Category Archives: Southam News

Puppy Bounces Back!

Buzz is a 12 week old Border Collie puppy with lots of energy who loves racing around with his sister Tink.

Unfortunately, while his owners Jimmy and Eva were bouncing on the trampoline in their garden the two puppies chased each other underneath and Buzz caught his leg on the supports. His left foreleg was broken in 3 places.

Vet Mark Taylor at Southam x-rayed the leg and found that the ulna and radius were both fractured and there was also a triangular ‘butterfly’ fragment of displaced bone.
The orthopaedic operation was more delicate than usual as Buzz’s bones are still growing and so are smaller and softer than in an adult dog. Mark repaired his leg with a compression plate and screws of a size more often used for a large cat. With rest and careful exercise Buzz is likely to make a complete recovery.

As you can see from today’s photo above Buzz is recovering well from his operation. Jimmy and Eva are ensuring that he rests well to let his leg heal properly which is a difficult task because like most puppies all he wants to do is play.

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Gigi’s Sore Legs


One Sunday Gigi’s owner noticed that she was walking strangely on her back legs and looked very flat footed. She was brought in to our emergency clinic to see Kieran. He found that she had ruptured both of her Achiles tendons, but luckily there were no broken bones. She was admitted to our hospital and given pain relief.

Mark was then able to operate on her legs and re-attach her tendon. In order to allow them to rest and heal he also put some pins in her legs to keep them straight.

After a week one of her legs became sore again and we found that one of the pins had moved and so it was removed. She was rested for 6 weeks after which time the other pin was removed and her tendons had healed nicely. She is now back to walking round normally again.

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Bryn’s Infected Uterus

Bryn was in season but had suddenly become very quiet and sleepy and not herself. She wasn’t interested in her food and so her owners brought her in to see us.

Vet Emily found that Bryn had a high temperature and a sore tummy. She performed an ultrasound scan  and discovered that Bryn was suffering from a condition called a Pyometra. This is where the uterus becomes infected and fills with pus. It can be life threatening if not treated quickly.

It was 6.30pm so Bryn was taken across to our hospital at Warwick where Katie, our vet on call, started her on a drip and operated on her that evening to remove the uterus and all of the infection. She stayed in overnight to continue on her drip and her pain relief, with our dedicated night nurse watching over her. She was able to go home the next day.

She has recovered well and is now back to her normal self. This is a condition that is common in female dogs that have not been neutered and can be prevented by spaying. If you would like to find out more about the arguments for and against getting your dog spayed please call us and we will be happy to discuss them with you.

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Freddie’s sore legs

Freddie came in to see us when he was only 8 months old as he kept going lame on his left front leg. Vet Penny found that his shoulder was very sore. He was booked in for an anaesthestic and x-rays to find out what was going on.

Whilst he was asleep we were able to examine his shoulder more thoroughly without causing him pain. We found that his shoulder was dislocated. The x-rays confirmed this and also showed that the shoulder joint wasn’t formed properly. We also saw that his hips also hadn’t formed properly either. Both of these problems had caused muscle wasting on his legs and were causing him pain.

His shoulder was the worst affected and so Mark and Kieran decided to operate on it. They fused the shoulder joint so that it is no longer able to move but should stop causing him pain. He stayed in for a few days at our hospital in Warwick to allow us to keep him on strong pain relief. He was rested at home and then was started on hydrotherapy. This allowed us to help build up the muscles that had been lost while he had been limping.

His shoulder is no longer painful and he is walking well. We are monitoring his progress to see whether or not he will need further operations on his hips. For now he is back to acting like a puppy should.

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Deer little Bambina

This is Bambina, a muntjac deer seen at our Southam surgery.  She was rescued as a baby when her mother was sadly hit by a car in last year and is being looked after by the family who rescued her. She lives on their lawn, and has made best friends with the family’s dogs.

Bambina was attacked by a fox one evening. The family’s dogs Teddy and Tilly chased the fox off but Bambina was left with wounds on her face.

