Pet of the Month – Spike

Shipley Pet of the Month - December 2017 - Spike

Shipley – December 2017

Meet Spike, the Shipley surgery Pet of the Month for December 2017. Spike first came to see us back in November after his owner noticed an infected wound on his leg. Due to the small puncture wound, it is likely that this was caused by something like a cat bite. In order to properly flush and clean the wound, we would need to admit Spike to have an anaesthetic.

The next morning, Spike was back for his anaesthetic. During the surgery, we were able to remove a large amount of pus from the wound, before flushing it with an antibacterial solution. We also removed some dead tissue from around the wound. After stitching the wound up, we were able to send Spike home later that day. He was to wear a buster collar to keep him from messing with the wound, and given a course of antibiotics to prevent further infection.

Unfortunately, the following day, Spike was back again. Being the mischevious boy that he is, he had managed to get his buster collar off and reopen his wound! Because of the damage that he had done to the wound, it was necessary for us to book Spike in again for another anaesthetic. The next day, Spike had his second anaesthetic. Again, we fully cleaned the wound before removing any damaged tissue and stitching it up.

Over the next few days, Spike kept his buster collar in place and his wound began to heal. Just over a week after his second surgery, we were able to remove his stitches. The wound had healed up nicely and was showing no further sign of infection.

After the ordeal of two surgeries, two days apart, we think Spike is a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award. Well done Spike!

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Lhasa Apso – Breed Profile

The Lhasa Apso is a small breed of companion dog originating from Tibet. It is one of the most popular breeds here at Yorkshire Vets. In fact, Lhasas are the seventh most common breed we see across our surgeries. To find out more about the breed, and its suitability for your family, read on below.

Mitzy - Lhasa Apso Breed Profile example
Lhasa Apso Mitzy, enjoying a day out at the beach.

Lhasa Apso


The Lhasa Apso is a small breed that usually weighs between 5 – 6.5kg (females) and 6.5 – 8kg (males). They are more sturdy than they may at first appear, with a robust but compact frame. Their most notable feature is their distinctive coat. As the breed originates from the Himalayan mountains of Tibet, they have a double-layered coat, with a warm under coat and a protective outer coat. The outer coat is less like typical dog hair and more like human hair. Because of this, it will continue to grow and not shed in the same way as most dog fur. This characteristic makes Lhasas more likely to suit those with dog allergies. It does, however, mean that Lhasas require regular grooming.
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Pet of the Month – Roo

Meanwood Pet of the Month - December 2017 - Roo

Meanwood – December 2017

Meet Rhubarb (Roo for short), the Meanwood surgery Pet of the Month for December 2017. With Christmas approaching, Roo’s heartwarming tale of loss and recovery seems a perfect one to share.

Back in October, Roo and her sister Crumble were on their way to see us for their first annual booster vaccination. On the way into the surgery, Roo managed to break out of her cat carrier and run away. As you can imagine, her owner was distraught and began a relentless search to bring Roo home. She put posters up all around the Meanwood area in the hope the someone would see her, but for six long weeks, she heard nothing.

Then out of the blue, she received a call from a man who had seen one of Roo’s posters. The man had seen a cat matching Roo’s description making visits to his shed. He had tried to catch the cat on multiple occasions but had been unable to do so. On receiving the call, Roo’s owner went straight to the man’s house and, as she arrived, saw Roo in the street! She called Roo’s name and the cat immediately stopped and turned. Upon seeing who had called, the cat ran straight towards her owner, jumping happily into her loving arms. It was Roo!

After finally reuniting with her owner, Roo came in to visit us for a health check. During her time in the wilderness, Roo had lost weight, her coat was in poor condition. She had also picked up a few ticks. Fortunately, this was the extent of her problems and, now that she was back in her warm, loving home with plenty of good food, she would be back to full health in no time. After such an ordeal, we think Roo is a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award this month. Welcome home Roo!

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Pet of the Month – Max

Armley Surgery Pet of the Month December 2017 - Max
Max, complete with the corneal ulcer.

