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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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Itchy issues – Storm’s story

Storm is a beautiful 13 year old tabby cat. Sometime ago, she started getting really itchy! She had lots of investigations to look for different parasites and infections. Storm was developing bald patches, scabs and sores which were becoming uncomfortable for her. Despite the investigations, there was no underlying cause found to determine why she was so itchy.

Storm was referred to our dermatologist (skin specialist), David Godfrey, for intradermal skin testing. This involves injecting small amounts different potential allergens and measuring the reaction to these allergens. It was found that Storm is allergic to dust mites, fleas, grass tree and weed pollens!

Storm was started on injections which contain small amount of allergens she is allergic to in the aim that over time desensitisation will occur. Storm has had a fantastic response to her treatment and is much happier and comfortable, however on some occasions the response to her injections differs.

Storm regularly visits our cat clinic for her monthly injections and is very well behaved!
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New Cat Clinic Day at Stoke Road

Due to the success and popularity of our cat clinics on Tuesdays at our Stoke Road branch, we are adding an additional cat clinic day every THURSDAY.

Introducing AMANDA ROSS, our new Thursday Cat Clinic Vet
Amanda qualified from Edinburgh University in 2001 and joined us in June 2017. She began her career in a practice in her hometown of Leeds before joining a mixed practice in Bedford in 2002. Initially, she worked with large animals as well as small but gradually moved towards concentrating solely on small animals. She holds an ESVPS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. She has become particularly interested in feline medicine and is very much looking forward to running the Cat Clinic at the Stoke Road branch on Thursdays. Outside work, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband and two small children, as well as their cat Jamie and their newest addition to the family, a rehomed tortoise called Margo.
The clinic is open for:
  • Vaccinations, Consultations, Repeat Prescription Checks, General Health Checks, Surgery, Dentistry
And also nurse clinics including:
  • Nail clipping, Minor dematts, Blood Pressure Checks, Diabetic Clinics, Weight Clinics, Microchipping, Second Vaccinations, Behaviour clinics and many more
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Advanced Veterinary Nursing Diploma for Caroline.

Some of you may already know our nurse, Caroline Stevens from our Cat Clinic at Stoke Road. She has been instrumental in us gaining International Society of Feline Medicine’s Cat Friendly Clinic Silver award, ensuring a calm environment for your cats to be treated.

For the last two years, alongside her hard work in the practice, Caroline has been studying for the RCVS Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing, which we are pleased to inform you she has recently passed.

The Diploma is an advanced post-registration qualification which involved a combination of modules that she studied both on study weekends at Myerscough College and distance learning. Caroline selected clinical modules that reflected her interests, which included anaesthesia, medical nursing and surgical nursing.

Caroline will of course be able to apply her learning to her role as Clinical Coach for our nursing students.

We, as a practice, actively encourage continuous professional development and encourage personal growth across the whole practice team.

Congratulations, Caroline Stevens BSc(Hons) RVN DipAVN Dip HE CVN SQP

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Milton Keynes Veterinary Group is awarded internationally-recognised Cat Friendly Clinic status

We are proud to announce that Milton Keynes Veterinary Group have achieved accreditation as a Cat Friendly Clinic (CFC). The CFC programme has been developed by the International Society of Feline Medicine, the veterinary division of the leading feline charity International Cat Care, and accreditation has been made available in partnership with Purina. It aims to promote well-being and high standards of care for all cats visiting or being hospitalised in a veterinary clinic.

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Under the programme, we had to prove rigorous adherence to a set of criteria which includes provision of facilities and demonstration of staff activities and attitudes aimed at reducing stress in cats, both as in-patients and out-patients. The criteria includes having separate dog and cat waiting areas, feline-friendly hospitalisation cages, and veterinary equipment specifically for treating cats. Most importantly, staff are trained in approaching and handling cats sensitively and respectfully, and in maintaining high standards of veterinary care, including continuing to update their knowledge of feline medicine as new treatments and information become available.

Caroline Stevens, the clinic’s Cat Advocate, was proud to receive Silver accreditation, “We wanted to make sure that a trip to see our vets was as stress-free an experience as possible for our cat patients and their owners. Cats can get very anxious when taken out of their usual environment, and this can make their owners reluctant to seek veterinary attention when their cat needs it. By undertaking Cat Friendly Clinic accreditation, we’ve committed to delivering high standards of cat care, with compassion and expertise. Our Cat Clinics at Stoke Road have proved hugely popular since we introduced them in October 2013.”

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The International Society of Feline Medicine launched the Cat Friendly Clinic initiative three years ago, to encourage veterinary practices everywhere to make best efforts to improve the welfare of cats in their care. The programme advises practices on how to make their environment as welcoming to cats as possible, as well as providing support in staff training, handling techniques and cat-specific client care.

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Cat owners can find out more about International Cat Care and the Cat Friendly Clinic initiative at www.catfriendlyclinic.org. Milton Keynes Veterinary Group’s website can be found at www.mkvetgroup.co.uk

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