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Mew, a nine year old domestic long hair cat, was brought into The Vet in mid October. Her owners were concerned as she hadn’t been seeming like her normal self and her abdomen was appearing larger than usual. Sophie, our veterinary director, became suspicious Mew had something called a Pyometra.
A Pyometra is when the uterus becomes filled with pus and if left untreated can become fatal in queens and bitches. The surgery performed on Mew involved removing her uterus and ovaries which is what surgeons perform in routine spays. However as Mews’ was filled with pus, it was a risky procedure for our vet Sophie to perform and can prove difficult for even the most talented surgeons due to the severe enlargement of the uterus.
Mew is now recovering very well from her surgery and is doing well receiving lots of TLC at home. We are seeing Mew regularly to ensure her recovery is as smooth as possible and she is on the most suitable medications.
If you have a bitch or queen and are concerned with her having a Pyometra please seek veterinary advice immediately.
Captain Jack Sparrow, a lovely four month old Labrador was brought into The Vet Bristol after playing at the park, which turned a little too rough. Unfortunately the other dog who Captain Jack Sparrow was playing with managed to tear some of his ear!
Captain Jack Sparrow, being a bouncy, brave Labrador didn’t become distressed as his ear bled and his owners acted quickly to bring him to our clinic. Our Bristol team worked hard to ensure Captain Jack Sparrow would recover quickly, although due to the place of the bite stitches could not be placed so recovery was likely to take slightly longer than anticipated.
Captain Jacks ear was cleaned thoroughly and a fabulous head bandage was placed to aid with recovery. He is recovering well at home now and is coming in regularly for checks with our team.
Archie, a two year old Domestic Short Hair cat, was brought into The Vet Bristol after his owners had removed 4cm of a stick from near his chest. His owners were rightfully concerned as he had a wound left from where the stick had been. Charlotte, one of our Veterinary Surgeons, advised his owners it would be best if he was put under general anaesthetic and some X-rays taken to ensure no stick was left in his chest.
After some X-rays were taken it was evident that some stick remained in his chest. The remaining stick had punctured his liver twice and so affected the gall bladder and had penetrated the diaphragm.
Charlotte decided surgery was needed ASAP and recruited another of our Veterinary Surgeons Lydia to come down and help her with the procedure. Surgery was performed and the remainder of the stick removed. The gall bladder was also very carefully removed and sutures were used to close the penetrations in the diaphragm and liver.
Archie is extremely lucky to have sustained so many critical injuries and be back to his normal self. He is recovering well at home and is getting lots of love from his owners who are spending a lot of time medicating and caring for Archie. We wish him all the best for his ongoing recovery.
Rocco is a 1 ½ year old French Bulldog who came to the clinic recently to see vet Amber. His owners Josh & Laura were concerned about his breathing, as he occasionally seemed to struggle. Amber diagnosed Rocco with something called “Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome” (BOAS), a common condition in Frenchie’s and breeds with squashed noses. The condition means that the soft palate (at the back of the mouth) is too long and gets in the way, making it hard for dogs with this condition to breathe normally.
Rocco was referred in-house to Catherine Sturgeon, a specialist in soft tissue surgery. Catherine came to the practice here in Liverpool and was able to assess Rocco and perform the surgery here on the same day. He had his soft palate shortened and his nostrils widened to enable him to breathe more easily.
We saw Rocco again a few days ago and he’s doing great – his owners have already noticed the difference in his breathing and he has recovered really well!
Lolly, an eight-year-old Labrador cross breed, was brought into The Vet Bristol in early May. Her owners were concerned with her urination patterns and from finding blood in her urine, so rightfully brought her into the clinic. On examination Charlotte, one of our veterinary surgeons, felt some possible stones in her bladder so booked Lolly in for some X-rays.
On the day of the procedure Lolly was brought in and was anaesthetised so they could take her x-rays. On the X-rays, they could see there were definitely some bladder stones and surgery was needed!
The surgery needed is called a Cystotomy, this is where the veterinary surgeon makes an incision in the patients' urinary bladder and removes the bladder stones. This procedure was performed on Lolly and these are the bladder stones we removed!
Lolly is now back to her bouncy self and is recovering very well at home.
Wally was brought in to The Vet Nottingham by his owner Emily who is one of our Veterinary Care assistants.
