Pet of the Month – Bobby

Shipley Surgery Pet of the Month - January 2018 - Bobby

Shipley – January 2018

Meet Bobby the Labrador, the Shipley surgery Pet of the Month for January 2018.

11-year-old Bobby came to see us towards the end of 2017 after his owner noticed a growth in his mouth. We also noted that his teeth could do with a scale and polish. Because of the position of the lump and the need for dental work, we booked Bobby in for an anaesthetic.

A few weeks later, Bobby came back in for surgery. Since his last visit, a wart-like lump on his nose had started to grow. Because of the speed of growth of this lump, Bobby’s owner asked us to remove this during the anaesthetic. Thankfully, we were able to remove both lumps fairly easily before sending them off to the lab. We also gave Bobby’s teeth a good clean and removed a single tooth that had started to cause problems. Once this work was finished, we woke Bobby up from his anaesthetic and, later that day, sent him home.

A few days later, we saw Bobby back for a follow-up examination. He had recovered really well from his anaesthetic and was eating well. We also checked the sites of his lump removals and tooth extraction, which were starting to heal well. Shortly after this visit, we received the lab results from Bobby’s lumps. Thankfully, there was nothing serious to report, so we would not need to put Bobby through any further treatment.

The following week, Bobby came to see us again to have his stitches removed. His surgical wounds had healed nicely and he was doing really well at home. Throughout his treatment, Bobby was a great patient and coped really well, despite his age. Because of this, we think he’s a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award. Well done Bobby!

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Yorkshire Terrier – Breed Profile

Yorkshire Terrier Breed Profile example - Princess Poppy

The Yorkshire Terrier is a breed most notable for its small size. It is one of the most popular breeds here at Yorkshire Vets. In fact, Border Collies are the ninth most common breed we see across our surgeries. To find out more about the breed, and its suitability for your family, read on below.

Yorkshire Terrier


The Yorkshire Terrier standard states that the breed should weigh a maximum of 3.2kg, though we commonly see larger examples. They are a compact, well-proportioned breed, with an upright stance. They have upright V-shaped ears, which frame an intelligent and inquisitive face. The Yorkie coat should be straight and silky and requires regular brushing. It is not uncommon for Yorkies not used for showing to receive regular clips to keep their coat short. This makes it easier to keep clean and tidy. As a low shedding breed, Yorkshire Terriers can be suitable for those with allergies. The KC breed standard only allows for dark steel blue and tan colouring, though we often see dogs with a wider variety of colours.
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Pet of the Month – Lara

Meanwood Pet of the Month - January 2018 - Lara

Meanwood – January 2018

This is Lara, the Meanwood surgery Pet of the Month for January 2018.

Lara first came to see us way back in 2007, shortly after her adoption from the Dogs Trust. Unfortunately, at the age of 2, Lara ruptured the cruciate ligament in her right hind leg. This required a surgical repair. Following the surgery, Lara took a while to fully recover but was eventually able to regain full use of her leg. Over the following years, Lara visited us a few more times, before moving away with her owner to live in Lancashire.


While Lara was away, she began to experience further problems with her legs. She started to suffer from arthritis, which became so bad in her left hind leg that surgery was recommended. The required surgery was a fusion of the hock joint. This involved the placement of a plate to support the joint. Lara would no longer experience pain in the joint, but it would no longer be able to move. She recovered well, though this was a lengthy process due to an infection at the wound site. This required a long course of antibiotics but eventually cleared up.

A return to Yorkshire Vets

In 2017, Lara returned to Leeds and came back to see us at Yorkshire Vets. At first, she just visited for pain medication for her arthritis, but unfortunately, she soon began to struggle more with her fused joint. To begin with, we tried a change of medication, but this failed to have any effect. Eventually, we decided that the best thing for Lara was to open up her leg. This would allow us to take a sample to check for infection around her plated joint. We also looked at the possibility of removing a screw that seemed to be causing an issue. Unfortunately, due to the type of screw that had been used, we were unable to do this straight away, as it would need a special piece of equipment that we would need to order.

