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Pet of the month – March 2021

by admin on March 10th, 2021

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Pet of the month this March is a charming 9 year old cross breed called Fred.
He was initially presented for veterinary attention when he was noted scooting his bottom indoors. A large mass was identified at the site of Fred’s right anal gland which was diagnosed, on fine needle aspirate, to be a malignant tumour.  Unfortunately the mass was very closely apposed to the anus and rectum which raised concerns regarding it’s safe removal, without compromising normal bowel function. Referral to a specialist was recommended. A CT scan revealed no evidence of secondary spread so Fred underwent surgery. We are delighted to report that Fred made an excellent recovery and is now in fine form, back in good health.

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Pet of the month – July 2020

by admin on July 7th, 2020

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Meet Wilson. In the Spring he became intermittently lame on his right back leg. Anti-inflammatory medication helped but did not resolve the lameness so we x-rayed his leg.

Imagine the shock when it was discovered that Wilson had a shotgun pellet embedded deeply in his leg which had caused a non-displaced spiral fracture of his femur. A specialist was consulted but fortunately Wilson only required cage rest for 4 weeks and it was decided that it was best to leave the pellet in situ unless infection developed.

We are delighted to say that Wilson has made a full recovery.


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Pet of the month – June 2020

by admin on June 16th, 2020

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Bob is one of many cats we care for who suffers from IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease).

IBD is not a single disease but a group of chronic gastrointestinal disorders caused by an infiltration of inflammatory cells into the walls of a cat’s gastrointestinal tract. The infiltration of cells thickens the wall of the gastrointestinal tract and disrupts the intestine’s ability to function properly. IBD occurs most often in middle-aged and older cats.

What does the future hold for a cat with IBD?

IBD is a chronic disease.  Few cats are actually cured, and symptoms may wax and wane over time. IBD can often be controlled such that affected cats are healthy and comfortable. Vigilant monitoring by the veterinarian and owner is critical.

We are very pleased to report that Bob has responded well to dietary management and is currently not requiring additional medication. Luckily he is not adept at hunting and so we have no fear that he might cause a flare up through illicit snacks!


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Pet of the month – May 2020

by admin on May 5th, 2020

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Pet of the Month for May is handsome Hadley, who has featured in this slot before.

He rejoins us this month as a reminder of how short a time it takes for a pet to rifle through an owner’s bag when their back is turned – in this case eating a packet of ibuprofen!

Ibuprofen is highly toxic and will cause gastrointestinal upset, including ulceration and acute kidney injury.

Luckily Hadley’s predilection for items that cannot be in the least bit tasty was noticed immediately. Vomiting was induced and he promptly brought up the tablets and remains of the packet. Activated charcoal was also administered.

We are delighted to report that he is back to his normal self and suffered no ill-effects.

Feb - Hadley

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Pet of the month – April 2020

by admin on April 6th, 2020

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This delightful 4 year old Bulldog first came to see us having been very sick. Buzz was also straining to urinate.

An ultrasound scan showed he had numerous stones in his bladder, necessitating urgent surgery.

Surgery proved more extensive than expected as Buzz not only had 50 stones in his bladder but he also had 18 stones wedged tightly in his urethra, the tube connecting the bladder to the outside world. His bladder had to be opened and evacuated and his urethra had to be incised on the underside of his penis to release the obstacles.

Buzz is recovering really well and we are extremely pleased with his progress to date!


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Pet of the month – March 2020

by admin on March 3rd, 2020

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Pet of the month for March is Boots, a delightful one year old Whippet who was recently hit by a car.

Boots presented with severe difficulty breathing and respiratory distress. Radiography showed he had a pneumothorax, which is an accumulation of air outside the lungs, but inside the chest wall. The air outside the lung prevents the lungs from inflating normally, and as happened with Boots can lead to lung collapse.

Treatment involved draining the air from inside the chest cavity to allow the lungs to expand, and oxygen therapy was provided until Boots was stable. Additonally strong pain relief was provided.

Boots required intensive care and repeated chest drainage until the damage repaired.

We are delighted to report that Boots is now back to good health!



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Pet of the month – February 2020

by admin on February 3rd, 2020

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Our Pet of the Month for February is lovely Frida, a beautiful two year old Sphynx.

She is seen here recovering from surgery to take skin biopsies, required during the investigation of her ongoing dermatitis, an issue which started when she was just 5 months old.

The recurring scabs and spots on Frida’s head and neck proved unresponsive to treatment so she was referred to a skin specialist who came to our clinic especially to see Frida. We hope the results will provide clarity on the cause of Frida’s condition and the best way of managing and or curing it.


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Pet of the month – January 2020

by admin on January 3rd, 2020

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Pet of the month for January is Red who is a registered Hearing Dog. Unfortunately on a recent walk he found something appealing to devour that came with a fish hook attached.

Red is seen here post surgery to remove the hook that was found on radiography to be located in his stomach. We are delgihted to report that he is recovering very well.



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Pet of the month – December 2019

by admin on December 2nd, 2019

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Our Pet of the month for December is Henry; he is also our Slimmer of the Month having lost a whopping 5 kilos!

Henry had been struggling with his weight and came to see our weight management nurse Sienna. She has helped his owners devise a feeding plan and weight loss plan to ensure he has a steady and easily maintainable weight loss. Being a British Bulldog it is very important for him to be as slim as possible to optimise his breathing and there are many other associated health benefits for this breed. Henry has made great progress and can even jump up on the furniture now as seen in the accompanying picture.

If you would like more information on Sienna’s weight clinics then please call us, we’d be happy to help!


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Pet of the month – November 2019

by admin on November 5th, 2019

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Pet of the month for November is Hubble, a delightful Chocolate Labrador, seen here recovering from his fourth laparotomy to remove an intestinal foreign body; on this occasion we recovered a sock!

On previous occasions, in addition to socks, Hubble has swallowed a tea towel and a stone.

Let’s hope this is the last time!

Hubble 2

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