At our Kent surgeries, we are proud to care for your precious pets every single day. We love welcoming your pets, helping them feel better and of course giving them lots of cuddles before they go back home. 💚
Recently, we have seen several complex cases that required life-saving surgery from our experienced vets. We wanted to share some of the heart-warming stories with you.
Read on to find out more about the adorable pets we treated…
Leanne & Enrico Save The Day
Recently, the team at Briar House vets, welcomed the gorgeous Isla, who was a complex medical and surgical case! 🐶
Isla was referred to us from another vets for complex imaging. She had been inappetent, vomiting and lethargic with a HUGE temperature. 😔
Prior to being referred to us, she had started supportive treatment but unfortunately deteriorated- she was now jaundice which happens when the body cannot break down bilirubin effectively. 🤒
On arrival to Briar House Vets, Leanne performed a top quality ultrasound scan and managed to gain essential images of Isla’s gallbladder which showed us that the wall was extremely thickened and irregular- this, alongside what Isla was showing clinically and her blood analysis, suggested an obstruction of bile flow.
We needed to surgically fix Isla but not before supporting her medically and ensuring she was strong enough for the surgery. We placed a feeding tube and gave her fluids and medication over a weekend period ready for surgery on Monday morning! And the bonus…. 🌟 this was all done on-site by our dedicated own staff! 🌟
On the Monday morning, we surgically explored her gallbladder which allowed us to drain and flush the mucous from the gallbladder and take some biopsies. Surgery was a combined effort between our amazing Leanne AND Enrico and even involved an ultrasound DURING the surgery!! 😯
Post operatively, Isla needed intensive nursing and supportive care but she helped us every step of the way being a super gentle girl and trying to eat little bits as soon as she felt up to it. 🐶
After analysis at an external laboratory, Isla’s results determined she had a mucocoele which could well have been fatal if left untreated. ☠️
We were able to discharge Isla home after careful monitoring. We will get to see her for a follow up ultrasound soon with our fabulous vet Leanne to ensure her condition is being kept under control!
Well done Team Briar – our top class vets and highly skilled nursing team all came together to get Isla well again! 💚💚💚
And well done Isla and her doting owners who are providing dedicated aftercare for her recovery! 💕🌟
A Life-Saving Surgery For Inky
Briar House Vets had another fascinating case recently, when 11 year old Inky visited for life saving surgery! 🆘 🚨
Inky came to see our AMAZING Vet Leanne 🌟 for an abdominal scan after his owners noticed that his abdomen was appearing bloated. 😢
Leanne sedated Inky and skilfully imaged a large splenic mass which needed removing surgically. 🏥
Inky went straight to the operating room and a whopping 3.7kg mass was removed from his abdomen which was sent to an external laboratory for testing.
Inky felt immediately better once recovered from his surgery and anaesthetic and was discharged that same evening to continue his recuperation at home! 😊 Not before our team gave him some well-deserved cuddles of course! 💙
Get well soon Inky- Team Briar think you are ace!! 😍 🐾
A Poorly Pup
Cheeky 25 week old Roxy was brought into Lakeview Vets by her worried family because they had seen her eat a sock!! 😮
Obstructions in the gastrointestinal tract (mouth, oesophagus, stomach and intestines) are serious, painful, possible life-threatening conditions especially if left untreated. 😱
Thankfully, as she had only just eaten the sock our fantastic Veterinary Surgeon Brandon was able to help. He admitted Roxy to safely make her sick. This should never be done at home and only if our surgeons feel that it is safe to do so will this take place.
Unfortunately for poor Roxy the stubborn sock needed to be removed after confirming it’s position via an X-ray. Although the sock can not be readily seen by an X- ray image our experienced vets can recognise signs of an obstruction like pockets of gas and gastrointestinal dysfunction.
An ex-lap allows our amazing surgeons to examine all of the abdominal contents and gastrointestinal tract for damage, disease or in Roxy’s case, remove the sock!!! 🐶🧦
During Roxy’s time with us she was given intravenous fluids, antibiotics, medication, pain relief and lots of love and cuddles, she was such a character and didn’t stop wagging her tail the whole time she was here. 💊
Roxy was lucky that her family were keeping a close eye on her and saw her eat the sock but this sadly is not always the case. 😢
Keeping close attention while your pets are playing with toys or are out and about can help avoid problems with ingestion of foreign objects or dangerous products.🍇 🌽 🍖
If you suspect that your pet has eaten something don’t hesitate to contact us to avoid your pet potentially becoming quite ill.
Symptoms of an obstruction or ingestion of other items include:
🔹 Loss of or reduced appetite
🔹 Lip smacking or drooling
🔹 Absence of faeces or diarrhoea
🔹 Lethargic or not being themselves
🔹 Signs of abdominal discomfort such as reluctance to move and crying out
🔹 Swollen abdomen
Gorgeous Roxy is now home with her loving family to recuperate, but we will keep a close eye on her to ensure her continued recovery. 🐶 😍
She certainly made ours hearts melt and all of us wish her well. 💚 ✨