Armley – December 2017

This is Max the Beagle, who is the Armley surgery Pet of the Month for December 2017. 5-month-old Max came to see us back in November after having a run in with his resident feline friend. Max had managed to get a little too close for comfort and had received a scratch to the eye. Following the scratch, he had been unable to open his eye properly. There was also discharge coming from the eye. To properly examine the surface of the eye, we applied some special drops, which revealed a scratch of around 4mm in the centre of his cornea. We prescribed some pain relief and eye drops to help the eye to heal, before sending Max home to continue his recovery.


Two days later, Max came back for a check-up. Unfortunately, an ulcer had developed on the cornea. This was significant enough that we were unable to see the iris.  In order to resolve this issue, we prescribed some different drops and a corneal repair gel.

A few days later, we saw Max back again for another examination. The ulcer had started to reduce and was showing signs of healing. Unfortunately, we were still unable to really see what was going on inside the eye. Because of this, and the risk of infection from this type of wound, we prescribed a course of antibiotics to support Max’s recovery.

Max healed
Max’s eye after treatment.


Just over a week later, Max came back to see us again. His eye had made a remarkable recovery and, apart from a small amount of scarring, had now completely healed. Given the swift reaction, once we had prescribed antibiotics, we suspect that there may have been inflammation within the eye, caused by an infection following the injury. After receiving such a painful injury at such a young age, we think Max is fully deserving of our Pet of the Month award. Well done Max!

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Pet of the Month – Axel

Morley Pet of the Month - December 2017 - Axel

Morley – December 2017

This handsome lad is Axel, the Morley surgery Pet of the Month for December 2017.

Axel first came to see us back in November after suffering from hair loss on his shoulders and flank. To diagnose the problem, we took some skin scrapes (samples of the skin’s surface) to examine under the microscope. This allowed us to look for any mite or louse infestation that may be present. Upon examination, we discovered that Axel was suffering from demodectic mange. This is a condition caused by a tiny mite, Demodex canis, that lives in the hair follicles of all dogs. Most dogs suffer no side effects from the presence of Demodex mites, but if a dog has a weakened or immature immune system, they can cause problems.

The treatment for demodectic mange involves a series of baths with a special chemical solution. Because of the potency of the chemicals in this medication, we have to administer the medication at the surgery. This means that Axel is currently spending one day each week with us. In most cases, treatment requires 4-6 baths, though particularly stubborn infestations can require more.

After his first four baths, Axel’s skin has started to look a lot better and his fur is beginning to regrow. Unfortunately, his latest skin scrapes are still showing evidence of Demodex. This means that we have extended his treatment schedule over the next two weeks. Given his progress at this point, we have high hopes that these extra two baths will be enough to give him the all clear.

Despite his regular visits, Axel continues to show tremendous levels of excitement whenever he pays us a visit. He has been a superb patient throughout his treatment and has been a pleasure to nurse. Because of this, we think he is a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award. Well done Axel!

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Pet of the Month – Barclay

Shadwell Surgery Pet of the Month - December 2017 - Barclay

Shadwell – December 2017

This is Barclay, a 17-year-old cat, who is the Shadwell surgery Pet of the Month for December 2017. Barclay has been a regular visitor at Yorkshire Vets over the last year. Back in January, he came to see us after his owner noticed that he had been losing weight and didn’t seem himself. On examination, we suspected that there was a possibility that Barclay had developed hyperthyroidism. This is a condition in which the thyroid gland produces too much thyroxine hormone. To confirm this diagnosis, we took a blood sample and sent it to the lab.

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Jack Russell Terrier – Breed Profile

The Jack Russell Terrier is a small breed of terrier. It is one of the most popular breeds here at Yorkshire Vets. In fact, Jack Russells are the third most common breed we see across our surgeries. To find out more about the breed, and if it is a good fit for your family, read on below.

 Breed Profile - Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier


The Jack Russell is a small breed, that usually weighs between 6 – 8 kg. They typically measure between 25-40cm at the shoulder. It is not uncommon, however, to see examples that fall outside of this size. From a working point of view, a small chest was traditionally important. This is because the breed was used for fox hunting work and needed to be able to enter Fox burrows. Jack Russell Terriers typically have an alert, intelligent face, with a slightly flattened head between V-shaped ears. Their coat is a dense, double-layered variety and can either be smooth, rough or broken, which is somewhere between rough and smooth. Coat colour is primarily white, with areas of black brown or tan markings.
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Pet of the Month – Coco

Coco - Birkenshaw surgery Pet of the Month - December 2017

Birkenshaw – December 2017

This is 9-year-old Coco, a Boxer dog, who is the Birkenshaw surgery Pet of the Month for December 2017.

