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.


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 – Melvin

Shadwell Surgery Pet of the Month - January 2018 - Melvin

Shadwell – January 2018

Meet Melvin, the Shadwell surgery Pet of the Month for January 2017.

Back in August, Melvin’s owner came in to see us here at Shadwell. She had recently moved house and Melvin had escaped. When a pet goes missing, it is important to get the word out as soon as possible. In order to give Melvin the best chance of coming home, we immediately reported him missing with PetLog. This would mean that any query of Melvin’s microchip number would flag up the fact that he was missing. We also added him to our lost and found file, so that we would be able to quickly reunite him, should he turn up at any Yorkshire Vets surgery.

Over the next four-and-a-half months, we heard nothing more from Melvin. Then, one morning, a cat matching Melvin’s description was brought in to our Meanwood surgery. We scanned him for a microchip and entered the number that came back on the microchip database. Much to our delight, Melvin’s details flashed up on the screen and we were able to give his owner a call with the great news. Later that morning, Melvin’s owner came in to collect him. She was, as you can imagine, overjoyed to see him again, especially after such a long time. Despite this lengthy absence, Melvin was in very good condition and, after for a quick application of flea treatment, was ready to go home.

After such an adventure and a happy reunion with his owner, we think Melvin is a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award this month. Well done Melvin!

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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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Pet of the Month – Eddie

Yorkshire Vets Shadwell Pet of the Month - November 2017 - Eddie

Shadwell – November 2017

This is Eddie, a handsome 5-year-old crossbreed dog, who is the Shadwell surgery Pet of the Month for November 2017. Eddie came to visit us at the end of September after being reluctant to eat and suffering from bouts of vomiting. His owner also reported that he had been having ‘funny turns’, during which he was twitchy and unbalanced. Because of the unusual nature of these episodes, we then spoke to a neurological specialist, who advised a series of blood tests. Continue reading… “Pet of the Month – Eddie”

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Pet of the Month – Honey

Shadwell Surgery Pet of the Month - September 2017 - Honey

Shadwell – September 2017

Meet Honey, the Shadwell surgery Pet of the Month for September 2017. Honey is a lovely 7-year-old Labradoodle, who is a long time patient here at Yorkshire Vets.

Honey has been a regular visitor at Shadwell over the years. She has not been the luckiest pet in the world, with numerous issues resulting in trips to the surgery. She has also visited our Thornbury hospital on more than one occasion! In 2015, she was diagnosed with Addison’s disease. This is a condition in which the adrenal glands are unable to produce enough steroid hormones. We control Honey’s Addison’s with medication and regular injections, which Honey visits us for every month. This month, however, we received a visit from Honey and her owner far earlier than we were expecting. Continue reading… “Pet of the Month – Honey”

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Pet of the Month – Bazil

Pet of the Month, Bazil. Shadwell surgery August 2017.

Shadwell – August 2017

This is Bazil, a handsome 9-year-old cat, who has recently been receiving treatment at our Shadwell surgery.

Bazil came in to see us at the end of June after returning home one morning with a large wound on his abdomen. Because of the size of the wound, we determined that surgery was required to clean the wound and remove any damaged skin. We also placed a drain, to allow the wound to properly heal. Due to the nature of the wound, there was a reasonable likelihood that this wound could break down, but it was important for us to try and save as much of the skin flap as possible. For the first week or so, everything seemed to be going well. The wound didn’t seem to be causing Bazil much pain and he was able to move around well. Continue reading… “Pet of the Month – Bazil”

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Pet of the Month – Bailey

Weimaraner Bailey, Shadwell Pet of the Month July 2017

Meet Bailey, a 6 year old Weimaraner, and the Shadwell surgery Pet of the Month for July 2017.

Bailey came in to see us after suffering from some episodes of sickness, way back in April 2016. At this time a lump had also been spotted on his chest. The decision was made to remove this lump, which was sent to the lab for analysis. Tests indicated that this was a benign lump, and Bailey consequently healed up well. Despite a couple of visits in the intervening period, Bailey was largely fit and healthy, until some scabby patches appeared on his skin in February 2017.
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Pet of the Month – Ice

Ice the Cat, Shadwell Surgery Pet of the Month

Meet Ice, the Shadwell surgery Pet of the Month for December 2016.

Ice first visited us in 2007. He became very well known across the practice after he suffered a serious illness in 2012 which involved him being hospitalised for 2 weeks.

Sadly Ice had to be put to sleep last week. We will all miss him, a lovely, if sometimes uncooperative, old gentleman.

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