Lenny’s Patent Ductus Arteriosus

Lenny is a 3 months old puppy that had a heart murmur since birth. He was diagnosed with a congenital condition called Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). PDA is the failure of a large blood vessel, the ductus arteriosus, to close just after birth. This defect usually results in left sided congestive heart failure and pulmonary edema with a mortality rate of over 50% before one year of age if left…

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Caterham family’s dog dies from Alabama rot in one of two confirmed Woldingham area cases

‘Two dogs, one from Caterham and one from Woldingham, are confirmed as having died from Alabama rot. One of the dogs, three-year-old cockapoo Freddy, was put down on December 9 last year and is thought to have contracted the disease 13 days earlier. It is believed that Freddy, who lived in Caterham, caught Alabama rot after going on a walk around North Downs Golf Course, Kenley Aerodrome and near Woldingham…

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Rotating Internships – Applicants Invited

Applications are invited from Veterinary Graduates for Rotating Internships at VREC. The Internships are a one year, non-degree program in a multidisciplinary referral centre in Surrey, UK. The successful candidates will experience state of the art referral veterinary medicine in a friendly and happy environment with exceptional people. The interns will spend time rotating through diagnostic imaging, surgery, medicine, cardiology, dermatology, dentistry and neurology. Shared night and weekend duties will…

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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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