Old Cats and their Kidneys

tortie-persianWhen they get old, many cats start to develop kidney disease. In some cases it is mild and does not cause significant problems, but in others it can be serious and really affect their quality of life. Chronic renal insufficiency can also be known as Chronic Kidney Disease, or CKD. It occurs when there is long-standing, irreversible damage to the kidneys. This is often a wear-and tear type of disease process but can also be as a result of other diseases such as infections.

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Fireworks and Pets

fireworks80% of us have owned a pet that has been scared of fireworks. Many pets are scared of the loud noises and bangs which seem to happen for weeks and weeks at this time of year.

My dog sits and trembles for hours whilst trying to hide under the sofa. Dilated pupils, house soiling, drooling, trying to run away and refusing to eat are other common signs seen in both cats and dogs.

If we don’t address these fears in a timely and correct manner, they may develop into a more serious phobia, which is harder to manage. Continue Reading

Big Bear Award – Wilf

wilf the irish wolfhound

Wilf’s Story

70+ kg of Irish Wolfhound collapsed in a back-garden sounded like an emergency that could not wait. Donna had to finish scaling and polishing another dog’s teeth whilst Ian and Eileen rushed over and found Wilf sprawled out and looking very poorly indeed. He had a distended abdomen, was trying to vomit, had pale gums and a very fast and weak pulse. These were the signs of a Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (also known as GDV or Bloat). This really was a life threatening situation and every minute until we could get him back to the vet’s was vital. Somehow he was picked up and driven back to the clinic where treatment was started. Continue Reading

Jess’s Story (A Keyhole Success!)

jess-keyhole-storyJess, a 12 week Welsh Springer Spaniel, was found to have been born with severe abnormalities of one of the kidneys and her urinary tract since birth. She has a ectopic ureter. This tube, which carries urine from the kidney to the bladder, was connected to the wrong part of the urinary tract. Jess also needed her kidney removed at the same time as it had not formed properly. Continue Reading

What is Laparoscopy?

keyhole-surgery-in-actionLaparoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure for viewing the internal structures of the abdomen. Laparoscopic surgey is sometimes called “key hole surgery” or “minimal invasive surgery”.

A special surgical instrument, known as a laparoscope (camera), is inserted through a small incision in the abdomen. This lights up and magnifies the structures inside the abdomen on a TV screen for a more detailed examination. Additional small cuts are made to aid the use of surgical instruments. The most common application of laparoscopy is biopsy of internal organs. Within the last few years however, laparoscopy has been used a lot more as a less traumatic and less painful alternative to traditional bitch spaying. Continue Reading

Dog Warts

canine-papillomas-mouthPapillomas (warts) are benign skin tumours caused by viruses. They are less common in cats and are usually found in dogs. In dogs, they usually appear as inflamed polyps on the feet or in the mouth. They may also appear as flat, scaly, raised areas, or as hard inverted masses. Papillomas can be very painful, particularly if they are on the feet.

There are many different types of papilloma virus. Each species of animal, including humans, can be infected by different types. Due to each species having its own virus, there is limited danger of your pet transmitting the virus to you or your family. The papilloma virus can be carried by healthy animals without any signs of a problem, but can cause warts. These warts often disappear on their own, but be warned they can progress into skin cancer. If they become inflamed or infected, or if they bleed, they should be surgically removed by your vet.

If you observe a wart on your dog, particularly on his feet or around his mouth, it’s probably best to see your vet. Papillomas are normally harmless but if they become infected, it’s best they are removed.

It’s extremely common for dogs to start growing warts. Call us on 020 8977 3977 / 01932 229 900 or pop in to one of our clinics for more information. We’re always happy to check over the health of your dog.

Teddington Dog Olympics 2012 – Summary

dog-olympicsLast Sunday we celebrated the UK Olympics 2012 with an Olympic-themed dog show – the “Teddington Dog Olympics 2012”. Hundreds of people attended, making it a really fun and popular event! Fortunately the rain held off for the entire day, weren’t we lucky?!

Some of the games included the Waggiest Tail, Best Trick, Doggie Limbo and the Longest (‘Marathon’) Sit. Owners and dogs alike had a great time, the dogs being the stars of the show! Gold, silver and bronze rosettes were awarded to the winning and runner-up dogs. Continue Reading

Itchy Ears? My Dog is Scratching or Rubbing his Ears

spaniel-in-grassItchy ears are one of the problems that are most frequently presented to us at our clinic. This is particularly so during the spring and summer when more general skin diseases such as allergies are more commonly encountered.

Sweep came to us because he had a problem with his ears. It started with mild head shaking but within a few days he was scratching his ears and rubbing them along the ground, clearly in some discomfort. Continue Reading

Get Ready for the Dog Olympics 2012

Vet4life Teddington are excited to be hosting a fantastic dog show this summer. In keeping with the London 2012 Olympics, we will be hosting our own Dog Olympics.

The event will be held on Sunday 10th June in Udney Hall Gardens, Langham Road (by the Landmark Centre) in Teddington. Registration will start at 11am. The event will start at 12pm and finish around 4pm.

We are encouraging all doggies to take part! We’re certain it will be a wonderful day out for the whole family. Continue Reading