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⭐Photo Competition Winners

Thank you to all those who sent us some amazing photographs of all creatures great and small. Here are the two winners – congratulations.


We couldn’t believe what we found up this labrador Blue’s nose this morning.

The owner brought him in having pulled a piece of grass out of the dog’s left nostril a couple of days ago. Blue had still been sneezing very often since then and so we thought that there still could be something stuck in his nasal cavity.

He was anaesthetised and we used a very small scope to look up the left nostril. But there was nothing! We then looked up the right nostril and it was clear there was something wrong. There was a lot of discharge and redness present.

Using tiny forceps through the scope, we were able to grasp the end of a 6.5 cm stick and gently remove it. A lucky dog!!


Meet Zorro

Zorro was an unusual case initially but one day came into the surgery with severe difficulty breathing. He was putting a lot of effort into getting air in and out of his lungs and was rushed in for further investigation.

He was put on intravenous fluids and we started investigations by taking radiographs of his chest. Air looks black on x-rays, and soft tissue, fat, bones and fluid look white (radio-opaque). As you can see from the first x-ray, there was hardly any air in Zorro’s chest. At this point, Zorro went into respiratory arrest (stopped breathing) and we tried very hard to stabilise and save him.

His chest was clipped and prepared aseptically and fluid drained from within his thorax (thoracocentesis). There was an enormous 4 litres within his chest which as you can appreciate was putting an enormous amount of pressure on the heart and lungs! The second chest x-ray shows clearly how the fluid has gone and air is able to get to the lungs again (all the black areas to the right and above the heart).

The fluid aspirated from his chest was septic in nature and is termed a pyothorax. This is a fairly rare but life threatening condition with a variety of causes.

Fortunately, without the pressure of all the fluid on his chest we were able to revive him and stabilise his condition. We are so pleased to report that he has since made a great recovery and is currently doing really well!


Always lovely to see a happy ending.

These three little kittens were born by caesarean section two weeks ago. The mother queen wanted nothing to do with the whole process and so the dedicated family have been hand rearing these kittens, feeding every 2 hours!

What a success!!


 Grass Seeds!!

This little cocker spaniel puppy came in today because his owners said that he had spent most of the morning sneezing relentlessly.

There was no discharge from his nose and he was still very bright in himself but kept sneezing.
We anaesthetised him and looked up his nostril with our oroscope and found this grass seed photographed, lodged inbetween the folds inside his nose. Luckily with tiny forceps we were able to remove the seed successfully.

The seed was 5cm in length!!


Meet ‘Boris’. He came to us as a young puppy at 8 weeks old, only a couple days after he was collected from the breeder by his new owners.
He quickly became very ill; not eating, vomiting, significantly lethargic and passing severe diarrhoea. Boris had Canine Parvovirus.

Canine Parvovirus (CPV) is a highly infectious and often fatal disease of dogs whereby the virus attacks the intestines leaving the animal unable to absorb any nutrients at all. Those affected become very weak, dehydrated and unfortunately this disease can often lead to death.

There is no specific drug to kill CPV and so treatment is largely based upon supportive therapy – nutrition, fluids and very strict intensive nursing.

Young puppies and unvaccinated dogs are most at risk of contracting this disease. But CPV is completely preventable by vaccination. The vaccination for CPV is covered in the standard vaccine that we use for puppies and adult dogs.

Fortunately ‘Boris’ made a full recovery after some time spent with us, and as you can see, has grown into a lovely happy dog.