Thornbury – February 2018
Meet Bertie the Basset Hound, the Thornbury hospital Pet of the Month for February 2018.
We have previously diagnosed Bertie as a carrier of Von Willebrand Disease (VWD), which is a disease that affects clotting of the blood. VWD carriers rarely display full symptoms, but in rare cases can have issues with clotting. As a result, we have to take extra care when dealing with his treatment.
Bertie came to see us at the end of January after experiencing a sudden onset of illness. He had stopped eating, had a bloated abdomen and blood was present in his urine. He also appeared jaundiced. Our initial tests revealed that there were three main issues that Bertie was dealing with. These were gastric bloat, liver problems and a urinary tract infection. We placed Bertie on antibiotics and fluids to help rehydration and took him to surgery to deal with his bloat. During this surgery, we placed a gastric tube, which released a lot of gas from his stomach. Once he had recovered from this anaesthetic, Bertie already seemed much more comfortable than when he first came in.
The following day, we continued monitoring Bertie’s condition. He was still somewhat uncomfortable and had failed to pass any more urine, despite having a full bladder. Because of this, we placed a urinary catheter and flushed his bladder. The end of this flush produced a large amount of debris that was likely to have been causing an obstruction. A follow-up scan revealed that Bertie was far less gassy than the previous day and his liver appeared normal, which was a great sign. Over the next couple of days, Bertie’s jaundice reduced and he started to produce more normal coloured urine. He was now ready to go home.
Over the next week, Bertie continued to improve. A week later, we were delighted to see that his urine was almost back to normal and his blood tests showed levels that were returning towards their normal ranges. We are very happy to see Bertie looking so much better and think he is a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award this month. Well done Bertie!