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Pet of the month

January 2019: Nala

Nala came to us at the end of January for intermittent lameness on her left fore leg. She had been out on a walk, got a bit too exuberant, and lost her footing down a rabbit hole! She was trialled on a non steroidal anti inflammatory, which helped greatly but unfortunately didn’t provide a complete resolution.

Nala came back into us to have some radiographs taken which sadly revealed a small fracture. This had already started to heal so thankfully we were able to manage her medically and surgery was not required. She has since been on strict rest and has completed a three week laser course here at the practice. She stood perfectly for her laser treatment, and looking at her you’d not think she had a fractured leg!

She’s doing really well on her current recovery regime and she’s a pleasure to treat. Here are a few snippets of her and said fracture, as you can see, she’s still happy as larry!

June 2018: Jago

Jago first came to see us as a little puppy back in March when his owners had just got him at 8 weeks old. Soon after getting him, Jago developed cystitis and had some investigations and medications to treat this.

Jago was seeming to be doing well but was not growing as much as we would expect for a normal puppy. After some investigations he was referred to Pride Veterinary Centre for a specialist to check him and it was found that he had a portosystemic shunt (liver shunt). A liver shunt is where there is an abnormal blood vessel in the abdomen that allows the blood to bypass the liver meaning that the toxins aren’t removed from the blood and this often causes poor growth.

Jago was initially given some special medications to help control his condition and surgery was planned for a few weeks later. In June Pride Veterinary Centre did very complex surgery to try and close the abnormal blood vessel near Jago‘s liver. Jago has recovered well from the surgery but there can still be long term complications from his condition so he will need frequent check up at the practice. We love seeing Jago as he is always very happy to come in and especially loves a treat

May 2018: Wilfred

Wilfred is a long standing pet that has been treated at Saint Leonard Veterinary Centre for many years. Earlier this year he started having a snotty nose and he was treated for an upper respiratory tract infection. Initially he responded well to this treatment and his nose started to improve.

However after being on treatment for a couple of months Wilfred’s nasal infection started to get worse, he was having more snotty discharge with some blood in it and he was also sneezing a lot. We had him in for further investigations and xrays. The xrays show an increase in the amount of fluid in his nasal cavities and we found an abnormal piece of tissue in his nasal passages. This tissue was sent to the lab for analysis and unfortunately we found out that Wilfred has cancer in his nose. The cancer is a type that is high grade and it was decided to try and slow it’s growth with steroid tablets. At the moment Wilfred is still very happy and enjoying his life but does not like having his tablets! He still has a snotty nasal discharge that needs to be cleaned frequently and he needs lots of TLC. We are hoping to keep Wilfred as comfortable and happy for as long as possible but unfortunately at some point his cancer will get worse.

Wilfred recently stayed with us for a couple of weeks when his owners were on holiday and he was a lovely addition to the hospital and enjoyed all of the attention he got, especially being groomed. Here are a couple of pictures of him relaxing in reception

April 2018: Hebe

Hebe is a lovely British Short Hair cat. She went missing for 24 hours at the beginning of April and then came home with a very sore from right leg. Her owner brought her straight down for one of our vets to examine her. She was in a lot of pain and some shock so she was treated with a drip and pain relief and kept still to prevent her causing more pain by moving her leg. Once she was stablalised she was sedated to allow us to take some xrays for her leg. These revealed that she had managed to dislocate her right elbow. Careful manipulation of her elbow relocated the bones into the correct locations and xrays were taken to confirm this.

Hebe is now restricted to cage rest of a total of 6 weeks to allow the ligaments around the elbow to repair. She started her cage rest in the practice and was a pleasure to have in the practice as she was so loving and friendly. She is now at home to continue her cage rest and doing well so far.

March 2018: Barney

Barney is a 7 month old cockerpoo puppy who was unfortunately involved in a road traffic accident on New Year’s Eve. He was taken to our out of hours service and stabilised before being brought to SLVC for ongoing treatment. It was found that he had broken bones in 3 of his legs, his front left, back left and back right legs. Thankfully he didn’t seem to have any other injuries. Xrays were taken and confirmed he had broken bones. Barney needed surgery on all 3 of his broken legs to repair the fractures. This was done but using a combination of pins, bone plates and screws tailored to each individual fracture.

