Kai’s story……

by admin on April 16th, 2013

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7 month old Kai the male oriental cat was brought down to PetCare as an emergency after his owner noticed he was extremely lame on one of his hind legs.

On examination, it was clearly swollen and Mr Smith suspected he had fractured it….

Kai was admitted to the practice and given a sedative so he was lying still enough to take some x-rays.


Unsurprisingly, the radiographs showed that he had fractured his tibia and fibula. It was a still a bit of a mystery how he had sustained such a severe injury as he was an indoor cat, but it was likely that it had happened during a play fight with his brother.

Mr Smith spoke to a referral orthopaedic vet to discuss treatment options for Kai and it was decided that pinning his leg surgically with an external fixator was likely to give the best outcome. He was booked in for the procedure at the referral centre for the next day and his leg was bandaged with a support dressing overnight.

His operation went well and he was cage confined for 6 weeks while his leg healed.

During his recovery period, he continued coming to us for dressing changes. As time went on, his dressing was able to be reduced from the whole leg to just around the external fixator. Despite being a young bouncy cat, he coped remarkably well with being cage rested for 6 weeks.

At the end of his healing period, he returned to the orthopaedic referral centre to have his leg re x-rayed so the surgeons could confirm whether the fracture had healed or not.

Thankfully, the leg had healed and his pins were finally able to be removed.

Kai is continuing to do well and we wish him and his family good health and the best of luck for the future!

Insuring your pet is so important – treatment for fractures and many other conditions can quickly become expensive and being covered with a good insurance company ensures you will be able to afford the veterinary care needed.

We highly recommend insuring your pets against accidents and illness. Please contact us should you wish to discuss insurance options for your pet.



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Bella’s Story….

by admin on January 4th, 2013

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Poor young Bella the cocker spaniel came into the surgery in October 2012 after sustaining an injury to her front leg. She came in very lame and although it wasn’t obvious how she’d sustained the injury, being a bouncy puppy, it was likely that had done it whilst playing! Mr Smith suspected Bella had fractured her radius and ulna, but would need to x-ray the leg to be sure. She was admitted for sedation and radiographs.

Unsurprisingly, the x-rays showed that Bella had fractured her radius and ulna. It was decided to treat the injury conservatively rather than with surgery by applying a splinted dressing to keep the leg supported and to allow the bones to heal correctly. Being only a young puppy, there was a risk that her growth plates in her leg could be damaged. Only further radiographs would reveal this.

3 days later, Bella came back to have repeat x-rays so Mr Smith could see how she was progressing. Thankfully, they showed that she was already forming a callous around the bone which meant it was beginning to mend. Over the next few days, the callous continued to form and her dressings were replaced several times.

Midway through the month, despite the fracture appealing to heal and Bella being such a brave girl, she began developing an ulcer over her elbow where the dressing was rubbing. However, she was not at a point where her leg could be left unsupported yet. Her owner was dispensed antibiotic tablets to give to Bella and some antiseptic gel to apply to the ulcerated area to encourage healing.

A week later, Bella was re-examined again. Being such a co-operative puppy, the staff were able to redress her leg without having to sedate her. Mr Smith decided they were now at a point where he could use a shorter splint for support so it wasn’t rubbing against her sore elbow.

After a few more dressing changes it was time for Bella to have, what would hopefully be, her last x-ray. Everyone was delighted when they showed that her leg had healed very well and she could finally be dressing-free! She has continued to recover very well at home with her owners.

We wish lovely Bella and her owners good health and the best of luck for the future!

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Rosie’s Story…….

by admin on December 7th, 2012

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Rosie the domestic shorthair cat was brought to us after her owner became concerned that her mouth was causing her discomfort. Being a rescue cat, it was likely that she had not been vaccinated as a kitten and this leaves cats vulnerable to certain viruses. Calicivirus commonly presents as ulcers and lesions in the mouth as well as inflamed gums. It tends to flare up during times of stress.