In January a friend surprised Emily by leaving some lovely flowers at her house. Unfortunately they contained Lily’s - the pollen of Lilly’s can be very toxic to Cats.
Emily arrived home at 6pm to find Wally had pollen around his face she washed his face immediately and called the clinic to inform us that she was bringing him down.
Once here Ines, one of our vets, then examined Wally who was then put on Intravenous fluids and bloods taken to test kidney values by our wonderful nurses.
The bloods were normal which is to be expected at this stage (the reason the bloods were taken is as a reference). It was advised that Wally stayed on Fluids overnight to flush out his kidneys and any toxins.
Wally went home the next evening and came back 72 hours post ingestion for a further blood sample.
The bloods at 72 hours were normal as well. Wally has since returned to causing mayhem at home!
In January our clinic manager, Jenna, in The Vet Nottingham went home after to work to find blood on her dog Percy’s bed.
Jenna is also a qualified veterinary nurse so after finding a wound on Percy’s rear end and examining she decided to bring him back into work to be examined by one of the vets. Percy had been out earlier in the day with his dog walker and had been playing in the woods so the cause of the wound was unknown.
On arriving at the practice Jenna took Percy to the prep room to shave and wash the wound for a better look. It was quite deep and looked infected and after further exams, 3 more wounds to his back leg were found. These were extremely painful and it was impossible to fully look at them, so Jessica advised to give him some pain killers to relax him.
Percy was given a IV injection and after 10 minutes Percy was happily sleeping on his mum’s lap allowing Amber, one of our nurses and EMily, our Veterinary care assistant, to clip and clean the wound.
Once this had been done Jessica came to examine the wounds and advised that she was worried by how infected they looked and how close they were to a joint. Jessica decided the best plan was to place an IV catheter and slowly give him some antibiotics to get them into Percy’s system as quickly as possible. An IV was placed by our nurses and then they slowly gave him the meds under Jessica’s direction for the next hour. Percy was then sent home with oral antibiotics and pain relief for a week, if there was no improvement Jessica would reassess him and consider X-rays.
A week later Jessica re-examined Percy and although healing Jessica did not feel that the wounds had healed enough so she dispensed another weeks’ worth of medication.
Percy is now back to his nutty self, enjoying his walks and defending his garden from squirrels.
Chica is a nine-year-old female Labrador retriever, she first visited The Vet Liverpool on a Sunday morning. She had a bit of a disagreement with a moving car the evening before and was not able to use one of her front legs when she walked in to the clinic.
She had been a bit lazy since her accident and wasn’t interested in food, which is very unusual for any Labrador! The team were concerned about nerve damage but couldn’t be sure if any of her bones were damaged too.
They decided to anaesthetise Chica so that they could get her in the right position to take some x-rays and were relieved to find that her bones were fine, it was just her nerves that were damaged. Because we cannot see nerves on an x-ray, it was not possible to know the extent of the damage but there were clues to be found in her response to (or lack of) stimuli in her leg and even further afield such as the way that her pupil was responding to light.
Nerves can take a long time to return to function, if at all. They were able to manage Chica’s pain in the short term but only time would tell if she would regain function in her leg.
When they checked on Chica a couple of weeks later, she seemed perfectly comfortable and was managing to get on and off furniture and up and down stairs just fine on three legs. Her pupils had become closer to normal and she had regained sensation above her elbow but still is unable to feel or control her lower leg.
Chica’s owners are performing physiotherapy to try to stop her muscles from wasting too much and are able to put a sock over her foot to protect it from damage. They will be keeping a close eye on Chica over the coming weeks and months to assess her for any return of nerve function.
Mojo came to The Vet Nottingham as his owner was reasonably sure that Mojo the pointer had eaten a sock!
His owner said that he may have eaten it the previous day. At presentation he was absolutely fine and in no discomfort what so ever. The sock, if it in fact had been eaten, could probably still be sitting in the stomach but could cause all sorts of problems if going through the bowels such as obstruction and peritonitis. It was decided to inject Mojo with a substance to make her vomit and only a few minutes later, much to our and the owners relief, she brought up a beautiful kids sock.
Don't do that again Mojo!
