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Roxy came to see us as she had not been wanting to eat her food and hadn’t quite been herself at home for a few days, Simon examined her at our Cromer surgery and suspected a womb infection (also called a pyometra) which is common in older bitches that are not spayed. He sent her over to Sheringham for immediate treatment.
Roxy had bloods taken and the decision was made to operate on her straight away to remove her suspected infected womb. However, when Helen performed the operation it became clear that things weren’t quite as straightforward as that, Roxy actually had a large tumour within her womb which had caused the womb to twist around on itself about 4 times!!! The womb was removed and weighed a whopping 5kg.
Thankfully Roxy has recovered well and is back to her normal self at home, however this should be a timely reminder to have your bitch spayed if you don’t intend to breed from her to prevent problems like this.
This is Chloe….
She came to see Zainab in August because she had been vomiting and was constantly licking at her vulva. Zainab was able to get a comprehensive history from Chloe’s owners including when she had had her last season. She had been in season only 4-6 weeks ago. Zainab immediately suspected a condition called Pyometra which is a womb infection common in un-spayed bitches.
Blood tests were taken and showed Chloe had raised kidney enzymes which could indicated that her kidneys were being affected and having to work hard to eliminate toxins from her body, this also fitted with Zainab’s suspected Pyometra diagnosis. Chloe was admitted to the hospital and placed on intravenous fluids to flush her kidney and prevent dehydration. She would require an anaesthetic and some major surgery once stabilised.
After 24 hours on IV fluids Chloe underwent surgery to remove her uterus (womb) which was severely infected. If left untreated this condition can be life threatening.
Chloe recovered well from her surgery, she remained in hospital for another 24 hours still on fluids and antibiotics. We were also able to monitor her pain levels, giving pain relief when necessary.
We continued to monitor Chloe after she was discharged every few days. Her owners became concerned that she was losing weight and was very lethargic, Zainab was concerned that her kidneys had been too damaged prior to her operation to recover, however with further blood tests we were able to establish Chloe had yet another underlying condition called Addisons disease.
This disease is when the body does not produce its natural amount of steroids, which is needed for daily control of metabolism and the body’s electrolytes. As a result the body cannot control its temperature, heart rate, kidney function and maintain weight. This results in organ failure which can be fatal.
Once again Chloe was admitted to hospital for IV fluids and kept in overnight for close monitoring. After 24 hours she started on medication for Addisons disease to stabilse her condition, she has had regular blood tests since starting treatment and though not completely stabilised her condition is improving with most of her symptoms (lethargy, weight loss) disappearing.
Chloe will remain on treatment for Addisons disease with close monitoring for life. She will require regular blood tests and close monitoring to prevent her symptoms recurring.
Was your dog scared of fireworks last year? If so, now is a perfect time to get ready for firework season with our handy tips…
Preparing your home for your dog and fireworks
The best way to prepare for fireworks is to think like a dog about fireworks. They feel scared as they are alarmed by the loud noise of the fireworks but do not understand that fireworks cannot harm them and feel safer when their home feels safe and secure. You can help your dog by preparing a ‘safe haven’ or a ‘dog den’. If your dog already has a hiding place then this space can be used making it as snug and secure for your dog as possible by adding blankets or bedding, If you are making your ‘dog den’ from scratch then try to do this a few weeks in advance so your dog can get used to it. Plugging in an Adaptil pheromone diffuser or fitting an Adaptil collar will increase the security felt by your dog and help to create a calm environment.
- Provide a den or hiding place for your pet
- Use an Adaptil diffuser as close to the den as possible, or where you pet will spend most of their time
- Use a nutraceutical calming product; Adaptil tablets or Kalmaid. These keep them calm and less anxious
- Keep pets inside during fireworks and check that their microchip information is up to date
- Ensure windows and doors remain closed during firework season to prevent pets escaping and to reduce the noise
- Provide distractions, in the form of new toys and chews. Draw curtains and put the radio on to mask any noise
- Do not punish your pet! This will only make your pet more distressed
- Try not to leave your pets alone when fireworks are going off
If you would like more advice about helping your pet during fireworks or would like to buy any of the products mentioned please call Sheringham on 822293 or Cromer on 513976.
