Tel : 028 9181 2226

3 Jubilee Road
Northern Ireland
BT23 4YH

Consultation Hours:

Monday- Friday; 9am-12 noon, 2pm – 3:30pm, 5pm – 7pm

Saturday: 9am – 12 noon

*By appointment only



K Laser












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.

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Cardiac scanning at Jubilee veterinary centre

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” ( 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.

Zepps procedure for infected ears


Zepps procedure


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. 

Distal radial and ulnar fracture in a 1.7kg toy breed dog


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.



Unlucky farm dog -Fractured tibia

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!!!!

A Pug needing a “Face Lift”

eyesThis 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.





Intussusception in a Springer Spaniel Pup

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.

teal-operationThis 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.

Lateral condylar fracture in an English springer spaniel

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.

X rays confirmed a broken elbow (lateral condyle)

X rays confirmed a broken elbow (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.

Surgery involved opening into the elbow and drilling a hole in the broken condyle from inside to out

Surgery involved opening into the elbow and drilling a hole in the broken condyle from inside to out

It was then reduced back in place and a 4.5mm screw was drilled across the broken condyles and a plate and screws to reattach it back to the rest of the humerus.

It was then reduced back in place and a 4.5mm screw was drilled across the broken condyles and a plate and screws to reattach it back to the rest of the humerus.

The elbow is fixed in place with screws and plate.

The elbow is fixed in place with screws and plate.



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!

Canine Leishmaniosis in Europe

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.


Puppy vaccination


Adult dog vaccination (starting after an annual DHP(Pi)L booster)


Practical tips:

  • 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.
More information can be found in the Leishma News 2012 edition or alternatively at
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