Lovely boy Owain came to see us due to a nasty wound on his ear which was not healing. A young rescue dog from Spain, he had already been on a wide range of different antibiotics before coming to us, so it was clear that there was something unusual about this wound, and it would need further investigation. Under general anaesthesia, he had biopsies taken from his ear and a blood sample was taken to send for a specialised test at an external lab in the UK. Because Owain came from Spain, we often test for a disease called leishmaniasis, a serious disease which can present itself in different forms, including non-healing wounds. The results came back positive for leishmaniasis and Owain is now on medicines which were dispensed to try and manage the condition.
Luna is a beautiful two and a half year old pet rat. Her owner became aware of a lump on her abdomen and Jeremy recommended to have it removed. The lump turned out to be a mammary tumour.
Mammary tissue is extensive in rats and is found running from the shoulder and chin area to the base of the tail. Tumours are most often seen at the pit of the arm, abdomen, and groin of female rats. They can occur at any age but they have a higher occurrence after 18 months of age. These tumours may also occasionally present in males as well.
Although most mammary tumours in rats are benign, if not treated they will continue to grow, becoming quite large, and measuring from several millimetres to several centimetres, even to the point of encompassing up to half the body weight of the rat. Eventually they will not only start to impinge on other organs, but also inhibit the rat’s mobility, resulting in difficulty grooming, and interfere with the rat’s ability to feed itself.
Early removal of the tumour, even if malignant, can often extend the rat’s life.
We’re happy to report that Luna is doing well at home and enjoying being free of her lump!
Possibly our first ever chicken of the month!
Snow is only a spring chicken at eight months old. Her owners brought her in when they noticed she hadn’t yet laid any eggs and had been waddling around looking uncomfortable. The clinical signs lead us to believe that Snow might be egg bound. ‘Egg bound’ means she has an egg stuck somewhere in her oviduct. The usual place is between the uterus and the cloaca. A plan was made to x-ray Snow to see if there was an egg stuck or to see if there might be anything else causing an obstruction. The x-ray showed us that there was in fact a large egg causing the obstruction and Vet Emily was able to help gently ease it out using some lubricant.
If you are planning to travel with your pet to an EU country at or around
the end of October, you may need to act before the end of June
to ensure you are prepared if there is a ‘no deal’ Brexit on 31st October.
If there is a ‘no deal’ Brexit, it may take 4 months for your pet cat, dog or ferret to become eligible for travel to the EU. If there is ‘no deal’, you will need to make sure your pet:
- is microchipped
- has had a rabies vaccination and has passed a rabies blood test at least 30 days after the vaccination
- has waited at least 3 monthssince the blood sample was taken, before travelling
- has seen a vet for a health certificate no more than 10 days before the travel date
There will be no change to the requirements for returning pets to Jersey after the UK leaves the EU if there is a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
Jeremy Miller and Emily Sabin are recognised by the UK and Jersey Governments as Official Veterinarians (OV), so you can bring your pet to All Pets for the relevant tests or certificates.
Click here for full information on the Government of Jersey website about the Pet Travel Scheme or give us a call if you have any questions.
Poor ten month old Spanish rescue Suzie came to us with persistent vomiting and was off her food- generally just not a happy puppy! It was decided during the consult that Suzie would come in the following day starved to have x-rays. The X-rays showed us that there was an oval, partially gas-filled mass in Suzie’s abdomen, and because of the unusual presentation of the mass it was decided that Suzie would undergo exploratory abdominal surgery. The mass and a foot long section of her small intestine was removed in surgery, and the mass was sent away for testing. Suzie has just recently come in to have her final sutures removed and we are happy to report that the results came back all clear. It was suspected that the mass was caused by a form of penetrating injury to the intestine, most likely associated with a previously ingested foreign body. The mass had become bigger and bigger until it had caused a complete bowel obstruction.
Cally originally presented to us with a history of vomiting, and when she didn’t respond to medical treatment we proceeded to x-ray her to find out what was going on.
X-rays revealed a large amount of abnormal material in her stomach which was causing a blockage, so that evening Cally had emergency surgery to remove the offending obstruction.
Inside her stomach we found a large amount of fur, bones and other material belonging to a rodent. Cally’s eyes were a little too big for her belly in this instance!
After a couple of days in hospital Cally was able to go home and finally had her stitches removed last week. We can only hope her hunting days are behind her!
Belle was rushed into us as an emergency when her owners had noticed bleeding from her mouth. On inspection we could see that Belle had suffered trauma to her lower canine and two adjacent incisors. It was not known how this injury occurred but the teeth were barely still attached. It was decided that it would be best to remove the teeth under general anaesthetic and stitch up the gums. Belle was sent home the same day with a painkiller and anti-inflammatory to help her with a speedy recovery.
Marley and Eddee both have the same condition: Idiopathic hypercalcaemia. This means they have too much calcium in their blood, the cause of which remains unknown (to science!). Idiopathic hypercalcaemia is the most common diagnosis of high blood calcium in cats; however other causes can be kidney disease, cancers and parathyroid disorders. Clinical signs can vary from increased thirst to lethargy and constipation. We are currently able to manage Eddee’s calcium levels with diet alone; however Marley needs to take medication to keep his levels within normal limits.
Handsome chap Fred came to see us when he hadn’t been eating properly for just under a week. He had also become quite lethargic and not his usual Fred self! We decided to admit Fred and carry out a workup including blood testing. We were able to determine that Fred was diabetic, with his glucose levels off the scale. Fred was placed onto intravenous fluids which were infused with extra potassium to help rehydrate him and replace electrolytes. He stayed in with us over the next few days and we did a series of glucose curves (where we monitor his glucose level every hour) to ensure he was stable before sending him home with instructions for the owner about how to administer the daily insulin injections. Fred still has to come in for regular glucose curves to ensure he is still on the correct dose of insulin but we are happy to report his latest one was the best so far.
This cute little lady Bonnie came into see us when she lacerated her paw, she was seen by vet nurse Yvonne where she had a clean-up and her leg was dressed with a bandage. Bonnie was booked in for a re check the next day where the vet saw her and put her on a course of antibiotics to ward off any potential infection as well as some pain relief to keep her comfortable. Bonnie had several bandage changes throughout the next few days, but unfortunately the laceration was not heeling and she had to undergo surgery so we could stitch it up. Bonnie is now a week into recovery and the wound is healing well but she will still need to keep a dressing on until fully healed. Bonnie was nominated by all the staff because she is the sweetest patient and will just lie there and take everything in her stride. WE LOVE BONNIE!