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 – 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 – 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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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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Pet of the Month – Chance

Horsforth surgery Pet of the Month - October 2017 - Chance

Horsforth Surgery – October 2017

This is Chance, the Horsforth surgery Pet of the Month for October 2017. Chance is very lucky to have found a second chance in life, after an unconventional route to his new home. His new owner was driving along the A43 in Oxford and pulled over in a lay-by. As she sat in the lay-by, she saw a van pull up. The passenger side door of the van then opened, and a box tumbled out into the lay-by. The van then sped off.

Out of curiosity, she got out to investigate and saw the box moving. Inside the box (fastened only by the tucked in cardboard flaps) was a cold, frightened little pup. She called to arrange an appointment for the following morning, and made her way home, with little Chance curled up next to her.

A visit to the vets

Chance came to see us the next day, as he was quite underweight and suffering from diarrhoea. Because of this, we sent him home with some medication to help his digestion. Over the next few weeks, this medication started to work, and he began putting on weight. After a month in his new home, Chance had fully recovered. Now that he was well, we could start his vaccinations to keep him protected against further illness.

When Chance first visited us, he was very quiet and nervous, as you might expect, but it has been lovely seeing the relationship between him and his new owner developing. During the time he has spent with his new owner, Chance has become much more confident and happy, and they have developed a really sweet bond.

Chance was very lucky to have been found by such loving owners. If they were not sitting in the lay-by that fateful day, his story could have ended very differently. Because of the difficult start to life that Chance has had, we think he is a worthy winner of this month’s Pet of the Month award. Well done Chance!

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Pet of the Month – Stan

Horsforth Pet of the Month - September 2017 - Stan

Horsforth – September 2017

This is Stan, the Horsforth surgery Pet of the Month for September 2017.

A year ago today (20th September), Stan was out walking in Escholt woods, when he ran off. He finally reappeared after being gone for some time. He was struggling to breathe and he was bleeding from multiple wounds across his body. Upon examination, the injuries looked similar to those caused by a collision with a car. Because of where the incident occurred, however, we believe that Stan was actually hit by a train!

As soon as Stan arrived at our Thornbury hospital, we swiftly administered pain relief and began treating him for shock. We began a course of intravenous fluids, tested his blood pressure, and took some blood for testing. Although Stan had multiple wounds, none of them was significant enough to require urgent treatment. Our number one priority was to stabilise him and help him recover from the shock of his accident. Once stabilised, we closely monitored him overnight. The next day, he would be ready for us to more closely examine his injuries.

Remarkably, Stan had remained fairly bright in his kennel overnight. We anaesthetised him for x-rays, and to deal with his wounds. These were thoroughly cleaned and debrided to give them the best chance of properly healing. X-rays revealed that Stan had sustained damage to his jaw and teeth. Because of the nature of the injuries, we decided that we had to refer him to a specialist veterinary dentist.

Over the next few days, Stan recovered really well. His wounds began to heal nicely and he was getting happier every day. He was soon able to go home and, following further treatment with Bob Partridge, was able to make a full recovery.

Stan the Scavenger

Unfortunately, Stan’s walking adventures do not end there. Stan recently paid us another visit after finding some chocolate while out on a walk. He was able to eat it all in an instant before his owner was able to stop him. Fortunately, due to his owner’s quick actions, we were able to give Stan an injection in time to make him vomit before he could properly digest the chocolate. Because of this timely intervention, Stan was luckily able to be happily back to his old self within a couple of hours.

Due to the severe trauma that Stan underwent during his encounter with a train, and his adventurous spirit, we think that he is a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award this month. Well done Stan!

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Pet of the Month – Toothless

Horsforth – August 2017

This handsome lad is Toothless, who is the Horsforth surgery Pet of the Month for August 2017. Toothless was named after the dragon belonging to the main character in the How to Train Your Dragon series.

Horsforth surgery Pet of the Month - August 2017 - Toothless

Toothless came to see us recently after a neighbour found him lying outside his house, unable to move. Due to the location in which he was found, it looks likely that he had fallen out of a high window. While his forelimbs were able to hold his weight, he was unable to use his back legs. Although we were initially concerned that Toothless had fractured his pelvis, x-rays revealed a double fracture to his right hind leg. While this was a more favourable diagnosis than a pelvis fracture, it was still significant. The two options that we were able to offer Toothless. The first was to fix his fractures with an external fixator. The other was to amputate the limb. Because Toothless was in a stable condition, he went home to spend the weekend with his family. Continue reading… “Pet of the Month – Toothless”

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Pet of the Month – Bella

Bella, the Horsforth Surgery Pet of the Month for July 2017

Horsforth – July 2017

This gorgeous girl is Bella, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Bella’s owners rushed her to the surgery on a hot and sunny day, after she had suddenly become unable to breathe while playing in a field. As soon as she came in, we administered oxygen to help with her breathing. She was still struggling to breathe and it was very difficult to hear her heart due to the noise of her respiration. Bella was hot to the touch, and a temperature reading indicated that her body temperature was a staggering 42C. Due to this high temperature, we then began to apply a cool shower to Bella. This was an attempt to cool her down. This traumatic event had left Bella understandably stressed, so we also gave her some sedation to help calm her down.

Within 10 minutes, Bella had begun to calm, and her temperature had dropped to 38.2C. She was now breathing more freely, and colour had started to return to her tongue. Bella’s previous vet had diagnosed her with a cleft palate when she was younger. Our initial assessment was that this, combined with the heat of the day and the exertion of playing, had caused heat exhaustion. Other possibilities were an allergic reaction, or underlying heart or lung problems. To ensure that Bella did not suffer any further issues, we advised that she was taken to our hospital for further monitoring over night.

A stay in hospital

Thankfully, Bella remained stable through the night. She was soon happy and alert and was eating and drinking well. This meant that, after a single night at the hospital, she was ready to go home. We advised her owners that they should monitor her carefully. If there were any indications that her respiratory distress was recurring, they were to bring her straight back in. We also advised that, due to the previously diagnosed cleft palate, it would be wise to avoid strenuous exercise during hot weather. This cleft palate may have been the reason that she was unable to adequately cool herself. If the problem was to recur, we would also recommend further investigation into Bella’s heart.

We’re delighted to say that, so far, Bella has had no further breathing problems. Due to the incredibly stressful events surrounding her visit to Yorkshire Vets, we think Bella is a worthy recipient of the Horsforth surgery Pet of the Month award for July 2017. Well done Bella!

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