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Pet of the Month 2017

CALLY - January 2017 (Pictured with her sister Ursa)


Cally was a very sweet 4-year-old Domestic Longhair cat. She came to us in December 2016 after her owner noticed she hadn’t been herself, was off her food and quieter than normal. Her heart rate and breathing rate was very rapid, so she was admitted straight away for oxygen therapy, blood tests and an x-ray of her chest. The x-rays taken showed a pleural effusion (fluid in the chest cavity), so it was important to drain the fluid from the chest (thoracocentesis) to reduce the pressure on her lungs, and find out why the fluid was there. Nearly 100ml of fluid was drained from her chest, and after that, her breathing calmed down. Once stable, Cally was referred for overnight care. A biopsy taken from her chest diagnosed

lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system.


Initially she came back every few days to remove the fluid on her chest before she began chemotherapy treatment. Sadly, chemotherapy in pets does not cure the cancer, but aims to prolong and improve the quality of life. Unfortunately, Cally’s cancer was very aggressive and she did not respond to chemotherapy. At the end of January, Cally’s owners made the very difficult and brave decision to have her put to sleep. Cally was very patient and her sweet nature remained throughout her treatment. We will miss seeing Cally here, and she will be fondly remembered by her loving owners and everyone here at the practice.

CHARLIE - February 2017


Charlie is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross with a rather complicated history! He was rescued in October 2016 and over the past 5 months Charlie has been a regular visitor to the practice.


In December 2016, Charlie came to see us as he could not close his mouth. His mouth was hanging open; we could manually close it but there was a problem with the nerve supply to his jaw so he couldn’t keep it shut. Charlie was diagnosed with idiopathic trigeminal neuritis. During this time, Charlie was able to lap up wet food but not drink water. An oesophagostomy feeding tube was placed into his oesophagus under general anaesthetic. This meant that his owner could syringe water down the tube and special food if needed. The idiopathic trigeminal neuritis resolved by itself over about a month, and the oesophagostomy tube was removed.


Charlie has also had problems with his nails. His nails are always very short, crumble and bleed easily. Swabs were taken and he was found to have a fungal nail infection. We are in the process of treating this with special shampoo, however further work may be needed if he doesn’t respond to this.


In February, Charlie came to see us again. He was unable to open his mouth more than a couple of centimetres, he had marked atrophy (muscle loss) of the temporalis muscles (muscles over head) and masticatory muscles (jaw muscles). He was just about able to lap up some wet food, but could not drink. He was diagnosed with masticatory myositis, an autoimmune condition where there is muscle loss and fibrosis of the masticatory muscles. Another oesophagostomy feeding tube had to be placed, so that he could be given water. Charlie was put onto immunosuppressive medication, and was given a guarded prognosis. Charlie is responding well, he is able to eat and drink by himself and now the feeding tube has been removed. We hope to reduce the immunosuppressants soon.


Charlie was very anxious and worried initially but over the last month, he has spent a lot of time with the vets and nurses. He now seems happier when coming to see us at the practice, much to our delight.

BINX - March 2017


Binx is a lovely 2 year old Domestic Shorthair. He first started coming to us in February after his owners noticed he had difficulty urinating and there was blood in his urine. He was diagnosed with possible idiopathic cystitis, we tried to treat this medically with pain relief and antibiotics.


After no improvement, Binx was sedated and an x-ray was taken which showed lots of small calculi (stones) in his bladder, which needed removing. Binx came in for his cystotomy procedure which is where an incision is made into the bladder to remove stones. Approximately 30 stones were removed from Binx’s bladder and another 21 removed from his urethra. These stones could have caused a blocked bladder in Binx, which would prevent him from passing urine- a potentially life threatening condition. A urinary catheter was passed into Binx’s bladder from his urethra to ensure no more blockages. Binx was hospitalised with us overnight and returned home the next day.


Binx’s owners have had to change his food to a special urinary diet to change the pH of his urine, to prevent stones from reoccurring. He is also on Nutracys to support a healthy urinary tract. He will need to continue this for the rest of his life. We are pleased to report Binx is doing well.  

PUSS PUSS - April 2017


Puss Puss is a spritely 12-year-old Domestic Shorthair cat. She first came to us with chronic scabs on the tips of her ears, and we were concerned it was a cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. This is a cancer that often occurs on the ears and nose, and usually occurs in white cats due to their lack of pigmentation. It is caused by UV damage, and can develop after prolonged periods of time in the sun.


