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Casper’s Story

Casper is a handsome 6 month old German Shepherd, who had a hard start to life when we met him at around 8 weeks old. We originally saw Casper in September at our Walnut Tree Hospital when he was treated by us for haemorrhagic diarrhoea, causing anaemia and ascites. He was initially given fresh frozen plasma to stabilise his condition and to improve his albumin levels.

Fresh Frozen Plasma transfusions are used to treat clotting problems and low protein levels in dogs and cats. Blood plasma is the liquid part of the blood where blood cells are suspended.

Casper initially responded well to treatment but, when his anaemia got worse, the vet decided to give him a blood transfusion using Packed Red Blood Cells.

To produce Packed Red Cells, the red blood cells are separated from the plasma into a concentrated packed cell form. The aim of a packed red blood cell transfusion is to restore the red blood cell count and improve the oxygen carrying ability of the blood

Post transfusion, Casper’s packed red cell count saw a dramatic improvement. He was bright and eating well. We saw further improvement over the following days and he was discharged from the hospital. Casper made a slow but steady recovering over the next few months. He had a few setbacks, but thanks to the hard work and dedication of his owners had now made a full recovery.

We would like to thank all dog donors that donate blood on a regular basis. Without your help treating cases like Jasper’s would not be possible.

If you would like your dog to become a blood donor, you can find more information here – http://www.mkvetgroup.co.uk/could-you-dog-be-a-lifesaver/

Here are some recent photos of Casper, looking very handsome!
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Exciting New Equipment at Milton Keynes Veterinary Group

Earlier this year Heine, manufacturers of high quality diagnostic equipment, asked for veterinary ophthalmologists who would be happy to trial their IC2 Fundoscope (more later) for veterinary use.

We are delighted to be one of the few General practices in the country who have been asked to trial it.
The funduscope attaches to an iphone and enables visualisation (and photography) of the retina (fundus). The right-hand picture shows a human fundus when viewed through the IC2 (boring!)



It is early days yet and we are still learning but we have already had some quite good photos. There is a difference between what we see and what we actually get to photograph
Here are some photos (not ours) of a normal cat and dog fundus.

Pictures have been taken from Keith Barnett’s superb Diagnostic Atlas of Veterinary Ophthalmology.

You can see how they are much more exciting than the human (primate) ones! The colourful reflective part is the tapetum, hence “cat’s eyes“ (but could as easily have been dogs).

Dogs have blood vessels which cross the optic nerve head while cats do not, a common exam question for veterinary students. The far easier way to establish which species is to check out the animal before you look in their eyes.
Here are some photos we have taken.


This is both eyes of “Amber” who has been blind in the right eye (LHS) for many years. The dark “halo” around the optic nerve head gives us a reason why.

On the LHS we have a bit (oops) of the optic nerve head of a normal young dog. On the RHS we have “Hugo” an ageing cocker spaniel who is unfortunately suffering with retinal degeneration and going blind. You can see how the blood vessels are much less (atrophy) and the “shiny” part indicates retinal thinning enabling the tapetum to reflect more light.

Here we have the right and left eyes of “Mampi” who suffering from hypertension unfortunately suffered a total retinal detachment and haemorrhage in his right eye and partial detachments in his left.

In his right eye the top arrow points to a retinal bleed (post detachment), while the bottom arrow shows “perivascular cuffing” which is caused by leakage from the vessels due to the hypertension. In his left eye we can see dark “dead” patches of retina caused due to bullous (like little blisters) detachments of the retina.

These photos are all after treatment which has brought his blood pressure back to normal. His retina in his right eye is now mainly reattached but you can see the damage that has already occurred.
Finally to show that humans aren’t the only species with relatively boring retinae.
These pictures from David Williams Chapter 27 in Gelatt’s Veterinary Ophthalmology show two normal rabbut fundi, the left hand one being an albino.
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Are you planning to travel with your pet this year?

If you are planning to travel in Spring this year, it is wise to consider planning in good time before you go.

Pets travelling into the EU before 29th March 2019 can do so under the current Pet Passport scheme and will be able to return to the UK as before.

HOWEVER, if there is a “no-deal” Brexit, pets will still be able to travel to the EU but with further restrictions:
  • Pets will require an injection against rabies
  • Pets will then need to have a blood test to confirm that they have produced antibodies against rabies. THIS BLOOD TEST MUST BE CARRIED OUT AT LEAST 30 DAYS AFTER THE VACCINATION INJECTION
  • Pets will NOT be able to travel for at least 3 MONTHS after the BLOOD TEST WAS TAKEN
This means if you wish to be certain to travel later this year, please contact us for further advice or to book an appointment .

Further details can be found at gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit
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Finn enters Retirement from Pet Blood Donation

On Saturday 1st December Finn visited Milton Keynes Veterinary Group at our Stoke Road branch for our eleventh donation session, donating blood for the Pet Blood Bank for his thirteenth time!

Finn is now nine years old and started donating in 2014. Over his thirteen visits, Finn has donated a total of approximately 5,850ml of blood to help save his canine friends from illness and injuries. On his retirement day, he was presented with a jar of yummy treats and a certificate to thank him for his hard work. Enjoy your retirement Finn!

We can’t thank our Pet Blood Bank donors and their owners enough, without their help we wouldn’t be able to help Pet Blood Bank continue to do their amazing work.

Could your dog be a blood donor like Finn?



Just like humans, dogs have different blood types. In the UK we test for DEA 1 Negative and Positive. With only 30% of our donors being a Negative blood type, it is challenging to maintain enough stock. Certain breeds are more likely to be negative such as: Dobermanns, Greyhounds, Boxers, German Shepherds, Flat-Coat Retrievers, Airedale Terriers, Weimaraners, Lurchers, American Bulldogs, English Pointers and English Bull Terriers.

The criteria for donor dogs is below:
  • Fit and healthy
  • Between one and eight years old
  • Weigh more than 25kg
  • Have a good temperament
  • Have never travelled abroad
  • Vaccinated
  • Not on any medication
If your dog matches the criteria and you are interested in becoming a blood donor, please contact our Walnut Tree surgery on 01908 397777, or, for more information, visit the Pet Blood Bank website www.petbloodbankuk.org
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Tis the Season to be Jolly and toxin aware!

This Christmas, our team at Milton Keynes Veterinary Group, want you and your pet to enjoy the festive season, however it is always good to make sure the house is pet proof!

The majority of vets during this time of year will treat a number of pets for eating items that are toxic for them. With chocolate remaining top of the list of ingested ingredients.

Cats have also been reported to be seen over this time also for cases of antifreeze poisoning and seasonal plant poisoning such as poinsettia, lilies and mistletoe.

It is also a good idea to be careful of festive decorations around our houses like tinsel and fairy lights as these can be hazards to both our cats and dogs.

Some ideas for a hazard-free Christmas with your pets:
  • Must sure your pet does not have access to those festive decorations without your supervision – these items can be very appealing to our pets but can cause seriously harm is broken, chewed or swallowed.
  • Give your pet toys not treats – too many of those yummy treats your pet enjoys will lead to obesity which can have detrimental effects on their health so why not consider a new toy to keep them active and in shape.
  • Poison protection – make sure those festive treats are out of reach that can contain ingredients that are harmful to our pets including chocolate, sweets, raisins, xylitol, nuts, grapes or liquorice. As well as festive decorations and seasonal plants as poinsettia, holly and mistletoe.
  • Make sure you know where your local veterinary is over this time. Sometimes accidents and emergencies may still occur, therefore be aware of your vet’s emergency cover provision and opening hours.
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