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.