As Barney is still only a youngester his bones have healed quickly and he has been making remarkable progress. He is still very happy to come in to see us at the practice for he check up appointments. We have repeated xrays to confirm the bones are healing well and have then had to remove 2 of the pins from 1 bone to make him more comfortable. He will not be having physiotherapy to help increase his muscle strength and get him completely back to normal

February 2018: Rick

Rick has been seen at SLVC due to his abnormal pads on all 4 feet over the last couple of months. We had tried a few different treatments for Rick which helped a little but didn’t solve his problem therefore we decided to do a biopsy of one of his pads. This was sent to the lab for analysis and revealed that Rick has plasma cell pododermatitis, known colloquially as ‘pillow feet’. This condition causes the pads to become swollen and cracked on the surface and can progress to open sores. Thankfully Rick’s feet haven’t got any worse and no we know the cause of his condition we can keep it under control. Rick also really enjoys his visits to the surgery to have his check ups


January 2018: Rocky

Rocky was rescued by his current owners about 5 months ago and settled well into the family. Early in January Rocky became very protective of his owner, not letting other people or pets come near her. He kept sniffing and nudging at his owners arm and wouldn’t leave it alone. The owner pulled up her sleeve and realised she had a rash all the way up to her shoulder and a small wound on her finger. She had been feeling really under the weather so went to see a pharmacist. The pharmacist told her to go immediately to hospital and later that day she received life saving treatment for sepsis, a severe infection within the blood. Without Rocky’s intervention his owner wouldn’t have received such prompt treatment and the outcome could have been very different. Well done Rocky

December 2017: Timber

Timber was a new pet to the family and was settling in well to his new home. He had a very good appetite at home and just after Christmas he was suspected to have eaten an entire lamb rib. His owners rang for advice and then brought him to the surgery to be examined. James, one of our vets, examined him and could feel an abnormal structure within his stomach. Xrays confirmed that there was a very large bone within Timber’s stomach. The black arrow points to the lamb bone.

Timber needed surgery to remove this bone and this was performed as soon as possible to prevent any damage being caused to the stomach by the bone. His surgery went very well and the bone was retrieved without problem. Timber went to our out of hours service for overnight care after his surgery and then was allowed to go home the day after.

He has made a very good recovery from his ordeal and was seen recently for his post op checks and for the second part of his vaccinations and was a bouncy as ever.

November 2017: Izzy

Izzy is a lovely labrador who had had a large mass on her right side which had been slowly growing over the last 4-5 years. However in the couple of days prior to Izzy coming to us the lump has got bigger quickly and Izzy was starting to feel very ill.  Some tests were done a it was found that within the centre of the mass there was large abscess. This abscess was drained and Izzy was started on antibiotics to clear the infection. These was successful and Izzy started to feel much better.

Samples were taken from the mass and sent to the lab for analysis. It was found that the large mass was a lipoma, a fatty lump that is very common in dogs. It was decided to surgically remove the mass to prevent the risk of the abscess within it reforming. Despite the large size of the mass, it was remove successfully at surgery and the skin was closed afterwards.

Izzy has recovered well from her surgery and feels much better without her large lipoma weighing her down. We estimated the weight if it to be 1.5kg.

This picture is an example of what a lipoma looks like, Izzy’s however was much bigger than this one!

October 2017: Paddy

Paddy has been a regular visitor to us over the last few months. He initially need a mass removing earlier in the year, has had problems with eye ulcers and recently had problems with his waterworks. Paddy is always a happy chap and enjoys his visits to the vets

Over the last few weeks he had been urinating very frequently and this frequently had blood in it. It was initially thought that he had a urine infection and he response well to medication. However his symptoms returned and further investigations were performed.

It was found that he had a bladder stone which was irritating his bladder lining and causing him lots of pain. This bladder stone was surgically removed and sent away for analysis and it was found to be a struvite stone.

Paddy has recovered well from his surgery but is now on a special food to reduce the likelihood of further bladder stones forming. So far he is doing very well and was happy to be wearing his wooly jumper at his post operative check up

September 2017: Lola

Lola is a much loved older labrador, so when she suddenly went off her legs and was taken ill her owners were very worried. She was immediately brought to the surgery for us to find out what was wrong with her. On examination it was found that she had a very high temperature and a sore tummy so further tests including xrays and ultrasound scans were done. The tests revealed she had an infected womb (pyometra) and needed urgent surgery to remove her uterus and ovaries.

