July pet of the month: Monty

Monty is a 12 year old Flat coat retriever, so is quite old for his breed.  He had been slowing down a bit recently so he was brought in for a health check to ensure it was just age related changes.

When we examined Monty we noticed that he was looking a bit pale, so recommended further investigations.  A blood sample was taken at the time of his examination and the results analysed the same day.  These showed that Monty had a low level of red blood cells.

After performing an x-ray and ultra sound scan, we found that Monty had a tumour in part of his intestine.  He was taken straight to theatre where surgery was performed to remove the tumour and part of his gut.  This was performed quickly using a new titanium stapler which halved the time normally taken to perform this surgery. This new method also reduces the post operative risks of this procedure significantly.

Monty went home the following day and his owner reported that he was back to his normal self within a few days.

Following analysis, the tumour was found to have a low risk of spread to other organs.  So hopefully Monty will be fit and well for years to come.


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