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August Pet of the Month: Asterix

Asterix is our Pet Of The Month for August! He is a one year old French Bulldog, and came to see vet Anna Riddoch at the end of June after suffering from breathing difficulties. French Bulldogs are one of several brachycephalic (short nosed) breeds, which unfortunately suffer from Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS). This is due to them having a compacted skeleton, causing a number of malformations in their airways, spine and their tails - but have normal amounts of skin and soft tissue. Their soft tissue is therefore excessive for their skeleton. This causes skin folds on their faces and bodies, as well as inside the body - cau

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July Pet of the Month: Jet Black

Jet Black has been chosen as our Pet of The Month for July!Jet Black was brought in to us on the 22nd July after his owner noticed him bleeding from his back end. On exam the bleeding was found to have come from his urinary tract, his bladder was full and uncomfortable. Being a neutered male cat this was indicative of a possible urethral blockage. Urethral obstruction is a problem that occurs almost exclusively in male cats. This is because the urethra of a male cat is much longer and much narrower than that of a female cat, and so is more susceptible to becoming blocked. It is not a common condition, but when it occurs it is painful, the cat will be unable to urinate despite repeated efforts, and it is a life-threatening emergency as it can cause acute kidney failure and even death if not appropriately managed. He was admitted to the hospital where he was given sedation and had a urinary catheter passed to shift the blockage and empty the bladder.

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June Pet of the Month: Pinkie

Meet Pinkie the pink bellied Australasian freshwater turtle! Pinkie is our Pet of The Month for June. He came in to see vet Jill Pearson on the 18th June after the lighting above his tank fell into the water, electrifying it causing him serious burns - his tank mate, unfortunately, didn't make it. He was admitted into the hospital where the nurses cleaned his wounds with F10 solution and gave him a tube feed of carnivore care - to ensure he was getting enough calories for efficient wound healing. He was also given Metacam orally (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) and an injection of Ceftazidine (antibiotic). He continued with this care for several days in our hospital, improving each day, until he was well enough to be discharged on the 21st. He continued his pain relief at home and has since made a full recovery, as you can see from the photo he is very much back to enjoying life at home.

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May Pet of the Month: Sesame

Sesame is our Pet Of The Month for May! She originally came to see us in April as her owners noticed some hair loss. Sesame had previously been treated for allergic skin disease, and to this treatment was added a Cytopoint injection, a new a very effective treatment for this condition. However, her itching deteriorated alongside severe crusting skin lesions, so they came back to see vet Anna at the beginning of May. Due to Sesame having been acquired from a rescue in Cyprus, Anna was suspicious her symptoms were indicative of Leishmania (an intracellular parasite).

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April Pet of the Month: Libby

Meet Libby, who has been chosen as our Pet of The Month for April! Libby has had chronic eye infections for a while now. Her eye infections had been managed medically until the beginning of the year when vet Jennifer noticed the recurrent eye infections had caused bilateral entropion (the eyelid folds inwards causing the eyelashes to rub continuously against the cornea). This was causing more recurrent infections and irritation for Libby, so the decision was made to surgically resect the eyelids to rectify the entropion

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March Pet of the Month: Barnaby

Barnaby came in to see vet Sarah on the 12th of March after his owner noticed a swelling appear on the back of his left thigh. A fine needle aspirate was taken from the mass to determine what the mass was, this was looked at by the vet in-house and revealed the mass to be a mast cell tumour. Mast cells are normal cells found in the body which are used in both inflammatory and allergic mechanisms...

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Pet of the Year 2018

Congratulations to Stan, who was voted as Pet of The Year for 2018!Stan was diagnosed with Lymphoma two weeks before Christmas last year, since then he has undergone several rounds of chemotherapy. He went into remission in February but unfortunately relapsed at the start of summer and has been continuing chemotherapy almost weekly since.

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Pet of the Month for February

Meet characterful George, who has been chosen as our Pet Of The Month for February! George ended up being taken to the emergency vets on Boxing Day, after spending Christmas Day evening feeling very disoriented and acting out of character.

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What to Know About the Anaesthesia Shortage

You may have seen the recent news that the veterinary profession is facing an anaesthetic drug shortage. A breakdown at the factory that produces the anaesthetic gas isoflurane has caused a nationwide drug shortage. This is the drug that we use most commonly to keep our patients asleep - it is breathed in through a face mask or tube during the anaesthetic.

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Pet of the Month November - Stan

Stan has been chosen as Pet Of The Month for November! Stan was diagnosed with Lymphoma two weeks before Christmas last year, since then he has undergone several rounds of chemotherapy. He went into remission in February but unfortunately relapsed at the start of summer and has been continuing chemotherapy almost weekly since. Despite being a little needle phobic Stan is very brave and tolerates his chemotherapy extremely well.

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