10 common conditions in old cats

Crossbreed cats in the UK have an average life expectancy of 14 years, this is significantly longer than some breeds of dog. The first thing to remember is that age is not a disease. If your beloved pet is slowing down, or losing weight or acting strangely, it might not be just because they are getting older. Generally, cats over the age of 8-10 years are regarded as “senior” this means we could have a whopping 6 years + of caring for a “senior” pet.

Taking any cat to the vets can be a daunting experience, especially those who are older. It is very important for the older cats to have regular health checks to help early diagnosis of common conditions which can improve prognosis and help create a better quality of life.
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Big Bear Award – Bubble

Bubble’s Story

Bubble is a gorgeous 5yr old black and white domestic short haired cat, who has been extremely brave over the past few months throughout lots of treatment and surgery at the clinic.

He has a history of cystitis and was brought to see our vets at the Surbiton clinic back in December, as he had been struggling to pass urine. His bladder had become blocked which means that he was unable to pass urine, which is very painful and if not treated quickly, due to a build up of toxins within the body can be fatal. Continue Reading

Our Teddington refurb

Our Teddington practice might look a little different next time you pop in!

Our inspiration for our reception refit was to make it the very best place for you and your pet. We know that our pets love to be outside, as do you, which is why we have brought the outside in and made our reception a walk in the woods! We hope you like it as much as we do. Here are some pics! Continue Reading

Big Bear Award – Fudge

Fudge’s Story

On the 21st of November 2016, little Fudge the cat, was found between two parked cars. She was soaked through to the skin, freezing cold and she wasn’t weight bearing on her back leg. Her owner had noticed some blood and thought maybe she may had been hit by a car so she rushed her down to Vet4Life, where Elle examined her.

Elle thought that poor Fudge hadn’t been hit by a car, but had been attacked by another animal. There was extensive bruising to her tummy and and there were puncture wounds on her leg. Fudge was very unwell, so after stabilising her and giving her pain relief, she still required overnight care.

In the morning, she continued to receive pain relief and antibiotics to treat her wounds. She went home that night on fluids and a strict care regime. Continue Reading

Big Bear Award – Storm Allen

Storm’s Story

This month’s Big Bear Award goes to Storm! Storm is a lovely 11 year old Siamese.

Storm has been through a lot in his life, has a history of getting into cat fights and is always coming in for treatment.

Earlier this year he came in due to a decrease in appetite, weight loss, and a small mass on the side of his face.

Storm’s owners were concerned as the mass on the face was getting bigger so they brought him in to see our vet. The vet carried out a FNA (Fine needle asprite) of the mass to be sent off to the lab. The results came back confirming that Storm has Salivary Gland Adenocarcinoma. Continue Reading

Christmas 2016 opening hours

christmas-tabby-cat-under-treeThursday 22 December

Teddington 7.30am-7.30pm

Shepperton 8am-6.30pm

Surbiton 8am-7pm

Friday 23 December

Teddington 7.30am-7.30pm

Shepperton 8am-6.30pm

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Big Bear Award – Jake Allen

jake-allen-rabbitJake’s Story

This month our Big Bear award goes to Jake. Jake is a 6 and a half year old dwarf lop rabbit. This is picture of him relaxing at home.

Poor Jake has a history of bad dentition (teeth) which can be a common problem in rabbits. We initially saw Jake for a second opinion after he had been treated at another vets. Rabbit teeth continue growing throughout their lifetime and this can be problematic if they are not worn down or if the jaw is misaligned.

Dental examination revealed that Jake’s incisor and molar teeth were not meeting properly and needed attention as they were preventing him from chewing properly. The molar teeth were burred down and the incisors needed to be removed. We advise that all rabbits have regular dental checks to ensure they have good teeth. Feeding the right diet with enough hay is also very important to wear down the teeth.

Jake was managing well with his teeth and coming in regularly for dental checks every few months to have his remaining teeth trimmed. During this period, his owner noticed that he had a reduced appetite and was passing smaller drier faecal pellets. Since rabbits are grazers, it is really important that they eat regularly to maintain good gut health. Jake was brought in for a check up. We diagnosed Jake with a condition called ileus – this is when the guts stop working effectively. Continue Reading

Big Bear Award – Brook

brook, devon rexBrook is a gorgeous Devon Rex cat who is much loved by all of us here at the clinic.  Since 2015 Brook has been in and out of the clinic for investigations of breathing problems and lumps.  Unfortunately back in July, he was diagnosed with dendritic histiocytoma which is a type of low grade skin cancer.

Brook had surgery and we removed a lump from his back leg.  Because there is not much skin in this area the surgical technique is more complicated, meaning Brook needed to have a bandage on his leg which required frequent replacement.  He has been very brave throughout all of his treatment, taking his medication without complaint and he is still friendly and happy when he comes for visits.

One month ago Brook celebrated his 16th Birthday and enjoyed a party, complete with special cake and candles, at home with his family.

Dog Olympics 2016 – summary

dog-olympics-rosette-2016Hundreds of dogs and their owners gathered in Udney Hall Gardens on Sunday 11 September to participate in the fabulous Teddington Dog Olympics! Events included Doggy Limbo, Waggiest Tail, Longest Sit, Best Trick, Best Child and Dog Duo. There were also a number of stands showcasing local businesses and charities. Over £2,250 was raised for local animal charities. Thanks to all who came and made it a great day!

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Big Bear Award – Sacha

sachaSacha has been known by everyone at the clinic for many years as a very special girl after she tore her Achilles tendon and needed an operation. The recovery after such an injury can be very prolonged but she was extremely brave and the leg healed beautifully.

Six weeks ago she came in because she was feeling unwell and on examination by one of our vets noticed that her gums were a little pale. Concerned about her pale gums, our vet Elle ran a blood test using our in-house laboratory and examined the blood smear. She was concerned that Sacha may have an autoimmune disease and the external laboratory confirmed the next day that Sacha had Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia (IMHA).

IMHA is a terrible disease and even with the very best of care it can have a mortality rate of just 35-40%. Essentially dogs with IMHA will attack their own red cells within their body which result in destruction of the red cells and severe anaemia. Continue Reading