Jackson came to see us when his owner began to notice him becoming a little lethargic, he had stopped jumping up on furniture and was staggering as getting up. He also began getting slower on his walks and was struggling to get up and down the stairs.
After examination by vet Emily, she decided it was best to take bloods from Jackson to run a full health profile to see if we could identify any underlying health issues.
The bloods revealed a very high glucose level in Jackson’s bloods which indicated that he had diabetes mellitus.
It was then arranged for Jackson’s owners to have a consult with our nurse Jess where we could advise on how to give insulin and make a plan to help stabilise Jackson’s diabetes.
Jackson has since been in for a glucose curve with us so we can see how his insulin is being controlled and if we need to adjust doses, he is now on a higher dose to better control it. He is still adjusting to these changes at the moment and he is feeling much better. His owners are doing an excellent job at administering his medication and checking his blood glucose levels.
Julio came into see us for a health check as he was just coming out of hibernation. His owners had noticed that his right eyelids were very swollen. On inspection there appeared to be a laceration on his upper eyelid and discharge coming out of the eye. The vet was unable to open his eye to examine further because of the swelling, so Julio was sent home with a course of antibiotics and told to come back in one week to re-examine.
After limited improvement after a week Julio was admitted for surgery to have his eyelids lanced, thereby draining the pus.
Julio is still in the process of healing, but we’re expecting the eye will continue to improve with treatment. At least he can spot his favourite snacks again – dandelions!
Muffin’s owner asked us to visit her at her home as she had gone off her food and was vocalising a lot to her owners. On examination, we found that Muffin had lost weight and was salivating quite a bit which suggested a dental problem. We found some mild gingivitis and a resorptive lesion on one tooth. Muffin was then provided with pain relief and booked in for a dental exam under anaesthesia, including full mouth x-rays using our new digital dental x-ray machine. The x-ray images allowed us to identify a further tooth root problem which was hidden under the gum line. After a couple of extractions, Muffin went home a much happier cat!
George came into see us when his owner suspected that he had a reaction to some medication given in the morning, as he was salivating from the mouth. On examination it was found that it was more likely that he had been hit by a car as he had other injuries. George had a lesion under his chin, a laceration of the tongue, and his upper right canine had broken off at the gum line. His claws were also scuffed, which is usually an indication that a cat has had a run in with a car, and he also had some bruising on his abdomen. He was kept in overnight on fluids and pain relief and had some x-rays to see if there was any internal damage.
Once George’s condition had stabilised he was sent home with pain relief medication and instructions to minimise activity in order to heal.
Having given George some time to heal, he was then scheduled in to have his broken tooth removed, which would have been causing him some discomfort.
George has since been in for a check-up and we are happy to report he is healing very well.