Lola was put onto a drip and then the surgery was performed to remove the infection. Her uterus was very big and distended with a large volume of pus and was successfully removed. Abdominal lavage (thorough flushing of the abdomen with saline) was performed to make sure there was no residual infection.

Lola recovered well from the surgery but due to her arthritis, in addition to the pyometra,she was struggling to get up for a few days after the surgery. Thankfully with lots of TLC she has made an excellent recovery and is back to her normal self now

Here she is looking very happy at her post op check

August 2017: Buddy

Buddy’s owners got him earlier this year as an older dog. It was quickly discovered that he had nasty ear infections in both ears. Buddy had lots of treatment for his ear infections but unfortunately the infections didn’t resolve and caused him lots of pain and discomfort. The decision was made to do surgery to excise both ear canals to remove the disease tissue and hopefully make him a lot more comfortable afterwards.

In June Buddy had his left ear operated on. Whilst the surgery was a success he took a while to recover from the anaesthetic and surgery so we delayed the surgery on the second ear until the beginning of August. The second surgery was a success and he is well on the road to recovery.

Unfortunately removing Buddy’s ear canals will leave him mostly deaf but this was a much better situation for Buddy than being in constant pain and discomfort from his chronic ear problems. Buddy was definitely much happier at his recheck appointments than he was before his surgeries (despite his cone of shame!)

July 2017: Phoebe

Phoebe went missing for a couple of days at the beginning of July and was found by her owners curled up a flower bed at home not acting her normal self. She was very quiet and obviously injured and was taken to our Out Of Hours provider for treatment. It was found that she had very likely been hit by a car and this had caused extensive injuries and she was in shock. Phoebe was given pain relief and stabilised before being brought back to St Leonard Veterinary Centre the next day for her ongoing care.

We found that she had got a body wall rupture – in Phoebe the muscles of the wall of the tummy were pulled off the rib cage due to the force of the impact from the car. This meant that her guts were under the skin and not fully protected from injury but the muscles.

Phoebe had to under go major surgery to repair her body wall. The muscles were stitched into the correct location and thankfully she recovered well from her anaesthetic. Phoebe was kept on strong pain killers over the next few days as she was very sore.

Phoebe’s wounds have now all healed really well. She under went a course of lazer therapy on her wounds to aid the healing and this has been very successful. She needed a prolonged period of cage rest at home to ensure there were no complications with the healing. Phoebe was not very impressed to be kept in a confined space but tolerated it well until she managed to escape and was found by her owners enjoying the sun outside! She is now fully recovered and happy to be allowed out of confinement

May 2017: Tinks

Tinks came into the practice very lethargic and dehydrated after having been missing for a couple of days. Bloods test and investigations revealed she had a nasty urinary tract infection and with treatment she started to respond well.

However of the next couple of days she started to deteriorate and her breathing became very laboured. Xrays were taken to look for the cause and they revealed a build-up of fluid around her lungs. A sample of this fluid was taken and was found to be pus indicating she had a pyothorax (infection around her lungs).

This is a very serious condition and meant she needed to have 2 chest drains (tubes) placed to allow us to remove the pus and flush out her chest with saline. These were left in place for 4 days and required intensive nursing to make sure we had removed all of the infection. Once we were happy the infection was under control the chest drains were remove and she was allowed to go home with ongoing medication to make sure all of the infection was cleared.

Thankfully she responded well to this treatment and the infection around her lungs (pyothorax) and her urine infection and she is currently enjoying lots of attention at home with her owners, despite having a few bald patches!

April 2017: Willow

Little Willow was rescued by our practice manager Cat as a puppy a few months ago. She was in a poor state and immediately required intensive treatment for a severe ear infection.

Willow was always a sweet heart and she began to mature in to a lovely young dog under Cat’s guidance.

At just 6 months old Willow started to have severe cluster seizures (fits) which was extremely stressful for everybody involved.

She underwent various tests including bloods, urinalysis, blood pressure and ultrasound to investigate her problem. After an MRI scan Willow was eventually diagnosed with severe idiopathic epilepsy. (Idiopathic means no one knows why).

