Pet of the Month – Oz

Meanwood Pet of the Month - February 2018 - Oz
Oz received fantastic nursing care from one of his owners while visiting our hospital.

Meanwood – February 2018

Meet Oz, the Meanwood surgery Pet of the Month for February 2018.

Oz has been a regular visitor here at Yorkshire Vets over the last few years. He spent a few days at our Thornbury hospital back in 2014 after developing a pyothorax, which is an infection of the chest cavity. As a result, pus builds up in the cavity, which we need to drain. This condition is potentially fatal and requires urgent treatment. Fortunately, we were able to see Oz early enough that he was able to go back to his normal life.

Hyperthyroidism

After a couple of years of occasional visits, Oz returned at the end of 2016. He had started to lose weight and, on examination, we noted that his thyroid glands were enlarged. This combination of symptoms indicated that Oz was likely to be suffering from hyperthyroidism. This is a condition that causes the thyroid gland to overproduce thyroid hormone. Blood tests confirmed this diagnosis, and we were able to prescribe medication to control the condition.

Hospitalisation

Oz continued on his medication for the next year or so. Then, in January this year, he went missing for a few days. As a result, he went without his medication. After his return, Oz was reluctant to eat or drink, was wobbling around and seemed lethargic. His breathing had also become more laboured. Consequently, his owners brought him in for a checkup. Our initial examination revealed that Oz was very dehydrated, so we admitted him for iv fluids. Further examinations and tests revealed that he was having problems with his heart, was anaemic and was suffering from a painful abdomen.

Oz stayed with us at the hospital over the next week. During this time it was touch and go if he was going to recover. We performed lots of tests, but none of them gave a clear diagnosis for his condition. After intensive treatment of his symptoms, Oz eventually started to recover. Because of the lack of clarity from his numerous tests, we were unable to confirm a definitive diagnosis, but believe that his illness may have been caused by an adverse reaction to his thyroid medication. Oz is now home again and doing much better on a reduced dose of his medication. We are looking at the possibility of radioactive iodine treatment once he has fully recovered, which would remove the need for any medication in the future.

After such a traumatic experience, both for Oz and his owners, we think he is a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award this month. Well done Oz!

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Pet of the Month – Bertie

Thornbury hospital Pet of the Month - February 2018 - Bertie

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!

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Pet of the Month – Stan

Shipley Pet of the Month - February 2018 - Stan

Shipley – February 2018

Say hello to Stan the Man, the Shipley surgery Pet of the Month for February 2018.

Stan is an unusual young man, as he suffers from Cerebellar Hypoplasia. This is a condition similar to ataxic cerebral palsy in humans. As a result, Stan’s movement can appear uncoordinated and jerky. Thankfully, this condition is not one that worsens over time and causes no pain to the sufferer. This means that Stan will be able to live a long and happy life, though he is limited to an indoor lifestyle, as going outside would put him at risk of harm.

Stan recently came to see us for a health check. Thankfully, we were able to give him the all clear, though he could do with losing a little bit of weight! He is such a happy little chap, and we think he is ever so handsome and easy to spoil. After all, who could say no to that beautiful face? In order to reduce Stan’s weight to an ideal range, we have recommended a reduction in his feeding levels. We have also suggested an increase in exercise. Luckily for Stan, this will result in even more playtime with the little cat pals he lives with, as well as his fantastic owner!

By regularly examining your pets, we are in the best position to identify small changes before they become big problems. Typically, pets only get one health check a year, at the time of their booster. Our Pet Health Club members, however, receive a 6 monthly health check as part of their membership. This gives you a chance to ask the vet any questions you may have and it gives us a chance to check your pet over and give them a good fuss!

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Pet of the Month – Minnie

Horsforth surgery Pet of the Month - February 2018 - Minnie

Horsforth – February 2018

Meet Minnie, the Horsforth surgery Pet of the Month for February 2018.

Minnie came to see us towards the end of January. She had been out walking with her owner when another dog had attacked her. She had a wound on her head, which we thought was likely to need stitches. We booked her in for surgery the following morning. Fortunately for Minnie, an examination the following morning showed that the skin had actually started to settle together nicely and would not need surgery after all. Happily, we were able to send her home again with a course of antibiotics to prevent infection.

A few days later, Minnie came to see us again. She had managed to rub her head on the bars of her crate, which had opened up the wound again. We were able to clip and clean the wound in the consulting room. At this stage, we gave Minnie’s owners the option to monitor the wound or to book her in to stitch it under anaesthetic. They decided that they would like to take her home with a buster collar to see how she got on over the next few hours. Later that day, Minnie’s owners were happy that the wound was not causing her any bother. As a result, she was to continue her antibiotics while recovering at home.

