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Fairfield Pet Stories

Fairfield Veterinary surgeons Terry Dunne and Geraldine Young write "Interesting Pet Stories" articles for the Hinckley Herald, published by the Hinckley Times.

View our Pet Stories below from dogs, cats and all kinds of other pets and wildlife. The stories are all genuine cases from the Fairfield archives.
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"Charlie" - Golden Retriever with Subcutaneous Haemangiosarcoma

Most people will recognise the difficulty we have as veterinary surgeons in diagnosing problems without the patient's direct input! Consequently, we rely heavily on the owners testimony to alert us to a potential disease but also with the use of our veterinary colleagues' expertise in the laboratories to interpret blood and tissue samples. As clinicians it is our job to pull all of that information together to make sense of what we see clinically with our own eyes. That process can be very difficult to piece together particularly when what we see clinically does not conform with what the laboratory is telling us.

"Charlie Brown" was brought to our surgery with vague symptoms of lethargy and a lump at the top of his leg. The first laboratory reports confirmed the mass as benign and of no importance. The focus of the investigation then moved elsewhere and "Charlie" initially appeared to improve.

It soon became apparent however that the lump at the top of his leg had changed both in shape and size....... not the behaviour you would aspect from something benign. Further biopsies were required and different answers came from the laboratory as to what this mass might be.

A number of different possible diagnoses were suggested necessitating even more biopsies before eventually a rare variant of aggressive cancer was finally confirmed (subcutaneous haemangiosarcoma). This case illustrates the great difficulty in diagnosing cancer when the disease process can be a master of disguise and mimicry.

This rollercoaster investigation was challenging for us but particularly so for his owners who showed great patience and understanding despite the frustration of so many differing laboratory reports. "Charlie" too remained a model patient and was always keen to return to the practice looking for his liver treats from the nursing staff.

Despite his bleak outlook "Charlie" and his owners continue to take a very pragmatic approach and are intent in allowing him to live his remaining time to the full! They should consider themselves very fortunate to have each other!

Terry Dunne
BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS

"Jimmy" - Young Cat with Bite Wound
"Tom" - Young Cat with Damaged Tail

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51 Leicester Road,
Hinckley,
Leicestershire
LE10 1LW

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Fax: 01455 631 898

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