This sample came back from the lab showing infection in the wound, so we were able to prescribe suitable medication to treat this. A few weeks later, the piece of equipment required to remove Lara’s problematic screw was delivered. We booked Lara in for further surgery and were able to remove the screw, which had managed to begin to work its way loose.

Since this surgery, Lara has been doing really well. She has no more infection at her wound site and is back to her normal dose of pain relief. After such continued problems with her legs, and her continued patience throughout, we think Lara is a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award. Well done Lara!

Pet of the Month

As Meanwood Pet of the Month, Lara is in with a chance of winning a year’s membership to our Pet Health Club, as the overall Yorkshire Vets Pet of the Month. To vote, please keep an eye on our Facebook page, where the competition will be posted towards the end of January.

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Pet of the Month – Frank

Armley surgery Pet of the Month - January 2018 - Frank

Armley – January 2018

This is four-year-old Frank, the Armley surgery Pet of the Month for January 2018. Frank came to see us recently after being out of sorts and overgrooming his coat. He had also recently lost a tooth and seemed tender around his mouth. On examination, we were able to see straight away that Frank was suffering from periodontal disease. His gums were badly infected and he had already lost a few teeth. This is very rare for such a young cat and meant that Frank would likely need a significant amount of dental work. The full extent of work required would not become clear until we were able to anaesthetise him and take a closer look.

Dental Surgery

The following week, Frank came back in for his dental surgery. After we administered his anaesthetic induction, we were able to properly examine Frank’s teeth. Unfortunately, this closer examination revealed that his teeth were in an even worse state than we had first thought. Five of Frank’s teeth were already missing and we had to remove a further 13. We then cleaned up and polished the remaining 12 teeth, to give them the best chance of surviving. We also administered pain relief and antibiotic medication to support Frank’s recovery.


A few days later, Frank came back to see us for a check-up. He was recovering from his surgery really well, and his owners reported that he was much happier in himself. The dental work had not only resolved Frank’s behavioural issues but had also given him a new lease of life.

Throughout Frank’s treatment, he was an absolute superstar. He was a model patient and was extremely cuddly and affectionate with the staff during his day with us. After maintaining such a friendly temperament despite such extensive dental work, we think Frank is a deserving winner of our Pet of the Month award this month. Well done Frank!

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Pet of the Month – Teddy

Morley surgery Pet of the Month - January 2018 - Teddy

Morley – January 2018

Meet Teddy, the Morley surgery Pet of the Month for January 2018. This elderly gent (nearly 19 years old!) came to see us recently after developing a swelling on his toe. We examined Teddy’s toe, but due to the level of infection and swelling, it was difficult to properly diagnose the problem. In order to reduce the swelling, we prescribed some antibiotics. We then booked Teddy in for a follow-up examination a few days later. Unfortunately, at Teddy’s next visit, the medication had failed to reduce the swelling. As a result, we began to worry that this may be a tumour of some kind.

Because of Teddy’s age, and the fact that he has a heart murmur, we had lengthy discussions with his owners about removing the lump, which would require an amputation of the affected toe. We also took some blood tests to ensure that Teddy was healthy enough to undergo the surgery. These came back with some elevated levels, but overall, Teddy was in remarkable health for his age. Despite these blood tests, the anaesthetic would still be risky, but Teddy’s owners decided that we should go ahead with the operation.


Teddy coped very well with his surgery. We were able to successfully remove the toe, before sending the lump off to the lab for analysis. Throughout Teddy’s recovery, we ensured that he had at least one nurse by his side, constantly monitoring his vital signs. Thankfully his recovery was uneventful and, later that day, we discharged him to continue recovery at home.

Teddy came back for a checkup 2 days later and we were pleasantly surprised by how well he was doing. Teddy had even started to put weight on his foot again. We re-assessed Teddy again a few days later and he had continued to improve. Shortly after this visit, we received the lab results from Teddy’s lump. Analysis of the tissue indicated that this was a squamous cell carcinoma, which is a cancerous tumour. Thankfully, we had managed to remove the entire growth, so Teddy should need no further treatment at this time.