A couple of days later, Minnie was back for a follow-up. We were delighted to see that the wound had started to scab over. It had not fully closed, so we extended her course of antibiotics to ensure cover throughout healing. Minnie has since healed fully and has completed her course of antibiotics. After being such a well-behaved patient throughout her treatment, we think that Minnie is a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award this month. Well done Minnie.

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Pet of the Month – Meowza

Armley surgery Pet of the Month - February 2018 - Meowza

Armley – February 2018

Meet Meowza, the Armley surgery Pet of the Month for February 2018.

Meowza came to visit us after her owner had noticed a lump on her back end. She had also become lethargic and uninterested in food. We were immediately able to recognise that Meowza had developed an abscess. Due to its position, however, it was impossible to tell if this was related to a possible cat bite, or to her anal glands. In order to treat the abscess, we admitted Meowza that morning. This would allow us to anaesthetise her and flush and clean the abscess.

Surgery

Once we had anaesthetised Meowza, we were able to clip her hair back and take a closer look at the abscess. This closer examination revealed a patch of necrotic (dead) tissue, which we would need to remove. Fortunately, we were able to establish that the abscess had not compromised the rectum or vagina, which would have made for a far more complicated recovery. Once this full examination was complete, we were able to fully flush and clean the abscess. We also cut away all of the dead tissue.  Once this ‘dirty’ part of the operation was complete, we moved Meowza to a sterile area in order to close the wound. Due to the amount of removed tissue, this was a little tricky, but manageable. We also placed a drain in the wound.

Recovery

Once Meowza had fully recovered from her anaesthetic, we were able to send her home. She would need to stay indoors until she had healed and a buster collar was required to stop her licking at the wound. We also prescribed some antibiotics to stop any infection in the wound.

A few days later, Meowza was back. She was healing really well and we were able to remove her drain. Another couple of weeks passed before she came back in for a final visit. This time, the wound had almost completely healed and we were able to remove her stitches. After being so well behaved, despite having such a large and painful abscess, we think Meowza is a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award this month. Well done Meowza!

 

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Pet of the Month – Honey

Morley Surgery Pet of the Month - February 2018 - Honey

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!

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Pet of the Month – Henry

Shadwell Pet of the Month - February 2018 - Henry

Shadwell – February 2018

This is Henry the 7-year-old Newfoundland, who is the Shadwell surgery Pet of the Month for February 2018.

Heart Problems

Henry has been visiting Yorkshire Vets since he was a puppy, way back in 2011. Unfortunately, on his very first visit, we noticed that he had a heart murmur. In order to fully assess this murmur, we booked Henry in for a heart scan. This scan revealed that Henry was suffering from heart disease. Over the following years, we were able to support Henry’s heart with medication. In order to keep his heart working as well as possible, Henry became a regular visitor. He needed close monitoring to ensure that he was receiving the correct dosage of his medication, and he also had regular heart scans so that we could keep ahead of any significant changes within his heart.

Lameness

After 5 years of heart-related visits, Henry came to see us with a new complaint in 2016. He had started to show signs of pain in his back and limbs and was reluctant to get up and walk. With dogs of Henry’s size, it is fairly common for joint problems to develop. After an initial trial of pain relief, Henry was back to his old self. Unfortunately, once this pain relief was stopped, he began to struggle again. As a result, we began to provide long-term pain relief.

Eye Problems

Another year passed, with Henry continuing on regular heart and pain relief medication. Then, at the end of 2017, he came to see us with another problem. His owner had noticed that Henry had developed a runny eye. Closer examination revealed an ulcer on his left cornea. The lower eyelid had also started to roll over and was rubbing on the eyeball. To fully assess the situation, we referred Henry over to Mr Kinvig, our resident ophthalmologist, over at the Thornbury hospital. Mr Kinvig recommended that the best treatment was for him to surgically shorten the lower lid to prevent continued rolling.

Henry came in for surgery soon after his initial appointment with Mr Kinvig. Because of his heart condition, we avoided the use of any general anaesthetic or sedation and only used a local anaesthetic for the procedure. As a result, four nurses were required to assist with the surgery! Thankfully the surgery went well and Henry has now recovered well.

After such a significant number of visits over the years and continued patience, even throughout his conscious surgery, we think Henry is a worthy recipient of our Pet of the Month award for February 2018. Well done Henry!

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Pet of the Month – Poppy

Birkenshaw Pet of the Month - February 2018 - Poppy

Birkenshaw – February 2018

This is Poppy the 4-year-old Labrador, the Birkenshaw surgery Pet of the Month for February 2018.

Poppy has been a frequent visitor here at Yorkshire Vets over the years. Back in 2015, she began to experience problems with her ears. She was also scooting her bottom along the floor. These problems were intermittent, to begin with, but became more frequent as the year went by. As the primary recurring issue was related to Poppy’s ears, we booked her in for an anaesthetic to fully clean them out and conduct a more thorough examination. While the ear canals were inflamed and we were able to clear out some discharge, there was no easily identifiable cause for Poppy’s problems. At this stage, we recommended that allergy blood testing may be the next best step for Poppy. These blood tests came back clear.

