Hydrotherapy unit opens at Clayton Le Dale

Hydrotherapy is increasingly important in the field of animal, as well as human, rehabilitation. My Vet Hydro, a brand new hydrotherapy facility run by hydrotherapist Amy Shorrock has opened on the Clayton Le Dale hospital site. The purpose built unit houses a pool, treadmill and physiotherapy room in a bright and airy environment.

Hydrotherapy helps dogs (and occasionally cats) recovering from surgery and those with osteoarthritis as well as offering a fun activity for dogs needing a little more exercise for weight management.

For a chat about the facilities and the services on offer call Amy on 01254 814884. Alternatively visit the My Vet Hydro web site on www.myvethydro.co.ukmaizey treadmill front

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Emergency surgery saved Archie’s life

Emergency surgery saved Archie’s life

Archie, a 4 year old Labrador, came to the Clayton Le Dale Veterinary Hospital as an emergency on the 19th May. He had gone off his food and had been vomiting every 30 minutes for more than 6 hours.

He was weak, extremely feverish (his temperature was almost 420C) and he had a very painful abdomen. He could barely walk a few steps without wanting to lie down. A blood test showed very high liver enzymes and white blood cells. He was given strong pain relief and underwent an ultrasound scan of his abdomen; particularly focusing on his liver.

Archie had a peritonitis; a large amount of infected fluid around his internal organs which is an extremely painful condition.  Unfortunately for Archie, it appeared his gall bladder had burst open and so he was rushed into surgery. Surgery confirmed his gall bladder was full of gall stones, and had indeed ruptured causing a bile peritonitis, which is fatal if not caught in time. His gall bladder was surgically removed with part of his liver, as this was also very infected and damaged. The infected material in his abdomen was flushed out, and a drain was placed into his abdomen to clear his peritonitis. He remained in hospital for a few days until he started eating on his own. He was then sent home to recover and be looked after by his lovely family, including his brother Mac.

Archie has since been back to see the vet for his post operative checks and repeat blood tests and we are absolutely delighted to report that he is doing really well. He is back to playing (and more importantly eating) happily with his brother.

Archie’s condition would have been fatal without rapid intervention. He was extremely brave the whole way through his time with us, and has been the most perfectly handsome inpatient and a pleasure to look after. We are all so pleased he has recovered and can’t wait to hear how he continues to do well, gall bladder or no gall bladder!

Why did Archie get this? Could it have been prevented?

The gall bladder is an organ found next to a dog’s liver. Within the gall bladder is bile, a product which is normally released into the intestine to help breakdown fats. Gall bladder disease is not particularly common in dogs, especially in young dogs. It can be associated with underlying diseases such as an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) or an excessive steroid hormone production (Cushings disease) but Archie did not have these problems. Archie did have gall bladder stones (gallstones) which we think caused an obstruction leading to its rupture. However gall stones do not always cause a problem and a lot of dogs will have them and be absolutely fine. There is nothing particular the owner could have done to prevent this. If you would like any more information on gall stones, please speak to one of our vets who will be happy to discuss with you.

The Myerscough Vet Team.

Photograph explanation

Top left – black area is fluid (the fatal bile peritonitis) surrounding the liver lobes
Top right – infected gall bladder with gall stones
Bottom left – the gall bladder with a hole in it and the gall stones
Bottom right – Archie feeling better after surgery

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Veterinary Hospital Status for Clayton Le Dale centre

Pet owners are often surprised to learn that there is no mandatory inspection process for Veterinary Practices in the UK. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons offers a rigorous inspection and accreditation scheme but participation is optional. Using a RCVS accredited practice (see www.rcvs.org.uk) offers pet owners reassurance that the practice meets the standards set. The highest level of accreditation – Veterinary Hospital status – is only available to surgeries offering 24 hour care with qualified staff on site around the clock. Practices must also be equipped with a wide range of diagnostic and clinical equipment, have standby power generation and demonstrate processes that ensure clinical outcomes are monitored and reviewed.

The Myerscough Veterinary Group centre on the A59 at Clayton Le Dale has recently been visited by the RCVS inspector and has been awarded Hospital status. The inspector commented “I noted that the organisational structure in your practice is impressive. You have a well developed system to monitor performance and implement change according to results. Different staff members know their role and are motivated and enthusiastic. There is commendable attention to practical detail. Your hard work has produced a practice of which you should be proud”.

It is an exciting time for the centre which will now be called a Veterinary Hospital. In addition to the wide range of equipment at the site, 24 hour cover by practice vets with two vets on duty at all times and staff on site around the clock, the centre will shortly be receiving a brand new CT scanner, one of the first developed specifically for use with animals. The scanner will be used during the working day and out of hours and will be available to all pet owners in the area. In the past, pet owners have had to travel some distance for a CT scan which can diagnose tumours, skeletal problems and other problems. Later in 2016 the centre will also be opening a rehabilitation unit with hydrotherapy to help dogs to recover after surgery.

All other surgeries in the group have been accredited to RCVS core standards. The inspector was impressed with all locations and commented in his report” The practices were efficiently and well organised with high standards of decoration and cleanliness throughout. Staff were very knowledgeable and all took pride in the underlying ethos of the group and the way they presented themselves to their clients “.

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The Big Tick Project is here to help you and your pet!

The Big Tick Project is here to help you and your pet!

You may have heard about the launch of the Big Tick Project by TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham in conjunction with Bristol University. The project aims to investigate the risk to dogs and humans from tick-borne diseases such as Lyme Disease. Vets and owners are encouraged to regularly check dogs for ticks. If you find a tick on your dog – let us know!

Any ticks found on dogs can be carefully removed by one of our vets and sent to Bristol University for further analysis. If your dog helps with this ground-breaking research, they will receive a Big Tick Project Certificate.

We want to help your dog avoid picking up ticks in the first place. There are lots of easy options including spot-on treatments, sprays, collars and a very convenient tablet that gives three months of protection. Speak to one of our team for more information on the best option for your dog. We can also supply tick removers to help you to safely remove any ticks found on your pet.

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