Our Star patient this week is a gorgeous, brave, little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel going by the name of Polar!!
Polar’s owners became concerned when she started leaking a horrible discharge from her back end. Thinking it was her anal glands, polar was taken to her groomers for an express. Luckily the groomers immediately picked up that this was indeed a different problem all together and recommended a trip to us to get her checked.
On examination it was clear that Polar was suffering from an infection in her uterus. Although she was well, eating and drinking normally, she had a infection within her uterus that could rupture and kill her. Polar's uterus needed to be removed under general anaestic, a complicated operation in any patient, but even more dangerous for poor Polar. Unfortunately Polar suffers from a severe form of heart disease which requires her to take a number of medications to keep her stable. This makes any surgery on her under general anaesthetic very difficult.
The next day Polar underwent the surgery and proved to everyone that she is a great fighter. There were a few anxious moments, but she came through the surgery and has gone on to make an excellent recovery!
Well done Polar, and all the vets and nurses that fought to get her through!
Hit and Run . . . . Over!
A very badly injured and cold Harley was brought into the clinic on Monday the 26th November after his owner found him huddled under a bush having been missing for 24 hours. Harley could hardly stand and had horrific wounds in many places and it was lucky that he had dragged himself home to find his owners.
In the clinic Harley was given painkillers, antibiotics and a warming bed to help stabilise his condition. After a through examination Harley was cleared of any chest or abdominal trauma so a light sedation could be given to asses the full extent of his injuries. Harley’s right hip was dislocated and fractured and he had very deep wounds over his left ankle and right wrist joints. There were also multiple other grazes all over the body which led us to believe that the injuries must have been sustained by a road traffic accident.
The wounds were all clipped and cleaned and the dead tissue needed to be removed. Harley had lost a lot of the muscles and tendons around the wounds leaving the bones of the wrist and ankle open to the air. These were all gently bandaged to protect and encourage new tissue to cover over the areas. Harley then went home to recover from the awful accident and prepare himself for surgery later in the week.
A much brighter Harley came back to us later on that week and he was given an anaesthetic in order to have his dislocation and fracture repaired. Unfortunately for Harley this has meant having that hip joint removed, an operation called a Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy, as just replacing it would never leave Harley with a functioning joint. We were also able to do some minor suturing to his multiple wounds, which surprisingly looked much improved after even just a few days!
Harley is still on the road to recovery but his great nature and fantastic temperament is making treating him a joy. He’s always ready for his bandage changes and we have been able to remove one of the bandages and his stitches so he is doing great.
If Harley continues to do well then we hope to have Harley perfect for Christmas morning, the best Christmas present anyone could hope for!
Meet our new Star Patient .... aptly named 'Star'
Multiple mishaps for Star
Star was brought in to see the vet when she became unwell, her owner noticed that Star didn’t want to eat, her breathing had become fast and heavy and she had a high temperature. In order to ease her discomfort and reduce her temperature Star was given some injections and was instructed to have lots of rest.
Over the next few hours Star had shown no response to the medications given and had started to deteriorate. The vet requested that Star return to the surgery later that evening for another examination and further tests. Star was put onto a drip, to help rehydrate her and was given more drugs to help her feel better.
After abdominal x rays and an ultrasound scan it was confirmed Star was suffering from a condition known as Pyometra, a severe infection which affects entire female animals causing the womb to become filled with pus. In order to stop the infection and to make Star feel better she needed to have a general anaesthetic and an operation to remove her pus-filled womb. As Star was so poorly this increased the risks involved with having a general anaesthetic, however, it was unlikely Star would survive without the operation.
The vet removed Star’s womb. During the operation the vet also noticed Stars stomach was swollen and bloated and she could feel an unknown object inside. The vet needed to remove the unknown object as she suspected this could be contributing to Star feeling so poorly. Leaving the objects inside could potentially cause a blockage in Star’s stomach or bowel making her very poorly.
The mystery unknown items turned out to be wooden sticks and rubber from a balloon.