We can now happily report that Willow takes daily medication and leads a very normal lifestyle. She is a happy, young, lovely lady and we have really enjoyed seeing her get better 🙂

February 2017: Noah

Little Noah presented to the practice at just one year old. He was in a very serious condition and was starting to lose the function in his back legs.

After examination at Noah was sent for an MRI scan of his spine which revealed a severe deformity which was compressing his spinal cord. If he had been left then very quickly he would have become completely paralysed.

Noah’s condition was extremely rare and he was referred to a specialist centre in Scotland, the only practice in the UK which had adequate experience with his condition.

Noah underwent a gruelling 8 hour operation and what was even more dramatic, his heart stopped twice during the anaesthetic!! He had a large plate and screws inserted in to his spine to relieve the pressure on his spinal cord.

A few months on Noah is doing fantastically well!! What a little hero!


January 2017: Yogi

When Yogi first presented to the practice he provided a challenge on all fronts. He had become quite disillusioned with vets and his owner initially found it extremely difficult to get him out of the car to enter the building! As well as this Yogi was extremely under the weather, he had a severe skin condition and we were all very worried about him.

It took a while to gain Yogi’s trust but over time he started to become much more amenable and almost seemed to understand that we were here to help.

Yogi was found to have a serious medical condition called Addisons disease and on top of this his immune system had started to attack his skin causing him significant discomfort.

After weeks of treatment for the two conditions Yogi has made massive progress, his fur has started to grow back and we are really starting to see his true character again, as illustrated in his photo! Yogi has been a fantastic patient and well deserves pet of the month.

December 2016: Milo

Milo was admitted to the practice by Life Commitment Dog Rescue because he had broken his leg. He was only 6 months old and had managed to break his shin bone (tibia). He had jumped with such force that his bone, still not fully strong, was unable to cope.

Milo was taken to surgery. Instead of making a large incision to insert a plate and screws, which would have interfered with the blood supply to the bone, various pins were drilled through the bone and an external frame was constructed.

Milo had been made into a bionic dog! …….


Due to the fact that the normal biology and blood supply to the broken bone was hardly disturbed, it began to heal extremely quickly and at just 4 weeks after the operation the frame was removed. Here is the same picture of the broken leg 4 weeks after the surgery. See if you can spot the difference before and after…….

Milo is now being rested for a further 4 weeks while the bone continues to heal and the holes from where the pins were removed fill with new bone.

He has an absolutely gorgeous temperament and was a pleasure to work with.

November 2016: Buddy


Buddy first presented to the practice through Angels Small Paws Rescue who had taken him on.

He had ‘Cherry Eye’ in both eyes which meant a large gland which secretes tears was protruding and causing lots of irritation.

Buddy is a Pug X and is one of the friendliest and most fun loving characters you will come across. The only problem was that he absolutely hated anyone going near his eyes and he would wriggle and struggle non-stop when anyone tried!

As you can imagine this made Buddy’s treatment quite a challenge. There was no way that he would ever let eye drops near those eyes!!

This all meant that when ever he was examined he would always need to be sedated. Angels Small Paws Rescue were fantastic and extremely patient with him.

He eventually needed three surgical procedures and several sedations.

We can happily report that the picture above is of Buddy all healed up on the day he was going to his forever home.

Good luck Buddy, you are a legend and we will really miss your visits!

October 2016: Meg

Meg first presented to the practice with a lesion that wouldn’t heal on her back leg:

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Removing the lesion surgically was a worry because there wasn’t much spare skin in the area to help close the wound.

It was decided to try a new technique. Three self inflating tissue expanders were implanted under Meg’s skin around the lesion:

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These tissue expanders were left for 14 days and they expanded to about 5 times their original size by absorbing tissue fluid from the body. In doing so they stretched the skin. This stretch skin could then be used to close the wound.

Meg then had an additional procedure to remove the implants, remove the lesion and to close the wound with the extra skin. Here are the post-operative photos:

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We can report Meg has now made a fantastic recovery and can go about her normal day to day life! Fantastic modern technology!

September 2016: Tinks


Tinks belongs to Karl’s mother-in-law so everyone at the practice knew we needed to get her better soon to stop Karl getting it in the neck!!

