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.
Our Success of the Month for December is Jack. He is a rescue rabbit who belongs to our Practice Manager, Nic. He had been suffering from a very sore, weeping eye. Nic brought him into the practice to have some antibiotic eye drops administered in the hospital as he was proving rather evasive at home! Unfortunately, the eye drops didn’t do the trick, and we made the decision to flush his tear duct to address a potential blockage. This happened several times over a week period, and with the help of some different eye drops, the fourth flush was clear. Not many rabbits would allow us to flush their tear ducts consciously so we were very impressed with his demeanour during his procedures. We hope he’s pleased with his 2020 vision! ????
November’s Pet of the Month is Crumpet, he belongs to one of our cattery staff, Charley.
He was rushed into the clinic as an emergency earlier this month. He had hopped into the family’s tumble dryer for a secret snooze, unfortunately this was then turned on. Luckily this was only for a matter of minutes, he was quickly evacuated from the drum and brought straight to us.
Although he had only been in there for a very short while, he arrived hyperthermic with compromised neurological function. He was actively cooled on arrival and given relevant supportive treatment throughout the day.
We weren’t sure if he would make a full recovery, but to our amazement he made small improvements each day.
He came in for a check up not long ago and we’re pleased to report he’s exceeded all of our expectations and has made a fantastic recovery!
October’s pet of the month is Fluffy! Fluffy came to us with a sunken, inflamed, right eye. Medical management was attempted initially but no real improvement was seen. Due to this, and the evident discomfort it was causing, the decision was made to remove the eye.
An enucleation of the affected eye was performed and what we discovered next was shocking. An air gun pellet was found in her conjunctival sac. Poor Fluffy had been shot in the eye and not only survived, but, had the offending article to prove it! Thankfully the procedure was completed without any hiccups and she was discharged home later that day.
She’s made a fantastic recovery and copes immensely well with one eye. Just goes to show how resilient cats are!
We thought she was definitely deserving of Octobers pet of the month!
River is our pet of the month for September. River first presented to us in September with acute hind limb lameness after a walk. He was sent home with an anti-inflammatory medication to see if the problem would resolve with rest.
Unfortunately it didn’t and he came into us for some x-rays. These revealed a spiral fracture of his tibia. Fortunately, the fracture seemed stable so we were able to send him home under strict rest.
He came back a few weeks later for us to review his progress and to have some more images taken. Thankfully the fracture had remained stable and started to heal without intervention.
He stole the hearts of the nurses whilst he hospitalised, he was either tucked up in their arms or fast asleep in his kennel.
He’s due back in in a few weeks for another review, but fingers crossed, that’ll be his last visit for a while!
This is Gabriel who is one of our dearest clients Alan’s new guide dog and pet of the month for August.
A few months ago we had to visit Alan’s old dog in his home and put him to sleep because of a terminal illness.
This was incredibly difficult and emotional because it left Alan without his best friend and support. Without a dog by his side Alan was unable to do so many of the things he enjoyed.
Gabriel has some big shoes to fill but is proving to be a wonderful companion for Alan.
Bella is our pet of the month for July. Bella presented to us in July with three subcutaneous masses around her chest and axillary. These were hard, round lumps that felt like lipomas. Due to their location, if they were to continue to grow, they could’ve affected her range of motion. The decision was made to remove all three lumps under a general anaesthetic.
Bella was a dream to handle in the hospital, a perfect patient, a real credit to her owners.
Before performing the mass removals, we performed a pre-operative haematology and biochemistry blood panel to check there were no underlying health problems. We also took some x-rays of her chest to check there were no signs of metastatic spread. Although we suspected the masses to be lipomas, this can never be confirmed until the samples are sent away for examination. Thankfully, the blood panel came back clear and there were no signs of metastatic spread within her chest.
She was stable throughout the procedure and recovered excellently. The histology report soon came back and reported all three to be lipomas, just what we were hoping for!
A brilliant result for a brilliant dog!
Rosco is our pet of the month for June. Rosco first came to us in 2017 after being missing for a couple of days. It was evident he had been involved in some sort of trauma as he had injured one of his forelegs. He was diagnosed with radial nerve damage. This meant he was unable to place his paw correctly when walking, causing trauma to his lower limb.
After some time, the repeated trauma started to affect his quality of life, so the decision was made to amputate.
The procedure went well, Rosco recovered at home and the wounds healed beautifully. As you can see from the photos, he’s coping brilliantly on three.
Well done little man!
Parker presented to us in April with a very painful and sore eye. An ophthalmic exam revealed an ulcer. Due to his breed, his facial skin folds were very prominent and unfortunately rubbing the surface of his cornea. He also had significant upper respiratory noise (also very common in Pugs). The decision was made to resect the facial skin fold at the same time as ‘BOAS’ (Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Disease) surgery.
The surgery consisted of us removing the skin fold that was grazing his eye. We also widened his nostrils and resected some of the excess tissue from his soft palate. Immediately after the surgery the nurses noticed a dramatic reduction in his respiratory noise. He recovered very well and the after photos speak for themselves.
Our pet of the month for April is Little Dollcie, an 8-year-old Yorkshire terrier. She presented to the practice with difficulty urinating although she seemed fine in herself. Her urine was examined and an ultrasound scan of her bladder was performed. Multiple bladder stones were found and given the large number and size of the bladder stones, surgery to remove them was the only option. So, we made a small incision into the bladder wall to carefully remove the stones, some the size of grapes! As you can imagine for a small dog, this was very painful. Dollcie had her procedure without any problems and had a smooth recovery. Within days she was able to urinate on her own, and has continued to do well. Dollcie is now on a special veterinary prescription diet to help prevent any further stone formations.