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Pet of the Month

A page dedicated to our very own star pets at Well House Vets

January 2021 - Cody

Cody presented to us with a bout of vomiting, which was initially treated symptomatically. He is a known scavenger, so his owner tries to keep a very close on him to make sure he isn't eating things that he shouldn't. As Cody hadn't improved the next day, we took x-rays which showed there was a blockage in his abdomen, so we proceeded with surgery to investigate. During an exploratory surgery, we were able to retrieve a lodged piece of tennis ball from his intestine! Cody was extremely brave, he has now fully recovered and is doing really well. Here is the lovely Cody recovering from surgery and him enjoying his birthday! 

August 2020 - Buttons

We are happy to announce our star pet for this month is Buttons. This cute boy is around 20 years old and we think he is looking great. Buttons was recently diagnosed with diabetes and we would like to praise the efforts of his dedicated cat mum for her excellent efforts managing his condition by giving his insulin twice a day, taking care of his every need and pampering him by cooking him roast lamb as a treat. His condition is now slowly stabilising and he has gained nearly half a kilo since we started his treatment. Button's owner said she was amazed at how well behaved he is for his injections, well done Buttons and his owner!

July 2020 - Charlie

Charlie came in to our practice for the day to remove some matts from his long hair and have a lovely groom. He was very well behaved during the dematt - especially with lots of cuddles and treats to distract him!

There were matts leading from the middle of his back, to his tail, and they were very close to the skin. Therefore, instead of brushing out the matts we had to use small clippers to remove them. One of the nurses then used a comb to brush out any small knots she could feel. Charlie is now much more happier with his new hair clip, especially in this hot weather!

January 2020 - Patsy

Patsy has been coming in regularly for wound management appointments with the nurses at Tunbridge Wells. She injured her tail a couple of months ago, leaving a nasty wound. An additional wound also appeared after her twisting her buster collar too much, leaving her neck sore too! After nurse wound management appointments every 3 days, and lots of patience, Patsy's tail and neck are both now starting to heal without the need for a bandage!

November 2019 - Lola

Lola is a 9 year old pug who came in to see one of our vets, who found that she had a corneal ulcer and a stromal ulcer on her right eye, she was given some eye drops to have at home but 2 weeks later it still hadn’t healed so she was referred to a specialist. Since being referred she has been coming in for weekly check ups with the vet and has also had to have blood taken to make serum eye drops to go in her eye. She is always bright and bubbly when she comes in to the practice and is always eager to sit on the scales as she knows she will get a biscuit.

She has come in recently for another check and it looks as though it is nearly healed.

October 2019 - Rocco


Rocco is a 4 year old Cocker spaniel cross. He was brought into our Crowborough clinic as an emergency after ingesting chewing gum that contains xylitol which most chewing gum contains. Xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs in small quantities. Luckily for Rocco with early intervention we managed to stabilise him and were able to prevent liver damage. After a few days of hospitalisation we repeated Rocco's blood tests and they had improved and we were able to discharge him from our care.

He has made a brilliant recovery and is now very happy back at home.

September 2019 - Rusty

Rusty a 9 yo Parson Russell Terrier was brought in to the clinic as an emergency after being on a walk in the local woodland area.

Rusty was in shock when he was admitted into our care. He had multiple soft tissue entry wounds. We performed full body x-rays on Rusty. It was revealed that he had 16 bullets in his body. It is likely that Rusty was shot with a Fowl shot gun. Luckily the bullets had not penetrated any body cavity and remained superficial. Rusty was treated medically.

We are happy to say Rusty has recovered well from this event.

This is a few lovely lines from the owner:

Rusty has a lovely calm disposition and is a sweet natured boy. He loves to play tag with his brother Loui, whilst out on their walks. His favourite place to be is our bed! Where he whiles away many hours. Apart from his favourite spot, he loves his food and walks, if his routine is late for any reason he will promptly let you know, either by pawing you constantly or putting his nose right in your face until you do what he requires. He often starts to sing, whereupon his brother will join in and together they make a terrible racket. Recently he was involved in an incident which required the attention of the staff at the well house, thanks to their love and care he is recovering well.

August 2019 - Gucci


Gucci, a cute little Japanese Chin came in to be neutered and have her umbilical hernia repaired under anaesthetic. On the morning of the procedure Gucci was checked over by one of the Vets and it was discovered that she also had 2 inguinal hernias. An Inguinal hernia is a condition in which the abdominal contents protrude through the inguinal canal which occurs in the muscle wall in the groin area. 

Gucci underwent surgery to be neutered and have her 3 hernias repaired. In recovery she was monitored closely and when she was more up and awake she was spoilt with lots of cuddles and also enjoyed some lunch. Gucci has continued to recover well and is now back to her normal bouncy self!

