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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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Pet of The Month July 2014

by on July 2nd, 2014

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BubblesA gorgeous kitten, Bubbles is aptly named as she has recently escaped unscathed from a most alarming episode – namely a period in her owners washing machine. Not realising that Bubbles had hopped into the machine while it was being loaded her owner turned the machine on and did not notice for some time that Bubbles was actually inside it.

On discovering this calamity Bubbles was rushed into the practice with bubbles frothing from her nose. Treatment for shock and oxygenation thankfully led to a rapid recovery and she is now back to her normal lively self!

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Pet of the Month June 2014

by on May 30th, 2014

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June Scooby 3Scooby has been a real star and a terrific patient. For a few weeks he had been suffering mild lameness on his right rear leg when all of a sudden he screamed and could no longer support his weight on that limb.

Radiographs showed that Scooby had a malignant bone tumour in his upper limb. These tumour types are so malignant that the only hope for Scooby was to amputate his limb. The operation went well and thankfully Scooby has bounced back with his usual wonderful spirit and joie de vivre, and is getting on fantasrtically well.

 

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