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BOAS surgery clinics

We had an airway clinic yesterday; where we assessed three brachycephalic dogs for airway surgery. BOAS (bracycephalic airway syndrome) is very life limiting, causing difficulty breathing and severe discomfort to affected dogs. Where there is laboured breathing on excitement or exercise, an assessment by an experienced vet will often result in a recommendation for corrective […]

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Ligament damage – hock – orthopedics

Poor Molly sustained horrific injuries to the soft tissues and bones of her hind leg. Her owners don’t know what happened; but she disappeared from home and came back with a severely infected, dislocated and fractured hock joint. There were entry wounds on either side; and oil on her coat. We think she got caught […]

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Cystine bladder stones in a French bulldog

Rico caused some consternation on August 12th. We were just about to finalise packing for our first overseas holiday in 12 years with the kids; when Rico presented as an emergency. He couldn’t pee!   We explained how serious this is; and got to work. We passed a urinary catheter ; but it met an […]

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TPLO surgery – cruciate disease

Dara came to us for acupuncture for a very sore leg; and we were delighted to help. Acupuncture is incredibly useful for neural pain and osteoarthritic pain; but it’s of limited use where there is a mechanical lameness. I was suspicious of cruciate disease when I examined her. We requested all of the notes and […]

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Dog attack

Larry has stolen all of our hearts. He’s a little old man of twelve years. He was savagely attacked by an unknown dog and he was found at the back door with a life threatening wound to his chest wall. We had to do emergency surgery to restore the integrity of his intercostal muscles and […]

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Geriatric cancer surgery

Louise is extra special. Her family knows why ❤️She sadly developed mammary cancer, and then had a complication with an inguinal hernia. Although she is old; we assessed her risk and recommended radical surgery without any hesitation. A lot of clients worry about anaesthetics in older pets; but there’s no need to be concerned! We […]

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The work of our RVNs

Poor Bruno had been in the wars with a really persistent ear problem. He had to attend an out of hours service a few weeks back; but his problem relapsed; and he came to see us during the week.   He developed an aural haematoma; which is a huge swelling filled with serous (blood tinged) […]

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Renal failure puppy

We had a very sick puppy brought to us last week. She had been seen at another practice, and she was under treatment for an upset tummy, but she had become very dehydrated. All seemed fairly routine until we ran her bloods. Shockingly she was in severe kidney failure. All the other pups in her […]

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Stone foreign body

Millie presented with loss of appetite and vomiting. She doesn’t usually eat anything she shouldn’t; but she must have decided to try munching on a stone; just for the fun of it. Bad idea 🤦‍♀️ We assessed her bloods and took a survey radiograph. We could just immediately see a mineralised foreign body lodged in […]

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Bladder uroliths

Marley was sent to us from a lovely practice in Cavan. He was quietly making bladder stones for years; but they had recently lodged themselves firmly in his urethra. They were stuck. This is painful. Stones can also be the source of urinary tract infections. Even worse, they have the potential to obstruct the urinary […]

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