Tilly The Superstar! 🌟😻
A couple of weeks ago, a beautiful cat named Tilly came to our Streatham Hill Veterinary Surgery to have stones removed from her kidney.
Cat’s kidneys are about 4-6 cm in size. The stone that was found in Tilly’s kidney was a whooping 8 mm. It was a very intricate and difficult surgery, but our highly experienced veterinarian surgeon Gabriella used special magnifying surgical glasses and she successfully removed the stones.
Before Tilly’s surgery, her kidneys were enlarged, she was not eating and the stone was causing a blockage in her ureter. Cats ureters are extremely small, 1 mm in diameter. However, before her surgery, her ureter measured 5 mm due to the blockage.
Tilly came back this week for a check up and ultrasound to check if her kidneys were functioning well! She has made a remarkable recovery, especially as her chances of surviving the surgery were very low. We are very happy that Tilly has reunited with her owner and she will be getting back to normal in no time!
A Megaesophagus Case
Fabulous Rony was brought in by his owner for some x-rays as he has been limping for a while, he has also been vomiting on and off so our vet Viraf decided to take some chest x-rays as well.
The first lot of x-rays confirm that Rony has arthritis and will be treated accordingly however the chest x-rays revealed that Rony has a Megaoesopagus which is a rare and unusual condition.
Megaoesophagus is a generalized enlargement of the oesophagus — a muscular tube connecting the throat to the stomach — with a decreased to absent motility. Oesophageal motility is required for moving food and liquid down to the stomach. This of course explains why Rony keeps vomiting. The treatment depends on the course but usually involves managing the condition by feeding at a height.
Rony will come back in a few days for further tests to find out why he has this condition and to find a suitable treatment for him.
An Ear Inflammation
Our beautiful VIP Archie was in to have his fluffy ears checked, as he’s been having some discomfort and scratching them often 😢Because of the pain, he would not allow anyone to touch his ears, but we managed to apply special antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops 🙌🏼
The course will be repeated in a week, and should hopefully ease Archie’s discomfort and allow us to do a thorough ear check to ensure the inflammation is gone 😄
Ear infections are a very common problem in domestic animals. The ear can be a good environment for bacteria and fungi to grow. Some of them live naturally in the ear and can grow in number if the ears are not cleaned often, and other can get there externally (for example if a dog swims in dirty water).
It’s important to clean our dog’s ears from time to time, to remove the excess wax. For that there are several products like ear wipes and ear cleaning solutions. 🐶
When the bacteria or fungi grow in number, they will cause harm to the ear and our dog will feel itch and pain, scratching his ear all the time, shaking the head and sometimes tilting it to one side. Any of these signs should make clients call us for an appointment. Also it is important to do this since puppies so that dogs are used to this and not fear it.
The treatment of ear infections is usually topic, with drops and ointments that act locally, although sometimes the vet will give need to give and injection to reduce inflammation or antibiotic to fight an infection. If you are worried about a possible ear infection, then give our surgeries a call!
What Is Lungworm And How To Prevent It…
Here is Bridget with the very brave Jolly. 🤗
She has been diagnosed with Lungworm which is a very serious infection spread by snails and foxes. It is highly prevalent in south London and can cause pneumonia, vomiting, diarrhoea and bleeding problems. In some instances it can cause fits, strokes and can be fatal. 🤒🥺
Lungworm can be easily prevented with the use of medications such as Advocate spot on. This is included on our very popular VIP healthcare plan👌
We will be treating Jolly with medication and we wish her a speedy recovery! 😊
Is Max Suffering From Feline Hypertension?
This golden oldie is Max who had his blood pressure checked with our nurse Lizzy, and student nurse Ellen provided cuddles & support for Max during the procedure.
Feline hypertension is quite commonly seen in overweight cats or in cats over 8 years old. Usually, owners are unaware of the issue and hypertension goes undiagnosed in most cases. There are some symptoms that you can look out for, such as problems with vision, seizures and fainting episodes.
Checking blood pressure is a non invasive procedure which gives a good indication of your pets blood flow and kidney function. There are various ways of checking blood pressure and the method shown here is the most accurate technique although does take the most time.
Max was very good for this procedure and we are pleased to report his blood pressure was in normal range ❤
Dehydration? Fluids Are The Answer!
Gorgeous Isabella came to us feeling poorly with a dickie tummy! A morning of fluids and medications has already perked her up and she now needs a buster collar to stop her chewing her intravenous drip out! Fluids are delivered directly into the bloodstream via a vein in her front leg which is the quickest method of correcting dehydration 🐶💕🐶💕
Ferris’ Polyp Surgery
Ferris came along to see us as his owner had noticed he was having trouble breathing. 🏥
Ferris was administered a general anaesthetic and Max discovered Ferris had a growth obstructing his airway. 💨
Max was able to surgically remove the obstruction (likely a nasopharyngeal polyp) allowing Ferris to breath easily again. 📈
The tissue will be sent for histopathology 🔬 and Ferris will be back in a few days for a follow up check.
An Egyptian Pharaoh 🐈
This glorious cat is Toots! 😻 His owner named this gorgeous boy after the Egyptian pharaoh ‘Tutankhamun’💎👑
Toots has been in to see us a couple of times for having a constant nasty cough. ☹️ He came in this week to have a Respiratory panel done which will test for viruses, herpes and feline flu.
Fingers crossed soon we will stop Toots cough and he can start living like the Egyptian pharaoh he is. 🏺💎❤️
How To Spot Pancreatitis
This gorgeous terrier is Freddie, who has been staying with us the last few days, due to him having Pancreatitis.
This is a painful condition caused by the Pancreas becoming inflamed and requires supportive treatment (including fluids and pain relief) plus lots of TLC from all of the staff. Here is Freddie pictured today at his check up appointment and we are pleased to report he is doing much better and back to his normal self ☺️❤️🐾
The main clinical signs of Pancreatitis include lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain (usually dogs will adopt a praying position) and also they can become lethargic.
Leo The Stunning Lionhead 🐰
Poor Leo has some nasty wounds around his lower abdomen and genital area that needed to be surgically closed.
Our surgeon Mark preformed this intricate surgery and put Leo on a strong course of antibiotics. We hope cuddly Leo feels better quickly 💗
Elsa Behind The Bars
This is the gorgeous 6 month old Elsa full of energy, she came in for a wormer and check up. Unfortunately, while her owner, Elsa ran into a baby gate that’s there to stop her from escaping and got her head stuck in between the bars.
Luckily her owner was there to calm her down and call to a neighbour for help to pull the bars apart, luckily Elsa was fine. We know gates are really helpful with excitable dog but we highly recommend mesh pet gates as they are much more pet friendly⭐️
An Entropian Surgery
Doris came in to have an entropian surgery with us on Friday. Entropian is a condition where the eyelids are rolled inward against the eyeball causing a lot of irritation and pain for the animal suffering.
Luckily Peter was able to diagnose Doris and we got her booked in for the procedure. She is such a beautiful friendly girl and we love having her visit the practice at anytime but having her with us for the whole day was even better. She will now be having regular check ups to ensure her eyes are healing well 😍