Tinks presented extremely cold and dehydrated after she had been missing for five days.

Initially it was impossible to take a blood sample from her until her circulation had been improved with intravenous fluids.

Several abnormalities on the blood results were attributed to starvation and dehydration.

Tinks spent 3 days in the hospital and when her hydration improved she received pain relief and antibiotics. Within hours of this she was back on her feet, eating and ready to go home!

Go Tinks!!

August 2016: Louie


Louie the 11 month old British Bulldog presented to the practice with two problems:

  1. His eyelids were drooping in to his eyes which was causing pain
  2. He was finding it difficult to breath

On further examination it was determined that Louie had a condition called Diamond Eye which was affecting his eyes and he had very narrow nostrils and an over long soft palate which was making it difficult for him to breathe.

Louie underwent surgery to reduce the Diamond Eye, widen his nostrils and trim his soft palate back.

The overall result was a much more comfortable young dog who now finds it much easier to breath and therefore play like every young boy should!

Louie was a star and an absolute pleasure to treat.

July 2016: Phoebe

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Phoebe presented to the practice at the start of the year. She had a reduced appetite and was losing lots of weight.

Blood tests and imaging were performed and Phoebe was found to have a mass blocking her intestine.

Phoebe underwent a successful surgery to remove the obstruction.

Since then she has had medication administered at the practice on 8 occasions which has put her condition in to remission and returned her back to her normal self.

Chemotherapy is very different in animals, much lower dosages of the medications are used which results in far fewer potential side effects like hair loss for example.

We have seen a lot of Phoebe over the last few months and have all become very fond of her.

June 2016: Archie

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Archie presented to the practice at less than a year old and he was limping on his right back leg.

He was found to have a dislocating knee cap which is very common in small breed dogs.

It was causing him considerable pain so it was decided he required surgery to stabilise the knee cap.

He is pictured above with his bubble wrap jacket on to help keep him warm during his anaesthetic. At only 2.5 kg of weight, keeping Archie warm during the procedure would be a challenge.

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His operation was a great success and he is pictured above recovering from his anaesthetic!

April 2016: Frank


Frank, belonging to Angels Small Paws rescue centre is a 2 year old Pug who presented to the practice with extreme discomfort in his right hind leg.

X-rays were taken which revealed his right hip joint (seen on the left of the x-ray) had not formed properly and the ball of his femur bone was very irregular unlike his left which was normal and smooth.


A decision was made to surgically remove the irregular femoral head so that Frank would be in no more pain. The joint would then be supported with muscles alone which will enable Frank to live a normal Pug lifestyle!

The surgery went well and the images below show the piece of bone that was removed (with an orthopaedic saw) and the post-operative x-ray:



Frank is so far coping well after his surgery and with time, regular physiotherapy and hydrotherapy and of course lots of TLC from his carers at Angels he should go on to make a complete recovery.

Frank is also an absolute dude! GO Frank!

March 2016: Button


Button the Persian cat presented to the practice with a bit of a predicament, he was unable to pass faeces.

When he was examined by the vet a mass was felt in his abdomen so x-rays were taken.

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The x-rays illustrated extreme constipation (white mass below the spine) caused by a condition called Megacolon. The large intestine (colon) dilates and loses its ability to contract and therefore the intestine completely loses its function. The large mass of faeces was actually preventing Button from being able to urinate also.

The decision was made to operate on Button to remove the diseased portion of intestine. This procedure is called a Sub-total Colectomy. The post-operative x-ray is shown below.


Button has so far made a fantastic recovery and is back to his normal mischievous self, jumping all over his owners papers while he is trying to work!

February 2016: Zak

Zak the 12 year old Boxer X presented to the practice as an emergency.

He had collapsed and was extremely pale and flat on presentation. It was also noticed that Zak had a distended belly.

Bloodwork and an ultrasound scan revealed Zak was losing blood internally.

A blood transfusion was ordered from the Pet Blood Bank and was quickly delivered and administered to Zak in an effort to replace some of the lost blood.

Once stable Zak was taken to surgery and the culprit was identified, a bleeding vessel in his liver. The liver lobe was removed with a surgical stapler.

We are extremely happy to report that Zak went on to make a full recovery and is now enjoying being spoilt rotten by his owners again!!

