We have some amazing stories for you all to enjoy. Our dedicated teams have spent so much time with their constant care and attention to all the wonderful pets that come through our surgery doors.
Whether the stories have been life-saving, have touched us with their wonderful blend of bravery, or the pet themselves showing us their fantastically unique characters..
Taking care of tortoises too!
We’ve recently had quite an unusual patient staying with us – Zak the tortoise. Zak was brought in to Mayow Veterinary Surgery because he had loose stools and was not eating. He was admitted for observation as Tony the vet thought that it might be due to a mite infestation. In order to encourage him to eat, the nursing team syringe-fed Zak, which he took very well to.
We did some faecal testing but found no parasites, so we began bathing Zak twice a day in lukewarm water to help him rehydrate. Before long we were able to discharge Zak as his stool quality had improved and he was taking syringe feeding really well.
He is now back at home, where his owners are keeping a close eye on him, and we hope his condition continues to improve.
Archie, was bought into us with very sore ears. His owners had noticed that he became uncomfortable when anyone touched his ears so he was admitted for an examination under sedation to find out what the problem was.
We were able to remove this very carefully before cleaning the ears thoroughly to rule out any other issues. Archie went home feeling much better, bless him!
Meet Oscar – living successfully with diabetes
Oscar came to see us at Mayow Vets recently for a blood glucose check, as he is diabetic and is currently on insulin twice a day. Diabetes is relatively common in older pets and can be managed successfully. However if left untreated, the disease does have serious implications; potentially leading to liver disease, problems walking, vomiting and depression.
Diet plays a key role in the management of diabetes, and regular checks with the vet are very important to make sure that your animal is receiving the correct dose of insulin. Animals with diabetes have high blood sugar levels and lose sugar in their urine. They are more thirsty than normal and often lose weight, despite having a good appetite. If you suspect that your pet may be showing signs of diabetes, please contact us to arrange an appointment.
We are pleased to report that Oscar’s insulin level is stable, so he will stay on the same dose until his next monthly check up.
Blue-eye’s name is very apt, thanks to a condition called Heterochromia iridum. In most cases this genetic trait is not harmful to the pet, simply giving each animal a very unique and memorable look. Heterochromia occurs when melanin is not distributed equally between both irises. Melanin is responsible for the colour pigment in an animal’s skin, fur and eyes. Many animals have blue eyes when they are babies, and as they grow older melanin causes natural changes in the irises. Heterochromia can develop at this stage.
Certain cat breeds are more prone to heterochromia, such as the Turkish Van and Angora, whilst dog breeds such as the Australian Shepard, Dalmatian, Catahoula Leopard Dog, and Husky are also very commonly found with different coloured eyes. White cats and dogs lack melanin (causing their fur to be white) and so they are more likely to have different coloured eyes. In most cases, one eye will be blue and the other will be green – the blue eye is the one that is lacking the melanin.
Regardless of the science behind it all, we think ol’ Blue-eye looks amazing!