Pet of the Month

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

April 2019: Milo

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

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

Pepper

  

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

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

Gertie

  

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!


Moby

  

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. 

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