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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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"Lilly" - Bulldog with Bladder Stone

"Lily" the bulldog, had been treated at another veterinary practice for cystitis. Failure to respond to treatment had resulted in "Lily's" owners seeking another opinion. As is often the case, it isn't usually the fault of the medication.

Antibiotics act by either slowing the rate at which bacteria multiply (bacteriostatic) or by killing the bacteria directly (bacteriocidal). This action then allows the patient's own defence mechanisms to overwhelm the infection. Antibiotics in essence "tip the balance" in favour of the patient by limiting the microorganisms' ability to thrive. If however there are environmental factors which favour bacterial growth then the antibiotics will only have limited success. Where antibiotics don't seem able to resolve the problem then it is important to examine the environment in which they are trying to be effective.

In "Lily's" case her persistent symptoms of cystitis, (increased frequency of urination and blood in her urine) meant that we had to have a closer look at her urinary system. Ultrasound scans and radiographs quickly explained her lack of progress with tablets alone. A very large bladder stone was evident within her bladder providing an excellent environment for bacteria with the additional complication of traumatising her bladder wall. Surgery to remove the offending article has allowed "Lily" to make a complete recovery now that a healthier environment has been restored.

Terry Dunne
BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS

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