George Maine Cooney!
Meet big handsome three year old Maine Coon George Cooney, trying to be held by his surgeon Gabriella!!
Our Streatham Hill Vets team discovered a big mass in George’s abdomen. Radiographic and ultrasound studies revealed that the mass was within his stomach.
Our skilled veterinary surgeon Gabriella performed an exploratory laparotomy today and discovered that the mass was a big phytobezoar – this is a mass of indigestible plant material that can form in the gastrointestinal system, most commonly the stomach. This ball of plants cannot pass through narrow openings in the digestive tract and got stuck.
As you can see from the pictures the mass had become so big that was filling all of George’s stomach. This is highlighted in yellow.
Gabriella removed the enormous mass – see photo – and George woke up from the anaesthetic feeling much better and we all hope he has learnt his lesson and will stop eating all those plants.
We look forward to seeing George for his post-op checks and wish him a speedy recovery.
Be alert to the grass season
Grass seed season is well and truly upon us! The lovely Jessy was brought in our Streatham Hill surgery because her owner suspected something was not right with her ear. When one of our Vets had a look into Jessy’s ear with an otoscope, (an instrument used to look down the ear canal), he could see a grass seed. Poor Jessy, thank goodness her owners brought her in today. Jessy had a sedation and the grass seed was removed and antibiotic ear drops were prescribed to prevent infection. She has recovered very well and has been getting lots of cuddles and love from all the nurses.
Grass seeds are quite common at this time of year. They can be very painful and signs to look out for are head shaking, whimpering, pawing at ears. Grass seeds can also puncture the skin between the toes and track up a dogs paw. Signs to look out for are licking of the paw and discomfort.
If you would like any advice regarding grass seeds and what to look out for, give us a call on 020 8674 3525 and we will be happy to help.
Blocked bladder emergency
Meet Ele the striking Cornish Rex 🐱 Ele was rushed into our Streatham Hill Surgery as he had a blocked bladder. Blocked bladders are most common in male cats are life threatening. Usually the blockage is due to stones, crystals or mucous. The build up of toxins from the urine that has no way out can cause kidney failure so we must act immediately. To do this our vets inserted a urinary catheter and flushed to release the block. This was then left in place for a few days to make sure it does not re-block.
Signs to look out for with your cats would be straining to urinate, cloudy or bloody urine or constant licking of the area. After we monitored Ele’s toileting and took repeat blood tests, our vets were happy to send him home.
We were sad to see him leave, he is such a sweet little boy that we couldn’t get enough of 💕
Stanley the Shar Pei
This lovable young man is Stanley. Stanley has a condition called entropion on both his eye lids. This is when the eyelids are folded inwards causing the eyelashes to rub against the eye. This as you can imagine would be very uncomfortable and results in inflammation of the eye.
In some breeds such as Shar Pei this is a common genetic condition. To correct this, careful plastic surgery is required to remove part of the eyelid and re-position it to its normal shape. Our skilled surgeon Gabriella peformed this intricate surgery at Streatham Hill Vets and it was a huge success.
We hope Stanley is feeling better and much more comfortable.