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Archive for May, 2019

Cat of the Month – Jasper

Jasper is a handsome 4 year old ginger male cat who was brought into the vets as his owner noticed that he was unsettled and straining to pass urine without passing anything.

On examination the vet found that Jasper’s bladder was very full and painful but he wasn’t able to urinate. Jasper was in a lot of pain and needed to have a sedation to have a catheter passed up into his bladder to drain the urine. This condition is called Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease FLUTD) and can have many different underlying causes. Jasper was diagnosed with Idiopathic FLUTD which means that the exact cause is unknown.

Jasper was kept in the hospital for a few days with a urinary catheter in place to allow us to flush his bladder and monitor his urine output. He was also treated with a combination of medications to keep him comfortable and keep his urine flowing. Some cats will recover well after a few days in hospital but unfortunately Jasper was one of the unlucky ones who was in and out of hospital for a couple of weeks due to recurrent problems of obstruction.

Jasper was then referred to a veterinary medicine specialist for further investigation to give him the best chance of recovery, as he continued to have problems. After carrying out more tests he was put on additional medications. Fortunately for Jasper this was successful and he is doing well on his medication. He comes back for regular visits and has become very popular amongst our nurses.

FLUTD is a difficult condition to treat and manage. It is more common in male cats as they have a long narrow urethra compared to female cats and so are more susceptible to problems and obstruction. Overweight cats and indoor cats are also known to be at higher risk of this condition.

Jasper was very lucky that his owners spotted something was wrong early enough for him to be successfully treated. This is a very painful condition and can be life threatening if not treated immediately.

Please make sure you call your vet as an emergency if you notice any of the following signs –
  • Repeated attempts to urinate that are unproductive
  • Crying or discomfort when straining to urinate
  • Increased agitation, possible vomiting.
There are some things you can do at home to help prevent lower urinarytract disease like Jasper’s, which include
  • Increasing water intake
  • Use multiple litter trays around the home
  • Minimising stress
  • Reducing obesity and encouraging exercise
Please let us know if you would like to discuss any of these recommendations in relation to your cat as we have lots more advice to offer.
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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month

May is National Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month, designed to help create awareness of the importance of the veterinary nursing profession. At Milton Keynes Veterinary Group, we have a team of experienced veterinary nurses registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons who will complete day to day tasks which will be around the care of your pet.

In additional to their training to become a veterinary nurse, many have completed or are currently undertaking further training and qualifications including nutrition, medicine, anaesthesia, emergency nursing, behaviour, small mammals, exotics species, avian species, feline medicine, and many more.

A veterinary nurse will complete a wide range of jobs within their routine including:
  • Nurse consults to discuss, weight, preventative care and give second vaccinations
  • Admitting patient for procedures or hospitalisation
  • Preparing animals for theatre and sterilisation of the surgical site
  • Monitoring anaesthetics
  • Taking blood samples
  • Testing samples within our in-house laboratory and arriving external laboratory tests
  • Cleaning kennels and feeding the in-patients
  • Administration of medicines
  • Sterile cleaning of theatre
  • Positioning patients for x-rays
  • Dispensing medication
  • Reception duties – answering telephone calls, booking appointment, greeting clients
  • Performing dental scale and polishes
  • Dressing wounds
  • And much more!
  • As you can tell our veterinary nurses are a vital part of the daily running of our practice and we couldn’t provide the care to your pet without them.
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How to Become a Registered Veterinary Nurse

To become a veterinary nurse it can take a minimum of two years, covering a variety of subjects including anatomy and physiology to analgesia, radiography and anaesthesia. There are a few different options for training to become a veterinary nurse which we have provided further information below.
  1. One option is the Level 3 Diploma, this is a City and Guilds qualification which can take between 2 and 3 years to complete. The course is a full-time course at college alongside veterinary practice based work placements to gain practical experience.
  2. Another option still is the Level 3 Diploma course which is run as a apprenticeship course with students working in clinical practice and attending college on a day release basis every week.
  3. The Foundation Degree course in Veterinary Nursing is a course take 3 years to complete and is a level 5 qualification. It is completed at either college or university on a full time basis and students will attend works placements at intervals during the course.
  4. There is also a level 6 qualification available in Veterinary Nursing which is the Honours Degree. This again is a full time course completed at university where students will complete work placements at intervals during the course and the course will take between 3 and 4 years to complete.
To find out more about becoming a Veterinary Nurse, here are some helpful websites www.bvna.org.uk www.rcvs.org.uk/education/i-want-to-be-a-veterinary-nurse
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