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January 2016: Memphis

Memphis presented to the practice after initially been seen by Easipetcare on London Road.

He was 11 weeks old and they had diagnosed him with a broken leg after he had Xrays.

We used an external fixator to repair Memphis’s broken tibia. This involves drill pins through the bone and linking them together with an external scaffold.

The procedure was performed closed (without surgical dissection) which promotes rapid healing as the blood supply and internal biology are not disturbed.

Memphis was extremely brave, an absolute character and what a lovely name you have Memphis!

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December 2015: Lulu

When Lulu the 8 year old English Bull Terrier presented to the practice it was feared for her life.

She was extremely lethargic, had no appetite and she was drinking lots of water. Her eyes were also very cloudy.

A blood test and a scan revealed Lulu had a serious infection of her womb called a pyometra.

Ruby was immediately operated on and she made a miraculous recovery and is now back to her normal, lovely and friendly self.

She was also diagnosed with keratoconjunctivitis sicca or ‘dry eye’ and regular eye drops have resulted in a return of her vision.

Amazing work Lulu!

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November 2015: Stevie Nicks

Stevie was rescued by Lina’s Cat Rescue after she was found on a building site, trapped and alone at just 10 weeks old.

Stevie’s leg was completely crushed and had obviously been so for a number of days, it was badly infected.

Unbelievably Stevie showed fantastic bravery and soldiered on through the pain.

Stevie’s leg (or what was left of it) was amputated at the practice and she has gone on to make a miraculous recovery. She is pictured below after her surgery.

Our animal patients never cease to amaze us!!

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October 2015: Neo

Neo is an 11 year old Alaskan Malmute who had a routine blood test at the practice.

The test showed that his liver enzymes were raised so the investigation continued with ultrasound and x-rays.

Neo was found to have a football sized mass attached to his liver. His life was at risk because he could have lost blood from the mass in to his abdomen at any time.

The big man was taken to theater and the surgery was a great success.

His owner reports he is so much happier and relaxed. He was obviously in some discomfort for a while and was just putting a brave face on. What a hero!


September 2015: Kara

Kara the 4 year old female Cairn Terrier was taken on by Angels Animal Rescue who have now found her a forever home.

Kara presented to the practice to be neutered but she had started to produce fresh blood in her urine

X-rays were taken of her abdomen and to our astonishment they showed a huge triangular stone in her bladder! As well as being extremely uncomfortable this stone must have been developing in Kara’s bladder for years.

Kara was taken to surgery and the stone was removed, she has now made a full recovery but must be on a special diet for the rest of her life to prevent the stone from reforming.

We wish Kara all the happiness in the world in her new home!!

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August 2015: Bruno

Bruno the 10 month old Chihuahua was rushed to the practice after an accident which resulted in both of his front legs being broken.

Weighing less than 1.5 bags of sugar Bruno and his growing legs were extremely delicate and easily damaged.

Having Bruno under a long anaesthetic to repair his broken bones was a much bigger concern than the surgery itself. Being so small Bruno was extremely susceptible to heat loss during the procedure which could have put his life at serious risk.

The 5 hour anaesthetic  ran very smoothly thanks to the close attention of the nursing team at SLVC and the advanced equipment we have to keep our patients warm during such procedures. Bruno’s core temperature actually only dropped by two degrees in 5 hours which was a fantastic achievement.

Bruno’s fractures were stabilised using different techniques due to their nature, one with pins and one with a tiny plate and screws.

It is still early days but Bruno promises to make a fantastic recovery. Pound for pound he is the bravest dog we have ever come across!


July 2015: Milo

Milo is a 5 year old Chocolate Labrador who was rescued by his owners from Second Chance Rescue in 2011.

He presented to the practice at the beginning of July because he was lethargic, appeared to be in pain and was vomiting regularly.

Blood tests revealed Milo was suffering from a condition called pancreatitis. The pancreas, as well as regulating blood glucose, produces digestive enzymes which allow us to absorb the nutrients from the food we eat.

When the pancreas becomes inflamed (the ‘itis’ part of pancreatitis) these digestive enzymes are released and start to digest the pancreas itself! This is extremely painful and can be life threatening.

