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A very busy January rolled into another busy month for our surgeries! We saw lots of interesting cases and our wonderful vets performed several complex surgeries.
Take a look at some of the fascinating cases below and admire some of our adorable visitors…
How sweet is Roux? 💚
Roux visited our amazing Vet Fransesca at Wimbledon Vets to have an ultrasound done. Why you ask… well Roux is going to be a mummy!! 😍
We can confirm that there are at least 3 little pups-to-be in her belly! 🐶 You can see one of the little sacks and a puppy in the photo below.😱
Roux is about 30 days into her pregnancy and at this stage the puppies now have teeth, toes, nails and whiskers as well as skin colour. Most excitingly, they are now becoming boys or girls.🐾
Roux has 35-37 more days until she is due to give birth. She was such an amazing patient and was loving all of the attention and treats she received from our team.💚 🌟
This is little Biscuit. 🐶 💚
Biscuit first came to see the team at Streatham Hill Vets in December after being attacked by another dog. 😢
Bite wounds are highly contaminated due to bacteria present in the mouth, so Biscuit required intense nursing care to prepare her for surgery.
This included antibiotics and multiple pain relief medications. 💊 As she was unable to walk it was important to help where possible by using slings to assist her.
X-rays were taken to see if any internal damage was caused during the attack and sadly the photos show that poor Biscuit had fractured her femur. 😢
She was operated on as soon as possible and had a little plate implanted to stabilise the fracture.
Biscuit came to see the team recently for a post surgery check up and we are pleased to say she is doing well! 🐶 😊
Her fantastic owners have been taking her to physiotherapy regularly to help build strength in the affected leg.
Get well soon Biscuit and please come back for more cuddles! 💕
This handsome guy is Monty, pictured here with our Practice Manager Rob. 🐶 💚
Monty was another Streatham Hill Vets visitor. He came in recently to have surgery with our lead vet Gabriella after experiencing some lameness on his left hind leg. This particular surgery is rarely seen in a first opinion practice however, our Lead Surgeon Gabriella has performed over 25 of this extremely clever procedure. 😮
A Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery was performed to treat the rupture to Monty’s cranial cruciate ligament in the stifle (knee). After the ligament becomes unstable this can be very painful. The surgery changes the angle of the shin bone by cutting it. It is then rotated and a plate and screws are placed to stabilise it in the correct position.
Monty will now have lots of rest to allow time for the bone to heal. We are looking forward to seeing this bouncy boy for his post operative checks soon- and lots of cuddles of course. 😍 💚 💚 💚
The Briar House Vets team recently had a very special visitor. 😍
Our experienced Vet Enrico examined 25 year old Jenny! 😮 🐢
Jenny’s owners were concerned that she may be egg-bound- she has previously been operated on for this condition- so we had to take an X-ray of her to ensure there were none in there!
Thankfully for Jenny, her X-rays were clear so we wormed her and administered a multivitamin. 💊 We were then able to discharge her for her lovely owner to keep a watchful eye- not before our team gave Jenny some attention of course!
We loved spending time with this special guest. 💚
This is Smokey. 😍 🐱
Poor Smokey was brought into Mayow Veterinary Surgery as he was straining to urinate and showing signs of cystitis. 😢
After thorough examination and medication- Smokey unfortunately did not make a full recovery so further investigations were carried out. As you can see on Smokey’s X-rays, our amazing vet could confirm he had Uroliths (crystals/stones) in his bladder. This was the cause of Smokey’s urinary issues. 😱
Smokey underwent surgery for a Cystotomy, this is the ‘removal of bladder crystals/stones’. Unfortunately, Smokey would not have been able to pass these, hence the reason for surgery.
Smokey is currently doing really well post surgery and went home for lots of TLC with his owner and some medication. 💊
We all wish this handsome boy a speedy recovery. 💙
𝐒𝐲𝐦𝐩𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐂𝐚𝐭𝐬:
🔸 Straining to urinate
🔸 Frequent urination
🔸 Genital licking
🔸 Blood in the urine (hematuria)
🔸 Painful urination
🔸 Chronic urinary tract infections
🔸 Urinary tract obstruction (especially in males)
🔸 Urine spraying
How adorable is Vinny? 😍
This gorgeous pup visited Lakeview Vets this month as an emergency. 🚨 His loving family were extremely worried when they realised that he had swallowed a 5 pence piece!! 💰
Obstructions in the gastrointestinal tract (mouth, oesophagus, stomach and intestines) are serious, painful, possible life threatening conditions especially if left untreated. 😢 Thankfully, Vinny’s wonderful owners, brought him to see our experienced team quickly.
You can see the position of the 5 pence piece in Vinny’s stomach. This was confirmed by radiograph and shows up bright white in the photo.
Our wonderfully skilled Veterinary Surgeon Clemence removed the obstruction during an exploratory laparotomy, commonly known as an Ex-lap.
This procedure also allowed lovely Clemence to examine all of Vinny’s abdominal contents and gastrointestinal tract for any damage or possible disease.
During his time with us, Vinny was given intravenous fluids, antibiotics, medication, pain relief and lots of love and cuddles. 💊 💙
Vinny was lucky that his family were keeping a close eye and saw him eat the 5 pence, but this sadly is not always the case.
Keeping close attention while your pets are playing with toys or are out and about can help avoid problems with ingestion of foreign objects or dangerous products.🍇 🌽 🍖
If you suspect that your pet has eaten something, don’t hesitate to call or bring them in to see us, as your pet could potentially become quite ill.
Symptoms of an obstruction or ingestion of other items include:
🔹 Loss of or reduced appetite
🔹 Lip smacking or drooling
🔹 Absence of faeces or diarrhoea
🔹 Lethargic, not being themselves
🔹 Signs of abdominal discomfort such as reluctance to move and crying out
🔹 Swollen abdomen
Gorgeous Vinny is now home with his family recuperating but we will keep a close eye on him to ensure his continued recovery. 💚
He certainly made all our hearts melt and we wish him well. 😍 No more eating unusual things though Vinny!
If you have any concerns about your cherished pets, please don’t hesitate to contact us on- 0208 674 3525. ☎️ A member of our friendly team will be more than happy to help.😊