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.
We have just found out that we are in the FINAL THREE for the Petplan VETERINARY PRACTICE OF THE YEAR AWARDS!
Thank you so much to those of you that nominated us - it really means a lot to each and every member of the team.
Being in the top 3 practices (out of over 6000!) for the whole of the UK is an amazing achievement and we are all very excited!
A film crew will be at the practice on 19th March to shoot our finalist video - interviewing staff and clients and showcasing Blue House. This will be played at the awards ceremony and of course we can show it to all of you too!
The awards will be held on 4th April at a black tie event in Birmingham which a lucky few of us will be attending to find out if we have won.
Watch this space for further news...!
This is Pixie. One of our clients found her in the kitchen eating out of her dogs food bowl so she had a feeling something was wrong! She brought her straight in to get her checked out and see if we could find where she had come from. She did have a microchip but sadly her owners hadn’t updated their details on the microchip database or with their vets so we had no way of contacting them.
Pixie was very skinny, covered with fleas, had pale gums and terrible teeth. We were worried she had injured her leg but it seemed to be her kneecap moving in and out of the joint that made her limp.
We ran a few blood tests and found out she was very anaemic which means having a reduced number of red blood cells. Her concentration of red blood cells (PCV) was 12%, less than half the expected value in a normal cat of 25-45%. Since red blood cells are the ones that carry oxygen to all the tissues of the body she was dangerously ill and we had to treat her quickly.
There are lots of reasons to be anaemic including red blood cells being lost through bleeding or from being destroyed by the body’s own immune system. From blood smears we looked at under the microscope it looked like Pixie likely had a low level of iron which is a critical ingredient for making red blood cells. This iron deficiency can happen in young or underweight animals who have too many fleas feasting on their blood.
We treated her fleas and a few days later after plenty of good food and rest her PCV had increased to 20%, a much safer level.
If poor Pixie hadn’t had her fleas treated her organs would have soon been too starved of oxygen to cope and she would have died. It’s rare we see anaemia from a flea infestation thanks to the brilliant range of treatments we have to choose from. Most pets get treated when they become itchy or with some cats when they get a rash if they are allergic to flea saliva. Our main flea treatment “Bravecto” actually prevents fleas as well as treating them so if used regularly your pet never has to suffer from them.
Pixie spent 9 days at Blue House convalescing, but it will take a few weeks for her to fully recover. Iris’s Cats In Need have agreed to take her and after she has had some dentistry this wonderful charity will be looking for a forever home for her.