Milo was very poorly but after 5 days of intensive hospitalisation, fluids, pain relief and lots of TLC we are happy to report he made a full recovery.

The picture shows him waiting in his owners car to be taken home! We all loved having him in the hospital and we missed him lots when he was gone.

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June 2015: Bart

At only 5 months old, Bart the Sphynx cat has shown incredible resilience and bravery during the month of June.

Bart presented to the practice with a terribly sore eye. Initial tests illustrated that he had developed a ‘melting’ ulcer on the surface of his eye (cornea).

These ulcers are particularly dangerous because the bacteria actually digest the surface of the eye until it eventually ruptures.

Bart and his owner proved to be an amazing team! Bart required different eye drops to be administered to his eye EVERY hour including over night!

One of the eye drops was Bart’s own serum which is made by spinning a portion of his blood, collecting the liquid part (the serum) and administering it in to his eye to inhibit the bacteria.

Mainly due to the dedication and devotion of his owner, Bart went on on to make a full recovery, what a team!!

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May 2015: Baby

Baby is a 6 year old Domestic Shorthair (Moggy!) Cat who recently nearly used up all of her 9 lives.

On presentation to the practice she was collapsed and barely conscious, very cold and in severe shock. Baby also had a very distended belly.

Initial treatment in an attempt to keep Baby alive included bloodwork, fluids and warming.

Once stabilised x-rays were performed and as shown in the photo (pink arrows), a large soft tissue opacity was seen in Baby’s abdomen.

Baby was rushed to surgery and it was found that her womb had twisted and she had lost over half of her blood volume in to it.

We are very happy to report that after being so close to death, we were able to save Baby and she has now made a full recovery.

The moral of the story is please get your cats spayed.

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April 2015: BJ

At 10 years of age you may have thought that BJ would be too old and wise to be swallowing rubber balls!

Bj presented to the practice with a recent history of intermittent vomiting which had not responded to the normal medications and he had started to become a bit down in the dumps.

An x-ray was taken of his abdomen (picture below) and there appeared to be a perfectly spherical, spikey object sitting in his stomach!

Bee Jay!!

The ball was removed from his stomach after  an exploratory laparotomy (a surgery to explore his abdomen).

BJ went on to make a full recovery and promises to only play with balls that aren’t small enough to swallow!

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March 2015: Bella

You may have read Bella’s story in the Derby Evening Telegraph. Her owner got in touch with Saint Leonard Vet Centre after Bella had been run over and sustained serious injuries to her back legs. Bella’s owner had been told that Bella may have to be put to sleep because she did not have the funds in place for the complicated surgeries Bella required.

We were very happy to help and Bella underwent 3 separate four hour surgeries at the practice to repair her smashed thigh bone and broken shin bone (see pictures).

The people of Derbyshire were fantastic. Approximately fifty people, the majority of which had never met Bella, donated to her fund and made her life saving surgeries possible. We would like to say a massive thank you to all of these kind people that helped save Bella’s life.

If you met Bella you would immediately see what all the fuss is about. You would honestly struggle to find a better behaved and more affectionate dog. She is now on the slow road to recovery and the only problem her owner is having now is keeping her still!!

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February 2015: Hazel

Hazel the extraordinarily friendly female Guinea Pig visited the practice after a period of not eating and apparent tummy ache.

On initial examination Hazel had lost weight and the vet felt two large masses in her belly.

Hazel was extremely brave and underwent an ultrasound scan at the practice which revealed two large fluid filled cysts (see photo) of her ovaries.

These cysts were potentially very dangerous if they were to burst so the decision was made to perform surgery on Hazel to remove her ovaries and uterus.

Apart from a little bit of nibbling at her stitches  in the post op period we are delighted to say that Hazel went on to make a complete recovery! I am sure that you will agree,  she is a definite cutey!

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January 2015: Oli

Oli is a true gent and at 18 years old, age certainly was not on our side when we attempted to treat an ulcer that he had developed on the surface of his eye.

Corneal ulcers can in general be difficult to manage and various medical and surgical options exist for their treatment, depending upon their size, location, type and depth.

In order to save his eye, Oli was managed first medically and stayed with us in the hospital on and off for nearly a month. This meant that the staff at SLVC all became extremely fond of him. There would often be a queue to give him some fuss in the mornings when the staff returned to work!

