Pet of the Month for February is Blackie!
Blackie came in to see us a short while ago after his owners were concerned about his overly frequent toileting habits! He was admitted for the day to collect a urine sample which revealed some crystals. We then performed ultrasound on Blackie because we suspected that he might have bladder stones, but there were no signs of these at the time, so Blackie was sent home on a special diet to dissolve the crystals.
A few months later the same problem started to occur with Blackie. He was again admitted with us for about a week whilst his owners were off the island so we could monitor him and give him daily medication and keep him on the special diet. By the end of the week Blackie was back to urinating normally and another ultrasound was carried out confirming that his bladder wall was back to normal.
Blackie is now at home and being maintained on the special diet which breaks down these crystals that can cause discomfort for cats. He was such a cooperative and sweet patient that we felt he really deserved to be voted Pet of the Month!
We hope you can help us in welcoming our new Head Nurse, Theresa Ruellan.
Theresa was born and raised in Jersey and originally worked in the finance industry. After spending a few years travelling, she stayed in Australia where she gained her veterinary nurse qualification.
In 2011 she came back to Jersey, and whilst working here as a veterinary nurse has completed a Certificate in Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species.
She has grown up caring for a range of animals and currently has two seventeen year old cats named Cheeky and Misty, as well as a bearded dragon called Roxy.
Pet of the Month for December is Hazel-Ann!
Gorgeous Hazel-Ann came to see us after her very concerned owners noticed blood in her urine. Hazel-Ann was swiftly admitted for an abdominal scan which showed the presence of a 1.4 cm wide urolith, otherwise known as a bladder stone. These can prove very serious and highly painful if left untreated. This poorly pug was immediately put on strong pain r…elief and a special prescription diet to try and reduce the size of the stone, while we determined the best course of action. Unfortunately, a second scan revealed the stone had not reduced in size as much as we had hoped and surgery was the only option. A cystotomy was performed by Veterinary Surgeon Jeremy Miller and the urolith removed before it could cause any further pain or complications. The surgery went smoothly and we are happy to say Hazel-Ann is now pain free and back home with her loving family.