Jane, Zainab, Anna and Lucy all took part this weekend in the London Shine Night Walk in aid of Cancer Research. Here’s how it went…
We left Sheringham at 2pm for the drive to Epping to catch the tube, laden with plasters, water, rain coats and of course chocolate to get us round the 26.2 mile course that awaited. (oh and clean knickers as like Mary Berry says, there’s nothing worse than a soggy bottom! We were prepared for wet weather!)
The course started at Canada Water, our start time was 9.25pm so when we arrived at Epping we had plenty of time to kill, or carb load!
We stopped at Stratford for a pasta style dinner, already bumping into many people wearing the same t-shirts as ours, preparing to take part in the Shine walk as well. In total 17,000 people took part on the night raising an amazing £4 million in sponsors.
After a delicious and filling pasta meal we headed off to the start to don our glow sticks and ‘warm up’ with the crowds.
We had to decide if we were ‘power walkers’, ‘striders’ or ‘strollers’ we opted for ‘power walkers’ at the last minute – we like a challenge! A slight delay at the start meant our official start time was 9.45pm.
At 10.26pm we had reached London Bridge, only the mile 2 marker, it had taken a long time to get there through the crowds. After this we picked our pace up and reached the next marker in 19 minutes. Continuing at a good steady pace we reached St Pauls by 11.18pm (mile 4). We got to the half way point at 2.24am and took a well earned rest of about 20 mins while we all put plasters on blisters, used the facilities and generally took a break from walking.
Then we were off again, picking up the pace for the final 13 miles, it was good to be able to start counting the miles down rather than up! Past Knightsbridge, Buckingham Palace, St James Park and the Houses of Parliament we stomped, finally reaching the finish at Old Billingsgate at 6.20am. We averaged 18.3min/mile from start to finish – a time we are all pretty proud of. It was a good event, we stomped well and all stuck together as a team.
We raised around £1000 in sponsors for our wlak, an amazing sum – thank you to everyone that sponsored us!
So the question is ….. what’s next for team Miramar?!
Bosun the Labradoodle came to see us whilst on holiday. His owners were concerned as he was collapsing and unable to walk. On examination he had a distended stomach, so x-rays were taken immediately. On x-rays it was noted that his stomach was obviously enlarged and twisted, this condition is known as Gastric Dilation – Volvulus (GDV).
We immediately put Bosun on intravenous fluid therapy to support him for shock, this enabled us to operate on him straight away.
We rushed him into theatre for emergency surgery, during the surgery we released the large build up of gas and contents within the stomach. His anaesthetic was monitored by two of our nurses Gabby and Lauren, whilst Wessel operated to try and save Bosun’s life!
Bosun recovered from the anaesthetic remarkably quickly and was stood up in his kennel within 15 minutes. He remained hospitalised with us for a few days on supportive treatment before being discharged.
This picture shows a twisted stomach – trapping all the contents inside
GDV is a life threating condition that is more commonly seen in large deep chested breeds such as Great Danes. It is caused when the stomach fills with gas and/or fluid and then twists out of its normal position meaning the stomach can not empty.
Bosun came back three days after the operation for a check up and was recovering well, his mum and dad were very grateful for the treatment he received and very kindly brought us a lovely card, cake and wine!
Here is Bosun, fully recovered and back home with his family (and his certificate of course!)
In aid of Cancer Research we are venturing out of North Norfolk (aren’t we brave!) to London to take part in the Shine Walk this September.
Starting at 9.20pm – YES PM, we will walk 26 miles through the city, past many famous land marks such as St Pauls, Big Ben, The Eye, Buckingham palace and many more. We think we will be finishing our walk around 4am, (what time does McDonalds open for breakfast?!) If you would like to support us on our adventure donations are gratefully recieved at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Zainab-Patel2016
We have another new vet joining our increasingly busy practices.
Helen graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2008; she is originally from Leicestershire but has worked in Norfolk since 2009. She started her career in large animal and mixed practice, however after a few too many disagreements with cows and broken bones she has decided that small animal practice is a much more sensible option!
Helen also works part time for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the governing body of veterinary surgeons, as a practice standards scheme assessor, she travels all around the UK assessing veterinary practices to ensure they are up to a high standard.
She joined Miramar in July 2016 and is enjoying life in Sheringham and Cromer, at home Helen is married to the lovely Steve and they have two dogs, Wiggle, a border terrier and Dave, a fox red Labrador. The other man in her life is Pogo, a Dutch Warmblood x gelding who enjoys a lovely plod around the woods.
We had a lovely day at the Dog Show again this year, the 4th one hosted by Miramar!
