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21st February 2014
We had tears of joy and also sadness at Fitzpatrick's as much loved patient Morgan finally went home. Morgan came to Fitzpatricks neurology team in October with an ascending paralysis. With no warning he lost the use of his hind limbs and within 24 hours was unable to even lift his head! He had a condition called acute polyradiculoneuritis which is similar to a human condition called Gullain Barré syndrome (you can read more about the human condition here http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/guillain-barre-syndrome/Pages/Introduction.aspx).Knowing that many dogs can recover if given appropriate...
12th February 2014
Dr. Clare Rusbridge, our Chief of Neurology together with syringomyelia researcher Penny Knowler has published a research paper this week in the journal PLOS ONE. Clare has led a collaborative study with the University of Montreal and the University of Georgia on Chiari malformation in the Griffon Bruxellois. Chiari malformation is a painful condition, causing headaches and pressure on the brain and can result in fluid filled cavities in the spinal cord; a condition known as syringomyelia. Chiari malformation affects many toy dog breeds that have been bred to have attractive rounded heads,...
2nd February 2014
Our Outpatient Advanced Diagnostic Imaging service is usually busy with cats and dogs but we had an unusual visitor a couple of weeks ago when Steve the Guinea Pig was referred to the service. Steve had been suffering from seizure like activity and his primary care vet and owners were keen to find out did he have anything wrong with his brain which may be causing the seizure activity.  We carried out an MRI of Steve's brain to check for lesions within his brain and then a quick CT of his skull to check for problems with his teeth and inner ears. Luckily for Steve no life-threatening...
29th November 2013
Team Fitzpatrick are proud to announce that we won an award at the Daily Mirror and RSPCA Animal Hero Awards. We were nominated for an award in the Innovative Business category and were honoured to win the category despite being nominated against some wonderful companies such as Pet Blood Bank UK and Sainsbury’s supermarkets. A variety of the UK’s famous faces were in attendance with Queen Legend Brian May, singers Kimberly Wyatt and Ashley Roberts, TV presenter Ben Fogle and soap star Shona McGarty turning out to support the cause.  An acoustic performance by McFly added to the evening...
11th November 2013
Clare Rusbridge, who has been accepting neurology referrals from the South East of England and beyond for the past twenty years, joined Fitzpatrick Referrals as our new Chief of Neurology in September.  Clare has been a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Recognised Specialist in Neurology for fifteen years and was awarded a PhD in 2007. Clare is recognised internationally for her work on syringomyelia and has pioneered the diagnosis and treatment this painful and debilitating disease. Clare sits on The Dog Advisory Council (The Advisory Council on the issues of Dog Breeding) and in...

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