Coco has had a long history here at Yorkshire Vets. Way back in 2011, she came to see us with sore ears, which we treated with ear drops. Then, in 2012, she came in to see us with skin lesions between her toes. These lesions were inflamed and sore, so we prescribed some antibiotics to help them heal. After a few weeks, Coco’s lesions had dried up and healed. At this point, we were able to sign her off but also advised her owners that skin problems such as this are prone to recurrence.

Recurrent Skin Problems

Around a year later, Coco was back again. This time, she had developed skin problems on her neck, as well as another lesion between the toes on one of her feet. Initially, we were able to clear this issue up with medication, but unfortunately, only a month later, the problem returned. At this stage, we performed some tests in order to find out why these skin problems were recurring. After the results of these tests came back, we discovered that Coco was suffering from an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). The symptoms of hypothyroidism can vary hugely from dog to dog but can include skin problems such as those experienced by Coco.


Over the following years, we continued to support Coco’s hypothyroidism with medication. Throughout this time, we regularly tested her blood to ensure that her medication remained effective. She suffered from occasional skin flare-ups and developed a couple of lumps, which needed surgical removal. One of these surgeries involved the amputation of a toe. Unfortunately, Coco’s skin recently took a turn for the worse and became flaky. We discussed the best options for Coco’s continued treatment with her owners and decided to refer her to a skin specialist.


Following further investigation, the specialist found Cheyletiella mites present on Coco’s skin. This is a very uncommon mite to find and is completely unrelated to her other skin problems! The specialist prescribed some further medications, which were able to resolve this additional problem. Coco was also diagnosed with allergies, which have been contributing to her skin problems over the years. She now appears to be doing well and, because of her long-term health problems and repeated visits, we think she is a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award. Well done Coco!

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Singapura – Breed Profile

The Singapura is a small breed of cat, known for its large ears and eyes. To find out more about the breed, and if it is a good fit for your family, read on below.

Singapura Breed Profile example - Tigger and Flick

Singapura Cat


The Singapura is a small breed of cat, with adult females expected to weigh 2.3 to 2.7 kg and males 2.7 to 3.6 kg. Despite its small size, the breed is well muscled and robust. The standout features of the Singapura are the large ears and eyes. The coat is fine and silky, typically with a ticked tabby pattern and sepia-toned colour.
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Pets of the Month – Oscar and Charlie

Charlie and Oscar - Horsforth Surgery Pet of the Month - November 2017

Horsforth – November 2017

These gorgeous Ragdoll cats are Oscar and Charlie, the Horsforth surgery‘s joint Pets of the Month for November 2017.

Charlie was a new addition to the family when we first saw him back in September. He came in after developing inflammation around his eyes, which were also producing a sticky discharge. He had also been sneezing a little. We prescribed him some eye drops to help soothe his eyes and booked him in for a check-up a few days later. At this follow up appointment Charlie’s eyes had begun to improve, but still required further treatment. We booked him in for another check-up the following week.

Charlie and Oscar getting to know each other
Unfortunately, this wonderful bond between the brothers is likely how the infection was passed!

The following week, the day after Charlie’s next check-up, we were visited by Oscar. Oscar was now beginning to develop the same symptoms as Charlie. It appeared that, while getting to know each other, Charlie had managed to pass on his illness to Oscar! We suspected that the pair may have picked up a Chlamydophila infection, which we are able to treat with antibiotics.

Over the following weeks, the two continued to visit us for examinations. With the continued application of medication, they gradually improved and eventually, Charlie was well enough to finally start his vaccinations. Unfortunately, Oscar has had a slight flare up since returning to health, but thankfully this should clear up nicely now that he is receiving further treatment.

Best brothers having a nap.
Aren’t they the cutest little family?

Despite their regular visits to the surgery, Oscar and Charlie have been wonderful patients. Because of this, and the unfortunate passing of the infection between these new brothers, we think that they are worthy winners of this month’s Pet of the Month award. Well done Oscar and Charlie!

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