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Interesting Cases 

Rat Attack on Tortoise

Webster the tortoise was brought into the surgery after being left in the garden overnight during the hot summer period. Unfortunately he was attacked by a rat or rats and there was nothing he could do but pull his head into his shell. Sadly for Webster the rats were still able to chew his front legs down to the bone. 

He was admitted and started on injections of antibiotics and two types of pain relief. We then anaesthetised him and put him on a ventilator as reptiles do not have a diaphragm and need to be ventilated whilst under general anaesthetic. His wounds were thoroughly flushed with saline, debrided and repaired by our vet, Daniela. 

His post-anaesthesia recovery went well and we kept him in for two weeks for daily wound care and continued oral antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. Following a few more check ups and removal of the stitches, we are happy to say that Webster made a full recovery.

He was an absolute delight to look after and had a great personality. We were all sad to see him leave our care but happy he was able to return home in a good state. 

Please do not leave your tortoises out in the garden overnight.

Overgrown Teeth

This lovely guinea pig came in to see us recently. His owners were very concerned as he had stopped eating.

Much like rabbits, guinea pig's teeth continue to grow throughout their lives and they can stop eating due to dental problems.

If you are feeding your pet the correct diet they are much less likely to suffer dental issues. Guinea pig and rabbit teeth are continually being worn down as they gnaw and chew on their food so they can get the best out the food they eat.

Guinea Pigs should have constant access (day and night) to good quality hay and grass. They should be fed specific guinea pig nuggets as they require extra vitamin C in their diet. We suggest feeding nuggets over a mix so they don’t selectively feed and always feed the amount as suggested on the packaging. They should also be given a daily selection of fresh vegetables, plants and small amounts of fruit (due to the sugar levels). Always check which of these ‘greens’ they are allowed.

Here are the before and after pictures.



Why you should NEVER throw a stick for your dog...

One of our clients innocently threw this stick for her dog, it stuck in the mud and the dog rushed onto it and perforated the back of it's mouth! The owner agreed to share this with everyone so that we can hopefully prevent this happening to someone else's beautiful furry friend!

Luckily, Elsa is recovering well.


Please remember never to throw sticks for your dogs. You can now purchase rubber sticks that are just as much fun!


Bladder Stones

These stones (that's not all of them!!) were removed from the Bladder of a miniature Poodle called Dusty. Dusty was initially x-rayed which showed a large volume of stones (over 30) in her bladder. Dusty was given a full anaesthetic and a Cystotomy was performed by our vet, Alex Torrance, to remove all the stones. She has since made a quick and full recovery and is like a new dog!!

Bladder Stones

Treatment of Cushings Disease

These are the before and after pictures of a dog who is being treated for Cushings Disease. Following diagnosis it shows how successful the treatment has been.



Crystal - one very lucky cat!

Crystal came into us over one weekend in February she had been doing as cats do and been exploring a neighbour's garden when she tried to come back home over the fence. The dog that belonged there tried to pull her back in by her back legs causing severe wounds.

As an emergency these wounds to both hind legs were initially cleaned, sutured and bandaged. These dressings were changed twice daily, by the fifth day Crystal’s feet were swelling dramatically and blood supply to her feet was being severely compromised and the risk of losing her right hind was now very high.

Using the old traditional method of applying leeches to her feet to feed on her blood allowed the swelling to decrease and increase blood supply back to her feet. We did this for 5 days using up to 7 leeches at a time until her feet were back to a stage where we could treat the wounds again. Due to the large area that was affected and the lack of skin in the area, the only way we had any hope of closing the wound was to use a skin graft. During a 3 hour surgical procedure a large section of skin was grafted from Crystal’s side and then carefully reattached onto her left leg. This was then bandaged for several days until we were confident that the new skin had reattached well.

Seventeen days after the graft the stitches were removed and Crystal had her first experience of using her leg without bandages for a month, she found this strange at first but she is now making excellent progress and we all hope that she will be back to her normal self in no time, although I think her exploring days are now over.














Hair ball in Cat's Stomach

The photograph shows the removal of the hair ball (brown bit). This cat presented with vomiting. She was eating well. Further investigations revealed a distended stomach and exploratory surgery revealed a distended stomach with an extremely large hairball inside it. She made an uneventful recovery after the surgery.

Hair Ball

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