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 – 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.

Surgery

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 – 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 – Poppy

Morley Pet of the Month - November 2017 - Poppy

Morley – November 2017

This little love is Poppy, the Morley surgery Pet of the Month for November 2017. Back in October 2016, Poppy ruptured the cruciate ligament in her right hind leg. In the vast majority of cases, cruciate rupture occurs due to a degeneration of the ligament and is not due to injury. The rupture of a cruciate causes lameness in the leg and requires surgical intervention to correct.

Cruciate Repair

Cruciate repair is a major orthopaedic procedure and, after discussions with one of our surgeons, we booked Poppy in at our Thornbury hospital to undergo the surgery. The aftercare for cruciate surgery is intense, involving physiotherapy, strict rest with specific exercise plans and lots of pain relief. Unfortunately, Poppy’s recovery from her surgery wasn’t as successful as we had hoped. Failure of a cruciate repair is rare but does occur from time to time, particularly with dogs that are difficult to keep calm and inactive during their recovery.  Because of this failure, Poppy then had to undergo further radiographs and more surgery to correct the problems. Thankfully, after this second intervention, Poppy recovered well and was able to use her leg as normal.

Further Problems

All was going well for Poppy until, in October this year, she paid us another visit here at Morley. Sadly, she had started to develop lameness on her other hind leg. Unfortunately, it is fairly common for dogs that have suffered from cruciate disease to have further cruciate issues later in life. We performed x-ray scans, which confirmed that poor Poppy had ruptured her other cruciate ligament! She required further surgery to fix this and another lengthy period of aftercare.

Throughout her treatment, Poppy has been so brave and such a sweetheart and we think she is a well-deserved winner of our Pet of the Month award here at Morley. She came to see us last week and is recovering well but still has a long way to go. Keep it up Pops!

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Pet of the Month – Jellybean

Morley surgery Pet of the Month - October 2017 - Jellybean

Morley – October 2017

Meet Jellybean, the Morley surgery Pet of the Month for October 2017.

Poor Jellybean hasn’t had the best start in life. Only two days after leaving her breeder, her new owners brought her to see us. She had developed a cough that they wanted us to have a look at. We prescribed her some medication to treat her cough, but unfortunately, it continued. Over the next few days, she became very wheezy and started bringing up phlegm. She also became lethargic and started to lose her appetite.

Due to the deterioration of her condition, and concern for her health, we referred Jellybean to our Thornbury hospital. On arrival at Thornbury, we admitted her for diagnostic tests. These included x-rays and blood tests. We also began to administer intravenous fluid therapy.

Jellybean’s test results revealed that she was suffering from pneumonia. This is a swelling of the tissue in the lungs and is a very serious condition. We nursed her by the hour and administered some very aggressive treatment over the next few days. Eventually, her coughing symptoms started to subside and we were able to allow her to go home to continue her recovery.

Recovery

Although Jellybean was recovering well, her treatment was not over yet. Over the next three days, she had to come back to visit us, first to the Thornbury surgery and then the Morley surgery. To start with, she needed twice daily visits for intravenous antibiotics and further treatment. Although this would have been uncomfortable and stressful for her, she was a very brave little girl and handled it very well.

Over the next 3 weeks, Jellybean continued to improve at home and continuing checkups. Last week she came for her final check and was at last well enough to start her vaccine course. We’re delighted that she has recovered so well and can finally start her life with her family. Well done Jellybean. A worthy Pet of the Month winner!

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Pet of the Month – Max

Morley Pet of the Month - September 2017 - Max

Morley – September 2017

Meet Max, the Morley surgery pet of the month for September 2017.

Max’s owners rescued him from the streets as a stray in 2013.  He had been neutered but had no microchip or collar, and he had been hanging around the streets for some time. Because of this, we believe that his previous owners may have abandoned him. At the time he found his new home, Max was quite a large boy. He had obviously been managing to stay well fed, despite his lack of owner! Continue reading… “Pet of the Month – Max”

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Pet of the Month – Madge

Morley – August 2017

This gorgeous girl is Madge, who is the Morley surgery Pet of the Month for August 2017.

Morley Pet of the Month August 2017 Madge

Madge came to see us when her owner noticed that she had started vigorously licking her paw. During a closer inspection, the vet identified inflammation and swelling between her toes. We then decided that Madge would benefit from an x-ray and a more in-depth examination of her foot.
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Pet of the Month – Cody

Cody Pet of the Month

Cody

Meet our Morley surgery pet of the month for March 2017, the gorgeous and brave Cody!

Cody first came to see us as she had developed a cough. Medication was given to see if this would settle, but unfortunately she did not improve. Some diagnostic tests were then advised, including x rays and an ultrasound. During these examinations, it was discovered that not only was Cody suffering from hypothyroidism, but she also had a very abnormal spleen.
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Pet of The Month – Carrots

Carrots - Yorkshire Vets in Morely - Pet of the Month

Meet Carrots. This handsome, brave lad has been through a lot but has come through fighting! He is our Pet of The Month for February.

Carrots was found by a member of the public, stuck in a garden fence. Bradford Cat Watch Rescue was contacted and without hesitation took him home to take care of him. He was estimated to be around only 3 weeks old.

Unfortunately Carrots has a congenital eye defect, which meant that one eye had never developed and the other was severely ulcerated. This was treated with medication to see if it would resolve, but was unsuccessful. After further consultations with our vet Stephen, it was decided the ulcerated eye needed to be removed, this would then leave him completely blind.

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