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.
Poppy is our pet of the month for March, and rightly so! She presented to us earlier in the month, full term in her pregnancy having had one pup at home, but no more for quite some time. She was examined and unfortunately, she was suffering from Dystocia. Her second pup was too large to be passed naturally and was stuck in the pelvic canal. This required immediate intervention and she was taken straight through to theatre. All hands were on deck as another four were delivered. All of them were successfully revived. The gorgeous little grey kept the team on tenterhooks for quite some time but did eventually let out the cry of relief! Poppy recovered remarkably well from her surgery and wanted to attend to her pups straight away. She and her five pups went home later that day and are thriving at home.
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!