July 2019 - Domino


Domino Pet of the Month July

Domino, a 6 year old Labradoodle was initially seen for a nail bed infection on his right paw.

He was such a good patient and allowed the vets to examine, clean and measure the affected area weekly to asses its progress.

Due to the inflammation not responding adequately Domino underwent a toe amputation. In this sense Domino is much happier and wont have an ongoing infection to worry about.

He has been such a wonderful chilled out patient. The staff love to see him for his weekly dressing changes.

We hope that his recovery continues to be optimal.



Everyone meet the handsome Boots! Boots is a 9 year border terrier cross, he was presented to our clinic with signs of blood in his urine. It was suggested for him to have X-rays which revealed he had stones in his bladder.

Boots then underwent surgery to remove the stones. The stones were analysed and diagnosed as calcium oxolate uroliths. This form of stone is not amenable to a medical dissolution diet, however dietary changes can be used to prevent the reoccurence of these stones.

Boots has recovered very well from his surgery and he is now on a tailored prescription diet with regulated treats

May 2019: Ollie



Hi everyone! Meet Ollie. 

Ollie is a 8 year-old cat who came to the clinic to be vaccinated in the summer last year. The vet noticed that Ollie has lost a dramatic amount of weight despite being constantly ravenous and lethargic. A blood test revealed that Ollie was in fact diabetic. He started on an appropriate diet to help with the condition and insulin injections to control his blood sugar levels. 

After months of persistence, Ollie's owners have finally managed to make sure he is stable on his insulin. Although Ollie still keeps his owner company whilst cooking, he is no longer anxious to grab all the food.  Diabetes is a life-threatening condition to all our pets as the increased blood sugar levels can cause severe consequences to all the organs in the body. Without insulin, the condition could be fatal in just days. 

Thanks to regular health checks and strong will from the owners, Ollie will now live a very happy and health life. 

April 2019: Milo



Milo a 7 month old Labrador retriever puupy was rushed into our clinic as an emergency after being bitten on his face by an adder in the local forest. Milo had extensive swelling to the bridge of the nose and his muzzle. The adder venom had caused a localised inflammatory reaction. His clinical signs included lethargy, drooling and wobbly when he was walking. Luckily for Milo he was treated promptly with antivenom and supportive care. After 48 hours he was discharged from the clinic after making a full recovery. In more severe cases signs such as breathing problems, collapse, kidney failure and abnormal hearth rhythms are observed.

The most important factor in a dogs response to an adder bite is early treatment intervention.

Milo is now back to his normal bouncy self and is back out enjoying his walks!

March 2019: Jaspar



Meet Jaspar, who is a shy but lovely cat! Jaspar was brought into us as his owner was concerned as he was taking frequent trips to the litter tray and only producing small amounts of urine at a time.

On examination it was found that he had a firm bladder but the vet was able to express small amounts of urine as his bladder was quite empty. The vet decided it would be best to put him on pain relief medication and asked the owner to collect a urine sample that we could send to the lab to be tested to see what was going on.

Once the urine sample results were back it showed that there were struvite crystals present which could lead to further problems such as a blockage in the urethra. At this stage Jaspar was still able to pass urine on his own so the vet advised to continue the pain relief medication along with a relaxant to help Jaspar with passing urine and he was also placed on a special urinary diet to help correct the pH of his urine and to dissolve the urinary crystals.

After a few days the owner brought him back as he started frequently using the litter tray again. Due to this the vet advised it would be best to x-ray Jaspar’s bladder to check to see if he had any bladder stones present. On the x-rays it showed no obvious stones, so the vet decided to place an indwelling urinary catheter (a catheter that would stay in play for a couple of days). On placing the catheter, it was found to be a little tricky as there was ‘gritty’ sediment material present in his urethra which indicated that the struvite crystals were at risk of causing a blockage. The vet flushed the urethra thoroughly with sterile saline and then Jaspar was kept hospitalised on intravenous fluids to help encourage him to urinate and flush out the crystals. 

Jaspar was continued to be monitored carefully for the next few days in the hospital. His urinary catheter was then removed and we made sure he was able to pass urine well by himself before sending him home. Jaspar is now being monitored and cared for at home and is on his special urinary diet to help prevent the reoccurrence of the struvite crystals. He will need to be on urinary diet permanently now as there is a high risk if he moves onto a different diet and effects the pH of his urine this could reoccur.

February 2019: Pepper & Pip



Say hello to our February Pet of the Month, Pepper! Pepper is almost 14 years old and was treated for a massive infection in her uterus (also known as a pyometra). In order to treat her condition Pepper had to undergo major surgery whereby her uterus and ovaries were removed. This can be a dangerous procedure due to the level of bacteria in her uterus but Pepper pulled through like a true solider! She is such a kind, gentle and strong girl that we simply find her inspirational. Well done Pepper!


