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We would like to take the opportunity to share with you the stories of some of our most inspirational patients.
Lexi the lovely little hamster is our first pet of the month of 2016! She amazed us by being strong enough to pull through a general anaesthetic and major surgery. She had a very large tumour removed from her tummy and has done very well indeed.
Here she is recovering from the anaesthetic whilst wrapped in bubble wrap to keep warm.
Macy was bought in by her owners after she started to go off her food, shake and generally seem unwell. After some intital tests we found she was very dehydrated and admitted her to be put on fluids.
She then proceeded to vomit in the surgery so we performed an ultrasound scan. We were suspicious of a foreign body so we took Macy into surgery.
During the surgery we found this Nectarine stone wedged in her small intestine blocking any food from passing through or being digested therefore making Macy very poorly. The stone was successfully removed and Macy is now feeling much better!
This month we couldn't decide which patient to choose so wanted to share both of their stories with you!
Annie was bought into us after her owners found she wasn't interested in her food as much as normal and generally seemed unwell. As Annie is a rescue dog her owners were unsure whether or not she was neutered. After some blood tests and xrays we suspected a uterine infection was present so we decided to do surgery on Annie to find out what was going on. During surgery we found that she did in fact have a very severe infection of the uterus know as a Pyometra and the only cure for this is to do an ovariohysterectomy (spey). Annie has luckily made a full recovery from her surgery. We would like to take this opportunity to urge everyone to consider getting their pet neutered.
Louie was bought into us here at Avenue Vets after his owners noticed him yelping in pain intermittently and for no apparent reason. After doing a thorough examination he seemed to be uncomfortable within his abdomen so further tests were recommended to see if we could find the cause of his discomfort. After some tests were performed we diagnosed Louie with a disease called Addison's. This is where the body fails to produce the hormone 'Cortisol' which helps the body respond to stress. When there is no or low Cortisol production the body can become very ill in times of stress. Louie was hospitalised and supported through his illness with fluids, medication and nursing care. He now has special medication to help his body produce the lacking hormone. He is currently doing really well and comes in for regular check ups and we love to see him looking so much happier!
Stewie became gradually obese over a few years after having a road traffic accident and intermittent constipation problems. We started him on a low fat prescription diet in Feb 2016 and have monitored his weight loss journey carefully. Our nurse, Sonya has been seeing Stewie regularly for weight clinics to offer support and advice. Stewie's weight loss has dramatically improved his life and we are extremely impressed with his owners dedication and commitment. Well done Stewie you look amazing!!
Tommy came to see us after his owners were concerned that he had become ill after playing in the sea the day before. He was vomiting and generally unhappy. We treated him with anti-sickness medication and recommended bringing him back if there was no improvement. He was hospitalised the next day as he was not eating and hadn't urinated since he went into the sea. His abdomen was distended and xrays revealed there was free fluid in his abdomen. His condition worsened throughout the day so Tommy's owners consented to exploratory surgery to establish the cause of the free fluid. When he was opened up we discovered his bladder had ruptured, causing urine to leak into the abdomen. The tear was surgically repaired and his abdomen flushed with copious amounts of sterile saline. The flushing process was repeated 2 days later, and an abdominal drain was inserted in order to combat the severe infection (known as peritonitis) that was present.
Tommy continued to fight and has made an amazing recovery . Everyone was ecstatic when he passed urine on his own for the first time! Since then he has gone from strength to strength and continues to do well. Here he is with one of our vets Becky who operated on him.
August’s Pet of the Month is Dylan – a fabulous Labradoodle with a great love of life. He presented us with one of the biggest challenges of the year, when he initially came in to the surgery, extremely poorly, with vomiting as the main symptom. He is a known “chewer” of toys, so we were suspicious of foreign body ingestion, but the x-rays did not fit any classical picture. Such cases are often subsequently found to be due to a painful inflammation of the pancreas, so specific blood tests were carried out for this in the practice laboratory. The result pointed towards pancreatitis, so he was treated with lots of pain relief and fluid therapy through intravenous drips. More blood samples were sent to a commercial lab to confirm our diagnosis. We were then surprised when the commercial lab result came back a day or two later – this result was normal! Despite treatment in the practice dog ward, Dylan continued to decline over a few days. X-rays and ultrasound scans were used to monitor his condition and still did not fit any classical picture.