Lennox, a French Bulldog came in to the clinic to get neutered. During the pre-operative check, our Vet Richard noticed, like in most bulldogs, he has stenotic nares. This a condition common to flat nosed breeds, which means that there is very little room around the nostril making it harder for them to breathe. This condition was contributing to Lennox’s loud snoring! Richard also offered to resect (cut) some of his nose to widen the opening and hopefully make it more comfortable to breath.
The operation was carried out by our Vet Hattie, it went really well and in final post-operative check Lennox’s breathing was better and his snoring had also lessened with his wider nostrils!
Bruno cut his metacarpal pad, which is the main pad, on his left front paw whilst out walking. His owner brought him in to The Vet Nottingham for this to be checked by a vet. When they saw Bruno the cut to the pad was quite deep and was bleeding.
Although Bruno wasn’t limping on this leg it was important that they cleaned the wound and bandaged the foot to stop any dirt or bacteria from getting into the wound preventing it from healing and becoming infected. At the same time they applied Manuka honey to the wound.
Manuka honey is a very effective wound dressing as it helps with the healing process by several different means. Honey has a broad spectrum antibacterial activity which helps to resolve any infection. It is also an acid which helps to release oxygen from the haemoglobin in the blood cells and prevents destruction of the tissue. Since it contains so much sugar, honey has a high osmolarity which means it draws fluid out of the wound. This allows lymph, which is a fluid that contains white blood cells, destroy bacteria and remove dead tissue to access the wound.
Two days later they saw Bruno again to change the bandage and check the wound for infection and to decide whether it was possible to stitch it. When they removed the bandage there was a flap of devitalised tissue which had lost its blood supply.
This meant that they needed Bruno to come in the next day for sedation to debride the wound removing all of this dead tissue. Unfortunately this also meant that they would not be able to suture the wound together because there would be too much tension across it causing it to breakdown.
When Bruno came in the next day they gave him an injection of sedation and some anaesthetic gas. This allowed them to have a good look at the wound, clean it with some iodine and to cut away the dead tissue. Once all of the wound edges were bleeding they knew that they had removed enough of the dead tissue and the blood supply to the area would help the wound to heal.They then applied some more honey to the wound and another bandage.
Unfortunately, when it is not possible to stitch the edges of a wound together it takes much longer for it to heal and they call it healing by ‘second intention’. Granulation tissue has to form in the wound which contains lots of new blood cells. After this new skin cells grow across the wound from the edges and the wound contracts until it is completely healed over.
Since this type of healing can take a few weeks Bruno had to keep coming back to have his bandage changed every few days until the wound closed over. It has healed well and Bruno can go for long walks in the park again.
This is Kat, she was brought in to The Vet Liverpool with a swollen toe (and the claw had fallen off). One of the vets took a FNA (fine needle aspiration which is when a thin needle is inserted in to the problem area) to check to see if it was a tumour. The FNA came back inconclusive which meant they didn’t have enough cells to identify what was going on with the toes. The vet prescribed antibiotics and anti-inflammatory to clear up the infection.
Kat then revisited the clinic for a check-up. Our vet Hattie decided to x-ray the toe and to take a biopsy. The X-ray showed that the mass/tumour had started to destroy all the bones in the toe. The biopsy was sent to an external lab and came back as a very aggressive tumour.
The only option was to remove Kat’s leg to stop the tumour from spreading. She underwent the surgery and has done very well since and has now started walking around the house again!
An adorable and very friendly terrier cross called Jim visited The Vet Liverpool with a sore paw. His owner had no idea what had happened other than that he had been playing in the garden with his brother when he suddenly started limping. There were no obvious wounds anywhere but we found that one of his toes was very painful.
They gave Jim painkillers to make him feel more comfortable and took an x-ray which showed that he had broken one of the bones in his toe.
They chose to manage the fracture conservatively, placing a support bandage around his foot to stabilise the toe, allowing the fracture to heal on it's own. Unfortunately, due to the position of the fracture and Jim being a typical energetic dog and not wanting to rest, the fracture didn't heal and after one month, the toe was still sore and felt unstable. We took another x-ray which showed that one of the bone fragments had moved out of alignment, so after further discussions and review of the options available, they decided the best course of action was to amputate the toe. This may seem quite a drastic measure but would allow Jim a shorter recovery period than if they surgically repaired the broken toe using plates and screws.