Poor Rosie’s mouth was extremely sore and ulcerated. Unsurprisingly, she was unwilling to eat as her mouth was too painful. She had lost weight and was becoming dehydrated.

Mr Smith admitted her to take blood samples and put her on intravenous fluids. Her bloods were sent away for analysis to rule out any more serious feline viruses such as Feline Infectious Peritonitis.

Rosie was very anxious every time she was approached and, despite being offered warm sloppy food, was too nervous to eat. The day after she was admitted, she seemed slightly brighter and had eaten a tiny bit overnight when it was quiet; as many cats do. Her hydration levels were improving but still not normal and, despite eating a small amount, it was important that she ate more for her body to regain its strength and fight the virus.

The nurses began syringe feeding convalescent food throughout the course of the day. She certainly seemed to like this as she practically chewed the end off the syringe! This seemed to kick start her appetite and she ate a whole dish of tuna overnight. As she was now adequately hydrated, it was decided that Rosie would be happier at home in familiar surroundings.

Very soon after Rosie returned home, she regained her appetite completely and was eating normally again. This was a great relief for her worried owners and us! Her blood results came back as negative for all other feline viruses.

She has continued to recover well and we wish her and her owners good luck and health for the future!




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Spots Story….

by admin on March 23rd, 2012

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Spot the 15 year old cat came in to see us back in November 2011 for a check up. After an examination, the vet advised that he needed a dental as he was suffering from dental disease. As he is an older cat, it was decided taking a blood sample to make sure he was healthy enough for the anaesthetic was a good idea. The samples were sent off to our commercial laboratory for analysis.

A few days later, the results came back showing that Spot had a condition called hyperthyroidism. This is a condition that is very common in older cats. The usual treatment is daily tablet medication, so Spot was started off at a dose of one 2.5mg tablet twice a day. His owners were advised to give the treatment a month to stabilise Spot’s condition and then to bring him back for a re-examination. They would also decide at that time whether or not he was fit for his dental procedure.

Over that month, cheeky Spot became very difficult with his tablets and it became hard to give them to him daily. Because of this, the option of surgery to remove his thyroid gland was discussed with Mr Smith. If the affected gland was removed, this would mean his owners would not need to give him tablets anymore. After re-assessing his condition, it was decided to book him in for this procedure and combine it with his dental.

The morning of his surgery, Spot was put on a drip and prepared for the operation. He was anaesthetised and taken through to theatre. As the incision is made in the neck, obviously this is a very delicate procedure. Mr Smith removed the left thyroid gland carefully and checked that the parathyroid gland – the gland adjacent to the thyroid – was still in tact.

The operation itself took about thirty minutes and Spot was taken back to his kennel to recover.

 Within hours, brave Spot was fully awake and keen to start eating again! He was offered some Sensitivity Control and wolfed it down. As he was recovering so well, it was decided to send him home the same day and re-examine him in the morning.

He had a comfortable night and seemed fairly unperturbed by the whole experience when he came back in the next day.

 Two weeks later, Spots stitches were removed and he was signed off as his treatment was finished.

He is continuing to do well. We wish Spot and his owners’ good luck and health for the future!


  • This condition is most common in cats.
  • It is a condition where one or both of the thyroid glands in the neck become overactive and start producing too much hormone. This in turn increases their metobolic rate.
  • It’s diagnosed by a simple blood test.


  • Increased appetite/thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Weight Loss
  • Aggression or Hyperactivity
  • Increased heart rate
  • Vomiting/diarrhoea

If you think your cat may be showing signs of hyperthyroidism or feel a health check with the vet is overdue, please call us to arrange an appointment.


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Dino’s Story

by admin on January 16th, 2012

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Dino the Flatcoated Retriever will always remain special to everyone here at PetCare. Despite having to see us regularly in his last few months, he continued to be a happy and loving dog and was always pleased to see us all!


