As soon as our animal hospital flings opens its doors, vets have the first emergency case of the day on their hands. Little Tinkerbell has been retching, licking walls and is off her food – her owner is understandably concerned, fearing that the white chihuahua cross jack russell has something stuck in her throat. On checking her over, our veterinary nurses can't see any obvious signs of a foreign body, so once seen by one of our clinic vets, the one-year-old dog is admitted as a day case so we can investigate.
Meanwhile, a steady stream of patients flow through our clinic doors, from cats needing routine check-ups to dogs with injured legs.
Up in the day wards, the team is getting our pets ready for their procedures. Alongside Tinkerbell’s kennel is Frank the seven-month-old bulldog, who is suffering from cherry eye – a condition inherited in his breed. The problem, caused when the gland in a dog’s third eyelid becomes swollen, is one we’re sadly seeing more and more at our hospitals. He’s taken up to the operating theatre first for his surgery.
For 11-year-old greyhound Holly Potato, it’s been a difficult week. When the sight hound started slipping over at home seven days ago, owners Emma Sheppard and Gareth Dobson knew something serious was wrong and rushed her to our animal hospital for emergency care. She had suffered a stroke. We nursed her around the clock for two days before she headed home to rest, and she’s now back for a check-up.
Although she is still a bit unsteady and has lost vision in one eye, our vet is happy with her progress. She’ll need to keep taking medication to treat high blood pressure, but the outlook is good for this resilient girl.
(Below: Tinkerbell waits to be seen)