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Life-saving and heart-warming stories

Which itch?

Pretty Darina came to visit us recently, with a swollen paw and itching at the back of her neck. She suffers with a skin allergy known as eosinophilic dermatitis. Eosinophils are a type of white blood cell that increase in number when the body's immune response requires it. Sometimes the cat's body can be "tricked" into an eosinophilic reaction by benign substances such as dust or pollen. Allergies to airborne substances, foods, or fleas, combined with genetic predisposition in some cats, can result in an overreaction of the cat's eosinophils and subsequent damage to collagen (a component of the skin).

Darina is fed on a special Hills Prescription Diet to help with her skin complaints and she has anti-inflammatory steriod injections which makes her more comfortable. It just goes to show that itchy skin isn't always down to fleas!

If your pet is itching and you're unsure of why, please do book an appointment  on 0208 540 7275 with one of our vets- there is so much we can do to help.

Controlling the cortisol

Bella visited recently for a check up. She suffers from Cushing's Disease, a condition also seen in humans and caused by increased production of the stress hormone cortisol by the adrenal glands in response to the hormone ACTH, which is produced in the pituitary gland.

Most dogs with Cushing's Disease are aged over six but sometimes it occurs in younger dogs. Cortisol affects the function of many organs in the body, so the signs of Cushing's Disease can be varied. The most common include hair loss, increased appetite, and increased drinking and urination.

Bella stayed with us for the morning whilst she had her tests (and plenty of fuss from all of the nurses!) and she'll be back for regular chck ups.

We treat a wide range of conditions here at Wimbledon Vets, so if you have any concerns for your pet's health, do not give us a call on 0208 540 7275.

Cherry picking

Betsy's owners were concerned when they noticed her eye was red and irritable. They promptly brought her down to the surgery to see our vet, who diagnosed her with the condition called Cherry Eye. Cherry Eye in dogs is moe technically referred to as the prolapse, or eversion of the gland of the nictating membrane. This is a condition where part of a dogs eye flips over and bulges out from the lower inside corner.

As a result, the dog will develop a red mass protuding from its eye. The mass remains in place until the condition is corrected, and will appear as if the dog has a "Cherry" sticking out of its eye (which is why most people refer to the condition as "Cherry Eye".

Betsy underwent an operation to correct this and has recovered really well. This condition is particularly common in young dogs, especially breeds such as Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, English Bulldogs, Shih Tzu's, West Highland Terriers, Pugs, Bloodhounds, Amercian Cocker Spaniels and Boston Terriers. Cherry eye is rare in cats.

If you're concerned about your pets eyes, you must immediately call one of our members of staff to book a appointment on 0208 540 7275.

Boots in a spot of bother

Life saving surgery was performed recently on this brave boy Boots, by our very talented Vet Vivian. When we performed an x-ray, a conker was clearly visible and so the team immediately set about locating and removing it. Amanda and Susie assisted with the procedure, which involved removing the conker from its resting place at the very top of the intestine, just beyond the stomach sphincter muscle.

It was very tricky surgery, but we are over the moon to report that Boots is doing extremely well. We sincerely hope there will be no more eating conkers for him in future!

Emergency surgery for Nusha

Nusha needed to have an emergency ovariohystarectomy (spay) recently, after being diagnosed with a pyometra. Luckily Nushas' owner booked an appointment to see the vet as soon as she noticed the abnormal discharge.

Symptoms of pyometra may include:

  • discharge
  • abdominal discomfort
  • lethargy
  • lack of appetite

Pyometra is a severe infection that causes the uterus to fill with pus, and in the most serious cases it may even burst. Therefore it is imperative that you contact the vet immediately if you suspect that your pet might have a pyometra, on 0208 540 7275.  Luckily for Nusha she is recovering well and we wish her all the best.

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