Dino came in to see Mr Smith back in April 2011after he began experiencing lameness in his back leg. On examination, there was obvious swelling around his stifle and femur. He was prescribed anti-inflammatories for any discomfort but, as Flatcoated Retrievers have a tendency to develop tumours, it was decided to admit Dino late that week to take some x-rays and biopsies of the swelling on his hind leg.


The x-rays, thankfully, didn’t show any cancerous changes in his chest, spine or legs. Mr Smith took four fine need samples from the lumps on Dino’s leg and sent them to our commercial laboratory for analysis. The results came back as chronic inflammation, but there was a question as to the nature of the surrounding cells, as they had come back inconclusive.


However, being the breed Dino was, it was highly likely that they were of a malignant cancerous nature.


Dino was kept on anti-inflammatories to keep him comfortable but, after a few months, this wasn’t enough and it was decided that Dino would either need to be put to sleep or to have surgery and amputate the affected leg.


Dino’s family weren’t ready to part with him yet and felt that his sore leg was the only thing preventing him from being a happy dog, so the decision was made that he would have surgery on his hind leg.


The next day, Dino was admitted to the surgery. He had bloods taken, which were all normal, and was put on a drip to keep him stable throughout his operation. Mr Smith began the procedure and went about the long process of removing his back leg. It took over an hour, but Dino was fine throughout his anaesthetic and came round well in recovery.


Not long after he was awake, strong Dino was all set to eat a bowl of recovery diet! He was even quick to adapt to his new three-legged posture and was more than happy to wander outside for a quick stroll.


By the next morning, Dino was well enough to go home with some antibiotics and anti-inflammatories.


Dino continued to recover well at home and was clearly much happier without his poorly leg. Despite some post-operative complications, he continued to face life with his usual happy and determined spirit!


By August 2011 however, Dino had unfortunately developed a small mass on the left side of his chest. Although it wasn’t bothering him, after everything he’d been through it was obviously a concern. Mr Smith took a fine needle biopsy to send for analysis. To everyone’s disappointment, the results came back as a sarcoma – a malignant type of tumour. Dino’s family decided to keep him comfortable until his quality of life began to deteriorate.


He was re-examined a week later and had developed blood in his urine. The lump on his chest was growing and Mr Smith suspected that the blood in his urine could be coming from his kidneys and, therefore, an indication that Dino was developing more lumps internally. It was decided, as he was rapidly deteriorating, that the time had come to let Dino go.


It was a sad time for both his family and all the staff here at PetCare as we had all grown increasingly fond of Dino during his many visits to see us but everyone knew it was the right decision.

We wish Dino’s family good luck and health for the future!


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Claudia’s Story…….

by admin on October 7th, 2011

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Claudia the Staffordshire bull terrier has certainly become one of our favourite patients here at PetCare. Despite having to endure several months of treatment with us, she has continued to be a happy, bouncy and friendly dog! She was first diagnosed with her problem back in May this year.

Claudia’s owner, became concerned after Claudia appeared to have some sort of epileptic fit at home. She came in to be examined and to have some blood taken. As well as the fits, she also had very sore and irritated skin on her feet – a problem that was, unsurprisingly, making her quite itchy. As well as sending off a blood sample for analysis, Mr Smith also decided to take some skin scrapes from her feet to see if there was any obvious reason for her sore skin. This involved obtaining some samples of her affected skin and fur and examining them under a microscope. On examination, Mr Smith could see that Claudia was suffering from a condition called demodectic mange. This is a condition where demodex mites burrow under the skin and cause severe irritation and discomfort. Unfortunately, they are extremely difficult to get rid of and can take a long time to treat.

Demodex mites are microscopic and live normally on a dog’s skin. If the mites become excessive in numbers then this is called “mange.”

Young dogs are the most commonly affected by this, as their immune systems are not yet fully developed.

Symptoms can include:

v     Hair loss.

v     Sore skin.

v     Reddened skin.

v     Scaly skin.

v     Itchiness.

