I can hardly believe it but we’ve been going for a month now – how quickly time flies when you are enjoying yourself! Considering that we haven’t really advertised the fact that we are open – we have been pretty busy and have had really quite an interesting and impressive range of cases to deal with.
Our first day – and actually our first out of hours call – produced an emergency splenectomy. I’m glad to report that the patient came through fine and our surgical facilities similarly passed with flying colours, though it might have been nice to have a slightly more straight forward op to provide an early test! In our second week we were delighted to welcome Neil Adams to the surgery to perform a TPLO operation to correct a bouncy Boxer’s ruptured cruciate ligament. A complicated orthopaedic procedure, that has thankfully worked wonders for the patient, we were chuffed with another thorough test and thumbs up for our facilities. On the medical front we’ve also had some patients to exercise the grey matter, including the relatively unusual viral disease Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). Usually rapidly terminal, our patient is holding his own thanks to some invaluable advice from Glasgow University with respect to diet and the use of the immune-‐stimulant omega interferon. Last weekends “entertainment” came in the form of a tenacious Jack Russell that foolishly tackled an Adder on the top of the Simonside. Grateful that he wasn’t carrying a Labrador – the unfortunate dogs owner carried her to the car and brought her to the surgery within the hour. Although her leg was already significantly swollen, she soon responded to treatment and is now back in full health, though her trials and tribulations did get us a mention on BBC Radio Newcastle! Its not all been happening in the surgery, Stu has been busy out and about on farm dealing with the usual assortment of things that occur at this time of year. Along with treating the odd sick calf, he has had a calving and vasectomised a tup – all in a days work – as they say!