Issue: Torn Cranial Cruciate Ligaments
Breed: Husky Samoyed
Age: 5 Years
Dr Alistair visited Winston after a jump from a car boot left him limping. After a comfortable consultation at home, Winston was diagnosed with suspected torn Cranial Cruciate Ligaments (CCLs) in both stifles. Vets on Call quickly arranged an x-ray for that afternoon and Winston was scheduled for specialist Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery 2 days later.
TPLO re-engineers the knee to eliminate the need for the CCL ligament and return stability to the joint. This method is so effective that in most cases, dogs are weight- bearing the next day!
We're happy to report that Winston is making a successful recovery after his second TPLO surgery.
Issue: Feline idiopathic cystitis
Breed: Domestic Shorthair
Age: 6 years
Mango moved to a new house with his human family 5 days before he started showing signs of a urinary issue, including such as: bloody urine, straining to urinate and urinating in unusual places. The symptoms above could be from any cause: bladder tumor, UTI (urinary tract infection), bladder stone, etc. so our vet decided to send a urine sample to the laboratory for comprehensive urinalysis. Luckily for Mango’s urinalysis didn’t show any crystals or bacterias so Mango was diagnosed with feline idiopathic cystitis. Cats with FIC appear to have a highly sensitive stress response system and environmental events can precipitate FIC. After 5 days of treatment Mango is feeling much better. His owners are aware of potential risks of urinary obstruction so they do everything they can to reduce the risk.
Issue: Degenerative Myelopathy
Breed: Great Dane
Age: 11 Years
Ruby’s owner booked a home consultation when he noticed she had less energy during walks. After two blocks, Ruby would start dragging her feet and had started to drink more water following walks. Following a full examination which didn’t raise any concerns for spine or hip issues, Ruby was diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy. Ruby is trialling a course of medication and is showing signs of improvement.
During a re-check a week later, Ruby was also treated for a skin irritation. Ageing pets have changing needs; identifying and treating new issues is an essential part of supporting your pet as they get older.
Issue: Cat fight scratches
Breed: Domestic Shorthair
Age: 10 years
Alice is an indoor/ outdoor cat and recently she was in a fight with a cat from her neighbourhood. Her owner quickly contacted us to be sure that Alice was fine. A Vets on Call vet came for the consultation a few hours later. Alice was diagnosed with a few scratches on her back- hair was clipped and the area was cleaned with chlorhexidine and copious amounts of saline. Alice had to stay for a few days at home.
Issue: Atopic Dermatitis
Breed: American/English Staffy
Age: 4.5 Years
Dr Alistair visited Archie at home when he was suffering with itchy skin after laying in the grass. Although Archie isn't a fan of the vet clinic, he had no problem with Dr Alistair at home! The vet identified erythema on Archie's belly diagnosed Archie with Atopic Dermatitis. Archie was prescribed medication which arrived at Archie's home the very next day.
Archie's itching has since subsided and he's back to his usual self!
Issue: Scratch in the eye by a cat
Breed: Golden Retriever
Age: 16 wks old
Enzo is a 16 wks old puppy who got scratched in the eye by a cat in the late afternoon. Our vet diagnosed two small scratches in the left eye that took up fluorescein stain. He also diagnosed uveitis. Enzo was wearing an E-collar for 2 wks, on top of that he was on oral and topical medication. Vets on Call organised a follow up with eye specialist the next day after the initial consultation to be sure that Enzo’s scratch is healing well and he doesn’t need any extra treatment.
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