After an intensive regime of eye drops, antibiotics and pain killers failed to resolve Oli’s problems, the reluctant decision was made to take him to surgery. The ulcer was debrided and a flap was created with Oli’s 3rd eyelid to act as a bandage for the ulcer.

Two weeks later when the flap was removed, much to the relief of everybody involved, the ulcer had completely healed!

Oli is pictured here with the fluorescent stain in his eye which is used to assess the ulcer.

We will all miss you Oli but we are over the moon you are back to full health!

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December 2014: Oreo

After running across a road  Oreo had a bit of an altercation with an oncoming vehicle!

Oreo was a very lucky boy indeed and managed some how not gain any life threatening injuries, he did however break his ulna bone on his front leg.

The brave little man was treated with open surgery at the practice and a plate and screws were applied to his poorly elbow.

Oreo has gone on to make a complete recovery and has promised his parents that he will always look both ways before crossing the road again!


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November 2014: Jake

In August 2013, Jake became completely blind after having his only eye removed following a long battle with an ulcer on its surface.

To the delight of his owners, Jake recovered fantastically well; without the pain from his eye, he appeared happier, more relaxed and content than he had been in a long time.

After initially escorting him and making sure he was safe, his owners eventually allowed Jake to complete a short lap of the neighbouring gardens once each day, guided only by his whiskers and other senses.

For weeks, Jake completed his lap every day without any problems and seemed to really enjoy this small freedom.

However, one day at the beginning of October, Jake did not return from his usual lap and his owners became increasingly worried. Jake was found cold and collapsed in a heap. They rushed him to Saint Leonard’s, where an examination we found him hypothermic, in severe shock and very close to death. He had puncture wounds all over his body.

Blood tests were conducted, revealing that Jake had been poisoned with anti-freeze………he had then been mauled by a dog while he lay helpless and near to death.

We were appalled and devastated to see Jake so badly hurt, but we are DELIGHTED to say that following a week of intensive care and emergency treatment, he has made a full recovery. What an amazing man! Here he is pictured back in his cosy home like nothing ever happened.

Jake, you are a walking miracle and we are very proud of you!


October 2014: Bennie

After presenting at Saint Leonard in May completely blind, we were all very worried about Bennie.

He was 15 years old and had previously been a very fit and healthy boy. His owner started to become worried when Bennie started to act strange and began walking  in to things. It turned out that Bennie had very high blood pressure.

After an appropriate course of medication we can now very happily report that Bennie’s blood pressure is under control and more importantly his eye sight is completely back to normal! What lovely eyes he has too.

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September 2014: Blossom

The lovely Blossom! At 8 and a half years old she is doing fantastically well for a Saint Bernard.

Blossom developed the condition ‘Diamond Eye’ which made her owners think it would be expensive to fix! The condition results in her eye lids becoming too long so that they flop backwards in to her eyes and make them very sore.

Blossom underwent corrective surgery at the practice and had to wear a collar of shame for 3 weeks! Shes was extremely brave throughout the whole process and now her eyes are back to normal. Blossom we think you are a super star!

This picture shows her waiting patiently for her treat at the end of her last consultation!

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August 2014: Nigel

Meet Nigel, a 2 year old lab-collie cross who developed with the debilitating condition of a dislocating knee cap. Although he was always very brave and didn’t like showing his mum he was uncomfortable, she always knew there was something not quite right.

In August Nigel underwent major corrective surgery at the practice to replace his knee cap back in position and make sure it was happy there!

Nigel has responded fantastically well to surgery and will now be able to go about his normal day to day life unrestricted from pain. He was an absolute gem to work with and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Read what his owner had to say about her experience at the practice… Client Testimonials

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July 2014: Milo

Meet Milo, an 8 month old mastiff cross who was attacked by two fully grown dogs. Milo initially received life saving treatment for shock and once stabilised the extent of his injuries was investigated. He was extensively covered with wounds, the worst of which was in his groin where the bites had only just missed his femoral artery which would have caused death in seconds.

After various surgical procedures and wound dressings Milo is finally fully healed!! The pictures illustrate the Bermuda shorts the vets had to create to keep his dressings on his wounds! We are so happy that you are back to your normal bouncy and lovely self Milo.