So we were left with our only option – an exploratory operation. We were horrified to find that Dylan had eaten some fibrous fabric, a clump of which had lodged in his stomach. Worse still, a long strand of the fabric extended through his duodenum, past the entrance of the pancreas and bile tubes (hence our abnormal lab results) and into the small intestine. Some of the small intestine was bunched up along the strand, and it had perforated in many areas. We removed a large piece of the small intestine and stitched the ends together, but could not remove the portion near the stomach despite the damage it displayed. All of the adjacent structures would not have been able to function.
It was touch and go whether Dylan would pull through after his huge operation, but Richard was delighted when he got a text a few days later while on his holiday in Scotland. Dylan had not only eaten one of the vets’ breakfasts, but passed some faeces! Not something one would normally expect to cheer one up on a holiday! And since then, Dylan has gone from strength to strength at home, and amazed everybody here at the surgery with his resilience. Now back to his normal bouncy self, we wish Dylan all the best for healthy and happy life!
We have 2 dogs from the same family as pet of the month for September.
Jack presented to us not eating, vomitting and lethargic for 3 days. He was salivating excessively which is often a sign of nausea in dogs. We were suspicious of a an intestinal obstruction so an took an xray of his abdomen. There were gas patterns within his guts that would fit with this. We therefore needed to take him into surgery to look for the problem.
During surgery we found a corn on the cob lodged inside the small intestines. It was surgically removed and Jack gradually improved over the following few days.
Unfortunately one week later, Bertie from the smae family started displaying the same signs.
After some investigations we discovered that he too had ingested a corn on the cob! We successfully removed it and both dogs are doing very well.
Lovely Leo pictured here belongs to one of our receptionists, Anne. During October Anne was away on holiday and unfortunately poor Leo got himself into a scrape with a car. As you can see from the picture he ended up having a few missing body parts when she arrived home!
During the accident Leo dislocated his hip and had broken his tail. But to make matters worse we then discovered he had an internal injury to his diaphragm which is apparent in the xray on the right. You can see here that abdominal contents have actually spilled into his chest causing breathing diffculties. Before we could do any surgery to fix the tail or hip we had to repair the tear within the diaphragm. It is very risky surgery but Leo did really well and was much happier almost straight away after the operation.
During Leo's recovery from his diaphragmatic hernia surgery his owners found a strange piece of material on his bed. They bought it into us and it turned out to be a vertebrae from his tail! The injury had obviously left him with no feeling in his tail and he had decided to have a little taste! You can see on the x-ray the left there is a gap in the tail where a piece of bone should be. We had to remove the tail as he could have caught it on things very easily and the wound was also begininning to get infected. The last surgery we then performed was to removed the ball of his hip joint where it was dislocated so that it could re form without constantly causing pain. Both surgeries went well and Leo is back at home and happy.
Bobby is our remarkable pet of the month for November. He is a simply adorable little dog who we all fell in love with.
Bobby was out playing in his garden when he accidently knocked over a new fence panel that his owners were planning to install. He was trapped underneath and when he was freed it was apparent that he was in a lot of pain and shock as he couldn't stand up. His owners bought him straight into us and after some initial shock treatment we took some xrays to determine the damage.
Here you can see that one of Bobby's hips had been knocked out of the joint and was dislocated. He also had a fracture within his pelvis. By this time Bobby was now managing to walk on 3 legs! He was doing amazingly well so his owners decided to have him operated on to try and re locate the hip and keep it in place. The fracture should heal on it's own with rest as Bobby is a small dog and he is not overweight.
You can see here on this xray that a small pin has been placed through the head of the femur and into the hip joint across the other side. This should hold the joint togehter whilst it has time for all the muscle and fibres to heal around it. We may remove the pin at a later date but if he does very well and is pain free we may leave it in for extra support.
Bobby has been doing really well after his operation and still enjoys his visits into the vets.