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.
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.
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!