Throughout his treatment, Teddy was an absolute star and such a pleasure nurse. Due to the risks associated with surgery, and his pleasant nature throughout, we think he is a worthy pet of the month winner. Well done Teddy!

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Pet of the Month – Melvin

Shadwell Surgery Pet of the Month - January 2018 - Melvin

Shadwell – January 2018

Meet Melvin, the Shadwell surgery Pet of the Month for January 2017.

Back in August, Melvin’s owner came in to see us here at Shadwell. She had recently moved house and Melvin had escaped. When a pet goes missing, it is important to get the word out as soon as possible. In order to give Melvin the best chance of coming home, we immediately reported him missing with PetLog. This would mean that any query of Melvin’s microchip number would flag up the fact that he was missing. We also added him to our lost and found file, so that we would be able to quickly reunite him, should he turn up at any Yorkshire Vets surgery.

Over the next four-and-a-half months, we heard nothing more from Melvin. Then, one morning, a cat matching Melvin’s description was brought in to our Meanwood surgery. We scanned him for a microchip and entered the number that came back on the microchip database. Much to our delight, Melvin’s details flashed up on the screen and we were able to give his owner a call with the great news. Later that morning, Melvin’s owner came in to collect him. She was, as you can imagine, overjoyed to see him again, especially after such a long time. Despite this lengthy absence, Melvin was in very good condition and, after for a quick application of flea treatment, was ready to go home.

After such an adventure and a happy reunion with his owner, we think Melvin is a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award this month. Well done Melvin!

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Pet of the Month – Bea

 Birkenshaw Pet of the Month - January 2018 - Bea

Birkenshaw – January 2018

This is 7-year-old Bea, the Birkenshaw surgery Pet of the Month for January 2018.

Bea has been visiting us here at Birkenshaw since being adopted from Romania back in 2015. As a Pet Health Club member, she visits us regularly, though many of these visits are routine. In August, however, she came to see us after suffering from a sudden discomfort in her right hind leg. In order to properly investigate this lameness, we booked Bea in for x-rays at our Thornbury hospital the following day. These scans revealed that she was suffering from cranial cruciate ligament disease. This is a breakdown of the cruciate ligament, which results in a complete inability to weight bear on the affected leg. Unfortunately, this condition was starting to affect both of Bea’s rear legs and both would require surgery.

Bea’s first surgery

A few days after her x-rays, Bea came back to Thornbury for her first surgery. The operation went well, and she was able to go home the following day. Over the next few weeks, Bea continued her recovery at home. Because of the issues with her other leg, recovery would be longer than usual, as Bea would not be able to rely on a fully functioning leg to support the one recovering from surgery.

Bea’s second surgery

2 months after her first surgery, Bea was doing well. Consequently, we were able to book her in for a second surgery to deal with her other cruciate. Again, this surgery went well and Bea was able to go home the following day. Over the following weeks, Bea recovered well. She is now using both legs well and has been able to gradually increase her exercise levels. After having two major surgeries so close to each other, we think Bea is a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award this month. Well done Bea!

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Border Collie – Breed Profile

The Border Collie is a medium-sized dog breed, well known for its high level of intelligence. It is one of the most popular breeds here at Yorkshire Vets. In fact, Border Collies are the eighth most common breed we see across our surgeries. To find out more about the breed, and its suitability for your family, read on below.

Border Collie Breed Profile Example - Charlie.
Charlie getting cosy in bed.