 A good way to prevent your dog contracting mange is by treating them monthly with a spot-on treatment. 

Thankfully, Claudia’s blood results came back as normal so this ruled out anything physiologically wrong that could be causing Claudia’s fitting. However, with her diagnosis of demodectic mange, she needed treatment to get rid of the nasty mites. Mr Smith decided to use a medicated wash that Claudia would be treated with over several weeks to try and kill the mites. However, with her history of epileptic fits, it was decided to try her first bath at half the dilution rate to make sure it didn’t have any adverse effects on her. Thankfully, tolerant Claudia accepted being bathed very well, which made the whole process easier!

 A couple of days after her bath, poor Claudia’s sore skin became extremely sore – something that often occurs as the dying mange mites break into pieces and irritate the skin even further. Mr Smith gave her an anti-inflammatory injection to make her more comfortable and started her on a course of antihistamines tablets.

Claudia responded well to this treatment and became much more comfortable.

She was given four more washes to treat the demodex and then skin scrapes were repeated to see if the mites were still present. Unfortunately they were, which meant giving Claudia two more washes and then re-analysing the skin scrapes. 

At that time, Claudia was also due to be spayed so after her operation it was very important that her wound was kept protected when she was bathed. With her usual fighting spirit, Claudia continued to accept everything that was happening to her and didn’t make a fuss – although her pent up energy from restricted exercise was making her a bit of a pest at home!

The next skin scrapes were still, frustratingly, positive for demodectic mites. However, they were fewer in number, which meant the baths were having some effect.

Claudia’s owner was happy to give her two more baths at home and then to bring her in to re-examine some skin scrapes.

When she did come back to see us, little Claudia looked bigger as she was now nine months of age! Mr Smith took some skin scrapes and, to everyone’s relief, they were finally negative for demodectic mites.

It’s now just a case of keeping the nasty mites at bay with fortnightly spot-on treatments and re-scraping Claudia’s skin frequently to ensure they haven’t reappeared!

At present, Claudia is doing well and we wish her and her owners good health and the best of luck for the future!


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Otto’s Story….

by admin on July 11th, 2011

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Otto the Miniature Schnauzer came to see us as an emergency last month when his owners became increasingly worried about him…

He was vomiting and drinking excessive amounts of water. When examined by Mr Smith, he was clearly uncomfortable and tense around his abdomen and resented having it touched. As he was in so much pain, he was admitted to the surgery and was put on a drip to treat any dehydration. He had some blood taken and this showed that his lipase levels were higher than normal, which can be an indication of pancreatitis. All his other blood parameters were within normal ranges so it was decided to keep him on his drip overnight and to give him injections of antibiotic, painkiller and anti-emetic to make him more comfortable.

The following day, the staff were hoping that Otto was improving but, unfortunately, he still seemed uncomfortable. Mr Smith decided to sedate him and take some x-rays to see if there were any obvious internal reasons for his discomfort. The radiographs showed a clear foreign body in the region of Otto’s stomach that possibly looked like a stone! The only way to remove it was by performing an exploratory operation and so, with Otto’s owners’ consent, he was anaesthetised and taken into theatre.

 Mr Smith made an incision in Otto’s abdomen and located the foreign body. It was, as suspected, a stone and was lodged at the start of the jejunum – the middle section of the small intestines – which is a tricky and rather risky place to try and cut in to. He decided to guide the stone back down the small intestines and into the stomach, making it much safer to remove, as the stomach wall is efficient at healing itself. Once removed, Mr Smith made sure there was not any other stones or unwanted objects in the intestines and stomach and then began stitching Otto up again!

Poor Otto made a slow recovery as he experienced a small amount of reflux from the acid in his stomach. This was unpleasant for him, but not altogether unexpected due to the location of the stone. He continued to have some nasal discharge and snorting over the next few days, but was still bright in himself and wasn’t deterred from polishing off a whole bowl of food the next day. It was decided he was well enough to go home and Mr Smith asked his owners to bring him back in a couple of day’s time to see how he was recovering.

