JUNE 2015 - Tallulah
Tallulah came to us a few weeks ago with a history of persistant vomiting. When we examined her we could feel a large abdominal mass and feared the worse. Xrays revealed an unusual density in her stomach and we decided that surgery was the only option for a diagnosis and possible treatment.
Tallulah`s owner was extremely worried and we gave a guarded outlook but, unbelievably, during surgery we discovered the mass was in fact a huge solid hairball ! The biggest we have ever seen.
After removing the massive hairball Tallulah recovered rapidly from the ordeal and is now back to her normal self - although being groomed much more often !!
Hairballs are common in cats and rarely cause problems but some long haired patients or individuals with skin conditions that cause excessive grooming can occasionally gather huge accumulations of hair in the stomach that can cause illness, as in this case. It is therefore very important to regularly groom long coated cats and to seek veterinary treatment if your cat is overgrooming.
MAY 2015- Midget
This is Midget, the Jack Russell Terrier. She came to us having been showing persistent cystitis signs. After investigating we found that a huge stone had grown inside her bladder, causing the problem. We ended up having to operate to remove the stone but Midget is now back on the road to recovery.
Stones or urinary crystals cause severe bladder problems and are sometimes caused by dietry problems, so if ever any pets show signs of bladder problems or problems passing water it is very important that they are checked as soon as possible.
JAN 2015- Clay
Clay:A lucky escape as one thing leads to another.
When Clay's owner noticed he had been sick and was behaving oddly she brought him up to see us. We were worried he might have eaten something he shouldn't and so we sedated him and X rayed his abdomen. When he was sedated we could feel a lump and so decided to have a look inside. We soon found a piece of rubber stuck in his intestine which was what was making him feel unwell. However we also found a lump on his spleen which looked as if it might start bleeding at any time. We removed his spleen and Clay made a full recovery. The lump turned out to be a benign haematoma. But if Clay had not eaten the rubber we would probably not have found the lump until he started to bleed internally!
The spleen is an organ that can be removed without causing problems to the animal later on. This is lucky as it is not uncommon to get growths on the spleen. Some can be cancerous and may well have spread by the time we discover them. Others are benign like Clay's . A haematoma is basically like a big bruise but in the spleen this can lead to bleeding into the abdomen. We don't always know what caused the initial damage but in a case like Clay now it has been removed there should be no further problems.