She was seen by Mark out our Southam surgery who gave her an antibiotic to help her wounds heal. She’s now recovering really well and is back to prancing on the lawn, but it is hoped she will eventually be able to return to the wild.

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Stanley’s Sore Foot

Stanley had developed an ulcer on the big pad of his right hind foot and so was brought in to see us. It was infected and so he was treated with some antibiotics.

Once the infection had gone, the ulceration hadn’t healed and instead was getting bigger. It was also noticed that the pads on his other feet were softer than normal. He came in for an anaesthetic to allow us to biopsy the area. A bandage was placed on his foot to protect the sore area.

The results came back as a condition called pododermatitis. This is where the body starts to attack itself, especially around the feet. Stanley initially responded well to treatment with steroids but unfortunately the lump started to grow again after a couple of weeks. We had to operate on his foot to remove the excess tissue. It healed up well and we have been able to gradually take him off steroids and we are happy to report he is doing well.

This is a condition that cat affect him later on in life so we will now be keeping a close eye him to catch it early if it happens again.


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Christmas Opening Times

These are our surgeries opening times for the Christmas holidays.

As always, we will have one of our vets on call 24 hours a day in case of any emergencies over the whole festive period. If your pet needs emergency care when our surgeries are closed call 01926 400255 or your usual surgery number.

Christmas Eve Tues 24th Dec : 8.30am – 5pm

Christmas Day Wed 25th Dec : Closed

Boxing Day Thurs 26th Dec : Closed

Friday 27th Dec : 8.30am – 6.30pm

Saturday 28th Dec : 8.30am – 5pm (at Warwick),

8.30am – 12.30pm (at Kenilworth, Southam and Wellesbourne)

Sunday 29th Dec : Closed

Monday 30th Dec : 8.30am – 6.30pm

New Years Eve Tues 31st Dec : 8.30am – 5pm

New Years Day Wed 1st Jan : Closed

Thursday 2nd Jan : 8.30am – 6.30pm

Friday 3rd Jan : 8.30am – 6.30pm

Saturday 4th Jan : 8.30am – 5pm (at Warwick)

8.30am – 12.30pm (at Kenilworth, Southam and Wellesbourne)

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The 12 Days of Christmas

Here are the most common calls our vets get over the festive season. (to the tune of The 12 Days of Christmas)

On the 12th day of Christmas I called my vet to see………..12 chocolate poisonings

……..11 Pancreatic pains , 10 Anxious Canines, 9 Poinsettia poisonings, 8 ‘gippy tummies’, 7 Firework phobias, 6 cats eaten tinsel, 5 turkey wishbones, 4 kennel cough boosters, 3 repeat prescriptions , 2 stressed out moggies……

…..…and a small toy swallowed by my doggie!

We’ll help you plan ahead for your pet’s medication, boosters for boarding kennels and stress relieving products for your pets to take the pressure off the festive season.

And if your pet does eat something it shouldn’t have, give us a call. Our 24 hour emergency service will be operating as usual throughout the Christmas holidays so you will be able to contact an Avonvale vet at any time if your pet needs urgent medical attention.

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Connie’s Poorly Knee

Floss, Connie and Mitzi are the best of friends. One afternoon Connie (middle) was enjoying chasing a ball in the garden. But the last time it was thrown both her and Floss (left) ran after it. They collided at full speed half way there. Connie yelped and immediately would not put any weight on her left hind leg.

She was brought straight in to us. That afternoon we gave her an anaesthetic and xrayed the leg. This showed that there were no breaks but that she had ruptured her cruciate ligament in her knee. This in an injury that football players also suffer from.

We were able to operate on her knee and place a lateral suture. This mimics the cruciate ligament and supports the leg. Two days after the operation she was already touching her foot to the ground. She now has 6 weeks rest ahead of her to allow the injury to settle down fully before gradually increasing her exercise again to strengthen the leg.

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