Star Patient

Laser Star Patients

Arnie has been suffering from Degenerative Joint Disease in her elbows for many years, she has coped very well and has remained comfortable in this time however her owner wanted to give the K Laser treatment a chance to see if this would help.

Her owner reports that after 3 treatments a limp that she had fairly regularly has much reduced and she had also caught her playing with toy’s which she hadn’t seen her do for ages.

Mrs Ansell also  reported that after 12 treatments Arnie’s limp had pretty much stopped, she seemed happier in herself and family members who hadn’t seen Arnie for a while had commented on how great she looked.So a happy dog using drug free, pain free treatments.

More Laser Stars …………..

Meet Amy a very sweet girl indeed. The montage of photo’s shows Amy’s recovery. Amy had a lump removed from her fore leg in March and the incision site kept opening up. Amy was very bothered by it so she was referred to have Laser Treatment to help the healing process, one month since the surgery and after 6 treatments it is almost healed, scabbed up and no longer bothered by it at all.

Amy has been signed off and no need for any rechecks

More Laser Stars ……….

Milly has suffered from Arthritis in her hips for a couple of years, she would become very stiff and struggled jumping in the car. She remained comfortable with medication and supplements but was a prime candidate for the K laser.

Her mum reports that Milly had seemed a lot more comfortable after receiving a few treatments and had even fetched a ball for her to play with which she had not done for almost a year.

Milly continues to receive the treatment and is continuing to improve.

Indigo – Singing On

It’s every pet owner’s night mare, including us at Moy Vets, the gate has opened , the sound of dogs playing has quietened and then there’s the screech of brakes.

Mr H. came rushing in early one morning, with not one, but two of his Siberian Huskies, both hit by the same van. Rainbow was sore and quiet but Indigo’s vocals cried “don’t touch”. She was yowling and screaming at the slightest movement.

Rainbow had minor, general scuffing injuries, small cuts and bruises and was admitted for observation in case of any underlying damage that was not yet obvious.

Indigo was another matter. She had severe injuries to both hind legs and her owners had to hear the devastating news that her injuries could be life threatening. We admitted her to treat her shock with intravenous fluids and assess her injuries. This would mean a general anaesthetic, not something we would normally undertake so soon after an accident. Usually, we will stabilise patients and allow some recovery before an anaesthetic but due to the nature of the damage to Indigo’s legs we had to proceed to anaesthesia to enable us to radiograph, clean and suture her legs, we also needed to radiograph her chest for internal damage. The trauma to the skin on her legs was severe and x-rays showed she had small fractures and some lung damage.

Day one then, we managed her pain and injuries, flushing debris from her legs, suturing, bandaging, stabilising. Her owners were horrified at the information on the extent of her injuries and that it could mean amputation of her left hind leg. The next few days were spent controlling Indigo’s pain, repeated sedations for cleaning and redressing her legs and discussions on the practicalities of ongoing treatment. This was going to be a long battle for Indigo and her family. The worry about a pet is tough for our clients and our team always try to be supportive and understanding for our human clients as well as caring for our animal patients. Fortunately, Indigo was a member of Moy Vets VIP Scheme and had paid for the extra accident cover, so at least there was financial help available. Indigo was improving physically but was depressed. We’re often caught giving our patients a hug and brush but it’s not the same as being at home for them. A visit from her owner with her littermate triggered incredible vocals of frantic howling between the two dogs. It was time for Indigo so spend a few days at home for a little TLC.

On returning to the clinic, we had a discussion with her owners about our next step. We were already concerned about the blood supply to her left hind paw and with ongoing infection too it would mean amputation would be necessary. Having had Indigo at home for a few days, her owners had had time to digest our updates and see that Indigo could cope with the loss of the leg. She was already moving about carrying the left back leg even though her right hind had damage too. We treated Indigo’s right hind leg and prepared the left hind for surgery. The leg was removed high up near her hip. Again we kept her on intravenous fluids to support her circulation and maintained pain relief. She stayed with us a few days to recover and her recovery was good. The day after surgery she was standing, with a little help, and by the second day she was willing to take a short walk. Our pets are marvellous in these situations, they don’t think of their loss it’s just “my balance is off, what do I need to do to walk?” and off they go! By day three then, it was home time.