The operation went smoothly – the toe was removed at the joint above the fracture and the skin stitched together to repair the foot. Jim was sent home the same day with some painkillers and anti-inflammatories. After two weeks of rest, Jim has recovered well and once the fur grows back, you will hardly be able to tell that he is missing a toe!
This is Jessie, a beautiful 14 year old domestic short-haired cat. She visited The Vet Liverpool as she had a cancerous tumour on one of her ears. The best way to prevent the cancer from spreading was to remove part of her ear.
As Jessie is an older lady, they took a blood sample before the surgery to make sure she was healthy enough to cope with the anaesthetic and they put her on a drip to support her through the procedure.
The surgery didn't take very long and the vet made sure to remove a wide margin of tissue around the tumour to ensure that only healthy tissue was left. The nurse even gave Jessie a groom while she was still asleep, because here at The Vet, we like to pamper our patients!
White cats, or coloured cats with white ears (like Jessie) are prone to getting tumours on their ears due to damage by the sun. The tumours are usually a type of cancer called a "squamous cell carcinoma" which can be very aggressive and can spread to other parts of the body such as the lungs or liver. Jessie is recovering and feeling a lot better.
If you notice red crusty sores, scabs or ulcers on your cat's white ears then take them to The Vet for examination and treatment. Early diagnosis of cancer makes it much easier to treat!
On the 8th September Zeus was brought in to The Vet Nottingham limping on his front left leg. Zeus’ owners said he was playing with a toy the day before, he jumped up and then suddenly screamed.
On examination Zeus was not putting any weight on his front left leg, it was very inflamed and as soon as it was touched when being examined, poor Zeus yelped. Due to the amount of discomfort that he was in it was decided the fairest thing to do was to admit Zeus for a sedation and X-ray of his foot. They wanted to make sure nothing was broken or stuck in his pad.
Zeus was admitted and sedated and 2 x-rays were taken of his left leg. It was clear from the X-rays that a sewing needle had become stuck in the paw, this was what was causing Zeus so much discomfort.
Zeus’s paw was shaved and cleaned and then a blade was used to make a small incision allowing the vet, Ines, to probe with forceps to find the metal needle. Once located Ines then worked the needle out of the incision. Zeus’s foot was cleaned with antibacterial wash and stitched up so his paw could heal. He was given antibiotics to protect against any infection and was able to go home that same day.
At his post op check Zeus’ owners informed us he was bearing weight and was much happier. After 10 days Zeus had his stitches removed and was signed off with a clean bill of health.
Reggie is a nine-year-old crossbreed who visited The Vet Morden as his owner was concerned about a red raised area on his left chest. Reggie recently had a mast cell tumour removed from here and so they had concerns about another mass returning of a similar nature. From the examination, there were two areas which were identified, one that was raised and red in appearance and one below that. After discussion with his owner, it was decided to take Reggie to surgery. His owner understood the vet would remove as much tissue as possible in case this was a similar tumour as Reggie had previously.
On the day of his surgery Reggie had x-rays taken of his chest area and stomach to check for any other areas of concern which could relate to the mass on his chest. He had a pre-anaesthetic blood test to check his overall health prior to surgery as well as being placed on fluids before, during and after his operation to support his body. His x-rays were normal so he was taken to surgery. He coped really well under general anaesthetic and both masses were removed. A drain was placed to reduce the likelihood of fluid build-up under his skin post-surgery and this was removed just over a week later.
Reggie has now fully recovered and is doing well.
This is Jake, who was brought into The Vet Liverpool by his very upset owners. His owner had picked her son up from school, come home and let Jake out in the garden. After a few minutes sniffing around the garden Jake came back into the house with a large cut and a couple of smaller cuts above his eyes. She immediately brought him to The Vet as the cut did look deep.
Jake was seen by our Vet Amber, his wounds were cleaned and it was decided that a staple would be the best way to ensure the wound closed and began to heal.
His owner returned to us with Jake to have the staple removed and was very pleased that his beautiful face wasn’t too badly scarred! They are still totally unsure of what Jake could have cut himself on in their garden but feel he may have butted the fence trying to nose into the next door neighbors garden!
