Not many of us enjoy going to the dentist but we know it’s a necessary part of life. When Evie came in to see us one morning with her face swollen up on one side it almost looked like she had eaten a bee. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case, one of her baby teeth was broken and she had a big abscess over the root of the tooth. We don’t know how Evie broke her tooth as she didn’t chew on any antlers, bones or hard chews– all common culprits for broken teeth. Anyone who has ever had either a broken tooth or abscess will know how sore Evie must have been feeling. Although she was being very brave she needed treatment straight away.
Once Evie was under a general anaesthetic we took x-rays to check what was going on. The picture is really interesting because her adult teeth are growing hidden behind her baby ones! We could see that the break in her tooth went right through to the pulp cavity, the sensitive part of the tooth which looks like a darker centre area on the x-rays. If this pulp cavity is opened up it is a great pathway for bacteria to get to the root of the tooth and set up an infection which is exactly what had happened to Evie.
The treatment was to remove the broken tooth and start on medicines for the infection and the pain. Sometimes the infection is bad enough to affect the growing adult tooth but luckily Evie had her treatment before this happened. At her post-op check her face was already back to normal and she was much happier! In a few months she will have forgotten all about her trip to the dentist and have a lovely set of adult teeth.
As many of you will know, Blue House Vets work with Pet Blood Bank by hosting their donation days at our practice every 2-3 months. These are really lovely, fun days where the dogs get lots of fuss, treats and attention and actually save lives in the process!
At the moment, Pet Blood Bank really needs more negative blood type dogs to register with them and come along to our sessions. Dogs can either be positive or negative blood type and negative is in high demand because this can be given to any dog in an emergency.
If you have a dog of the following breed and they are aged between 1 and 8, weigh over 25kg, and are fit and healthy, we would love to hear from you. To find out more and register your dog, please visit: http://bit.ly/2hCaWnj
- American Bulldog
- Border Collies
- Dogue de Bordeaux
- English Bull Terriers
- Flat Coated Retrievers
- German Shepherds
- Old English Sheepdog
Our Blue House Duck was in great company this afternoon at the Congleton Lions Duck race at Congleton Park! With 24 large ducks (all wonderfully decorated) and 2000 smaller ducks we always had a challenge on our hands, but after a very slow start we managed to finish respectably in the middle of the pack. I think our favourite decorated Duck was by Menditz of Congleton - their Mr Misstofeduck was epic, complete with fur and whiskers!
Some of the patients we see are quite a bit smaller than our usual dogs and cats—meet Chip the hamster!
Chip came to see us because of a rather large swelling that had developed under his eye. People often worry that nothing can be done for our smaller patients, but we can often help. Although the swelling could have been a tumour, Kay suspected an abscess. She started him on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories, which Chip didn't seem to mind so much once we added some Ribena to mask the taste of the antibiotics!
Eight days later and he was back to his usual handsome hamster self, as you can see in the picture.
Earlier this summer Monty came in to see Helen because he kept vomiting. He started on some medication but he continued being sick. His owners then noticed it wasn’t just food coming back up—Monty had obviously decided his bed looked tasty and he was bringing up large chunks of his bedding!
On x-rays we could see his intestines were inflamed and his stomach looked like it was very full, but as he wasn't eating we were suspicious his eating habits were causing an issue! The only way forward was surgery, so we got Monty prepared for the operating theatre.
During surgery we found that his stomach was completely stuffed full of bedding! He was so sore that he needed a combination of 5 different types of pain relief for us to keep him asleep and happy enough to continue with the surgery. Luckily we found that the bedding had stayed in his stomach and not travelled further down his intestines. This would have been much more serious. We were able to remove all the material from his stomach (a procedure called a gastrotomy) and stitch him back up.
After a short while recuperating in the Vets Now hospital he was able to go home and complete his recovery. He’ll have a big scar but no other long term effects, hopefully his scar will remind him not to eat his bed in the future!
It's rabbit awareness week!
This year's Rabbit Awareness Week theme is 'Protect and Prevent' and will be raising awareness around Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease 2 (RVHD2).
RVHD2 is a new variant of the RVHD1 virus which causes internal bleeding and sudden death.
The disease has a low recovery rate as there is no specific treatment for RVHD2 only supportive care.
Therefore, the best way to protect your rabbits is to vaccinate them against this, myxomatosis and RVHD1!
Please call us on 01782 522100 to make an appointment to ensure your rabbit is protected, or to chat to us about vaccination!
May is Vet Nurse Awareness month!
We have a team of amazing nurses who are all Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs). Having qualified, highly trained nurses is one of the most important ways that we can ensure the best care for your pets!
Over the next month we will be aiming to tell you all about Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs) - who they are, what they do and how to become one. We think you'll be surprised at just how much an RVN can do!
Our amazing friend and colleague Sharon has been named as Petplan Practice Support Staff of the Year 2019! This is an amazing accolade and achievement and she would have been so happy. We found out she had won at the awards ceremony - commonly known as the Oscars of the veterinary world - on April 4th at Birmingham town hall. The black tie event was attended by eight staff from Blue House along with Sharon's parents, Kevin and Linda, who accepted the award on her behalf. We were all very emotional and extremely proud of her - one in a million.
You can watch her nomination video by following the link below:
Last year we were all deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic loss of Sharon. She was a greatly valued and respected member of the team at Blue House Vets, as well as being a close personal friend to many of us. She is sorely missed by all who knew her.
Sharon was the life and soul of our work family, a real people person with a huge amount of affection for animals that was clearly shown in every aspect of her work. In memory of her we are taking part in the Troll Run - a 7km mud and obstacle race - on April 13th 2019, at Glebe Farm in Congleton. We have runners from at least three veterinary practices taking part - Blue House Vets, Congleton Vets, and Moorland Vets, plus others that worked with Sharon over the years. Sharon took part in the run herself a couple of years ago, so we are running (or crawling!) in her footsteps. As many of us seem to have some sort of allergy to exercise, it certainly is a challenge!
We have decided to raise money for two charities - the Brockington Mother and Baby Perinatal Mental Health Unit, and Vetlife, an independent charity offering confidential and free help for everyone in the veterinary community. Money donated on this page will go directly to Vetlife, with donations received at the practice being donated to the Brockington Unit. Vetlife helped a number of us at Blue House when we were trying to come to terms with the loss of Sharon so we would like to give something back. The Brockington is a great unit which Sharon felt strongly about and so we would also like to support them in the work they do.
You can donate on Just Giving by following the link below, or in person at Blue House Vets, 71A Congleton Road, Biddulph, ST8 6EF.