An unwelcome kiss…

A three year old Rhodesian Ridgeback presented with an history of an abnormal gait and adopting the praying position. A significant indentation was present in the mid- back just cranial to the thoracolumbar junction. Spinal CT showed that the dorsal spinous processes of all the vertebrae from T13-S3 were relatively larger than normal. In addition, there was very close approximation of the dorsal spinous processes of L1 and L2 where…

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Is There A Missing Rib?

A 9 year old Jack Russell Terrier presented with a history of occasional cough over the previous 2 weeks, swelling of the caudodorsal left chest wall and dyspnoea. X-ray and CT images are presented. Answers at the end! X-Rays: These show a diffuse increased soft tissue/fluid opacity throughout the chest cavity on left lateral view. Note that the cardiac and diaphragmatic silhouettes remain visible. The VD shows a homogenous increased…

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Sky’s Optic Chiasm Meningioma

Sky was a 10 year old intact female Border Collie. She had had her left eye semi-closed for the last few months and a several weeks history of lethargy. Ophthalmic examination revealed that her left eye was enophthalmic but visual, had upper lid ptosis and protrusion of the third eyelid. Her right eye, however, was blind, mydriatic and unresponsive to light. A lesion close to the optic chiasm was suspected…

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Alfie the Airdale Terrier

The Tip of the Iceberg Alfie is an 8 and a half year old male neutered Airdale Terrier. He had a 6 month history of right sided conjunctivitus and epiphora. In the last week or two, a small swelling formed over the medial canthus that was mildly painful on palpation. An MRI was requested to include the sinuses, orbit, nasal cavity and brain. Findings There is a large amount of…

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New Radioactive Iodine Clinic for Cats

NOW TAKING BOOKINGS! We are delighted to announce that we are now taking bookings for our feline friends afflicted with hyperthyroidism. Radioiodine treatment is the GOLD STANDARD treatment for feline hyperthyroidism. Just one injection results in complete destruction of all thyroid cancer cells, wherever they are located, in approx. 98-99% of cats. Not only that, there is no daily tableting, no anaesthesia, no nasty side effects and it is cost effective! So why wait? Ask…

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What is your Diagnosis?

A 6 month old female Bernese Mountain Dog presented with a vague history of pain/discomfort for a few weeks which was difficult to isolate to any particular region. Gradually, it got worse to where she was yelping in pain 2-3 times daily especially when getting up from a lying position. Pain was then isolated to the neck. No neurological deficits were noted. Haematology and biochemistry results were unremarkable. Radiography of…

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Magic’s Magic New Hip

Magic, the beautiful 2 year old black Labrador, visited us at the Veterinary Referral Centre to meet our specialist orthopaedic surgeon, Christoph Stork. Her owners reported altered hind limb gait and difficulty when rising from a resting position. Magic was admitted for radiographs which revealed bilateral hip joint subluxation and osteoarthritic changes secondary to the progression of hip dysplasia. On the basis of these findings a total hip joint replacement was…

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Tom-Cooper, The Labrador, Visits The Dentist

Tom-Cooper, the beautiful Labrador, was referred for specialist dental care to assess his teeth after his vets were concerned about severe discoloration of his canine teeth & possible oral pain. After an examination, Tom was diagnosed with “pulp necrosis” of his Canine teeth & had two Root canal treatments performed (which prevented him from having to have the teeth extracted). Treatment for Tom is a two-stage procedure with the initial…

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Approved Training Practice

  On the 15th January of this year, The Veterinary Referral Centre received certification as a Veterinary Nursing Approved Training Centre. This is a voluntary accreditation via Plumpton College which sets higher standards of care, guidelines and requirements at a Gold Standard ‘in every aspect’; promoting the highest standards of staff training, veterinary care, customer service, facilities, staff training and development. Routine inspections are performed regularly to ensure compliance with…

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Jack – A Soft Tissue Surgery Case Study

Jack, a 10 year old Jack Russell Terrier had a large left-sided rib tumor (suspected to be an Osteosracoma or Chondrosarcoma.) This mass was invading into the chest/thoracic cavity and causing collapse of the left lung. He had fluid build up in the chest cavity (pleural effusion), causing him to have difficulty in breathing (dyspoenia) and cyanosis (insufficient oxygenation). Initial diagnostics were via CT Scanning of the Chest & Abdomen…

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