When he came back in, everyone was very relieved to see that he was doing so well. His wound was healing fine and he was eating well at home. He continued to make a good recovery and had his stitches removed a couple of weeks ago!

We wish Otto and his family the best of health and good luck for the future.

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Bruce’s Story…..

by admin on May 6th, 2011

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 It was a case of trial and error with his medication at the beginning of his treatment and the aim was to try and reduce his blood glucose to a lower level.  To start with, his highest reading was 26 millimoles and above when, ideally, it should be no higher than 10 millimoles. Dogs with high blood sugar can often become very ill, whereas cats can cope much better with it.

His condition became further complicated when he developed bronchopneumonia and a urinary tract infection. Bladder infections are a common complication of diabetes as the increased sugar in their urine triggers the problem. He was treated with antibiotics and, thankfully, this cured the two conditions.

As another consequence of his diabetes, Bruce began to lose weight. He went from 33.2kgs to 30.6kgs in less than two months. The nurses suggested increasing his meals by ¼ tin a day and to keep a close eye on his progress. Having a good appetite, Bruce was more than happy with this! This seemed to do the trick and his weight began to steadily increase again.

By November last year, Bruce’s insulin regime was 28 insulin units twice a day and this seemed to be suiting him well. However, poor Bruce was developing more complications in the form of cataracts. He had them in both eyes and they rapidly began to affect his sight. He started bumping in to things and it was clear he had very little vision left. But, being the remarkable dog Bruce is, he continued to cope and began to rely on people’s voices to get him from A to B instead of his eyes!

 By February this year, his blood glucose levels began to creep up again and his insulin units were increased to 31 units twice a day. This seemed to suit him better. Bruce continues to surprise us with his resilient and friendly personality and is currently doing very well.

 We wish him and his owners good health and the best of luck for the future!

 About Diabetes Mellitus 

Otherwise known as “sugar diabetes” is caused by a lack of available insulin in the pancreas. Symptoms include excessive thirst, excessive urination and increase appetite. It can be easily confirmed by a blood test.

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Judy’s Tribute…..

by admin on February 3rd, 2011

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Judy the crossbreed dog holds a very special place in the hearts of the PetCare staff. She came into Mrs Hughes’ life as a rescue dog that had been badly mistreated and had a long list of illnesses and ailments including bronchitis, chronic ear infections and dental disease. Despite all her afflictions, brave Judy always came into the surgery with a wag in her tail and a spring in her step!

When Mrs Hughes sadly had to say goodbye to Judy late last year, it was a sad time for all involved.

Not long after Judy was introduced to us at PetCare, she underwent a dental procedure to clean up her infected mouth, had her ears thoroughly cleaned and had some x-rays taken of her congested chest. It was her chest problems that were to continue to be a problem throughout the rest of her life.  The x-rays showed permanent damage to her lungs; possibly caused by an untreated illness in the past. There was little that could be done to begin with, apart from keeping a close eye on her breathing.

By early 2010, her respiratory problems were beginning to become more obvious. The cold weather was definitely a factor and her lungs sounded bubbly. Mr Horrocks prescribed her some antibiotics to treat for the possibility of a chest infection. A couple of weeks later, and there was still no change. He decided to introduce a drug called Frusemide – a diuretic that would help to shift any fluid accumulating on her lungs.  This did perk Judy up but she was still experiencing bubbly breathing. The next drug to add into the mix was Corvental – a bronchodilator to help open the airways. 

Her weight went up and down throughout the next couple of years, but her owner worked hard to keep her on her Royal Canin Satiety diet – despite Judy’s cheeky attempts to add in her own treats!