Over the next two years, Poppy’s problems came and went. For much of this time, she had no problems at all but did suffer from occasional flare-ups. As and when these flare-ups occurred, we trialled her on a number of different medications. Unfortunately, none of these proved to offer a permanent solution. At the end of 2017, Poppy came back to see us again. She had suffered from another recurrence of her itching which, by this time, had begun to cause issues with her paws in addition to her ears and bottom. The itching had become so severe that we recommended a repeat allergy test. Allergies can develop over the life of a pet and we hoped that a second test would be more revealing than the first.

Aural Haematoma

A few days later, as we waited for the allergy test results, Poppy came back to see us having developed an aural haematoma. This is a condition in which the blood vessels in the ear burst and cause the ear flap to fill with blood. This is quite a common problem in dogs with ear infections, as repeated head shaking can trigger the condition. We booked Poppy in for surgery the following day to drain and repair the haematoma. Poppy’s allergy test results came back to reveal that she had borderline reactions to a number of different allergens. We were recommended that a special immunotherapy treatment was produced to help protect against these allergens in future.

Following successful surgery on her aural haematoma, we have now ordered Poppy’s special immunotherapy vaccine. We will begin administering this as soon as it arrives and we hope that this will finally resolve her itchiness. After such a lengthy period of treatment, we think Poppy is particularly deserving of our Pet of the Month award. Well done Poppy!

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Pet of the Month – Rosie

Horsforth Pet of the Month - January 2018 - Rosie

Horsforth – January 2018

Meet Rosie the rabbit, the Horsforth surgery Pet of the Month for January 2018.

Rosie came to see us back in December after her owners noticed a swelling on the left side of her jaw. A closer examination of the swelling revealed that this was an abscess, likely associated with an infected tooth root. Due to the extent of the abscess, we were concerned that Rosie’s prognosis was poor, even if we were able to successfully flush and clean out the abscess. Despite this, her owners decided that they wanted to go ahead with the surgery.

Once we had anaesthetised Rosie, we were able to take a closer look at her abscess. Unfortunately, the infection was more significant than we had first thought. Despite this, we were able to successfully clean and flush the abscess. We then applied some manuka honey to the wound, which has antibacterial properties. This helps to protect the wound and promote healing. Because of the severity of the abscess, Rosie would need regular antibiotic injections. We would also apply more manuka honey throughout the healing process.

Over the next few days, Rosie began to recover. She seemed happier in herself and was eating well. We were able to keep a close eye on her wound, as she visited daily for her antibiotic injections and manuka honey application. After about a week of antibiotics, this course of treatment was finished. Rosie popped back in a few days later to ensure the infection had cleared up, and everything was looking promising. Over the following week, the wound had started to properly fill out and was looking much better.

After her against the odds recovery and continued patience during her regular visits, we think Rosie is a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award. Well done Rosie!

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Pet of the Month – Kenobi

Thornbury Hospital Pet of the Month - January 2018 - Kenobi

Thornbury – January 2018

This is Kenobi, the Thornbury hospital Pet of the Month for January 2018.

Kenobi first came to see us at our Horsforth surgery in December. His owner was concerned that he seemed lethargic and was not eating very well. We took a blood sample which indicated a problem with Kenobi’s Liver. As a result, we referred him over to the hospital for further tests. Here, we performed an Abdominal scan to assist with his diagnosis. This scan revealed some abnormalities in his liver, gallbladder, stomach and small intestines. After further tests, we began to suspect that Kenobi was suffering from inflammatory bowel disease and triaditis. Triaditis is an inflammatory disease of the liver, pancreas and small intestine.

Diagnosis

At this stage Jonay, the vet in charge of Kenobi’s treatment, started him on some medication to treat the triaditis. We also prescribed some pain relief and appetite stimulants. Unfortunately, after a couple of days, Kenobi was still not eating well. He had also developed a high temperature, for which we prescribed some antibiotics. At this point, we made the decision to place a nasogastric feeding tube. This enabled the nursing staff to feed Kenobi a liquid recovery diet directly into his stomach. Kenobi received regular feeds over the next couple of days along with his supporting medication.

Going Home

After these first few days of nasogastric feeding, Kenobi began to eat by himself overnight. Unfortunately, he still seemed unhappy through the day and was becoming a little stressed. As a result, Jonay decided to try sending Kenobi home. Now that we had managed to stabilise Kenobi’s condition, there was a good chance that he would feel more comfortable at home, which may help his appetite to return.

After two days away, Kenobi’s owner reported that he had been eating very well. He also seemed a lot brighter and happier. As time has passed, Kenobi has improved and, after further testing, his blood results have returned to within normal ranges. After such a stressful time, we think Kenobi is a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award. Well done Kenobi!

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