Morley – February 2018
Meet Honey the Miniature Schnauzer, the Morley surgery Pet of the Month for February 2018.
This gorgeous girl has been a regular visitor here at Yorkshire Vets throughout her 12 years. In the past, she has visited us for a number of reasons, including surgery for a foreign body removal, urinary issues, allergy problems including Pyogranulomatous inflammation and dermatitis, ingestion of toxic products (xylitol), seizures, pancreatitis and elevated liver enzymes!
More recently, Honey came to see us after experiencing a sudden onset of panting and shaking. She also began to suffer from seizures of the next few days. After a long and difficult set of diagnostics, we discovered she was suffering from hyperlipidemia. This is a condition in which abnormally elevated levels of lipids are present in the blood stream. Honey’s liver problems, pancreatitis and seizures are all potentially connected to her hyperlipidemia. Miniature Schnauzers are predisposed to this condition, but the genetic basis is not clear at present.
After this lengthy investigation, we were able to stabilise Honey on a continuing course of medication. This medication is preventing further seizures and ensuring that her liver and pancreas continue to function properly. Honey is also now eating a special low-fat diet, which is providing support to her medication. She still requires regular check-ups and blood tests. She also attends weight clinic appointments with our nurse, as her treatment requires her to stay within a very specific weight range.
Despite such a lengthy period of investigation and a huge amount of treatment, Honey has always been a delightfully co-operative patient. This is despite that fact that she was experiencing discomfort and pain. After experiencing such a series of health complications throughout her life, we think that Honey is a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award this month. Well done Honey!