By February 2010, Judy’s bubbly breathing still hadn’t made enough of an improvement so she was booked in for some repeat x-rays to see if anything had changed. The pictures showed blurriness on the lungs, which was a possible indication of a mass. This was not what anyone wanted to see, but realistically there was no treatment for this apart from continuing her medication and keeping her comfortable and happy. By the next month, her lungs didn’t sound any clearer but her owner felt that Judy was significantly brighter in herself and her coughing was beginning to sound more throaty than chesty.

By April, Judy was continuing with her Corvental, but the vet decided to add in a drug called Vetmedin – a medication used to treat congestive heart failure. It was possible that it was a cardiac problem causing her cough, and not just a lung condition. Remarkably, this made a significant difference to her quality of life and enabled her to exercise for longer periods of time. She continued to do well until October when she began experiencing intermittent episodes of vomiting and diarrhoea.

At first it seemed to be a case of colitis – an inflammatory condition, but when it continued and Judy lost her appetite it was obvious that something more serious was going on. She was admitted for blood tests and more x-rays. The blood results showed significantly high levels of kidney and liver enzymes, an indication that those organs weren’t functioning well. The x-rays showed that her liver was large and rounded. Mr Horrocks suspected that she had a large tumour, which was why she’d been so poorly. With such a poor prognosis, it was decided that the kindest decision would be to put Judy to sleep.

 She will be sadly missed by the team here at PetCare and by her loving owner. We wish Mrs Hughes health and happiness for the future.

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Bunday’s Story …….

by admin on December 10th, 2010

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Little Bunday came into the practice at the beginning of October after her owners noticed she wasn’t quite herself. She had gone off her food and seemed tired and lethargic. On examination, her temperature was 103 degrees Fahrenheit. A normal canine temperature should be between 100-100.5 degrees. As she had only finished her season a few weeks earlier, there was a risk that she’d developed a pyometra – a womb infection. She was dispensed some antibiotics to initially treat for a vaginal infection and asked to come back for a re-examination appointment in a couple of days time.

When she came back in, Bunday hadn’t made enough of an improvement and was still refusing to eat. Her abdomen was now feeling heavy, which suggested a pyometra was more likely. The vet decided to take a blood sample and check her levels of infection. Her white blood cell count was high, as was her urea levels – this indicated that she had an infection and was the likely cause of her kidneys producing excess amounts of urea. She was booked in for surgery the following morning, as it was now very important that she was speyed to remove the source of infection in her body.

Bunday came back the following morning and was put on intravenous fluids to flush out the toxins in her body and to rehydrate her. She was given a pre-medication injection and then anaesthetised for surgery. Her uterus was very enlarged and inflamed and was, unsurprisingly, putting a lot of pressure on her stomach and diaphragm.

Once it was removed, her breathing became significantly steadier. The operation took about fifty minutes in total and Bunday needed lots of warmth and TLC and because her operation was so long she required extra close monitoring; while in recovery the nurses never left her side.

Despite enduring such major surgery, brave Bunday was up and about within an hour! She seemed to have come through her ordeal very well. By that afternoon, she was keen to go outside for a walk and was even interested in eating some convalescent food.

The following morning, Bunday was still bright as a button and raring to go! She had certainly found her voice and was chatting away to us all in her own Staffie way.

Throughout the day, she continued to recover well and was eating so well that her drip was ready to come out. After that, it wasn’t long before she was discharged.

When she came back in the following day for re-examination, the happy little dog seemed just as pleased to see us and appeared to be doing very well. As she had internal sutures, Bunday didn’t need to be seen again to have them removed so it was just a case of seeing her again if her owners had any concerns.

 Bunday continued to recover well and was fighting fit in weeks. We wish her and her owners good health for the future!



We cannot advise strongly enough to get your pet neutered if you have no intention of breeding from them. Cancer of the testicles, prostate, uterus and ovaries are common problems in dogs and bitches and the anaesthetic risks are a lot higher in geriatric individuals than in young, healthy ones. Please don’t leave it too late for your pet’s sake!

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