A Real Star - 4 Oct 2011

This is Izzy, a 4 year old cocker spaniel who first came to us in February 2010 with bad diarrhoea. 

She didn’t respond to normal treatment and we became aware of a lump growing in her abdomen. We were becoming very worried at this stage and performed an operation to take biopsies of the lump before things go any worse. Unfortunately 6 days later our worst fears were realised when the Lab confirmed Izzy was suffering from intestinal lymphoma - a life threatening cancer.

However Izzy`s owners didn’t give up and we started chemothearpy immediately. Izzy has never looked back from the start of treatment. The lump quickly became unpalpable and the diarrhoea cleared up and Izzy soon returned to her normal happy self.

Izzy will have to have a chemotherapy injection every 14 days and stay on tablets for life, but she never complains and the injections are made bearable by her love of lots of treats!

A real star patient!!

Importance of Spaying your Bitch - 1 Sep 2011

The Importance of spaying your bitch,  Ovariohysterectomy or “Spay” is the surgical removal of the uterus and ovaries in the female dog under a general anaesthetic. The procedure is not reversible, once spayed, a bitch is no longer able to have puppies.

The main benefits of the procedure include:

The prevention of uterine and ovarian cancer The significantly reduced risk of mammary or breast cancer (if spayed before the 3rd season) The prevention of uterine infection (pyometra) The elimination of unwanted pregnancies and complications during birth The prevention of bleeding and behavioural changes during a season The reduction in unwanted attention from male dogs

Possible disadvantages to spaying: 

There are associated risks with any surgery or anaesthetic. These risks can be reduced by an experienced surgeon and close anaesthetic monitoring throughout the procedure. There is also a higher incidence of urinary incontinence later in life in spayed bitches, however this is not commonly seen and responds well to medication. On balance, the risks are outweighed by the prevention of potentially fatal diseases through spaying.

Deciding when to spay:

There are no known advantages to letting your bitch have a litter before being spayed. In fact postponing the surgery increases the risk of mammary cancer and after the third season, all the benefits of early spaying are lost. We strongly recommend spaying your dog from six months of age before the first season occurs or if this is not possible 3-4 months after a season. The cost of spaying ranges from £110 for small dogs to £135 for large dogs.

The Procedure:

Before spaying a thorough physical examination will be carried out to ensure your dog is fit and well for the operation. Pre-anaesthetic bloods can be taken in older animals (at an extra cost) to check kidney and liver function before proceeding and intravenous fluids provided if required. We ask that you withhold food from your dog from 7pm the evening before the surgery and arrive at the practice from 8.15am to 8.45am ensuring your dog has had chance to go to the toilet. Your dog will be weighed before being admitted by a nurse who will discuss the procedure, answer any questions you may have and ask you to sign a consent form.


After Admission:

Your dog will receive a pre-med or sedation to relax her and provide pain relief before the surgery. The anaesthetic is then induced shortly afterwards and the operation itself normally lasts about one hour. Patients are closely monitored at all times throughout the anaesthetic by a theatre nurse and the supervising veterinary surgeon. Following the surgery your dog will then be transferred to a warm kennel with plenty of bedding and remain under close observation whilst coming round from the anaesthetic. Once fully awake and able to stand she is able to go home the same afternoon. Discharge will be with a nurse and full post-op instructions will be given at this stage.

Exercise restriction is required after the surgery and close monitoring of the wound to prevent licking. An Elizabethan (lampshade) collar can be provided if necessary. There will be a post-op check at the practice three days following the surgery to ensure your dog is recovering well and stitches are removed a week later. Following stitches out, exercise can be gradually increased back to normal. After being spayed, we recommend you reduce your dogs feed intake by 10-15% to prevent any weight gain. 

Precious Stones - 16 Jun 2011  

Precious is a 4-year-old Domestic Longhair female neutered cat with a history of cystitis. The cystitis was thought to be stress induced, which is often the case in cats especially if they are quite nervous. This can be brought on by any sudden changes, such as a new cat to the area, renovation work or even a guest staying for a couple of days. The symptoms of frequent urination and blood in the urine would often resolve following antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory.

After repeated cases of cystitis, looking at a urine sample under the microscope revealed crystals in the urine. These crystals can sometimes go on to develop stones within the bladder so Precious was placed on a special prescription diet to try reduce the number of crystals. As the symptoms continued we decided to investigate further. An ultrasound of the bladder revealed that stones had developed in the bladder, which was confirmed on an x-ray.  As a result surgery was performed to remove the stones from the bladder. Three stones were removed from the actual bladder and a further two were flushed out of the urethra. Since the procedure Precious has been doing very well. It would still be advisable for Precious to stay on the prescription urinary diet to help reduced further stones from forming. 


Molly's Unusual Lethargy - 6 Apr 2011 

Molly is a 4 year old Jack Russell Terrier. Her owner noticed she was very lethargic for a couple of days and had gone off her food. When she brought her in we noticed she was very quiet and her gums were very pale. Blood tests revealed she had a very low red blood cell count.

This was due to immune mediated haemolytic anaemia which can happen very suddenly.

Luckily Molly has responded very well to treatment and is now back to her usual lively self and her red blood cell numbers are normal. She is expected to make a full recovery. 




Pip's Drinking Problem - 9 Mar 2011

Pip is a 10 year old Yorkshire Terrier. His owner recently noticed his drinking had increased and was getting her up several times in the night to urinate. Blood tests revealed Pip's glucose was high and he was diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus. This means Pip could not regulate his sugar levels.

Pip was started on insulin injections and although his owners were at first a little apprehensive, within a couple of days they felt comfortable injecting Pip at home. Pip will need long term treatment and monitoring, but he has responded very well to treatment and his drinking has reduced. He has much more energy and is enjoying his walks once again.




Toby breaks a Leg - 14 Feb 2011    

Toby is a 4 year old rescue greyhound. He was running in the garden and somehow managed to hurt his leg and was in extreme pain. 

X-rays revealed a very nasty fracture of R radius and ulnar. This was fixed with a bone plate and screws.

He is doing very well now and in just 2 weeks after his operation, is walking well on that leg. 

Toby, an extremely friendly dog, is once again a happy dog.


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