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

Easter Opening Times

Please note our opening hours over the Easter break. If we are closed, and it is an emergency, please telephone 02089773955 for details about our out of hours cover.  Continue Reading

Tonometry – a preventative procedure for canine glaucoma

tonometerGlaucoma in dogs refers to a group of diseases that result in an increased pressure of the fluid within the eye. This increased pressure is both painful and may result in loss of sight due to damage of the retina and optic nerve.

Canine glaucoma can be divided into two main categories, where the glaucoma is occurring either primarily or secondary to another disease process within the eye. If the glaucoma is primary it is often due to reduced drainage of fluid from the eye near to the limbus. This is often called closed angle glaucoma. Other ocular diseases may cause glaucoma such as lens luxation, inflammation (uveitis) or cancer.

Certain breeds are more likely to suffer from glaucoma. The disease is most frequently seen in Cocker Spaniels, Terriers, Northern breeds such as the Siberian Husky, Poodles, Beagles, Jack Russell Terriers, Bassett Hounds and Dalmations. However, primary glaucoma has been documented in almost every single breed. Continue Reading

A Rehoming Happy Ending

It is always very unfortunate and sad when animals are brought into the clinic because they are in need of a new home. Most dogs have to be rehomed because of separation anxiety – where they cause nuisance and disturbance when left by their owners. This can include  excessive barking or destroying furniture and can include behaviour resulting from a lack of dog training. Dogs, cats and other animals may also be rehomed due to a change in circumstances, such as a new job or a new baby. Sometimes living accommodation does not allow pets to be kept. If an elderly person moves into a care home, a pet is no longer suitable.

Last year, two ginger cats were brought into the clinic. We were really lucky to find such a wonderful kind-hearted lady to take them on. Here’s Ruth’s story about rehoming Scott and Biggles… Continue Reading

Feline Hyperthyroidism

The thyroid glands are located along the windpipe of all animals and produce thyroid hormones. These hormones do many things in the body, including controlling weight, heart rate and blood pressure. Abnormalities can be seen when the glands either fail to produce enough hormone, called hypothyroidism, or too much, called hyperthyroidism.

Hyperthyroidism is a common condition in middle-aged to older cats, and can develop for up to two years before presentation due to the often slow onset of the disease. The main signs seen with hyperthyroidism in cats are weight loss, increased appetite, increased drinking, increased urination and hyperactivity. Continue Reading

Join us for our 1 year anniversary celebrations

On the 31st of January 2012, Vet4life will have been open a whole year! How time flies – wow! We’d like to invite you to join us in celebrating with champagne and cake this Saturday 28th January at 2-4pm. We’ve also hooked up with the Teddington Wimpy restaurant in Broad Street who are giving our clients a “10% off their meal” voucher for this weekend and next week – their Birthday gift to us! Continue Reading