Success of the month

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 🙂

October 2020: Lola

Lola presented to one of our nurse clinics, very bright, and seemingly well. During the clinic, the RVN was made aware of Lolas’ recent consumptions. Unfortunately, this included three metal screws. Lola came to our Derby clinic for further investigations. An x-ray of her abdomen revealed said screws still within the stomach. Sadly, inducing vomiting wasn’t a safe option in this case, so surgery was required. Thankfully, the screws were still present in the stomach, had they moved down the gastrointestinal tract, they could have caused a whole host of damage. Quick handling of this case meant the screws could be removed with little trauma to the digestive system. Lola bounced back from surgery very quickly and is now back to her usual, cheeky self! 😊

This case highlights the true importance of getting in touch with us as soon as possible in situations similar to these, time is critical.

Thank you to Lolas’ owners for letting us share your story!

March 2020: Archie

Our success of the month for March is Archie.

Archie had a section of his small intestine resected because there was a foreign body / piece of rubber stuck in his intestinal tract. It wasn’t possible to just remove the foreign body because the intestines blood supply had strangulated. Archie had the two ends of intestine anastomosed together and is now getting stronger every day.

He was an absolute pleasure to treat and we have all really enjoyed monitoring his progress.

The photos illustrate the foreign body circled on his abdominal x-ray and of Archie before his procedure, immediately after and 1 week later.

January & February 2020: Bailey & Cleo

Throughout January and February we have been offering 20% off all dental procedures. Both Bailey and Cleo under went general anaesthesia for this. Their teeth were scaled first to reveal the true health of the tooth and gum without the presence of plaque and tartar. Each tooth is assessed individually and is only removed if deemed necessary. Both of these patients were very brave before, during, and after their procedure, and have recovered very well. It is of great benefit to keep an eye of your pets oral health. Subtle signs such as bad breath, excess salivary production, and a change in appetite can all indicate there may be a problem within the oral cavity. Regular brushing will help prevent build up on the teeth and therefore reduce the risk of needing a dental procedure later in life. There are other options for those who aren’t willing to have their teeth brushed. Products such as ‘Plaque Off’ help to reduce the build up and is simply applied to your pets food daily, this can be purchased from the practice.