Border Collie


Primarily a working breed, the Border Collie appearance can be slightly more varied than that of other breeds. While there is a set breed standard for show dogs, many of the Border Collies you will see day to day may fall outside of this standard. Females typically weigh 12–19 kg, with males slightly larger at 14–20 kg. The breed has an athletic, deep-chested build, with well-muscled hind legs. The most startling feature of the Border Collie is its piercing stare. Eye colour is normally blue to brown, but it is not uncommon to see the breed with eyes of differing colours. Border Collies have a medium length double-layered coat, that can be smooth or rough. They can be heavy shedders, particularly those with thicker coats. Though the most common colouring is black and white, a huge number of colour variations exist in the breed.
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Pet of the Month – Belle

Thornbury Hospital Pet of the Month - December 2017 - Belle

Thornbury – December 2017

This is 2.5-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Belle, the Thornbury hospital Pet of the Month for December 2017.

Poor old Belle has been a regular visitor here at Yorkshire Vets over her short life. She has had issues with luxating patellas and, more recently, laryngeal problems, both of which have required surgery. Earlier this year, Belle began to show signs of neck pain. This type of pain is typical in dogs suffering from syringomyelia. This is a condition common among her breed, in which fluid cavities develop in the spinal chord near the brain. Initially, we were able to manage this pain with medication, but over time Belle began to have more off days, during which she appeared to be experiencing more pain.

Belle the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel relaxing at home.


At this stage, we discussed increasing Belle’s medication. As an alternative, we also suggested that she undergo a number of acupuncture sessions with Emma, one of our vets. Acupuncture has many uses and can be very useful in controlling pain in animals (young and old cats, dogs and rabbits). Acupuncture releases natural opioids within the animal’s body, which helps to reduce pain. It can also be very useful in managing arthritic pain.

Since beginning Acupuncture with Emma, Belle has been doing really well. During her sessions, she is always an absolute star. She has become so comfortable with the treatment that she often falls asleep on the consult table while her needles are in place! Since starting her acupuncture sessions, Belle’s owners have noticed a massive improvement in her pain levels. While she still uses conventional medication alongside her acupuncture, she has become far more stable without the need for a dose increase. Despite her regular vet trips, Belle is always happy to come and visit us here at Thornbury. We think she is a superstar and a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award this month. Well done Belle.

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Pet of the Month – Dylan

Horsforth Pet of the Month - December 2017 - Dylan

Horsforth – December 2017

This is Dylan the Dalmatian, the Horsforth surgery Pet of the Month for December 2017.

Dylan came to see us back in October, having developed three lumps. To properly assess these lumps, we took samples of the material inside the lumps using a needle. We then placed the samples on slides and sent them to the lab for analysis. When the results came back they were inconclusive, but could not rule out cancerous growth without further testing. In order to test the lumps further, we would need to send larger samples, so at this point, it made sense for the lumps to be surgically removed. We could then send these full lumps for further analysis.

Because of the complexity of the surgery, we booked Dylan in at our Thornbury hospital for his surgery. We were able to successfully remove all three of the lumps but, because of the position of one particular lump, the wound was fairly tricky to close. This meant that we would have to very carefully monitor the wound during healing. We then sent these lumps to the lab for analysis.

During his anaesthetic, Dylan also experienced an irregular rhythm in his heartbeat. Because of this, we had to closely monitor his heart during recovery and perform electrocardiograms (ECGs) to ensure that this was a side-effect from the anaesthetic, rather than an ongoing heart problem.

Dylan Checking his ECG
Dylan kept a close eye on his ECG while in the hospital!


Fortunately, over the next 24 hours, Dylan’s heart rhythms returned to normal and he was able to go home. Over the following weeks, he visited us regularly for bandage changes. It was important for the bandages to be fairly loose in order to ensure proper blood flow to the wound that had been difficult to close. Because of this, it was important to regularly change the bandages to keep the wound clean. This also allowed us to closely monitor healing. We also received the lab analysis of Dylan’s lumps, which revealed that they were benign growths. The lab also noted that we had successfully removed all margins of the lump, so the risk of repeated growth was thankfully reduced.

Dylan has now had his bandage removed and is recovering really well. His recovery from surgery has been a long process, but he has been a delightful patient throughout. We’re sure you’ll agree that he is a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award this month. Well done Dylan!

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