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We have recently invested in a K laser at jubilee. Lasers work by increasing blood flow to the affected area and thus increased oxygen allowing healing cells to do their work.
They have a natural anti inflammatory effect and kill bacteria.
We are using it for lots of things including wound healing, musculoskeletal issues and pain control. If you are interested in hearing more about it then please feel free to make an appointment with one of our vets. We use it on all pets companion animals, horses and even exotics. The following 5 pictures are of a horse with a chronic wound that had refused to heal. Our nursing team went out and lasered the wound on 5 occasions over 2 weeks to terrific effect. See the pictures below.
In the last month we have invested in a new cardiac ultrasound scanner. This allows us to look within the heart itself and examine the chamber sizes, how well the muscles are working and identify holes within the heart and leaky valves.
A new cardiac study called the “EPIC TRIAL” (www.epictrial.com) has showed that dogs with cardiac murmurs displaying heart chamber enlargement before the onset of clinical signs of heart failure benefit dramatically from the use of the drug pimobendan. In this trial the median delay from starting the drug to displaying signs of congestive heart failure was 15 months. So thats 15 more quality months of great quality of life.
At jubilee we are very keen to identify these dogs so we can improve their quality of life. Small breed dogs especially cavaliers tend to be over represented. If you have a small breed dog that you are concerned about or if you know your dog has a heart murmur or is displaying symptoms of heart failure- heavy breathing, reduced exercise tolerance or cough then feel free to make an appointment with one of our vets.
Please note that even if your dog is already in heart failure we have medications that can make a real difference.
We see lots of infected ears in dogs at Jubilee especially in breeds with floppy hairy ears and ones that like water. Sometimes we can’t clear the infections with medications and we have to resort to surgery. This is Zepps procedure. The ear canal has been opened up with surgery and this improves the circulation of air, stops the environment being so humid and allows better cleaning of wax. Bacteria, yeasts and ear mites find it harder to become established so infections tend to clear. If your dog has an ongoing problem with its ears, make an appointment to talk to Gareth Torney at the surgery to discuss the benefits of surgery.
This dog fell out of his owners arms and fractured his front leg. At 1.7kgs this is the smallest orthopaedic procedure we have done at jubilee vets. The numbers on the X-ray are cms to give you an idea of scale.
Small bones like this can fail to heal because of the size and poor blood supply so it is vital the bones are held together tightly with a bone plate and screws. This is a 2 mm plate and you can see the size of it relative to a bic pen.
The dog was rested strictly for 1 month and went on to make a full recovery.
Post surgical X-ray showing plate position. Perfect reduction.
This hard working farm dog had an argument with a tractor !! He broke his tibia. This was a high energy fracture and could be best fixed with a plate and screws.
Under anaesthetic we opened up the leg and aligned up the bones. We applied a plate and 3.5mm cortical screws.
He had to be kept well rested and out of trouble for 8 weeks but is now back working and helping to get the cattle in again much to the farmers great relief.
He is no longer friends with the tractor!!!!
This 6 month old pug had been experiencing problems with his eyes for a month or so. He has too much skin on his face!! He has pronounced nasal folds which i felt to be rubbing on his eyes and the lower eyelids were turned in and rubbing on the eyes also.
He needed the veterinary equivalent of a face lift!!
Under general anaesthesia, we used diathermy to remove the nasal folds and a small wedge of skin was removed from under the lower eyelids. Many stitches were placed.
He will be able to see much better and hopefully his eyes will no longer water all the time.
Teal is an adorable 5 month old Springer spaniel that presented to us this week with a stomach upset. Both of the family dogs had been suffering from sickness and diarrhoea in the previous week but the older dog had gotten over it. Poor Teal “was still not just right”. He had lost some weight and could keep nothing down.
On examining him, Gareth Torney could feel a doughy mass inside Teals belly which was hurting him and x rays were recommended.
This is the x-ray. The intestines look very doughy and there is retention of gas which is a sign of a blockage. When teal was anaesthetised Gareth confirmed the presence of a blockage and recommended exploratory surgery.