We continued to check Indigo’s progress, redressing her right leg with special dressings to promote skin healing and checking the surgical wound on her left leg.  After a couple of weeks we were able to sign her off. Her fur was re-growing, she was bright, happy, and her vocals were back to joyful singing.

Lily – A Chirstmas Star

Christmas Eve and Lily was booked to see a vet.  Lily’s owners thought she was looking much larger around her midline, but concerned she was actually losing weight as her back felt more bony. Their worry was not unfounded. Lily came cautiously into the consulting room, we were not her favourite people, and sure enough she had a big abdomen. Given Lily’s age, she could have a tumour or a womb infection. A radiograph of her abdomen showed a large mass. Christmas eve or not, Lily needed surgery. Her owners were keen to give her a chance, but fearing they might not see her again, there was a sad farewell.

Lily was given an intravenous drip to support her through her surgery. I opened her abdomen just a little, in case the tumour had been bleeding, thankfully all was dry. Opening further, we all stared at the enormous tumour. It didn’t look good but Lily’s owners gave permission to attempt removal of the growth. There did not appear to be spread to other organs. Gently, I worked around the mass, concerned it could burst and cause serious bleeding. It was difficult to balance the heavy object to avoid damaging other tissues. Finally, it could be removed and I placed it in a surgical bowl, which it filled. Now, to close Lily’s wound, all 18 inches of it! (lots of suture material, but as we were always told in training, wounds heal from side to side not lengthways).

Then, we waited to see how Lily would respond to such major surgery, her body could go into shock. Lily, however, was oblivious to all our fears. She awoke shortly after surgery and was quite settled, snuggled with her heat pad and vet bed. Within an hour she was up and about and took a few steps around the kennel room. I called her owners to reassure them of Lily’s recovery. We continued to monitor Lily, maintaining her fluid therapy for another few hours, she seemed quite happy. It was decided that she could go home for Christmas and so by that night her owners were wrapping her up and Lily was heading home. A new dog, with a lighter spirit and thinner waistline having lost 3kg in one afternoon!

Lily bounced back to the surgery a few days later and did actually seem happy to see me. She improved each time she came back to see us.  Thankfully, her tumour was benign and although we will continue to monitor her condition, her future is looking brighter all the time, what a star.


Our Star patient this week is a gorgeous, brave, little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel going by the name of Polar!!

Polar’s owners became concerned when she started leaking a horrible discharge from her back end. Thinking it was her anal glands, polar was taken to her groomers for an express. Luckily the groomers immediately picked up that this was indeed a different problem all together and recommended a trip to us to get her checked.

On examination it was clear that Polar was suffering from an infection in her uterus. Although she was well, eating and drinking normally, she had a infection within her uterus that could rupture and kill her. Polar’s uterus needed to be removed under general anaestic, a complicated operation in any patient, but even more dangerous for poor Polar. Unfortunately Polar suffers from a severe form of heart disease which requires her to take a number of medications to keep her stable. This makes any surgery on her under general anaesthetic very difficult.

The next day Polar underwent the surgery  and proved to everyone that she is a great fighter. There were a few anxious moments, but she came through the surgery and has gone on to make an excellent recovery!

Well done Polar, and all the vets and nurses that fought to get her through!

Hit and Run . . . . Over!

A very badly injured and cold Harley was brought into the clinic on Monday the 26th November after his owner found him huddled under a bush having been missing for 24 hours. Harley could hardly stand and had horrific wounds in many places and it was lucky that he had dragged himself home to find his owners.

In the clinic Harley was given painkillers, antibiotics and a warming bed to help stabilise his condition. After a through examination Harley was cleared of any chest or abdominal trauma so a light sedation could be given to asses the full extent of his injuries.  Harley’s right hip was dislocated and fractured and he had very deep wounds over his left ankle and right wrist joints. There were also multiple other grazes all over the body which led us to believe that the injuries must have been sustained by a road traffic accident.

The wounds were all clipped and cleaned and the dead tissue needed to be removed. Harley had lost a lot of the muscles and tendons around the wounds leaving the bones of the wrist and ankle open to the air. These were all gently bandaged to protect and encourage new tissue to cover over the areas. Harley then went home to recover from the awful accident and prepare himself for surgery later in the week.

