A leading Scottish veterinary referral hospital has achieved the unusual feat of successfully performing three interventional procedures within the space of a week.

The unusual trio of cases were presented at state-of-the-art Linnaeus-owned Veterinary Specialists Scotland (VSS) in Livingston.

First to be treated was a six-year-old cat that needed a subcutaneous ureteral bypass port placed.

The patient was seen as an emergency by European specialist in small animal internal medicine Nicki Reed, with the procedure performed by VSS clinical director Sam Woods – at the same time as the popular referral centre held an open day which saw dozens of referring vets visit.

Since the procedure, the patient has improved significantly with a dramatic reduction in his renal parameters and potassium levels, and he is bright, happy and eating well.

The emergency case was quickly followed by a three-month-old Doberman puppy that was heading into heart failure with patent ductus arteriosus attenuated.

The procedure was performed by VSS specialist in veterinary cardiology Anne French, working alongside Chris Linney, head of cardiology at fellow Linnaeus-owned animal hospital Paragon Veterinary Referrals, who had travelled from Wakefield for the procedure.

The fitting of the Amplatz occluder provided an immediate occlusion of the abnormal vessel and the patient was allowed home the day after surgery.

The final case was that of a three-month old Golden Retriever with severe urinary incontinence due to ectopic ureters.

The laser ectopic ureter was performed by European specialist in small animal internal medicine Nick Bommer with assistance from Sam Woods.

After the procedure, the puppy, who had been constantly dribbling urine prior to the intervention, was allowed home the following day happily dribble-free.

Anne-Marie Dougherty, hospital director at VSS, said: “Three very different interventional procedures successfully performed at VSS within days of each other is testament to the breadth of expertise across disciplines at our animal hospital.”

VSS is a specialist-led multidisciplinary referral hospital offering industry-leading services in cardiology, dermatology, internal medicine (feline and canine), neurology, orthopaedics, and soft tissue surgery, supported by specialists in diagnostic imaging and anaesthesia and analgesia.

For more information about VSS and the services it offers, visit www.vetscotland.co.uk or search for Veterinary Specialists Scotland on social media.
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