
12. Spa day out
We all love the soothing benefits of a nice spa treatment, but did you know there are plenty of options available to also give your pooch or puss a relaxing wrap and scrub down so they come home refreshed, happy and sweet-smelling? From mud treatments to blueberry facials, this is the best way to pamper your best friend (and make bath time more bearable for it).
Try Sopra Ginza, which offers an organic herbal wrap and a mud wrap spa that tackle skincare issues and improves fur quality, or Pet Loft, which has a luxurious spa package that includes a milky bubble spa and an Ayurveda herb treatment.
There’s also Animal Arts Academy, which has a whole range of spa treatments such as the Japanese Herb Treatment that has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties to treat skin ailments and the Nano Microbubble Spa which cleanses impurities from your pet’s skin with microbubbles.
13. Sign up for BodyTalk
Not to be confused with animal communication, BodyTalk involves good communication within the body of the animal, with a goal to balance the general body and mind energy of your companions and addressing their physical, emotional and behavioural concerns. Because each system and cell in the body is designed constantly to communicate with each other, allowing adaptability, resilience and flexibility, a disruption of these lines of communication can lead to a decline in physical, emotional, and/or mental health.
Reconnecting these lines of communication enables the body to function back at tip-top condition, preventing disease and rapidly accelerating the healing process. Practitioners, who use biofeedback and an extensive protocol chart to determine imbalances, say it can benefit pets with behaviour and health problems, allergies, environmental sensitivities, viruses and infections, depressed immune systems, brain dysfunction, musculoskeletal pain, and psychological problems, among many others.
Try it out at the Animal Recovery Veterinary Referral Centre.
14. Communicate with them
Want to know what your pet is thinking or feeling? Animal communicators take the label “Animal Whisperer” to the next level, by claiming to be a translator and voice for your pets. According to Amy Lim Healing, animal communication can help pets and owners understand each other better, to give animals a chance to speak up and to resolve unwanted issues.
This can also strengthen and improve bonding between animals and humans, improve their quality of life (since you know how they feel and what they want), and prepare sudden changes in life situations, such as a new baby or a death in the family.
Amy provides animal communication services, and you can also try Animal Communications Singapore.
15. Book them a staycation
Photo: Wagington’s website
Give your dog or cat a break by checking it into luxury pet hotel The Wagington that comes with resplendent “suites”. Averaging 15 to 96 sq ft per room, each suite is decked out in plush furnishings, contains handcrafted soft faux leather orthopaedic beds and has a high definition web cam for your easy supervision.
The finest offering is the Royal Suite, which at 96 sqft, comes with a queen size bed, a balcony, a chandelier, mood lighting and a 32-inch LED TV where they can binge watch movies and dig into gourmet selections from their room-dining menu. Hotel facilities include a dog bone-shaped pool and a salon and spa. What a treat.