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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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Pet of the Month May 2014

by on April 30th, 2014

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CocoHandsome Bruno is seen here recovering from the use of an emetic (a drug to make him sick) following his ingestion of a large quantity of chocolate. Thankfully prompt action by his owner and veterinary staff led to a positive outcome but 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 grapes, raisins, currants and sultanas can cause renal failure in dogs, and 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 April 2014

by on March 31st, 2014

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Coco

Poor Coco is currently in our clinic suffering from her second bout of pancreatitis. She is a delight to look after and is making good progress.
The pancreas is an organ in the abdomen which is responsible for releasing enzymes to digest food. The pancreas also releases important hormones, such as insulin, into the bloodstream. Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed, tender and swollen. In most cases pancreatitis occurs for no apparent underlying reason, although sometimes it can have a particular cause such as scavenging food. Pancreatitis most commonly affects middle aged to older dogs, but in addition, dogs of certain breeds (e.g. Cocker Spaniels and Terrier breeds) are more prone to developing the condition.
 
Pancreatitis can cause a variety of symptoms, ranging from relatively mild signs (e.g. a reduced appetite) to very severe illness (e.g. multiple organ failure). The most common symptoms of pancreatitis include lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, abdominal pain (highlighted by restlessness and discomfort) and diarrhoea such as was the case with Coco.
 
Coco’s diagnosis was confirmed through the combination of clinical signs, a positive result to a specific blood test called ‘canine pancreatic lipase’ as well as an ultrasound scan.
 
There is no specific cure for pancreatitis, and fortunately most dogs recover with appropriate supportive treatment such as intravenous fluids and the use of medications which combat nausea and pain. As with Coco most dogs with pancreatitis need to be hospitalised to provide treatment and to undertake necessary monitoring. In some instances, dogs can suffer repeated bouts of the condition (called ‘chronic pancreatitis’) and this may require long term management with dietary and other means.

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Pet of the Month March 2014

by on February 27th, 2014

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Henry

Henry’s serious face belies a lovely and happy nature. He is seen here in one of his calmer moments after bounding into the clinic to greet us, prior to his monthly immunotherapy injection.
Immunotherapy, often referred to as desensitisation, is the closest thing to a cure for canine allergic dematitis. Immunotherapy is a well-established treatment and involves the administration of gradually increasing doses of allergen extracts over a period of weeks, given to patients by injection. After the initial induction course injections are administered monthly.
Although not effective in all cases, many patients like Henry benefit significantly from this therapy and we are delighted that his itching and skin lesions are much better on this treament.

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Pet of the Month Feb 2014

by on February 3rd, 2014

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Pilot square picPoor Pilot.  A typical Bull Terrier Pilot unfortunately doesn’t seem to have yet made the link between eating indigestible objects and the consequences in terms of vomiting and ultimately surgery.  Seen here recovering from his second operation to remove an intestinal foreign body. This time it was a a foam ball that was invisible on radiography and ultrasonography but with all the signs pointing to an obstruction exploratory surgery was carried out. We are pleased to say that he has recovered well. Fingers crossed there is no next time!

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Pet of the Month Jan 2014

by on January 2nd, 2014

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Hadley 2It was not surprising that after going through two bins Hadley began vomiting. When this did not settle he was x-rayed and his distended stomach showed evidence of mussel shells. Accepting that there was no chance that such indigestible objects would pass through his gullet Hadley’s owner allowed us to perform a gastrotomy and remove them. Although the damage inflicted by the shells on the stomach lining took some days to settle down, Hadley was soon back to his old self. Hopefully somewhat wiser…

 

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Pet of the Month Dec 2013

by on November 29th, 2013

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ArchieArchie was diagnosed with an advanced type of blood cancer called lymphoma in September. He started a treatment called the Wisconsin protocol but did not respond so he was referred to a specialist oncology department, who put him on a ‘rescue’ protocol. Archie will be 6 on December 1st. Amazingly he doesn’t know he is sick and apart from one stay in hospital on intravenous fluids for sickness and diarrhoea he is currently enjoying a good quality of life. His favourite game is playing with his ball.

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Pet of the Month Nov 2013

by on November 5th, 2013

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PudgeWhen Pudge, a parakeet, accidentally flew into a window two months ago it was with horror that his owner found he had broken off his upper beak. An avian specialist was contacted but it was decided that reattaching the beak would not be possible. His owners initially had to give Pudge lots of assistance to help him cope with his obvious difficulty eating but soon Pudge adapted and he has coped very well.

Almost ten weeks have passed and we are delighted to report that Pudge’s upper beak has started to regrow

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Pet of the Month October 2013

by on September 30th, 2013

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PoppyThe observant among you will remember Poppy as having appeared on this page last November.

A sweet and easy going Labrador Poppy has really been through the mill yet again. Some weeks ago she became depressed and reluctant to jump in the car although she continued to eat and drink and did not vomit as was the case last year.

Investigation showed free abdominal fluid which when analysed indicated septic peritonitis. Peritonitis is an inflammation of the membrane which lines the inside of the abdomen and all of the internal organs and is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition.

An exploratory operation showed Poppy had a kebab stick lodged in her liver! This was promptly removed and we are delighted to report that she is making an excellent recovery to date.

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