Unfortunately, staff pets need procedures sometimes too.☹️
Lovely Laura's gorgeous girl Nina had some dental work performed towards the back end of last year.🦷
She had feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions (FORLs). 🤔What are FORLs (we hear you ask)?
FORLs occur due to cells called odontoclasts destroying the surface of the tooth. It starts beneath the gum line gradually dissolving the root of the affected tooth and continues inside the tooth to the crown. This leaves the pulp cavity exposed and can be extremely painful.😰 This resorption continues until fractures can occur. It is extremely common and affects more than a third of adult cats! The cause is actually unknown.
Cats are extremely good at hiding pain so if you notice your cat is perhaps eating a little slower, choosing to chew one side more than the other, or preferring wet food over dry, it may be they have dental pain.☹️ Some cats will stop eating completely, or have excessive salivation, weight loss or swelling around the mouth.
Dental radiographs are vital when determining FORLs and the only treatment is extraction. This can be very tricky as the teeth become quite fragile and can fracture.
Vet John took three radiographs of Nina’s mouth and extracted three teeth. Everything went smoothly, she had some lovely pain relief, and got herself all settled at home by the fire with her best friend Perry.🥰
Bless. It’s a Guinea pig isn’t it? What is their lifespan?
We once had a Guinea pig called gurney. Don’t know how he did it but he was able to escape from his cage time and time again
🐶This little handsome chappy is Bertie!
He was castrated last year! Neutering your dog can be tough for some owners... we’re here to help!
Castration is the term given to the procedure of removing a dog’s testicles – a ‘bilateral orchiectomy’.
❓What are the benefits? 💗It treats/prevents testicular cancer and prostate disease. 💗It can help certain behavioural problems (urine marking, mating behaviour or chasing after bitches in season!). 🆘No accidental pregnancies... no unwanted litters!
❓When should you consider it? ⏱Retained testicles! If one or both testicles have failed to drop into the scrotum then castration is advised due to the extremely high risk of them becoming cancerous. ⏱Male dogs can be castrated from 6 months old but it is recommended to wait until they have matured if you are unsure with your decision.
Of course you’re wondering...
❓Are there any downsides? ❌Weight gain! Neutering reduces the level of sex hormones which results in a lower metabolic rate. However, weight gain can be prevented and controlled by monitoring your dog’s diet and providing ample exercise. ❌General Anaesthesia! This always has inherent risks, however, we provide pre-anaesthetic/surgery checks with a vet for all our patients to minimise any risks. We also have very qualified staff members and top of the range equipment to aid us in monitoring anaesthesia. ❌If you castrate for behavioural reasons, it does not guarantee to be a solution! ❌It can make some behavioural problems worse! Please always speak to one of our team if you’re questioning things.
Such a nice change to see such an educated and balanced approach to neutering advice.
Good Monday morning folks!❄️
We have a new Straitons member to introduce you to!
Kirsty is our new theatre technician. She has worked in practice for 17 years, qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse in 2008. She helped to set up and open her last practice.
Kirsty loved absolutely all aspects of nursing but is really enjoying and taking to the change in role of being a theatre technician. She’s been getting to grips with an array of instruments and developing certain kits for operations. We do have a very diverse range of equipment here.⚔️
At home, Kirsty has a cat called Uggy and loves to spend time with her family and friends. She’s been a fabulous addition to the team, understanding the whirl-wind of veterinary life.
Here's some model snaps of little Dolly who is only 8 weeks old.🥰
Please bear with us on the phones this morning and please take the time to read the post pinned to the top of the page for our current Covid protocols and measures. We ask kindly that you wear masks when on the premises and wrap up warm for waiting outside.😷❄️
🆘You know we aren’t officially open all the time, but are you aware what happens outside of hours? We provide 24 hour emergency service and care, 365 days a year.😻
🦉Well… we have two dedicated night RVNs, our night owls Lucy and Chloe, who work alternate weeks Monday-Monday. They are there on the other end of the phone to offer advice and help you in any way they can. Our lovely team of vets share the on call duty, and work alongside Lucy and Chloe if they need them. Our vets will come to the practice for emergency consultations.
At night, we have inpatients, phone calls and emergency surgeries.🆘 Lucy and Chloe are always on-site so if your animals are hospitalised, they are here to monitor them, administer prescribed medication, and most importantly, nurse them and care for them how they should be 24/7.
Lucy has a keen interest in medical conditions, nutrition and loves getting to know her patients, whereas Chloe enjoys emergency surgeries and anaesthesia!
This fabulous service is available to our clients only and one which we are proud to offer.🤩
We are super lucky to have nurses who are happy to cover our shifts when we are away. Here's a big shout out to nurse Nicki (fondly known as Wilson) who has worked around the New Year! Thank you.🙏
It is very satisfying to know
there is always professional help available & constant care 24/7.
We recently needed emergency out of hours care (not at night thankfully) and received the most wonderful treatment from Mark and a nurse whose name I don’t remember sorry. Can’t fault the care they gave my girl.
simply the best!
Absolutely great nursing staff; always professional, polite and helpful. Very much appreciated. Also good to see posts like this acknowledging the value of people 👍
Good to know all that and thank you
I know how hard you work. Over the years I’ve been with you. I know first had what is done at night. I for one thank you all very much for your dedication xx
I have used the emergency service a few times over 19 years and it has always been excellent.
The staff have changed over the years but the service gets better and better. Eddie would be so proud of you all x
Nice to know that thanks xx
Good to know you are always there, great team, lovely people, professional and always so helpful.
Amazing team work 🌟
Wonderful vets I wouldn’t want any other vet looking after my pony and donkey 🥰
Absolutely amazing vets.... we literally dont know what we would do without you.xxxx
Thank you all so much for all your dedication. Especially at this unpredictable time. You are all appreciated. Xx
It's always been a great comfort, knowing my babies are cared for through the night, when they have to be in patients. The girls have also sent me pics, which have been very welcome x
An amazing team thank you ❤
Thank you ALL for all you do for us ❤❤
Craig treated my dog in the carpark on the tailgate of the car 🚗...he saved his life ..thanks Craig xxx