This is Finn, a 5-year-old working springer spaniel, who came into the Vet Bristol holding his front right leg up looking a bit sorry for himself. Finn’s owners thought that he had dislocated his shoulder after having an accident whilst working where he fell off a quadbike. After having a consultation with our vet, Charlotte saw that Finn had fractured his distal right humerus (upper arm bone).
Finn was booked in for x-rays to look at the fracture. After this, Charlotte contacted RATA, our orthopaedic specialists, who confirmed her findings and in the meantime Finn was sent home on strong pain relief and strict rest.
A few days later the orthopaedic team operated on Finn’s elbow where the bone was plated and screwed back in place. They also took x-rays post-surgery to make sure the plate and screws were in the correct places. Finn was sent home on the instructions of two 5 minute walks daily and strict cage rest for the next 6 weeks.
Two weeks’ post-surgery and the owners have told us that Finn is coping very well with the strict post op instructions and they can’t believe how well he’s doing already! Finn and his owners popped in to see us all for his second post op check where Finn greeted everybody with his big smile and his wagging tail. No-one would’ve guessed what this cheerful chap has been through!
The Vet Liverpool had a stray kitten brought in who was in a terrible state, he was under nourished, full of fleas and flea dirt and generally not in great shape. Veterinary Care Assistant Corrin took a shine to him and used her lunch hours and spare time to take care of the neglected kitten. They cleaned him up and helped him get back to full health!
The vet has to keep strays for 7 days to see if they have an owner. However, in the meantime they started talking with friends and family to see if they could secure a loving and caring home, if no-one claimed this cute kitten. Gemma, one of the Receptionists, was able to find such a home with her friend who was keen to take on the stray once the 7 days passed.
After a week, the kitten had not been claimed so they were able to re-home the newly named Casper…………who was able to enjoy The Vet Liverpool’s 1st birthday celebrations with them before saying goodbye to the team!
This is Minnie, a 15 year old cat, who was brought in to The Vet Morden with a large lump on her back that her owner said had grown over the last month. After a discussion of the options they took her to surgery, once her pre-check confirmed she was otherwise relatively healthy.
On the morning of surgery, she also had x-rays taken to check her chest was free from any other lumps and she was placed on fluids to support her body through the procedure. The vet completely removed the lump from Minnie.
Minnie has recovered well from her surgery and her owner was happy to send her lump off for analysis with the pathologist team. It was found to be an extraskeletal osteosarcoma which is a soft tissue tumour that produces something called osteoid (a bone like substance) but is not actually attached to bone itself. Her owners are aware she is an older girl and they need to monitor her closely, but she has made an excellent recovery and is back to her usual self.
Over the course of Debbie Evanson’s career she has very rarely been surprised by what pets will try and eat, and has removed lots of items from the digestive tracts of cats, dogs and even a tortoise! (the tortoise having eaten a piece of the owner’s jewellery), but this month the item Alfie, a chocolate Labrador, decided to eat was a surprise even to her.
Alfie for some reason known only to himself decided to chew up an industrial scalpel blade and swallow the pointed end!
How Alfie managed to swallow the sharp blade into his stomach without severely damaging his mouth or his oesophagus is another mystery, but when she x-rayed his stomach there was the piece of scalpel in all its glory.
Sometimes when pets eat things they shouldn’t, making them vomit to remove them is an appropriate course of action, but this should never be undertaken with anything sharp, such as bones, stones and pieces of metal as they can severely damage the oesophagus on the way back up.
Alfie was taken to surgery and the piece of scalpel blade was removed successfully from his stomach. The piece they removed matched exactly the piece of scalpel blade that was missing from the bits the owners had been able to retrieve before Alfie could swallow them too!!
Alfie made a full recovery and is now back to his normal bouncy self. But he is a very lucky dog and things could have been very different if the scalpel blade had pierced through his oesophagus or stomach wall.
So please be very vigilant about anything that is lying about the house, always try and put anything sharp out of reach of not only children, but pets as well, as you never know what they will find tasty and desirable to eat!
Dolly, a young Bichon Frise, was brought in to The Vet Bristol in September as she was due to give birth. After an initial check-up the vet thought she may need a C-section but decided to see how Dolly progressed. Dolly came back the following weekend, seeming uncomfortable, so a C-section was discussed further.
