Frankie, a Real Star Patient - 30 Jul 2013

This is Frankie our Patient of the Month for July.

FrankieFrankieFrankie was attacked by two large dogs several months ago and had some of the most severe injuries we have ever seen at the practice. The attacking dogs caused extreme wounds to her chest and abdomen that almost killed her. We have had to do multiple surgeries to clean out contamination of the wounds and multiple stitches as well as inserting drains and giving many injections and tablets. We really thought she was going to die in the first few days following surgery, but she fought hard and after a week started to improve.

After many more weeks of healing, Frankie has now finally fully healed (although she did have some psychological scarring for a while). She is an incredible little dog, who fought every day to get back to full health. She has never resented coming to the vets even though she has had periods of extreme pain. She actually still likes to come and see us !!

A real star patient !

Hiddi-Diddi Road Traffic Accident - 26 Jun 2013

This is Hiddi-Diddi our patient of the month. At only 18 months of age she has used up several of her 9 lives after recently being involved in a very serious road traffic accident.

When first presented at the surgery, Hiddi was in extreme pain and was unable to walk. After stabilising her and giving pain killers, we took several X-rays and found that she had multiple injuries to her hind legs.

Over the next few days, we put a steel bone plate and screws on her broken leg to correct the fracture, then relocated and cast her dislocated ankle joint. Unfortunately both of Hiddis hips were also dislocated and although we could re-located them under anaesthetic as soon as she tried to stand up her hips would dislocate again, causing her a lot of pain and discomfort. Finally the decision was taken to surgically correct both hips at the same time. We used a technique called `toggling` to insert a metal toggle into each socket in the pelvis and then we tied these toggles to a hole drilled in each thigh bone. The effect was to anchor the ball and socket of each hip joint together to hold them in place.

After this operation Hiddi never looked back and is now running around as a young cat should - hopefully having learned to look out for cars in future!

Connie Goes On Holiday - 3 May 2013

ConnieConnie is all ready to go on her holidays to France with her owners thanks to her new Pet Passport.

It is now so easy to go away to Europe. Connie already had her microchip implanted when she came to get her passport so she just had to have a rabies vaccine. Her passport was then issued and after waiting 3 weeks she will be ready to go.

Dogs have to visit a vet in Europe on the way home for a worming treatment which will get written in the passport. This is to prevent the import of a type of tapeworm we do not have in the UK which is dangerous for humans as well.

It is important to make sure animals have tick prevention treatment whilst they are in Europe as there are several tick borne diseases present that we do not have in the UK.

Connie can now go on holiday as often as she likes so long as she has her booster injections.Maybe next year she will venture a little further!

For further information about travel to Europe or further afield, please contact the surgery and speak to one of our vets. We are able to help arrange paperwork for travel all around the world.

Flicker goes for the Record - 28 Mar 2013

FlickerFlicker, who has over a period of a few years ruptured both her cruciate liagaments is our Patient of the Month for March. The cruciate ligament is very important in the knee as it holds the thigh bone to the shin bone and when it is ruptured the dog is unable to walk normally on that leg. (right).  Without surgery and over time, the joint becomes progressively damaged with the result that there is chronic pain for the patient and irreversible arthritic change.

There are many techniques for the repair of the ruptured ligament and because Flicker had her ligaments rupture several years apart she has had several types of surgery on her knees.

After Flicker first ruptured a ligament several years ago, we performed an imbrication suture. This is applied around the knee to stabilise the joint. (see below left). This is usually a very successful technique but unfortunately Flicker is a very active and very heavy dog and she stretched the implant used in the operation over a period of a few weeks. We were forced to re-operate using a technique known as `Over the Top` (see below right). This operation implants a graft into the joint to stabilise the knee and worked very well for Flicker. However, it is a very traumatic severe operation and involves a longer recovery time than the newer procedures.

When Flicker ruptured the cruciate ligament in her other knee at the end of last year we used a new technique to correct the problem. This is know as a TTA where the front of the tibia is cut and moved forward to take away the need for the cruciate ligament. Because there is no trauma in the joint and there is now no waiting for the ligament to repair, it is often a much quicker recovery time and we have had great success with this operation at Pype Hayes.

We currently use a new type of TTA operation known as the MMP. (right). This involves the permanent implantation of a titanium wedge to support the cut tibia and allow the patient to weight bear on the leg almost immediately.

Flicker has done very well post operatively and is back to her normal bouncy self. She has the dubious record as our only patient to have had to have all three main types of operation on her knees!!

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