It was lovely to see some of you returning after last years show, this shows you are having a good time!
Thank you to everyone that attended.
Andy Langley took some great pictures of all the participants at the show, click here to view the gallery.
Cleverest pet went to Gem Butlin and Jack Zeissler for they great performances. Both dogs had a range of well practised tricks, Gem did a little dance and Jack did some excellent weaving through his owners legs! runners up were Bear Heath for his ‘bear’ hug and Snoop Graver for his routine!
Best 6 legs we had a clear winner with Kipling Keeble and his owner who had painted his legs to match – super effort well done!! Runners up were Matilda Derby – who’s owner had excellent tan line trainer marks and Willow Armitage who was sporting the union jack along with her owner – well done all of you!
Fastest sit went to Lola Darby – with an amazing 0.51 seconds on the clock. Followed by Rowan Thomas at 1.02 seconds then Shadow Nurse at 1.15 seconds, never has bottoms hit the ground so fast!
Best sausage catcher went to Mole Howes – Mole was totally focussed on his prize – even with only one eye. Bear Heath was second, he wasn’t going to let those sausages go to waste and third was Matilda Darby who also caught all 3!
Best rescue went to Cooper Earl, a Basset Hound. Second place went to Elsie Parmenter a Jack Russell and third was won jointly by Pingu and Pixie Davies 2 Greyhounds. All of the entries had great stories about their rehabilitation and how they had become super pets despite a bad start in life.
The veterans of the show were 2 shelties called Zeta and Luna at the ripe old age of 15 years. These two were the oldest entreis but they really didn’t look their age!
The ASBO went to Lyra Gabriel, she was determined to pull her owner all over the arena, she was very friendly and seemed to be having a lovely time! Second was Shadow Nurse who decided everyone needed to be barked at and third was Elsie Parmenter who was so distracted by the sausages she wasn’t concentrating at all!
Fastest run down temptation alley was won by Milo who at only 4 months old left all the other entrants standing! He completed the course in 31.48 seconds, well done Milo! In second place was Lola Darby in 33.0 seconds and third was Shadow Nurse in 36.0 seconds.
Overall winner – Best in Show went to the family of Shelties, all 4 of the Brandish family were so well behaved and greeted everyone with enthusiasm. They were on their holidays so well done to you all and we hope you come back to Sheringham next year!
Are you and your dog free on Saturday 6th August at 1pm?
Come and join us for the Miramar Vets Carnival Dog Show. We have lots of fun categories for you and your dog to enter and ALL the proceeds go to Sheringham Carnival.
Best Sausage Catcher, Best Rescue, Fastest Sit, Best ASBO, Best 6 Legs, Cleverest Dog, Best Veteran, Fastest Run Down Temptation Alley, Best in Show – overall winner.
Have a go at our agility course, its only £1, proceeds go to Sheringham Carnival. You can enter as many categories in the show as you like,£1 per category and judging by the carnival queen. There will be prizes to be won!
Click HERE to download your entry form
We look forward to seeing you at the playing field on Cromer Road, next to Ladybird Nursery at 1pm.
Meet Coco the Gerbil…….
This little fella came to see Vet Zainab with a lump on his tummy. Zainab diagnosed the lump as a possible scent gland tumour. These are very common in gerbils and if not removed can grow to substantial sizes and become ulcerated and infected.
Coco’s owners decided to go ahead with surgery on him so he was booked in a couple of days later.
Coco had to be anaesthetised for his surgery to be carried out. He was placed in a special chamber which allows us to administer a gaseous anaesthetic to ‘knock him out’. Once under anaesthetic he would have a small mask over his mouth and nose to keep him under.
The lump on Coco’s abdomen was clipped and cleaned ready for surgery. All the hair has to be removed from the area as this is a source of infection and if left would prevent the wound from healing.
The tumour was removed making sure the whole of the scent gland was taken, ensuring it would not re-grow. Then the wound was sutured up using a dissolvable suture material as Gerbils do not like to sit still to have their sutures removed!
Once surgery was complete Coco was placed back in his carrier to recover, this ensures we can monitor him closely through the see through sides and he is safe and cannot escape! The straw or hay is removed from the carrier to prevent it getting into the wound, only soft towels or shredded newspaper is used as bedding until the wound is healed. Once removed the tumour measured 2.5cm approximately.
Coco has made a full recovery and is now back to his usual cheeky self!