A much brighter Harley came back to us later on that week and he was given an anaesthetic in order to have his dislocation and fracture repaired. Unfortunately for Harley this has meant having that hip joint removed, an operation called a Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy, as just replacing it would never leave Harley with a functioning joint. We were also able to do some minor suturing to his multiple wounds, which surprisingly looked much improved after even just a few days!

Harley is still on the road to recovery but his great nature and fantastic temperament is making treating him a joy. He’s always ready for his bandage changes and we have been able to remove one of the bandages and his stitches so he is doing great.

If Harley continues to do well then we hope to have Harley perfect for Christmas morning, the best Christmas present anyone could hope for!

Meet our new Star Patient  …. aptly named ‘Star’

Multiple mishaps for Star

Star was brought in to see the vet when she became unwell, her owner noticed that Star didn’t want to eat, her breathing had become fast and heavy and she had a high temperature. In order to ease her discomfort and reduce her temperature Star was given some injections and was instructed to have lots of rest.

Over the next few hours Star had shown no response to the medications given and had started to deteriorate. The vet requested that Star return to the surgery later that evening for another examination and further tests. Star was put onto a drip, to help rehydrate her and was given more drugs to help her feel better.

After abdominal x rays and an ultrasound scan it was confirmed Star was suffering from a condition known as Pyometra, a severe infection which affects entire female animals causing the womb to become filled with pus. In order to stop the infection and to make Star feel better she needed to have a general anaesthetic and an operation to remove her pus-filled womb.  As Star was so poorly this increased the risks involved with having a general anaesthetic, however, it was unlikely Star would survive without the operation.

The vet removed Star’s womb. During the operation the vet also noticed Stars stomach was swollen and bloated and she could feel an unknown object inside. The vet needed to remove the unknown object as she suspected this could be contributing to Star feeling so poorly. Leaving the objects inside could potentially cause a blockage in Star’s stomach or bowel making her very poorly.

The mystery unknown items turned out to be wooden sticks and rubber from a balloon.

Star recovered slowly but surely from the operation and gradually regained her strength and appetite, it was another 3 days of intensive care from the vets and nurse at Moy Farm before she could finally return home to her family and best friend Spike.

This week’s star patient is … Smudge!!!

Smudge had a lucky escape a few weeks ago when he came home dragging his front leg with a gin trap attached! Poor Smudge had got his 3 front toes caught in an awful metal trap but luckily managed to drag himself home. His owner immediately rushed him to the emergency vet who took x-rays. Unfortunately Smudge had fractured his 2 middle toes and more worryingly the soft tissues around the bones were severely crushed. The vets thought it was definately worth trying to save the leg so he was cleaned up and medicated and Smudges’ mum took excellent care of the wounds over the next few days.

Over the following few checkups it became apparent that the toes were not going to be saved and Smudge underwent surgery where he lost the 2 middle toes on his foot, but despite all the cleaning, bandaging and being kept indoors Smudge never once complained. He never fought or scratched and allowed us to do a lot of procedures that many cats would need to be sedated for.  He was definately a STAR patient and is now happily out and about tip toeing around the fields and, hopefully, staying well clear of any further traps!

This weeks’ Star Patient is . . . . . Jessie

It was a case of a ‘hot dog’ one evening last week when Jessie was bought in to the clinic by her very concerned owners. Jessie had been happily playing about in the park, chasing a ball when she suddenly sat down and started having trouble breathing. To her owners it sounded like she had something stuck down her throat so they rushed her into the clinic in the car.

When I saw Jessie she was in a very poor way, her gums looked blue and she was really struggling to breathe through her throat. Luckily I recognised the signs immediately and found her internal body temperature to be well above 40 degrees – a classic case of Heat stroke.

We immediately put her in a cold bath and flowed water over her for about 10 minutes until her breathing settled and she was able to stand. After another 15 minutes her body temperature had returned to normal and she was able to go home to a very relieved mum and dad.

Heat Stroke is a life threatening condition which can kill a dog in as little as 20 minutes. It occurs because the dog cannot lose body heat adequately, which they do mainly by panting. In most cases it is due to high environmental temperatures or from enclosed spaces like the inside of a car, however heavy exercising in dogs with a thick coat or some breeds can also result in an attack.  In Jessie’s case it was only a warm day but her owner had been throwing a ball and getting her excited and this, along with her ‘Staffie breed’ was enough to provoke heatstroke. Breeds like Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Pugs, Bulldogs and Shih Tzu’s are born with short noses and hence lots of soft tissue at the back of their throats (snorers!!) . These dogs have defective panting mechanisms which easily become overcome with heat and excitement so they are more prone to this condition. Obesity is also a factor.

