Announcing Pet of the Year 2015!

12 Jan 2016 | Pet of the year

The results of Quantock Veterinary Hospital ‘Pet of the Year’ 2015 competition are in!

Every year the clinical and administrative team vote for their favourite – bravest, most remarkable, most adorable – pet they’ve treated over the year. It’s never an easy decision as there is a huge number and variation of fascinating pets and cases. However, their Pet of the Year for 2015 is… Ozzy, a one year old, male black Labrador.

Ozzy came into the surgery last February with a two day history of vomiting and anorexia. On examination alarm bells began to ring when veterinary surgeon Zoe Berry thought she could feel something firm in his abdomen and Mrs Cottey confirmed that Ozzy – like most Labradors – had a naughty habit if eating things he shouldn’t!

Ozzy was admitted for further investigation. An x-ray of his abdomen showed there was some gas build up in the loops of intestine but no obvious blockage could be seen. However certain objects will show up better than others on x-ray and some objects, such as fabric or plastic, will not show clearly at all. Therefore Ozzy also had an ultrasound scan to give us some more information.

The ultrasound scan clearly showed dilated loops of intestine with some kind of foreign material in Ozzy’s stomach and intestine. This was causing a blockage and in view of the fact that Ozzy was now unwell the chances of it passing naturally were diminishing. The decision was therefore made to take Ozzy to surgery that afternoon.

Veterinary surgeon Dee Collins performed the surgery and found a knotted piece of tea towel within Ozzy’s stomach which was winding its way through to the mid small intestine. This is called a linear foreign body and the normal movement of the intestine means that the intestines start to bunch up together and can eventually perforate. Dee explained “I had to remove the material in several sections and so in total Ozzy had one incision in his stomach wall and four incisions through the length of his intestine. Following the removal of each piece the incisions had to be carefully stitched to prevent leakage of gut contents into the abdomen. Breakdown of intestinal surgical sites are a known complication of this type of surgery and if they occur, will result in life threatening peritonitis so it wasn’t straightforward.”

Ozzy seemed to recover well from surgery but we and the Cottey family faced an anxious wait to ensure there would be no breakdown of the surgical site. Mrs Cottey said “Ozzy is a terrible thief and is always eating things he shouldn’t – it’s so hard to keep everything safely out of his reach, but we knew this was really serious when after two days he still had no bounce nor appetite. The team at the hospital were really good but it was a very frightening time.”

Everyone was pleased to see Ozzy improve daily and soon recovered his Labrador’s appetite which was a great sign! He was able to be discharged three days post surgery and as every day went by the chances of successful healing increased. Ten days post surgery we were happy to give Ozzy the ‘all clear’. Mrs Cottey added “Ozzy has made a full recovery from his major surgery and nearly a year on I’m happy to say is full of bounce but not tea towel – we’re keeping those carefully out of reach!”

Veterinary Nurse Sian Holman explained about the hospital’s decision “We had some great candidates for our ‘Pet of the Year’ over 2015, but Ozzy – February’s Pet of the Month – impressed many of us with his wonderful nature and stamina. He had to undergo a complex and dangerous operation and were all delighted that there was such a successful result! Congratulations to Ozzy and the Cottey’s who were with him all the way!”