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Pet of the Month – May 2015

by admin on May 1st, 2015

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Pet of the MonthWe are delighted to report that handsome Harry continues to make good progress with his ongoing chemotherapy for lymphoma.

Lymphoma (lymphosarcoma or non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma) is a malignant cancer that involves the lymphoid system. In a healthy dog, the lymphoid system is an important part of the body’s immune system defence against infectious agents such as viruses and bacteria. Lymphoid tissue normally is found in many different parts of the body including lymph nodes, liver, spleen, gastrointestinal tract and skin. Lymphosarcoma is classified according to the location in the body in which the cancer begins.

These include:

  • Multicentric form occurs in the lymph nodes.
  • Gastrointestinal form occurs in the stomach, intestines, liver and lymph nodes in the abdomen.
  • Mediastinal form occurs in the mediastinum, in front of the heart in an organ called the thymus. Hence this form of lymphosarcoma sometimes is called thymic lymphoma.
  • Cutaneous form occurs in the skin.
  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia occurs when the disease starts in the bone marrow.
  • Miscellaneous forms of lymphosarcoma are less common and include those that begin in the nervous system, nasal cavity or kidneys.

While we understand how lymphomas form, we still do not understand why.

Chemotherapy treatment is considered the gold standard for this aggressive form of cancer and usually consists of a combination of oral and injectable drugs given on a frequent basis.

 

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Pet of the Month – April 2015

by on April 2nd, 2015

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AlfOur Pet of the Month for April is Alf, a handsome Burtonion Bulldog. As is often the case when puppies leave their mother and move to their first ‘home’ Alf suffered a bout of diarrhoea almost immediately.

As with ourselves, simply providing plenty of fresh water, temporarily withholding food then reintroduction of small amounts of an easily digestible bland diet such as plain chicken and boiled rice or a little scrambled egg, is all that is required to provide some ‘gut rest’ and for the diarrhoea to settle. In cases where very plentiful diarrhoea occurs, especially if accompanied by vomiting, a more proactive approach may need to be taken and this may include temporary provision of oral or intravenous rehydrating solutions if dehydration is identified as a risk. There is very little indication for antibiotics to be given in most cases of short-term diarrhoea.Whilst there are many medical treatments which may act as ‘adsorbants’ purported to ‘soothe’ the gut, in many cases, just as in their human owners, dogs and cats with short bouts of diarrhoea require no treatment. Investigation as to a cause of acute diarrhoea in otherwise healthy cats and dogs is rarely undertaken since this is not only usually fruitless, but results in both unnecessary expense and, more importantly, potential for completely unnecessary medical tests to be performed on a pet.

The are numerous potential predisposing factors such as dietary change, internal parasites and the stress of moving home. We checked that his worming program was up to date and are pleased to report that Alf’s tummy has settled and he is doing very well.

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Pet of the Month – March 2015

by on March 5th, 2015

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OzzyOzzy, our pet of the month, is suffering from Dysautonomia an illness characterised by a malfunctioning of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), the system that controls the heart rate, respiration, digestion, urination, salivation, perspiration, eye pupil dilation, blood pressure, intestinal contractions, glandular activity, and physical arousal. The body functions that occur within the ANS are largely performed without conscious thought, with the exception of breathing, which works in coordination with conscious thought. This condition is also referred to as Key-Gaskell syndrome.

Ozzy presented with inappetance, dilated pupils, third eyelid protrusion and difficulty in urinating. He has a delightful nature and has been very stoic and good natured. He has just had to have a stomach (peg) tube fitted to supply his nutritional and medicinal needs as he is now no longer able to eat of his own volition.

This is a rare condition and the underlying cause is unknown. Treatment is based on treating the primary symptoms and the prognosis for recovery is guarded. Even with appropriate supportive care recovery can take several months.

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Pet of the Month – February 2015

by on January 30th, 2015

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ReggiePoor kitty! Reggie was brought in as a stray, having been involved in a road traffic accident. Although he did not seem to have significant external injuries he began to deteriorate rapidly and internal injuries were suspected. Blood tests, radiology and ultrasound examination revealed a ruptured bladder.

When surgery was performed his bladder was found to be badly torn and it was feared that a repair might not be effective. We are delighted to report that despite this his bladder healed quickly and completely and he has now been rehomed with one of our nurses!

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Pet of the Month – January 2015

by on January 5th, 2015

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DoobeyHandsome Doobey is seen here showing his best side as he reflects on the wisdom of eating the contents of his owners bin!

Doobey was violently sick and then went on to have a seizure and developed neurological symptoms, including head bobbing and twitching. This necessitated his admission for intravenous fluids to try and flush the unidentified toxins out of his system, and tranquilising medication to keep him calm. We are delighted to report that he is now back to his former bouncy self!

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Pet of the Month – December 2014

by on December 3rd, 2014

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NiamhNiamh is a lovely Springer/Labrador cross with great owners. She presented in the summer with a history of vomiting and diarrhoea after possible ingestion of rhubarb.

 
Blood tests showed Niamh to have developed renal failure and she was referred to a specialist. Further diagnostic work indicated ‘acute on chronic’ kidney disease – very unusual in a five year old dog. Niamh has been a delight to attend and despite the gravity of her illness she has made great progress. Her blood results have improved remarkably and they continue to reduce towards normal levels.

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Pet of the Month November 2014

by on October 31st, 2014

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GeorgiePoor Georgie soon came to regret eating a packet of yoghurt covered raisins. Grapes, raisins, currants and sultanas can cause renal failure in dogs and cats. Thankfully her owner rang the clinic as soon as this was discovered. Vomiting was induced, charcoal administered and Georgie was kept on intravenous fluids for 48 hours to offset the potential harm the raisins might have caused. We are delighted to say that Georgie is fit and well, and has not suffered any ill effects.This incident acts as a salient reminder that there are many things at home and in the garden that may seem harmless to you and I but can be toxic to our pets. Did you know that lilies can cause renal failure in cats? And don’t forget that certain garden products such as slug bait can be fatal on ingestion.

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Pet of the Month October 2014

by on September 30th, 2014

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BillBill has had a rotten time recently, having suffered from a severe bout of haemorrhagic gastro-enteritis which necessitated hospitalisation as well as intravenous fluids, intravenous antibiotics and even a plasma transfusion.

Bill was been a fantastic and good-natured patient throughout and we are delighted to report that he is making firm progress at last!

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Pet of the Month September 2014

by on September 1st, 2014

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DotWhen Dot failed to recover from suspected cystitis causing her to suffer difficulty in urinating further investigations were instigated.
Ultrasound images of her bladder revealed a large bladder stone and analysis of her urine led us to believe this was composed of a substance called struvite. As her symptoms were not so severe as to require surgical removal of the stone she was put on a diet aimed at dissolving the stone.

The remarkable effect that dietary change can have on certain bladder stones was clearly seen in the before and after ultrasound images we took.  Six months after diagnosis her bladder was totally empty!

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Pet of the Month August 2014

by on August 4th, 2014

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JackIt is very unusual for cats to swallow some of the more dramatic objects that dogs have been known to ingest. They are much more thorough than dogs in their appraisal of unusual ‘food’ items and very selective about what will pass their lips. It was therefore with great surprise that we discovered a nail to be the cause of Jack’s vomiting. He had been off colour for a few days and when Jack failed to respond to treatment we radiographed his abdomen. The offending object was immediately identified and swiftly removed. We are delighted to say that Jack, who has been an exemplary patient, is making excellent progress.

 

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