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We have awarded Poppy with an Alexandra and Hillyfields Vets bravery award and here's why:
Poppy, a one year old domestic long haired cat came into our Clevedon practice as an emergency back at the beginning of July. After being sedated, Poppy was found to have multiple wounds to her back legs with ligaments, tendons and joints being exposed. The wounds were cleaned and sutured and her right leg was dressed. Poppy visited us twice a week to have her dressing changed but despite her left leg healing well, her right leg inevitably became infected causing a lot of her skin to slough away (fall off!). This left a large wound from her toes up to her hock. Although this wound would have healed eventually, to speed the process up Poppy had a skin graft performed. This involved a piece of skin being taken from her flank and carefully attached to her leg to cover the exposed tissue. Skin grafts aren’t always successful if blood vessels don’t attach to the transferred piece of skin but luckily for Poppy, her skin graft took. Following the skin graft, Poppy did have to have one of her toes amputated as this had not healed.
Poppy has been awarded this bravery award for always being a star patient with each dressing change and procedure. She required sedation or a general anaesthetic each time as this would have been too uncomfortable without. Afterwards, she was always happy to tuck into a bowl full of well-deserved food.

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Curly has been awarded an Alexandra and Hillyfields Vets Bravery Award! Here's why:

Curly was rehomed by his owners three years ago and in that time he has been back and forth to the practice a fair few times. Last July, Curly was under the weather and after a couple of visits to the practice further investigation was required. Following an ultrasound scan it was discovered that Curly had problems with his liver, pancreas and urinary bladder. Separate to this, Curly was also diagnosed with a heart murmour.
Curly did improve with medication and a veterinary diet, however due to a urolith (bladder stone) he began to leak urine and was painful in his abdomen. The x-ray taken of his abdomen to confirm the presence of the urolith also showed that Curly’s prostate was enlarged and the treatment for this is castration. Therefore Curly had to have a cystotomy (surgery of the bladder) to remove the urolith and castration. It doesn’t end there. When the vet was performing the cystotomy, they discovered that Curly’s bladder was attached to his umbilicus and he had an umbilical hernia, both of which needed correcting. So in one day Curly had three surgical procedures performed. As you can see from the picture above of Curly on holiday, he has not looked back since.
Curly is receiving this award as he has literally “bounced back” and has always been a brave, happy chap despite everything. Well done Curly.

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Henry has been awarded an Alexandra and Hillyfields Vets Bravery Award! Here's why:

Three year old Newfoundland Dalmatian cross Henry first presented on 22nd October 2015 with swelling to his left hock, following injury during his walk on the previous evening. X-rays showed he had a slab fracture of his central tarsal bone (ankle in humans) which would need to be repaired by an orthopedic surgeon. Unfortunately Henry developed a pressure sore on his leg which delayed his surgery and meant a number of visits to the practice for dressing changes.

A month later Henry had an implant placed by an orthopedic surgeon and laser therapy was administered postoperatively to aid healing of the fracture and wound. We are pleased to say Henry has made a full recovery and is once again enjoying his walks.

Henry is receiving this award for his bravery during his lengthy recovery. He has remained cheerful and well behaved throughout his numerous visits to the practice and is a firm favourite with all the vets and nurses.
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With the recent cold weather here is some advice to keep your pets happy and healthy.


The cold weather means the roads and pavements will be salted, therefore your dog will need to have his/her feet washed after a walk using warm water to prevent irritation.                                                               To keep your dog active throughout the winter, ensure you continue to walk them but be aware that short haired dogs such as greyhounds will need to wear a dog coat. Also, try to wear reflective/fluorescent clothing and use reflective/fluorescent items on your dog to keep you both safe. If you are unable to walk your dog as much, you may need to cut back on their food to prevent weight gain.                                                                                    
Dogs and Cats:              
Anti-freeze (ethylene glycol) is very poisonous for both cats and dogs. It can be innocently used by people in water features, car maintenance etc. but being quite palatable to cats and dogs, even a small amount can be devastating. Take care when discarding of empty containers.                                                                             
Even if your cat normally chooses to go to the toilet outside, it might be worth having a litter tray inside during the winter months as cats do feel the cold therefore will go outside less and with the ground being hard on frosty days, will be unable to dig.                                                                   If your cat is not already micro-chipped it would be worth considering as cats can go missing when they try to find shelter/warmth. A microchip will help reunite you with your cat sooner.                                                                                                    

Rabbits and Guinea Pigs:                                                                                           
If your rabbit or guinea pig lives outdoors, ensure the hutch is sheltered from the wind, rain, snow etc. Consider moving the hutch into an unused shed or garage. Guinea pigs should ideally be housed indoors during the winter months. Extra bedding and feeding additional hay will help to keep them warm. If needed, we can order a microwaveable disc called a ‘snuggle safe’ that your rabbit or guinea pig can sit on or ‘snuggle’ up to when it’s really cold. Check water bottles at least twice a day to make sure the water is still coming out of the dropper. It may be worth using a bowl of water inside of the hutch as well. Regularly check the hutch and run for damage as foxes and badgers will be braver during the winter as they struggle to find food. 

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Merry Christmas to all of our clients and followers, from all the staff at Alexandra and Hillyfields Vets.
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This is Sooki who has been awarded an Alexandra and Hillyfields Vets Bravery Award.
Three year old German Shepherd Dog Sooki first presented back in May with pain in her lower back. After x-rays, a long course of joint supplements, anti-inflammatories and different pain reliefs, poor Sooki was referred to Langford for a CT scan as there had been no improvement. 
The CT scan revealed narrowing to the base of her spinal canal causing trauma to her spinal cord and significant pain.                       Sooki later had an MRI scan and surgery on her spine. The MRI scan was carried out to ensure there were no other causes for her pain. The surgery (a bilateral foraminotomy) was performed to relieve the compression on her spinal cord.                                                       
Sooki is gradually returning to her normal exercise routine and is doing well.
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Chocolate toxicity in dogs is a common presentation in both emergency and general practice and its prevalence is increased over Easter and Christmas.
This chocolate toxicity calculator for dogs provides you with an indication of the symptoms your dog may experience after chocolate ingestion. Always seek veterinary advice in the event your dog eats any amount of chocolate.

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We are currently putting together our winter newsletter and wondered if you had any festive/wintery pictures of your pets that you would like to feature in the upcoming newsletter? If you would like to share pictures with us on facebook or email to either or, we will choose a selection to appear in the newsletter. Thank you in advance.

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We are pleased to say that missing Meg has been found. Thank you to everyone for sharing.
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