Success of the month

November 2021: Rattie

The beautiful Rattie came to us very lethargic and frequently vomiting, and on exam one of our vets could feel a large foreign body in her abdomen which is generally quite abnormal for cats. We then admitted Rattie to investigate this through x-rays and ultrasound, the results of which showed what looked like a lot of string and so it was decided that it was best to open her up to remove the foreign body. The surgery went very well, we managed to remove the string along with some hairbands and elastic bands too!

Rattie recovered very nicely and she has since been back to us for some post-operative checks, and we are pleased to report that she is doing very well! Her owner tells us that she doesn’t particularly like the pet shirt she has on and when they first put it on Rattie did some wonderful Michael Jackson impressions – hee hee!
Well done for being such a lovely and brave patient Rattie.

October 2021: Lemmy

Our success of the month for October is Lemmy!

Lemmy has been a brave boy these past few weeks. He first came to us very poorly after eating a towel! We took some x-rays of him and decided we would have to perform a surgery called an exploratory laparotomy which is normally performed to remove objects our pets have decided they’d quite like to eat but definitely shouldn’t have. The procedure was over quickly and after a few post-operative checks, we are pleased to report Lemmy is doing very well and is back to his normal self, giving us all big fluffy hugs and slobbery kisses.

September 2021: Reuben

September’s Pet of the Month is the lovely Reuben!

Reuben came to us for a large lump removal on his chest and has had a few progress check ups since then. Every time he is with us he is the most patient and gentle boy you could hope for. Here he is looking handsome after another check up with us – what a good boy!

May 2021: Skye

Skye visited us in May after she was unable to breathe normally at home. Her respiratory efforts had increased and her owners noticed some discomfort. We initially took some images of her; these showed a large volume of air within the chest. Efforts were made to release this air, but sadly she needed more intensive treatment. She was transferred to a local practice who helped us place an active chest drain. She was then taken to a referral centre for more advanced imaging. Her CT scan indicated surgery was required to treat her condition. A fistula was found in her left lung, thankfully, this was removed successfully. After a few days in hospital, Skye was able to return home under strict supervision. She is doing brilliantly and we thought her story needed sharing!

If your pet is unwell, or if you have any concerns at all, please contact the surgery as soon as possible.

April 2021: Boris

Boris came to us from another local veterinary practice after suffering from intermittent rectal prolapses. His previous vet had already tried to repair the prolapse with a minimally invasive procedure, which worked for a short while, but then sadly it recurred.

We performed a procedure called a ‘Colopexy’ to rectify this problem. The colon was adhesed to the abdominal wall to prevent further prolapses via abdominal surgery. During his recovery, he was fed small regular meals, and his stools were monitored carefully to ensure he could pass normal faeces after the adhesion. We are glad to say the surgery was successful and Boris has made a full recovery.

March 2021: Marley

Marley first came to us in March with a problem with his eye. He had a condition called ‘Cherry Eye’. This is when the Nicitan Gland in the eye becomes inflamed and effectively ‘pops’ out, so it’s visible in the corner of the dogs eye. The little gland tends to look like a little cherry, hence the name. Corrective surgery was performed.

A few weeks later he sadly presented to us again with yet another eye problem. This time he had upper and lower lid Entropion in both eyes. This means the eyelids effectively roll inwards towards the surface of the eye. The extra tissue and eyelashes cause friction, and ulcers usually occur as a result. Most dogs with this condition struggle to even open their eyes. Again, he needed corrective surgery to relieve him. He also had a little ‘nip and tuck’ during the second procedure as the excess skin around his face was contributing towards his ailments. Shar-pei’s are renowned for their extra ‘rolls’ but in this instance – they were making his condition worse. He attended the practice three times a day after surgery so we could apply medication to both of his eyes. He wagged his tail and pulled towards the building every time he came. Marley soon learnt that every time he had his eye drops, he got lots of biscuits and fuss. He is a firm favourite here, especially with the nurses!

He is an absolute sweetheart and we’re glad he’s on the road to recovery!

February 2021: Charlie

Charlie took an unfortunate tumble at the start of February, resulting in him breaking one of the bones in his fore leg. Orthopaedic surgery was required. He had a metal plate fitted with several screws to support the ulna. His progress was checked regularly in the following weeks post-surgery. He also received an initial course of laser therapy. We have a Class Four Laser here at SLVC, this is used in many circumstances, but we often use it in fracture cases. Our MLS Laser helps to reduce inflammation in any selected area and stimulates appropriate tissue perfusion, thus helping the healing process. Charlie can now bear weight on his previously broken foreleg and continues to improve following his strict postoperative exercise/rehabilitation regime.

January 2021: Frank

Frank, like many puppies, is a toy enthusiast!

His owners contacted us after realising one of his toys was missing. The toy in question was the size of an apple, and in the shape of a ball.

On arrival, he was very bright and bouncy. After an examination with one of our vets, the decision was made to take an image of his abdomen to check he had not ingested said toy. Sadly, it was soon very apparent he had. The squeaky ball had been compressed, swallowed and was sat in the stomach. Due to the sheer size of the ball, an endoscopic removal was not an option. He was taken through to surgery straight away, and the blue squeaky ball was successfully removed.

He recovered remarkably well from the surgery and continues to do very well at home.

Had his owners not contacted us when they did, this could have been a very different story. Due to their quick actions, we were able to deal with the problem immediately.

December 2020: Bella

At only a few weeks old, Bella initially presented to us with an upset tummy, it was then that we discovered her cleft palate. Her breeder had been dutifully tube/syringe feeding her every few hours since birth. Without such intervention, she would have struggled to survive.

A ‘cleft palate’ refers to an opening in the tissues between the oral and nasal cavity, which has failed to close appropriately during gestational development. This means that when a puppy tries to feed from its mother, not only will it struggle to suckle normally, but when it does, any fluids entering the oral cavity can spill into the nasal cavity and other respiratory structures. This can lead to further complications such as rhinitis and pneumonia.

The decision was made to surgically repair the cleft palate at around 6/7 weeks of age as foreign material was starting to fester within the gap.

Bella behaved like a superstar during her time with us, her surgery was successful, and she continues to live a happy life.

November 2020: Amber

Amber has spent a considerable amount of time with us here at SLVC. In 2020, she went through two stifle operations after she tore both Cranial Cruciate Ligaments. She was on a strict weight loss regime to help her recover after orthopaedic surgery. We’re glad to say she absolutely smashed her dietary/exercise/physio plan, she’s lost over two kilos in weight and continues to do extremely well.

She is certainly deserving of November Pet of the Month! Well done Amber 🙂