Canio is now 12 years old and was referred to the AHT in November 2014 as she was very unsteady on her feet and having difficulty walking. After a full neurological examination, a problem was suspected in her lower neck and an MRI scan showed that her spinal canal was narrowed, causing deformation and shrinking of the spinal cord, consistent with what is known as Wobbler’s Syndrome. The MRI also showed that Canio had a mild slipped disc at the base of her neck.
Surgery was discussed but as it posed potential risks she was first tried on steroids, pain relief and a supplement containing anti-oxidants to help treat the spinal cord in the hope that this would relieve her pain and improve her mobility.
Gradually, Canio did improve and she became much more steady on her feet. Canio responded so well to the treatment that there is no longer any need for surgery and our vets are extremely pleased with her progress.
Anita Shea, the neurologist who treated Canio, said: “Canio is an absolutely beautiful lady with a personality to match. She is obviously a very loved and important member of her family and I am so happy that she is doing so well. I very much hope that any visits she makes to us in the future are purely social!”
Indie was diagnosed with a severe parasite infection and was hospitalised for a week while she received treatment. A blood test also indicated that Indie might have dwarfism, which would explain why she was still so small, but this was inconclusive.
Indie was discharged for special care at home and, eventually, with a lot of care and attention, she began to thrive.
On her final visit to the AHT our vets couldn’t believe she was the same cat! Indie made a full recovery and is now nearly three years old, although she is smaller than most adult cats. Clare said: “I am so grateful to my vet for referring Indie to the AHT and to Jordi and the team for the outstanding round the clock care she received.”
Alfie came to us in February last year for hydrotherapy after he had an operation on his hip. Alfie had Perthes’ disease – a disease which causes the head of the femur bone to deteriorate and muscle wasting in the leg – and had surgery to treat this by removing the affected bone.
As part of Alfie’s rehabilitation to get him back on his feet he came to the AHT for regular hydrotherapy in our specially built hydrotherapy unit - including water treadmill, pictured left.
Alfie's treatment involved a tailored routine of carefully monitored exercise to help encourage his hip bones to heal properly and a special exercise plan to build up his leg muscles again. Alfie is now fighting fit and is living a very happy life with his family!
Willow was born with ectopic ureters - basically her bladder was plumbed wrong and this meant that she was incontinent. She had surgery when she was a year old but this failed to fully resolve her condition. After a series of constant urine infections we were referred to the AHT for specialist consultation to see if there was anything more that could be done. Willow was admitted for surgery and fitted with an artificial urethral sphincter. The operation was a success and finally, after five years of incontinence, Willow is now continent and can lead a normal life. Thanks to Kelly for performing the surgery and looking after our girl.