Pip came to us as an emergency one afternoon after she was bitten by another dog under her neck when she was playing in the park. Lara, one of our vets examined Pip and advised the best treatment due to the extent of the wound would be surgery.

Pip was given a general anaesthetic to be able to perform the procedure. Firstly, the wound had to be cleaned thoroughly to remove any debris and bacteria. Lara carried out reconstructive surgery to stitch the wound back together. Due to the extent of the wound the owners were warned that Pip would possibly need a skin transplant if it did not heal well.

When Pip was discharged Lara went through all the post op care and the importance of keeping the wound clean. The owners cleaned Pip’s wound daily and due to this the wound healed well so a skin transplant was not needed! It took 2 weeks for the wound to heal fully and for Pip.

Pip is now back to her playful self and enjoying life!

January 2019: Gertie & Moby



Meet Gertrude (AKA Gertie), who is one of our nurse’s Guinea Pigs. Gertie was brought into us as her owner reported that she was squeaking when trying to urinate, which can be a sign of discomfort. 

On examination it was found that she had a firm bladder and it was difficult to palpate externally so it was recommended to x-ray her to see if we are able to see what is going on. From the x-rays it was discovered that Gertie had stones in her Urethra which would explain the discomfort when urinating. 

After getting advice from an exotic specialist, her owner decided to go ahead with surgery to remove the urethral stones. This involved placing a urinary catheter and flushing the stones out with copious amounts of saline solution. Due to her size this was a very difficult and delicate procedure but we were successful in removing 3 small stones and 1 large stone from her urethra.

She was monitored carefully after her procedure to make sure she was able to pass urine normally, which she was. She is now being cared for back at home with her other Guinea Pig friends Angelina and Mrs Fluffy. Unfortunately, urethral stones can reoccur in the future so let’s all keep our fingers crossed for Gertie that it doesn’t happen again!



Everyone say hello to this gorgeous boy, Moby. So far, 2019 has not been too kind to Moby and he has had to be referred to the Royal Veterinary College for a septic joint as well as having to be treated and have surgery for an eye ulcer! Thankfully he is now on the mend!

Through it all, Moby has been such a good boy and we all absolutely adore him here at Well House  <3. He is a gentle giant in every form. Here are some pics of the handsome chap himself and Vet Nikki getting some great selfies! He's a pro in front of the camera!

December 2018: Breeze

Breeze, an 11-year-old Springer Spaniel gave her owners a fright one night when she became very lethargic and depressed. 

Her very worried owners rushed her to the vet, after she was examined, she was quickly sent to our emergency out of hours vets for intravenous fluids and monitoring overnight. After being monitored at Vets Now overnight her condition was deteriorating, so we took her to theatre to investigate a mass on her spleen which was discovered on ultrasound. 

It was all hands-on deck to prepare theatre and Breeze for surgery. It took a Vet and 2 nurses to carry out the surgery as Breeze was a very poorly girl. Once we were operating on Breeze the mass was found on her Spleen but all her other organs looked fine, so the Vet proceeded with the surgical removal of the spleen (Splenectomy). The surgery went well and Breeze was stable throughout. She was monitored closely by one of our nurses in recovery and came around well from the anaesthetic. Once she was awake enough, we took her out for a little wander in the garden so she was able to stretch her legs, even after her big operation she was still wagging her tail on the walk which brought a tear to the nurses’ eyes for how brave she was! A sample of the Spleen was sent to an external lab to test to identify what the mass was. The results revealed that the mass was a heamatoma, which is brilliant news, and she shouldn’t require any further treatment. 

Breeze has been coming back for regular post-op checks with our Vets so they are able to monitor her progress. She has now had her last post-op check and she has recovered marvellously well and still greets us every time with a waggy tail! She’s got an ‘excess’ of energy according to her owner, and is looking forward to some healthy long walks now. Well done Breeze.

November 2018: Martha



Meet Martha, she is a 1-year old whippet who is a regular visitor of ours after breaking her leg as a puppy at the beginning of the year. She broke her right hock (ankle) whilst playing with her older sister Velvet. Here are some before and after X-Rays of Martha’s hock which has now successfully healed. Last week she was admitted to our Tunbridge Wells Branch for 2 days after eating some paracetamol that she chewed out of a packet. Martha's owners are aware of how toxic paracetamol can be and called us immediately. Luckily Martha never developed any toxicity symptoms and has been discharged. Here are some photos of Martha getting cuddles with Vet Nikki and Nursing Assistant Annabel. If you are ever concerned about your pet ingesting anything potentially toxic, there is now a dedicated helpline run by Veterinary Poison Information Service (VPIS) or alternatively call your vets immediately.