Tikka was our Braveheart winner for August 2017.
Tikka came to see the vet as he had lost weight and was lethargic, his coat condition had become poor and his personality had changed. After blood tests and a thorough examination it was found that Tikka had become diabetic.
Once Tikka had been diagnosed, his owner had to start giving daily injections of insulin to try to stabilise him, they also had to bring him back frequently to ensure his dosage was correct, by completing glucose curves and observing him whilst hospitalised for the day. Over the last few months, Tikka begun to put on weight again, his coat condition improved and he became a lot more lively. He is now on a very low dose of insulin and his owner was pleased to say that he had his old Tikka back again!
We are all so proud of the progress Tikka has made, he couldn’t have done it without the love and dedication of his owner, and we wish him the best in the future!
Mille was an August Braveheart nominee.
Millie was first bought in to see Rachel in May, when her owner noticed that her behaviour had changed. Blood tests were done, and the results showed that her thyroid was overactive. There were options to treat this, including medication, iodine treatment, or a thyroidectomy. Her owners opted for medication which she was given to help reverse the over activity. However after a few weeks, Millie became unwell, and was bought back to us.
Further blood tests revealed that she was having an adverse reaction to the medication, and had to stop taking it. She then had to recover from this reaction, change her diet to one specifically designed for her condition, in readiness for an operation to remove one of the thyroid glands. After the operation further bloods were taken to make sure that her thyroid levels had returned to normal, but this flagged up that there were now problems with her kidneys. Millie needed to be put on an exclusive kidney diet, and it wasn’t easy finding one she liked. She has now settled on one and is doing very well at home. Her kidneys will have to be continually monitored, but with the special diet, she should live for many more years. We wish her well.
Olly was another August Braveheart nominee.
Olly was placed in our care as his mother couldn’t look after him; he had a rocky start in life alongside his siblings. Through constant monitoring and intensive nursing care, Olly began to grow and his personality began to show. He needed help urinating and bladder expressing was necessary on a daily basis.
Once he had reached a certain weight, he was able to have a home of his own. Olly is now thriving with his new family who also took on his brother and sister.
We are all so proud of Olly and his siblings for surviving against the odds, especially Olly who had to endure vet checks, medications and hospitalisation at such a young age. He has now grown into himself and with his clean bill of health can enjoy life to the full.
Abbie was also nominated for a Braveheart in August.
Abbie was brought in to see us as her owners had noticed she was vomiting and blood was present. She was examined by a vet and after further testing she was diagnosed with immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia. She was placed on various medications and had to be closely monitored at home at by constant vet checks to ensure the dosages were correct and she was improving. Over the next couple of weeks, Abbie began to recover with no more bouts of vomiting. Abbie’s medication has now been significantly reduced and although she will still need to undergo blood tests in the future, she is bright and happy at home again.