Patient of the Week 24 June
Poor Snoop, who’s eight years old, had a leaking saliva gland duct which led to a huge swelling on his neck, thought to weigh about 1kg! Although relatively painless, the swelling was causing Snoop some discomfort and quite a lot of worry for his owners.
The swelling first appeared about a year ago and was drained and treated with a course of antibiotics. Unfortunately, the mass returned and continued to increase in size so Snoop was referred to the AHT for a further investigation to determine its cause.
An ultrasound revealed that the mass was unlikely to be serious and a sample of the fluid present within the mass was sent off for testing. The results showed that there was saliva present which confirmed our vet’s suspicions that Snoop had at least one leaking saliva gland, causing the huge swelling.
A further ultrasound examination of the salivary glands helped to determine which glands were affected and Snoop was prepped for surgery to remove the leaking glands and to drain the mass.
Snoop came round from the operation with no complications and returned home the following day feeling much better! Soon he was back to his old tricks, such as sleeping contently on his mum and dad’s bed in the sun!
Despite a rather hefty scar to start with his wound has healed well. Now all the fur has grown back it’s hardly noticeable at all and Snoop has made a full recovery. Jason Ross, Snoop’s owner, said: “We can't thank you enough. Snoop has done you proud and has made a family very happy, you guys rock keep up the good work! Lots of love and hugs to you all from Snoop and family.”
Patient of the Week 17 June
Our Patient of the Week this week is Rainy, a 2 year old miniature pony owned by Bryony Gillespie who has had some big problems with her eyes.
Rainy had been suffering with her left eye for some time, with inflammation of the eye and head-shaking. Unresponsive to antibiotic drops, the decision was taken to refer Rainy for a specialist opinion.
Bryony said, “Another of my horses, Prince, was actually already staying with the AHT being investigated for poor performance related issues by Sue Dyson. I was so impressed with her work and the whole of the AHT that I knew there was only one place to take Rainy.”
Rainy was referred to the ophthalmologists at the AHT, and straight away Rachael Grundon noticed that her left eye was significantly under-developed with little vision and suffering recurrent uveitis. Rainy’s right eye was also affected by developmental anomalies, with lens sub luxation and a cataract. Unfortunately, Rainy’s left eye had to be removed, but she is now much more comfortable.
“Rainy is so much happier and content now. She’s really adapted to life with one eye. She couldn’t have carried on with that painful condition, so removing her eye was definitely the right thing to do.”
Bryony has been so impressed with the care her horses have received at the AHT that she has decided to fundraise and raise awareness of our charity at the Lincolnshire Show, with her two miniature ponies Rainy and Isabella also attending the show to help!
“I was overwhelmed by the amazing staff at the AHT and I just felt I had to give something back to them and other horses in the future. Please help us raise funds to help more sick horses like Rainy and Prince get the best possible care.”
You can donate towards Bryony’s fundraising by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/Isabella-Rainy. Read more about their fundraising challenge.
Patient of the Week 10 June
This week’s Patient of the Week is Minnie. Poor Minnie, age five, is somewhat of a regular visitor to the AHT and has been seen by our vets for three different ailments in the past two years! We are very pleased, however, to say that she has pulled through them all and is now living a very happy and healthy life with her owner, Kelly.
Minnie was first referred to us in 2013 when her vet noticed that she had a thick pigment deposit on her corneas. After visiting Rachael and the team in the Ophthalmology Department, Minnie was diagnosed with Pigmentary Keratitis (PK). The pigment was severely affecting her vision and without treatment she was at risk of going blind.
Rachael performed a medial canthoplasty which involved sewing up the corners of Minnie’s eyes so that they were not so exposed, and Minnie was put on two types of eye drops. Two years on from the operation Minnie recently came in for a check-up and Rachael is very pleased with her progress. Minnie started treatment at the right time and the pigmentation is continuing to retract and thin and her vision is improving.
While Minnie was being treated for her eyes she was also treated for breathing problems; due to her short nose on a few occasions she had fainted in warm weather. Minnie needed an operation to widen her nose and reduce her soft palate and since then her breathing has improved and she has not fainted.
The third ailment to bring Minnie to the AHT was a urinary tract infection. Unfortunately, after several rounds of antibiotics, the infection was not clearing up and was getting worse. Minnie’s local vets ran several tests but couldn’t find anything, so Minnie was referred back to the AHT for further testing.
Luckily, the AHT’s advanced imaging equipment detected that Minnie had a number of bladder stones and she was operated on the very next day. Minnie went on to made a quick and full recovery.
Kelly said: “After all the treatment at the AHT, Minnie is now better than ever. I can’t thank the vets and all the staff at the AHT for all their care and support in looking after Minnie. They provide a fantastic service and I am so grateful for everything they have done for Minnie over the years!”
It’s been a pleasure treating Minnie but we do hope that she won’t be needing our services again anytime soon!
If your horse, dog or cat has been treated at the AHT and you'd like us to share their story, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org, and they could be our next Patient of the Week!
Patient of the Week 3 June
This week’s Patient of the Week is Bayley Brown, a very sweet Beagle who has been battling cancer.
Bayley came to the AHT in December 2012 after a mass appeared on her leg. Bayley’s first opinion vet operated to remove the mass which was diagnosed as a mast cell tumour. As it is very difficult to confidently remove all of the cancerous tissue Bayley was referred to the AHT for further treatment.
By the time we saw her four small masses had grown back along the scar. At that point we recommended a second surgery followed by a three-month course of chemotherapy to target the remaining cancerous cells that could not be removed through surgery. Despite all these treatments the cancer came back along the scar of the original surgery in May 2013.
A further operation was performed but we were no longer optimistic that the cancer could be completely cured. We discussed the situation with Bayley’s owner, Michelle, and she chose to restart Bayley on a different chemotherapy regime - not to cure her, but just to prolong her life.
Amazingly, Bayley has kept fighting and two years on she is still tumour-free! We have therefore decided to stop the chemotherapy and to continue to monitor her for any signs of the disease returning.
Michelle said: “Bayley is no longer having any chemotherapy and is living a very happy life. In fact, she has just made it to her fifth Birthday! We weren't expecting her to reach her fourth birthday so for us this is truly amazing.
“The care Bayley received from the Oncology Team and everyone at the AHT was absolutely first-class. Without Davide and the commitment of the team Bayley would not be here today, so thank you again!”
On hearing this good news, Davide said: “We are very happy to hear that Bayley is still doing so well and we have been keeping a close eye on her during this time. Nobody could predict such a positive outcome, but we like to be positively surprised! I think a good part of the success is due to the commitment and dedication Bayley’s family have given her during her treatment, so well done to the Brown family!”