This is a picture during surgery of the blockage. A piece of Teals small intestine had invaginated into the large bowel on the right hand side of the picture and in essence had become blocked. Without surgery this piece of bowel would have ruptured and that would be the end of Teal. This is called an INTUSSUSCEPTION and is more common in young dogs and in children. Thanks to the owners prompt recognition that Teals condition had become more serious Gareth was able to tease the intussecption apart without having to cut out any diseased bowel. He then layed the intestines out and put small tacking sutures between the loops to stop this happening again. It is believed that in young dogs when the guts are affected by a bug, virus or worms that they become hyperactive and that this predisposes to the condition.
The small intestines layed out before tacking sutures placed to stop the condition recurring.
Thankfully Teal has recovered uneventfully and is back enjoying his food again.
Exciting new procedure for torn cruciate ligaments in athletic dogs over 25kgs
MODIFIED MAQUET PROCEDURE
Bouncer presented to Jubilee veterinary centre 2 weeks ago and could hardly stand on his hind legs. He had gone lame on one back leg 4 months before and a strain had been diagnosed. In the following months however both knees had gotten progressively worse to the point that he was struggling to get up and down at all. Bouncer is a big dog weighing 44kgs.
On examining him, Gareth Torney found that both of his knees were unstable and that he had a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in both knees. No wonder he was so sore.
Traditionally we have repaired this condition by removing the diseased ligaments and creating new ones using 100lb breaking strain surgical nylon drilled through holes in the tibia and the fabellar bones at the back of the knee. This procedure has served us very well over the years. Recently new procedures have been developed for large active breeds with plenty of energy. They are supposed to return the patient back to better soundness long term.
The Modified Maquet Procedure was developed 50 years ago by a Belgian human surgeon to reduce the pain associated with arthritis of the knee. It went out of favour for controlling knee arthritis in people with the introduction of knee replacements. An interesting strength of this procedure was noted that if you advance the attachment of the patellar tendon so that it is perpendicular to the tibial plateau angle of the knee, you no longer need your cruciate ligament. This theory has encouraged its use in our canine patients over the last few years.
This is Bouncers right Knee before the surgery. You can see a lot of arthritis around the joint which will cause pain. You can’t see the ruptured ligament because it is soft tissue.
During the operation, an oscillating saw is used to make a cut in the bone of the tibia behind the tendon of the kneecap. This fragment of bone is carefully advanced with pre measured sterile wedges.
When the advancement is fully made we insert a very advanced sterile titanium wedge called orthofoam into the space and secure it down with a pin and orthopaedic wire. The wedge is specially designed to be very inert and eventually becomes a part of the bone itself.
The orthofoam wedge in place secured with a kirschener wire and 2 titanium staples.
Hopefully you can see how the implant sits in place and how it pushes the kneecap forward. Bouncer continues to do very well. Dogs having this procedure are xrayed again at 4 weeks and need controlled physiotherapy plans while the bone heals. When the first knee is adequately healed we can then go about fixing the other one. We expect Bouncer to be 100% sound and back to a good level of exercise in this knee by 12 weeks.
If you have any questions about cruciate disease in your dog or would like to discuss the M.M.P procedure, please feel free to make an appointment and come and see Gareth Torney at the surgery.
Bobby is a 2 year old springer spaniel that presented acutely lame on his front right leg this week. He was in pain in his elbow and it felt unstable.
I was worried about a break as he was so lame and also springers are very prone to breaking their lateral condyle.
You cannot easily put a dogs leg in a cast as they fall off easily and with this type of fracture it is really important to reduce the fracture well and we had to use a mixture of screws and plates. This fracture involved the elbow joint itself so a degree of arthritis will be inevitable.
X rays showing good internal fixation. Bobby will need to be kept strictly rested to give his bones time to heal and hopefully we will not need to take the implants out. Lucky dog!
The above is a map of where Leishmania is prevalent. If you are taking your pet to any of these “hotspots” you should seriously consider leishmania vaccination and sandfly control.
How to use the vaccine
- Use of a rapid serological diagnostic test is recommended prior to vaccination in animals who have previously been at risk of exposure to the Leishmania parasite.
- If this test is negative, you can start the vaccination course.
- Primary vaccination course: three subcutaneous doses.
- First dose can be administered from six months of age.
- Second and third doses are administered at three-week intervals.
- Then, only one re-vaccination per year is necessary.
Adult dog vaccination (starting after an annual DHP(Pi)L booster)
- Bring the vaccine close to body temperature by warming it in the hand.
- Massage the injection site lightly after administration.
- Separate the time of vaccination with CaniLeish® from all other vaccines by at least two weeks.