Dolly returned on the Monday as she was not straining. An x-ray was taken, and showed one very large pup ready to go. The decision was made to go ahead with the birth and so the theatre and Dolly were prepared. During the C-section Dolly’s pup had moved down into the pelvic canal, but was too big to come naturally. The pup had to be pulled back up from the pelvic area. Moments later Dory was bought into the world! Fit and healthy!
Both the mum and pup are doing really well. Veterinary Surgeon Lydia reported that she’d never seen so much love from owners and she believes their neighbours were in on all of it too!
Dolly was also spayed at the same time as the pregnancy wasn’t intentional and they don’t want any more little surprises.
Dolly took to mothering Dory well, though as a very friendly and excitable, young Bichon Frise she would actually forget Dory was in the kennel with her! However, we’re sure she’ll be a great mother.
This is Buboy, a 2-year-old German Shepherd who was brought into The Vet because his owners were worried he hadn’t been acting himself for the past couple of days; he had also vomited a few times and had loose faeces.
Buboy’s stomach seemed to be tender so he was x-rayed and the results clearly showed a mass near his stomach and liver. He also had a very high temperature so was admitted for further investigation including blood tests and antibiotics with fluids.
With treatment, the mass reduced in size, however Buboy still seemed quiet and in pain and generally not his usual self. So the decision was made to take him into surgery to explore the mass further.
The mass turned out to be a large quantity of dead tissue caused by an infection from a small grass seed which had started off in Buboy’s stomach and migrated along his body towards his groin area. We removed the grass seed and flushed the area which removed the mass. To help him heal, Buboy was given more antibiotics and Manuka honey was used on the wound.
The very next morning, Buboy’s temperature was back to normal and he was immediately brighter; it took a further 12 days for the wound to clear of infection and in our final checks it is a struggle to even keep him still because he is as lively as ever and has made a full recovery!
One Sunday afternoon in August, a little stray cat was found struggling for life on the side of the road in Highams Park. He was gasping for breath, couldn’t move, and had one side of his body completely scabbed over.
He was brought into The Vet Waltham Forest where the vet presumed that he had been hit by a car. They rushed him into their treatment room, gave him oxygen and pain relief, and started administering IV fluids. Once he was stabilised, they anaesthetised him, took x-rays of his chest and head, and performed an ultrasound of his abdomen as these are the areas of most concern when it comes to road traffic accidents. He had unfortunately fractured his jaw and sustained fractures to four of his ribs, but luckily these had not punctured his chest wall which is always the worry. While he was under anaesthetic, they realigned and stabilised his jaw with orthopaedic wire, and his ribs were left to heal by themselves over time. They then cleaned him up nose to tail, flushed his wounds, and started him on antibiotics.
The next few days were tough, but three weeks on and their new little friend, named Mayo, was purring and head bumping like nothing ever happened. He ate like a lion and wanted nothing more than to explore the clinic. A big thank you to those who brought him and, in every sense, saved his life.
Mayo has been rehomed (now named Pendle) and is settling in nicely into his home with his new friend Salem.
Peggy, a 4 month old cockapoo puppy was brought in to The Vet in Liverpool after hurting one of her back legs while playing with another dog. Poor Peggy was so sore that she couldn't even put her foot down on the ground so they were immediately suspicious that she may have broken a bone.
The vet took some x-rays which showed a nasty fracture to the right tibia, the bone below her knee. The best option to allow Peggy to have a full recovery and regain normal function of the leg, was to have an operation to repair the broken bone.
Our specialist bone surgeon performed the surgery. Using a metal plate and screws he was able to stabilise the bone to allow it to heal in the correct position.
Peggy recovered very well from the operation and just the next day she was starting to use her broken leg again! The Vet Liverpool saw her for another checkup 9 days after the operation and she was like a new dog, walking around the consultation room as if nothing had happened.
The period immediately after the operation was crucial for Peggy's recovery. Strict rest after a fracture repair surgery is essential in order to prevent the metal implants from moving or the bone fragments from becoming dislodged. Peggy was only allowed to go out on the lead in the garden for the first two weeks before slowly building up her exercise levels over the next month. She was not allowed to go up and down the stairs or to jump onto the sofa or into the car in the weeks following the operation.
