Biscuit is a four and a half year old Fox Red Labrador who, like most Labradors, is very active and always getting himself into trouble! But in the Autumn, Biscuit started to slow down due to a problem with his left eye which was making him particularly uncomfortable and starting to effect his sight. Biscuit was referred to see an ophthalmologist at the AHT in November for further investigation and treatment of a corneal ulcer of his left eye.
On examining Biscuit, our ophthalmologists, James and Lorraine, were concerned that the eye had a rare fungal infection. Various tests were performed and this was confirmed. This meant that without aggressive treatment, Biscuit was in danger of losing the eye.
Biscuit needed a delicate operation to remove the diseased cornea and the fungal organisms present. The cornea was then repaired using a graft and, following this, his eyelids were temporarily stitched together to protect the eye as it healed. Following intensive antifungal medication, Biscuit made a full recovery and his eye and sight were saved.
Biscuit’s owners said: “Biscuit is a huge and much-loved part of our family. He loves the beach and swimming, especially swimming far out to sea to try and pull in buoys, chase seagulls and even seals! this can be a bit nerve-racking, but he always comes back and we wouldn’t be without him.
"We were worried he may lose his eye, and with that some of his spirit, due to the infection but thanks to the AHT, he didn’t. We are very grateful to AHT for the excellent care and attention given to Biscuit during his treatment.”
Marina, this stunning three-year-old Maine Coon, has struggled with tummy problems her whole life - frequently passing stools which contained blood. This has been extremely distressing for her owners, Jaimie and Ian. Marina has been tried on various things to solve the problem, including steroids, which had some success, but the problem kept coming back and getting worse.
Following more blood tests Marina was referred to the AHT in January as her vet suspected she may have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Our Internal Medicine Team performed an ultrasound and endoscopy to look closely at Marina’s stomach and bowel and were able to confirm that Marina had IBD.
After a short stay on the AHT feline ward Marina was sent home on antibiotics and after a few days she was like a different cat! Jaimie, her owner, said: “I’ve never known her this well. She will not leave me alone, it’s like she’s saying 'Thank you Mummy!'”.
Marina’s IBD seems to be antibiotic responsive which means it is manageable, however it may still flare up from time to time. We’ll keep a close eye on Marina over the next few months to monitor her condition and adjust her medication accordingly, but we’re glad Marina is responding well to her treatment plan, making her a much happier and healthier cat!
Jaimie added: “Thank you to everyone at the AHT who treated Marina, especially Fabiane Buser. Fabiane went through Marina’s full medical history and nothing was too much trouble. You all do such a wonderful job, continue doing what you are doing!”
Meet Pixie,a beautiful Yorkshire Terrier. Pixie is only one year and four months old but was referred to the AHT in June last year because she was suffering from a luxating patella, where the kneecap dislocates or moves out of its normal location (also known as trick knee or floating knee cap) in both of her hind legs.
This condition can be very common in small dogs but was very severe in Pixie’s case, causing her a lot of discomfort and an abnormal gait, and would require two intricate knee operations to correct.
Pixie had the first operation in June and the second three months later in September. During both operations the groove that the knee cap sits in had to be made deeper and metal implants were inserted where the patella ligament attaches to the tibia (shin bone), to stop the patella from moving out of place again.
After the second surgery, Pixie needed a further eight weeks of post-operative cage rest and was back to the AHT in November to have the metal implants removed. Finally, Pixie could gradually start building her daily exercise back up to normal again and is now enjoying the new year as a new dog, with a new lease of life!
Heidi, Pixie’s Mum, said: “Everyone was so kind at the Animal Health Trust, especially Adrien and Georg, Pixie’s vets, and Pixie’s nurse, Michelle. She is now back to her terrier ways, enjoying long walks and lots of play time! Thank you.”