Puss Puss came in for surgery to remove her ear pinnae, preventing further spread of the cancer. Puss Puss returned home but became a little anxious, so came back to the practice for her recovery. She stayed with us for two weeks with her owners coming to visit regularly. Puss Puss’ ears have now fully healed, and she is managing well at home.

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REUBEN - May 2017


Reuben is a very sweet 6-year-old Boxer. He came in to see us to have a lump on his left chest/ front of elbow investigated. A fine needle aspirate was taken and sent to the lab, and the results showed it was a mast cell tumour. Mast cell tumours (MCT) are one of the most common skin tumours in dogs. The cells that they originate from are inflammatory cells. They often appear swollen and red and change in size as they release histamine (the substance that causes your skin to go red and itchy when you are bitten by an insect). Most MCT can be cured by surgical removal with good margins (as they can seed tumour cells in the healthy surrounding tissues), but it is very common that more can occur in different places- which was the case with Reuben as he has had a number of them in the past, so his owners knew what to look out for. MCT are graded in terms of how well they invade local tissues. A high-grade tumour is more likely to spread


Reuben was referred to the VRCC as his tumour was in an awkward place to remove on his chest. The surgeons were worried that there was a lot of tension in the skin where it had been removed so, moved some skin from his chest to make a skin flap to close the skin.


Unfortunately, the middle of the wound began to break down. The wound was left open as it would not close and a swab was taken. Daily bandage changes were required for Reuben. The lab report showed that the mass had been removed in its entirety with good margins, so we decided to K-Laser the wound. K-Laser is a painless application of laser energy that promotes increased circulation by drawing oxygen and nutrients to the affected area, in turn creating an optimal healing environment. It can also be used to reduce pain associated with osteoarthritis. Reuben had eight sessions of K-Laser treatment over one month, which sped up the healing process dramatically. He is back to his normal happy self and thanks to the love and patience of his owners, has now made a full recovery.


HUGO - June 2017


Hugo is an adorable 1-year-old Cocker Spaniel x Poodle. He came to see us in June when his owners noticed that he was limping, and had removed some grass seeds from his fur.


On examination, Hugo was very painful so needed a sedation for us to examine his front paw properly. The fur on his paw was shaved which revealed a swollen and inflamed grass seed tract. We managed to remove the grass seed, which had imbedded itself in Hugo’s paw, with forceps.  A further 30 grass seeds were removed from his fur on his other feet- which all could have burrowed under the skin as well! As well as getting stuck in between toes, grass seeds can travel down ear canals and up noses and can sometimes be difficult to locate.


Hugo’s paw was bandaged and he was given pain relief and antibiotics to go home with. After a few days rest he made a full recovery.  

Hugo Pet of the month

Each month our staff team nominate a patient whose case has been unusual, complicated or just close to our hearts. At the end of the year we open up the voting to our clients, asking you to choose your favourite to be crowned

Pet of The Year 2017.

FLUFFY - July 2017


Fluffy is a very pretty domestic long hair cat. She was found as a stray a number of years ago and recently developed a sore eye so came into us for a check-up. Fluffy had signs of cat flu and this included a severely ulcerated eye. We were concerned that the front of her eye (cornea) could rupture. Pain relief and antibiotics were prescribed, but an enucleation (eye removal) was needed in this case. Two days later, Fluffy came in to have an enucleation of her right eye. She was put under a general anaesthetic and the whole eye removed, and then the skin either side stitched together. Fluffy stayed with us for a few days after the operation so she could have pain relief and eye drops administered. The stitches were removed 12 days after the surgery.


Fluffy’s left eye also showed early signs of the same disease, so she was treated with antibiotics to ensure she did not lose this eye. She also has regular check-ups to make sure it does not reoccur.  


We are very pleased that Fluffy’s eye has now fully healed and she is enjoying her new life with her new owner.

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LOUIS - August 2017


Louis is a sweet rescue guinea pig who came to see us after an abscess on his side ruptured. Abscesses in guinea pigs can be caused by a number of things, for example: foreign bodies such as hay, fighting with other guinea pigs, infected wounds, or if near the mouth by dental disease. Guinea pig abscesses unfortunately have a very thick outer capsule and thick pus so oral antibiotics have trouble penetrating to treat infection. This means that surgical removal is often indicated. Louis was put under a general anaesthetic, which always carries a risk, and even more so in older guinea pigs. However, the surgery went well and the whole abscess was removed which measured approximately 5cx5cm! He returned home that afternoon, and was seen again by us 3 days and 5 days later to ensure the wound was healing nicely. We are pleased that he made a full recovery and we wish a happy and healthy future.

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