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21st March 2014
Cookie is special puppy. She was born paralysed and was rescued and rehomed by Many Tears Rescue (see here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt0dyOqDyMw – nb Cookie was originally called Mocca). It takes an extraordinary person to adopt a disabled dog and Cookie was exceptionally lucky with her new family who not only gave her a home but have done everything they can to help Cookie enjoy a normal life. They brought Cookie to the neurology team at Fitzpatricks and a MRI scan revealed that the cause of Cookie’s problem was a large cyst pressing on her spinal cord. The cyst was removed by...
17th March 2014
We are hugely proud to have one of our nursing team speaking at this years BSAVA congress. Fraje carried out a research project during her final year of her nursing degree investigating the accuracy of different temperature monitoring system and will present the results at this years BSAVA Congress! Visit our website for the full story!   The abstract Fraje submitted was from my her final year research project at Royal Veterainry College and measures the accuracy of a tympanic membrane thermometer and rectal thermometer compared to core oesophageal (considered gold standard in this study...
16th March 2014
When the radiographs for Mika popped up on the screen we immediately knew this would be no ordinary fracture repair. Mika’s fractured radius measured just 4mm across and her ulna was only 2.5mm across; far too small for any of the conventional fracture repair systems we have sitting on the shelf! With a quick call to our instrument supplier we managed to source a new 1.0mm plating kit that was just small enough to accommodate Mika’s tiny bones. The new kit arrived the special delivery the next morning and we were taken back by how miniscule it was – the screws in the kit were so small you...
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,...

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