You will recognise the signs of heat stroke from the way your dog will behave. Very quickly your pet will stop, be panting excessively and appear weak and wobbly. They may not respond to your commands and look distressed with their breathing. If at all possible the dog should be immediately cooled down with water bottles, shade, fans and even the hose pipe and shower. While you are doing this phone us for veterinary advice.

This very scary condition is so easily prevented by being aware of the conditions to avoid. So NEVER leave dogs in cars unattended and NEVER heavy-exercise your dog in the heat of the day – and for the dog breeds at risk, then be especially careful!!

This weeks’ Star Patient is  . . . . . Marmalade

Marmalade was bought into the clinic one Sunday afternoon after her owners found her in the garden under the shed. On examination it appeared that she had been involved in some sort of accident with a few scrapes and scratches and some shredded claws. She was also lame on her left hind leg.

After sedation and x-rays of her pelvis we discovered that Marmalade had dislocated her left hip. Cats with this injury have usually been involved in a high impact knock i.e. road traffic accident so Marmalade was lucky to escape with only that injury.

Unfortunately for Marmalade because all the ligaments and muscles have been damaged just replacing the hip is rarely successful and removing the ball portion of the joint is by far the most successful treatment.

This was done the next day and after 10 days of house rest Marmalade is back to full fighting strength – just as long as she stays away from the roads!!

Star Patient this week is …… Joey

Joey is a regular visitor to the clinic as he suffers from a painful arthritic condition of his elbows called elbow dysplasia. Over the years this has lead to severe changes to Joey’s elbows which causes his joints to swell and become painful and also restrict his movement. We have been managing Joey’s pain well with a range of drugs called nonsteroidal-antiinflammatory’s which help keep swelling of the joints down and give relief from the pain. However last week Joey’s condition seriously deteriorated and he became very uncomfortable, was off his food and could not move about.

After a difficult weekend trying to manage his pain Joey was admitted into the hospital for a series of tests and these revealed that Joey was suffering from severe hip Dysplasia as well as the elbow disease. This was a serious blow to an incredibly brave and happy dog who really just wants to run around and be normal. Disappointingly Joey now has no fully functioning limbs!

Despite the seriousness of the situation Joey still has a smile on his face and after a change to his medications has already started to show a good response.

Joeys hips and elbows will never get better completely but if we can control the pain and inflammation hopefully Joey will continue to be a truly HAPPY dog, with a truly HAPPY SMILE!!

Introducing Questa Evill our Star Patient

Beep Beep, Bang Bang!

You only take your eyes off them for a second and BANG…!!

For Questa and her owner it has been an awful week. Questa was involved in a Road Traffic Accident close to her home last week and arrived at the clinic pale, collapsed and bruised. At first she was given oxygen, intravenous fluids, and strong painkillers to treat the shock of the trauma. We could then undertake x-rays to assess what internal injuries Questa had received from the impact.

The x-rays showed that Questa had sustained a fracture to her pelvis and some bruising of the lungs but was otherwise ok. This type of fracture does not need surgery and healing of the bones will occur unassisted over the next 4-6 weeks. After a comfortable night in the clinic on strong painkillers and fluids Questa was able to go home with a very relieved owner!

This week Questa has shown a fantastic improvement and although still bruised and tender she is very happy and mobile again. After another few weeks in a cage to limit movement and allow healing Questa is sure to make a full recovery!

Questa is our Start Patient for her bravery in recovering from a nasty BANG!!

Questa’s recovery

Mrs Evill, Questa’s owner thought you all might like to see how Questa is now. These pictures were taken last week at Formby where she was running around like this for a good 3 hours along with her chums. Mrs Evill comments “I love the final one even though it is blurred as all her legs are off the ground. But as you can see she is completely recovered now – a very lucky dog and we owe you all a big thank you for  taking such good care of her.”

Meet Blue…

Recently Blue’s owner, Mrs Rehman, had to bring Blue in to see us as she had noticed him losing weight and hanging his head over his water bowl.

