Bagpuss is overweight... yes, it can even happen to a vet's cat! He is starting his diet and we'll be posting his progress on our facebook page, so wish him luck!
At the moment he weighs 5.8kg, with a waistline of 44cm... his cholesterol is high and his primordial pouch ('apron') is a lot saggier than it ought to be!
He is aiming for 5kg, the weight he was when he left rescue in the spring.
Bagpuss eats 95% wet food. The brand varies, but is generally a higher protein, grain free option such as Applaws, Lily's Kitchen, Wainwright's, Thrive and Hi-Life.
He does get some Applaws dry food in his puzzle feeder.
The main issue is treats and extras - like most cats, he's partial to Dreamies. But we are guilty of sharing meals with him - he gets all sorts. But no more! It's time to cut back on the snacks.
It wasn’t a good start to August for Oliver, who returned home one night with scuffed nails and a sore tum. He only had a tiny wound on his side and at first it was thought that he had been in a car accident, but X-rays the following day revealed a very different story.
Sadly, poor Oliver had been shot with an airgun. The pellet was clearly visible towards the bottom of his abdomen. We were very concerned about internal injuries, so Kay and Shosh operated that afternoon to assess the extent of the damage.
It was worse than they thought - the pellet had entered his abdomen through his back, narrowly missing his spine, bruising one of his kidneys and lodging in the muscles of his belly. On the way, the pellet had passed through two different parts of his intestine, leaving Oliver with life-threatening injuries.
Part of Oliver’s small intestine had to be removed, but his large intestine had to be patched up. The leakage of digested food into his abdomen through the pellet injuries (not to mention the fur pulled inside him by the pellet) put him at high risk of severe infection, so his abdomen was flushed with plenty of sterile saline before he was stitched up.
While he made it through surgery, Oliver was not out of the woods yet. His recovery over the next few days was crucial, but luckily he began to eat and the antibiotics kept his infection under control. We were all thrilled that, within a few weeks, he had made a full recovery and is now back to his purry self!
Exciting news - from 1st April 2014 until 31st March 2015 Blue House Vets will be offering FREE microchipping to all dogs, in conjunction with Dogs Trust!
Microchipping will become compulsory by law for all dogs in Wales by March 2015 and in England by 6th April 2016. Microchipping is a quick, effective way of permanently identifying your dog in case of straying or theft. The chip itself is the size of a grain of rice and is injected into the back of the dog's neck. Your contact details are then entered onto a protected national database. Free chipping will be available to all dogs, whether or not they are clients at Blue House, you just need to call us on 01782 522100 to make an appointment.
Available times for chipping will be:
Feel free to tell all your friends - get it done now for free before the law changes! Please note we are unfortunately only able to chip dogs for free, not other species. By appointment only. For more details about the scheme check out the Dogs Trust link www.chipmydog.org.uk/
It was all hands on deck today, when our receptionist Vicki’s pregnant Springer Spaniel Fern went into labour one afternoon. Fern gave birth to three healthy pups at home, but sadly the next three were stillborn, so Vicki’s husband Chris rushed her down to Blue House. An ultrasound scan of Fern’s abdomen revealed that, thankfully, the other pups in her uterus were still alive. However, their heartbeats were slower than we felt comfortable with, so a decision was made to proceed with a Caesarean section. With Caesareans, time is of the essence; the puppies need to be removed as soon as possible after the mum is anesthetised to reduce the dose of anaesthetic drugs they receive across the placenta.
Fern had an intravenous catheter placed and her belly was clipped while she was still awake so that she could be cleaned and surgery started as soon as she was under anaesthetic. With Kate monitoring Fern’s anaesthetic and Shosh performing the surgery, the task of drying and reviving the babies fell to Kay and Heather, as well as Vicki, Chris and their two girls Molly and Ella. Seven healthy pups were born, taking Fern’s litter to a total of ten! Fern and her family are all doing well, but it could have been a different story. If you are planning to breed, remember that things don’t always go to plan and you have to be prepared for anything, day or night. We always advise that you give careful consideration to all eventualities before breeding. We are happy to answer any question you might have, so don’t be afraid to ask!