Star recovered slowly but surely from the operation and gradually regained her strength and appetite, it was another 3 days of intensive care from the vets and nurse at Moy Farm before she could finally return home to her family and best friend Spike.
This week’s star patient is ... Smudge!!!
Smudge had a lucky escape a few weeks ago when he came home dragging his front leg with a gin trap attached! Poor Smudge had got his 3 front toes caught in an awful metal trap but luckily managed to drag himself home. His owner immediately rushed him to the emergency vet who took x-rays. Unfortunately Smudge had fractured his 2 middle toes and more worryingly the soft tissues around the bones were severely crushed. The vets thought it was definately worth trying to save the leg so he was cleaned up and medicated and Smudges’ mum took excellent care of the wounds over the next few days.
Over the following few checkups it became apparent that the toes were not going to be saved and Smudge underwent surgery where he lost the 2
middle toes on his foot, but despite all the cleaning, bandaging and being kept indoors Smudge never once complained. He never fought or scratched and allowed us to do a lot of procedures that many cats would need to be sedated for. He was definately a STAR patient and is now happily out and about tip toeing around the fields and, hopefully, staying well clear of any further traps!
This weeks' Star Patient is . . . . . Jessie
It was a case of a ‘hot dog’ one evening last week when Jessie was bought in to the clinic by her very concerned owners. Jessie had been happily playing about in the park, chasing a ball when she suddenly sat down and started having trouble breathing. To her owners it sounded like she had something stuck down her throat so they rushed her into the clinic in the car.
When I saw Jessie she was in a very poor way, her gums looked blue and she was really struggling to breathe through her throat. Luckily I recognised the signs immediately and found her internal body temperature to be well above 40 degrees – a classic case of Heat stroke.
We immediately put her in a cold bath and flowed water over her for about 10 minutes until her breathing settled and she was able to stand. After another 15 minutes her body temperature had returned to normal and she was able to go home to a very relieved mum and dad.
Heat Stroke is a life threatening condition which can kill a dog in as little as 20 minutes. It occurs because the dog cannot lose body heat adequately, which they do mainly by panting. In most cases it is due to high environmental temperatures or from enclosed spaces like the inside of a car, however heavy exercising in dogs with a thick coat or some breeds can also result in an attack. In Jessie’s case it was only a warm day but her owner had been throwing a ball and getting her excited and this, along with her ‘Staffie breed’ was enough to provoke heatstroke. Breeds like Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Pugs, Bulldogs and Shih Tzu’s are born with short noses and hence lots of soft tissue at the back of their throats (snorers!!) . These dogs have defective panting mechanisms which easily become overcome with heat and excitement so they are more prone to this condition. Obesity is also a factor.
You will recognise the signs of heat stroke from the way your dog will behave. Very quickly your pet will stop, be panting excessively and appear weak and wobbly. They may not respond to your commands and look distressed with their breathing. If at all possible the dog should be immediately cooled down with water bottles, shade, fans and even the hose pipe and shower. While you are doing this phone us for veterinary advice.
This very scary condition is so easily prevented by being aware of the conditions to avoid. So NEVER leave dogs in cars unattended and NEVER heavy-exercise your dog in the heat of the day – and for the dog breeds at risk, then be especially careful!!
This weeks' Star Patient is . . . . . Marmalade
Marmalade was bought into the clinic one Sunday afternoon after her owners found her in the garden under the shed. On examination it appeared that she had been involved in some sort of accident with a few scrapes and scratches and some shredded claws. She was also lame on her left hind leg.
After sedation and x-rays of her pelvis we discovered that Marmalade had dislocated her left hip. Cats with this injury have usually been involved in a high impact knock i.e. road traffic accident so Marmalade was lucky to escape with only that injury.
Unfortunately for Marmalade because all the ligaments and muscles have been damaged just replacing the hip is rarely successful and removing the ball portion of the joint is by far the most successful treatment.
This was done the next day and after 10 days of house rest Marmalade is back to full fighting strength – just as long as she stays away from the roads!!
