Patient of the Week 30 September
Meet Maisy, an eight-year-old Irish Wolfhound who owes her life to one of our soft tissue surgeons, Daniela Murgia. Luckily for Maisy, and her owners, Alan and Ann, Maisy has celebrated her 8th birthday this year and couldn’t be doing better. But, four years ago, Maisy’s life was at risk when her lung suddenly collapsed. After intensive surgery, a two-week stay on the AHT’s recovery ward and a period of rest and rehabilitation, Maisy was back on her feet!
Since then Maisy has continued to live a normal life and just six months after her operation went on to win the Kennel Club Good Citizen Gold Award in 2012. In the words of Alan, her owner, “This would not have been possible without the outstanding surgery and care Maisy received by Daniela and her amazing team. We cannot thank them enough.
"Maisy was just four years old at the time and now she has celebrated her 8th birthday and is living life to the full. It was not clear why Maisy’s lung collapsed, but we treasure her very much and are so glad she got the treatment she needed in time.”
We’re thrilled to hear how well Maisy is doing and it’s made even more fantastic news as we’re welcoming Daniela Murgia back into the AHT team. Daniela left the AHT for a short period to work in Hong Kong and it’s great to have her back in the soft tissue surgery team! Daniela said: “I’m so excited to be back at the AHT which I have missed so much during the last year. The AHT is my home, professionally speaking.
"It was also a big, pleasant surprise to see that Maisy has been elected as Patient of the Week. Maisy was one of my first patients here at the AHT and it is so rewarding when pet owners such as Maisy’s keep us updated on their progress. Ann and Alan sent me a beautiful photo of Maisy on her 8th birthday which was really wonderful to receive!”
Patient of the Week 23 September
This week’s Patient of the Week is Henry, an adorable 18-week-old Labrador puppy! Poor little Henry was rushed in to see us four weeks ago at 9 o’clock one evening after having a severe allergic reaction, which was suspected to be to an insect bite or sting on his muzzle. Henry’s face became incredibly swollen, to the extent that he could barely open his eyes or breathe through his nose.
Henry became out of sorts a few hours earlier, including starting to vomit. Bex, Henry’s owner, got Henry to her local vet asap but as Henry was having such a severe reaction they were referred to the AHT for emergency out-of-hours treatment. Henry was immediately examined by our internal medicine team and treatment began for the allergic reaction, which included putting him on oxygen given his difficulties breathing. Henry’s vitals were closely monitored in case he went into anaphylactic shock over night. Any other possible causes for his clinical signs were ruled out, to make sure there was nothing else going on with this little chap.
Thankfully for the Thomson family, after 24 hours on the AHT’s recovery ward Henry was well enough to go home. It is now four weeks later and Henry has not had another nasty reaction so is once again running wild around the family’s garden, full of beans, like it never happened! However, keeping Henry away from the cause of his allergy will be tricky as no one saw exactly what it was that bit or stung him, so fingers crossed it doesn’t happen again!
Bex, Henry’s Mum, said: “To all at the AHT, we simply can't thank you all enough for your kindness and compassion whilst Henry was in your care. Your staff are nothing short of amazing. Thank you for keeping us at ease with your phone calls and patience and special thanks to Yordan for his quick treatment and care. We are forever grateful to you all for making our little man better”.
“We are super-pleased to have him home and well and Henry is back to his old self! Thank you also for not even questioning letting our little boy, Oscar, visit his best buddy whilst he had to stay with you. We all missed him so much! He is our little treasure and thanks to all at AHT we still have him, safe and sound!”
The most common causes of an allergic angioedema, which is the medical term for this type of allergic reaction, are a recent vaccination or environmental allergens e.g. an insect bite or sting or nettle sting. However, many times, like in Henry’s case, the cause cannot be established but quick action is important as allergic reactions like Henry’s can be very serious. Allergic angioedema causes a rapid-developing and extensive swelling and can progress to systemic anaphylaxis. These cases should be treated as a medical emergency and you should go to your vet straight away if you suspect your dog might be having a similar reaction.
We’re extremely pleased that we were able to help Henry, and, as it was exceptional circumstances, make the family feel more at ease by allowing Oscar (who is not yet two but very attached to Henry!) to visit while Henry was being treated.
Patient of the Week 16 September
This week’s Patient of the Week is this very cute Pug cross French Bulldog pup, Frank! Frank came to AHT a few months ago with an eye ulcer that wouldn’t heal, making Frank very uncomfortable.
He was thoroughly examined by our ophthalmologists who detected a hair growing under Frank’s eyelid, called an ectopic cilium. This abnormal hair had caused the ulcer and was preventing it from healing.
James Oliver, our recently appointed Head of Ophthalmology, operated to remove the hair. James said: "Abnormal hairs are a fairly common cause of eye ulcers in young dogs and can cause a lot of pain. Fortunately, surgical removal of these hairs is very successful and allows the eye to heal.
"Frank is such a lovely boy and was a pleasure to treat. It was so rewarding to see him become pain-free within a few days of the procedure."
Sammie, Frank’s owner, commented on Frank's recovery: “Renata telephoned me after the op', again that evening and then the next morning. She couldn’t have been more helpful and understanding.
"Frank was sent home the next day with three different eye drops, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication. We came back for a check-up a few days later and Renata and James came to explain what had been done and to see how Frank was, thankfully everything was healing as it should. They were both so kind and helpful.
"All of the staff that I met at AHT were helpful, kind and understanding. I couldn’t have wished for a better service! Thank you from Frank and his family.”