Autumn newsletter.  Issue 3. September 2016.

Meopham Veterinary Hospital
01474 815333
Swanscombe Veterinary Surgery
01322 381999
Sevenoaks Veterinary Surgery
01732 740999

Ollie has been attending regular hydrotherapy sessions with our Qualified Canine Hydrotherapist and Registered Veterinary Nurse, Amy Rogers, following a cruciate injury.  He enjoyed his sessions so much that he still attends just for fun even though he has been signed off from his physio.  Click on the link to see one of his fun sessions!
Ollie's case study - slug bait poisoning
Ollie is an 8 year old West Highland White Terrier.  He presented to us as an emergency one Friday night after being seen eating slug pellets in the garden.  He came in seizuring, which is a side effect after ingestion of metaldehyde. (the main ingredient).  Ollie was hospitalised and sedated to try and control his seizures.  After 12 hours of sedation and critical monitoring Ollie's drug doseages were decreased to try and wake him up and assess his responses.  Ollie slowly started to wake up but then unfortunately started to seizure again throughout the Saturday and so he was again placed into an induced coma.
Critical, intensive nursing was continued throughout by our dedicated team.  By early hours on the Sunday morning Ollie was again weaned off from his drugs and this time managed to wake without seizuring, his breathing tube was removed on the Sunday morning.
By the Sunday evening Ollie had started eating small amounts and was walking out in to the garden slowly with only a small amount of twitching - which is the residual neurological signs.
We are so pleased to report that Ollie went home on the Monday morning and after a period of time monitoring his blood levels he is now doing very well at home.

We have a grooming salon situated inside

The Meopham Veterinary Hospital.

We are running a loyalty card scheme which will give you

 25% off your 6th visit when receiving the same package consecutively.

For before & after photos please see our Facebook page! 

For more information please see our website

To book please call 01474 815333 or email pride&

We are pleased to announce that we have employed a second groomer, Ella.  She started with us on 5th September which has increased our grooming availability.

Gum disease is probably the most common problem that affects dog's and cat's mouths. Starting silently, with no obvious signs or symptoms, it advances quickly, causing chronic pain, eroded gums, missing teeth and even bone loss. It is so common, studies show over 80% of dogs and 85% of cat's suffer with gum disease.


Client information evening

This is a free of charge event and the topics covered are designed to make you, as the pet owner, more informed on all aspects of your pet’s well being.  Our first two events of the year on Lungworm Awareness & First Aid for pet owner's were a real success & owner's said they found them very informative.
The next topic for discussion is 'Preventative dentistry - what should you be doing?' This will be held by one of our vet's, Pippa Williams.  The date for your diary is Thursday 13th October and the talk will start at 8pm.  You are welcome to arrive from 7.30pm for refreshments & nibbles.

Spaces are limited so to book your place please email

For a detailed guide to your pet's gum disease please see our website visual guide on periodontal staging

Conkers are the seeds of the Horse Chestnut tree.  They are seen in the late summer and autumn.  

Conkers contain a variety of toxic chemicals.  Serious cases of poisoning are usually rare as they are relatively unpalatable but owners should be aware of the dangers.  They can cause gastric upset and in severe cases an intestinal blockage, which would require surgical removal.

Signs of poisoning include vomiting (which may contain blood), diarrhoea, salivation and abdominal pain. Signs of restlessness, ataxia (wobbliness) and muscle tremors may also be seen.

If your dog displays any of these symptoms, or you have any concerns at all about your pet, then please do not hesitate to contact us.  Our Veterinary Surgeons are available for you 24 hours a day 365 days a year.  


Puppy Parties!!

Early socialisation is important for puppies and we hold regular, free puppy classes at each of our three practices.

Socialisation means learning to be comfortable in society with humans and other dogs.  Puppies are most accepting of new experiences between 4-16 weeks and then they can start to become more cautious.  Our puppy socialisation classes allow them to play with other puppies inside our surgeries with Qualified nurses offering information on health, diet, neutering and training.

Please speak to one of our receptionists or visit the news section of our website for further information on times and dates.

Oscar's case story - CT scan revealed an infected lung lobe, probably caused by inhaling a grass seed
Oscar presented to us out of hours one Sunday night after playing in the garden with his owner when he suddenly became hunched over in pain and was reluctant to move.  On initial clinical examination, by one of our vets, he was extremely painful over his abdominal and thoracic region so he was admitted to the hospital for pain relief and blood tests to try and determine his source of pain.
He settled into his kennel well and seemed more comfortable after his pain relief.  His blood tests did not reveal any abnormalities to give a reason for his pain.  As Oscar had improved he was initially monitored and kept on regular pain relief, but after two days he had not improved enough for us to be happy so the next step in his diagnosis was taken. At this time a full body CT scan was recommended to try and determine his source of pain.
Our Vet's could see from the CT images that there was fluid present surrounding Oscar's lungs and that there appeared to be a mass in his lung, we were unsure at this stage what exactly the mass was.  

A chest drain was placed into Oscar's chest to relieve the fluid and he received intensive nursing care from our 24 hour dedicated team. The green arrows on the CT image show an infected lung lobe.
The next day we received his urgent CT interpretation report which had revealed evidence of a foreign body migrating into his lungs, the most likely cause for this is that Oscar had inhaled a grass seed which had travelled into his lungs.  At this stage Oscar was referred to the Royal Veterinary College for investigation to potentially locate and remove the foreign body.

Oscar's story is an extremely interesting case, without CT imaging his diagnosis would certainly have been delayed and therefore his recovery hindered.

The images show Oscar's CT scans and him at his re-check appointment. We are so pleased to report he is doing really well!!


Staff news
We welcome two new members to the team at our Meopham Hospital branch.
Emily is our new head receptionist, she has previous experience working in a busy veterinary reception environment.  She will lead our reception team in ensuring our client care experience is at the highest possible standard.

Katriina Willgert is our new mixed practice Veterinary Surgeon and qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2016.  She became a Vet as it combines her love for science with the opportunity to help people and their pets.  Katriina has lived and worked in several countries in Europe and Latin america and enjoys exploring different cultures, countries and languages.

For more information on Emily, Katriina or any of our staff please see the 'Meet the team' tab on our website
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