Her owner's did a fantastic job of keeping her quiet, calm and well-rested, allowing the bones to heal nicely. Hopefully Peggy won't be so unlucky next time she's playing in the park with other dogs!
Meet Crumble, she is a beautiful Persian cat who was brought into The Vet for a behavioural consultation with our behavioural expert, Hollie Castledine.
Poor Crumble kept having accidents on the floor before she could make it to her litter tray and her owner just couldn’t understand why. Hollie did a thorough investigation and determined that because Crumble’s accidents only happened randomly, it was classed as an “unpredictable” behaviour. Hollie discussed with Crumble’s owner that unpredictable behaviours are often caused by an underlying medical issue rather than a behavioural one.
So Crumble had a blood test, a urine sample and ultrasound and it was revealed that she had a mild form of Polycystic Kidney Disease. It is likely that when Crumble’s bladder is full, it causes pain in her kidneys which either makes her want to go to the toilet immediately, or she may have learnt to associate her litter tray with the pain caused by the disease when urinating.
We have started treating Crumble for her polycystic kidney disease which will prevent the disease from getting any worse and will relieve her from the pain and hopefully she will be able to live her life happily without any accidents or pain!
Behavioural problems can be very complex and have lots of different causes. If you are concerned, we highly recommend you visit our veterinary behavioural expert Hollie, she will do a thorough physical examination, try and get a good idea of your pet’s normal behaviour, their environment and living arrangements, which will help her to identify any behavioural or underlying medical problems.
If you are concerned about your pet’s behaviour, please contact The Vet for more information.
Jess was brought to The Vet with a mild lameness in her right front leg. She initially responded well to medical treatment with an anti-inflammatory pain killer. Only a few days later after stopping the pain killers, Jess unfortunately bounded over a garden step and caught her leg. Jess soon became progressively more lame and painful on her leg. The decision to radiograph the leg taken, so we could further investigate her lameness.
Jess was diagnosed with an osteosarcoma (bone tumour) to her humerus bone in her front right leg. This tumour type can be aggressive and spread quickly, surgery to remove the tumour is the only possible curative therapy. Jess’s owner gave us the go ahead to act quickly and do all we can to save Jess. Her surgery took place the very next day.
Two and a half hours in surgery, and the team removed Jess’ limb to remove the tumour and any cancer that spread to further tissues in the area. Within a few hours Jess was up and about walking on her three legs.
Thanks to Jesse’s owner for electing for surgery and some quick surgical planning Jess stands a strong fighting chance in her cancer battle.
Coco and her family were enjoying a Saturday afternoon of crabbing when Coco's owner's noticed fishing line hanging from her mouth. It soon became apparent that Coco had found and swallowed a fishing hook!
The owner called us and rushed her to The Vet straight away, at first believing the hook to be stuck in her throat. Coco was very excited by the attention she was generating and so it became necessary for an anaesthetic to allow the staff to examine her throat. The hook could not be seen! Radiographs then showed that the hook had in fact made its way to the stomach and emergency surgery was needed to remove the hook before it could do any further damage.
The surgery was a success and the hook was retrieved from Coco's stomach without complication. Coco bounced back from surgery quickly and returned home the next day - you can’t keep a five month old puppy down for long! Due to the nature of the surgery Coco's owner were asked to feed a bland diet to allow for the stomach to heal.
Fishing hooks such as the one in this case have a small barb at the end. Simply pulling on the fishing line when the hook was inside of Coco could have resulted in tearing within the stomach and oesophagus which is why surgical removal was required.
Coco was very lucky and has now made a full recovery.
Situations like this are fairly uncommon and most fishing enthusiasts do ensure that all their equipment is packed away safely however please do take care when walking your dog in areas where fishing may take place and remember hooks may not just be swallowed but can become lodged in paws etc. too.
Moola is an 8 month old Staffordshire bull terrier, she is extremely loving, affectionate and mostly well behaved. However, when Moola is left on her own, she becomes a completely different dog and starts destroying carpets, floors, doors, furniture – basically anything she can get her paws on. This behaviour is a strong indicator that Moola suffers from intense separation anxiety. When Moola became suddenly unwell, her owners were concerned something had happened while they were out, so they rushed her to The Vet.