Star Patient this week is ...... Joey
Joey is a regular visitor to the clinic as he suffers from a painful arthritic condition of his elbows called elbow dysplasia. Over the years this has lead to severe changes to Joey’s elbows which causes his joints to swell and become painful and also restrict his movement. We have been managing Joey’s pain well with a range of drugs called nonsteroidal-antiinflammatory’s which help keep swelling of the joints down and give relief from the pain. However last week Joey’s condition seriously deteriorated and he became very uncomfortable, was off his food and could not move about.
After a difficult weekend trying to manage his pain Joey was admitted into the hospital for a series of tests and these revealed that Joey was suffering from severe hip Dysplasia as well as the elbow disease. This was a serious blow to an incredibly brave and happy dog who really just wants to run around and be normal. Disappointingly Joey now has no fully functioning limbs!
Despite the seriousness of the situation Joey still has a smile on his face and after a change to his medications has already started to show a good response.
Joeys hips and elbows will never get better completely but if we can control the pain and inflammation hopefully Joey will continue to be a truly HAPPY dog, with a truly HAPPY SMILE!!
Introducing Questa Evill our Star Patient
Beep Beep, Bang Bang!
You only take your eyes off them for a second and BANG...!!
For Questa and her owner it has been an awful week. Questa was involved in a Road Traffic Accident close to her home last week and arrived at the clinic pale, collapsed and bruised. At first she was given oxygen, intravenous fluids, and strong painkillers to treat the shock of the trauma. We could then undertake x-rays to assess what internal injuries Questa had received from the impact.
The x-rays showed that Questa had sustained a fracture to her pelvis and some bruising of the lungs but was otherwise ok. This type of fracture does not need surgery and healing of the bones will occur unassisted over the next 4-6 weeks. After a comfortable night in the clinic on strong painkillers and fluids Questa was able to go home with a very relieved owner!
This week Questa has shown a fantastic improvement and although still bruised and tender she is very happy and mobile again. After another few weeks in a cage to limit movement and allow healing Questa is sure to make a full recovery!
Questa is our Start Patient for her bravery in recovering from a nasty BANG!!
Mrs Evill, Questa's owner thought you all might like to see how Questa is now. These pictures were taken last week at Formby where she was running around like this for a good 3 hours along with her chums. Mrs Evill comments "I love the final one even though it is blurred as all her legs are off the ground. But as you can see she is completely recovered now - a very lucky dog and we owe you all a big thank you for taking such good care of her."
Introducing Willow Moss our Star Patient
This week we have chosen Willow to be our STAR patient!!
Willow was bought into the clinic this week by his owner Miss Moss who had noticed that he couldn’t use his back leg very well. Willow had been out and about as usual the night before but when he came home appeared to be very depressed and uncomfortable.
At the clinic we examined Willow and discovered that the pain was coming from his right hip. He also had some other little scrapes and bruises that could be the consequence of a high impact injury.
We decided to hospitalise Willow immediately for pain-relief and x-rays as this would give us a picture of what injuries Willow had.
The x-rays we took showed a very unusual fracture and dislocation of the hip joint. Fractures OR dislocations are a common injury following a road traffic accident or a high fall but it is not usual to get both in the same joint!! Willow really had a nasty injury!!
Luckily that was Willows only injury, apart from superficial bruising, and the operation to remove the fractured piece of the hip went very well with no complications.
Willow is now recovering at home with his Mum who is left wondering just what happened to Willow that night.....??
If only cats could talk !
Introducing Frankie Savage our STAR patient!!!
Frankie was involved in an unknown accident last weekend which left his right elbow severely dislocated. After repeated unsuccessful attempts to put the elbow back into place it wasdecided that Frankie’s only option was to amputate the limb. The surgery was performed on Monday afternoon and much to everyone’s joy Frankie was soon up and about and demanding his tea!
Frankies Dad , Mr Savage from Home Nook Kennels in Out Rawcliffe has been very pleased with his quick recovery and says he is learning to walk and climb again using just the one front leg.
He was been such a brave boy during this whole ordeal that we wanted to make little Frankie our ‘STAR PATIENT’ !!!