Case Studies: Soft Tissue Surgery

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Prostatic cyst with a urethral communication

Buddy, the much loved male Staffie belonging to lovely couple of die-hard Rockers, presented with a real problem – he couldn’t urinate. He had a large prostate cyst with a communication to the urethra, the tube from the bladder. When he tried to urinate, the urine shunted from his bladder to the cyst and only...

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Splenectomy

Nell, a 33kg 8 year old German Shepherd presented with a truely massive 6kg spleen mass. We sent the whole spleen away for analysis and exhaustive histopathology located no neoplastic cause – just splenic haemorrhage and necrosis. So the prognosis is cautiously optimistic. Patients can live very well without their spleen if there is no...

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Urethrostomy in a street dog after traumatic penis damage

Kutlis, an eleven year old, 9kg, Lithuanian street dog, presented with acute urinary outflow obstruction. A bite wound months ago had led to him losing the front half of his penis. He had been managing to pee until a couple of days before we saw him. At that point his bladder was huge. His kidney...

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Widening the nostrils of flat nosed breeds

Short nosed “brachycephalic” breeds are becoming more popular. This is not good news, because many of these dogs have compromised airways. In short, humans are choosing to breed dogs that can not get a good flow of air into their lungs. We frequently need to widen the nostrils, which is simple enough to do.  ...

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Ruptured gall bladder

Elsa, a young female Mastiff, suffered a gastric dilatation / volvulus (GDV) and was successfully treated for this surgically at a neighbouring practice. They undoubtedly saved her life, but a few days later she started going downhill and Roger scanned her. It was apparent that as a consequence of the GDV, her gall bladder had...

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