Blue’s blood and urine results indicated that he was suffering from diabetes. Although Blue’s owner was anxious at what was in store for her and Blue,

Mrs Rehman would have done anything to make him well again and realised that she was going to have to ‘just do it’!

Very quickly Mrs Rehman picked up the techniques of drawing up the insulin and injecting her much loved pet. Now she is confident and comfortable with the procedure and, much to her delight, Blue is responding and doesn’t appear at all worried about his ‘medicine’, especially when followed by his favourite part of the day – food!!

Although Blue has yet to be completely stabilised he is well on the way to a full recovery and will continue to enjoy many years with Mrs Rehman.

Many thanks to Mrs Rehman of Moss Side Catteries for letting us use Blue’s photos.

About diabetes

Diabetes is a relatively common disease in older people and is being recognised more frequently in older pets. If left untreated the disease has serious effects and ultimately will result in the death of your pet. The good news is that, in the majority of cases, the disease can be treated and, with commitment from the owner, the pet can live a normal happy life.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease caused by lack of insulin. Insulin is a hormone which keeps blood sugar at the right level. When there is no insulin, glucose levels rise in the blood and spill into the urine. This causes your pet to drink more water and to urinate more frequently.

What are the signs?

Owners will usually first notice that their pet is drinking and urinating a lot! Accidents overnight are a common finding and owners describe their pets as hanging their heads over the water bowl. They also seem to be hungry and eat well but are actually getting thinner, and some owners find that their older pet is just slowing down and seems very quiet.

Can we treat diabetes?

Diabetic pets require insulin to be given once or more usually twice a day by their owners. The insulin needs to be given by a small injection under the skin. Dogs and cats very rarely feel this injection so owners can learn quickly and become confident in their pets treatment.

How will I know if my pet is getting better?

After starting the insulin the pets drinking quickly reduces to a more normal level and hence there will be less urine produced. The pet becomes more active and his/her weight stabilizes. Although at the beginning we do have to see our diabetic patients quite a few times and blood tests will need to be taken to monitor your pets stabilization, regular checkups will eventually only be every 3 – 6 months where we check weight, demeanour and drinking levels.

How can I prevent this disease?

Unfortunately any dog or cat could develop this disease however there are some risk factors to consider. All entire female dogs should be speyed, both to prevent possible diabetes (older entire females are more at risk) but also for many other health benefits. Obese cats should be put on a supervised diet that our nurses can help you with.

As an owner of an older pet you need to be aware of the amount your pet is drinking and eating and also monitor its weight. These can all be checked during a routine appointment with myself where a urine and possibly blood sample can also be tested.

Andrea Westbourne BVSc, MRCVS

Introducing Willow Moss our Star Patient

This week we have chosen Willow to be our STAR patient!!

Willow was bought into the clinic this week by his owner Miss Moss who had noticed that he couldn’t use his back leg very well. Willow had been out and about as usual the night before but when he came home appeared to be very depressed and uncomfortable.

At the clinic we examined Willow and discovered that the pain was coming from his right hip. He also had some other little scrapes and bruises that could be the consequence of a high impact injury.

We decided to hospitalise Willow immediately for pain-relief and x-rays as this would give us a picture of what injuries Willow had.

The x-rays we took showed a very unusual fracture and dislocation of the hip joint. Fractures OR dislocations are a common injury following a road traffic accident or a high fall but it is not usual to get both in the same joint!! Willow really had a nasty injury!!

Luckily that was Willows only injury, apart from superficial bruising, and the operation to remove the fractured piece of the hip went very well with no complications.

Willow is now recovering at home with his Mum who is left wondering just what happened to Willow that night…..??

If only cats could talk !

Introducing Frankie Savage our STAR patient!!!

Frankie was involved in an unknown accident last weekend which left his right elbow severely dislocated. After repeated unsuccessful attempts to put the elbow back into place it wasdecided that Frankie’s only option was to amputate the limb. The surgery was performed on Monday afternoon and much to everyone’s joy Frankie was soon up and about and demanding his tea!

Frankies Dad , Mr Savage from Home Nook Kennels in Out Rawcliffe has been very pleased with his quick recovery and says he is learning to walk and climb again using just the one front leg.

He was been such a brave boy during this whole ordeal that we wanted to make little Frankie our ‘STAR PATIENT’ !!!

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