After a thorough examination and an X-ray by one of our Clinical Directors, Jessica, it became apparent that Moola hadn’t only been chewing up the house, she had been eating away at it too as there were bits of carpet stuck in her stomach and bowels.
She made steady progress, and now her owners are pleased to report that she is eating well and feeling bright and happy again!
Hugo first visited The Vet in July 2015 for his puppy vaccinations and won the hearts of our whole team, however in November, Hugo seemed to be struggling to use his back leg.
Worried, Hugo’s owner brought him in to see our Veterinary Surgeon, Jessica. She examined Hugo and found he had a luxating patella in his right hind leg. (A luxating patella is when the knee dislocates, meaning the knee cannot fully extend) After studying the x-rays, Jessica felt happy that Hugo would benefit from surgery to have his knee realigned.
Two days after his surgery Hugo came in for his post-operative check and was healing well. He started walking with no signs of lameness and was given the go-ahead to resume going for walks again, starting with ten minutes at a time on the lead.
A few weeks later, Hugo's owner was concerned and informed us that he appeared uncomfortable, limping and lifting his leg again. During his check-up, Jessica concluded that the operation was successful however it appeared that he was having a small allergic reaction to his stitches. Hugo was already booked in for an entropion procedure (a surgery which corrects a genetic condition where part of the eyelid is folded inwards) which gave Jessica time to remove the stitches from his knee whilst he was still under anaesthetic. Hugo was then prescribed to have an injection every week for four weeks to help keep him comfortable.
In February the team were happy to see Hugo was doing very well, the antibiotics had worked their magic however he had a slightly swollen knee and the team had to remove 3mls of fluid from the area. Hugo’s owners were told they could increase his exercise but to limit his jumping or chasing of his favourite ball. Hugo has been recovering well from both surgeries and to the pleasure of the team, comes in frequently for further check-ups. Hugo will soon be able to go back to chasing his ball in no time!
Popi is a young Russian Blue with a very adventurous streak, he likes to jump out of third storey windows just for thrills! Unfortunately one adventure last year left him with a fractured tibia and a bruised ego, fortunately the team at The Vet were on hand to help. Find out more about his story here:
This handsome Yorkshire Terrier was found, looking very lost, so he was brought into The Vet where he was immediately scanned for a microchip. The team were glad to find that he had one, because a microchip usually means a lost pet and owner can be reunited with ease. There were two telephone numbers on the lost pup’s microchip record, so the team called both numbers, hopeful that one of these numbers would be the owner’s.
The first person the team called, was very confused and said that it couldn’t possibly be their dog as they were looking at their dog at that very moment. Meanwhile the other number belonged to someone who had never owned a dog! This mystery surprised the team, because unusually the microchip posed no help in reuniting the lost dog with their owner due to the incorrect information logged to it, so a different method had to be used.
A few pictures were taken and posted to our Facebook page in the hope that someone would recognise the lost dog. The team had to eventually hand the dog over to a warden, however all the comments and sharing of our Facebook post worked! Someone recognised the dog as belonging to their friend and told them, we are now happy to report that he is now safe and sound at home with his owners!
Microchipping your pet is the first step, but keeping your details up-to-date on your pet’s microchip is just as important and can make the difference between being reunited with your pet and never finding them again. If you’re unsure whether your details need changing, you will need to know your pet’s microchip number; If you don’t know it, we can easily scan your pet when you visit the clinic and supply you with their chip number, you can then visit the microchip database website, Petlog, where you can look up the details associated with the number, view and update your details if needed.
Lipse the Miniature Pinscher visited The Vet after her owner noticed her leg jolting every time she walked, here's her story...
Meet Pippa, the Jack Russell. She was reunited with her very grateful owner Jake after she managed to travel from Hayes to Higham's Park – that’s over 25 miles!
She was found by an E4 resident on her commute home from West London, hence the distance covered. Thanks to her microchip, the team at The Vet were able to get in contact with her owner Jake, who was thrilled to hear that she had been found safe and well.
As from 6th April 2016, it will be compulsory for every dog to be microchipped and to keep the details associated with the microchip up-to-date.
We recommend ALL pets are microchipped, as you never know when they could decide to go on an adventure, let alone how far they may go.
For more information on the new microchip laws and for the answers to FAQs, Click here>>