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2 weeks ago
Veterinary Specialists Aotearoa

๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐”ป๐•–๐•Ÿ๐•’๐•๐•š ๐Ÿพ

Itโ€™s official – we are now OPEN in Christchurch & this handsome fellow was our first case!

With the recent Covid-19 restrictions, we had to get a little creative and Dr. Alastair Coomer actually first met Denali and his owner via a Zoom Telemedicine Consult – something our specialists are offering across all departments during these ever-changing times! A plan was made for when the lockdown lifted and this gentle giant was able to have his CT scan last week ๐ŸŽ‰

Itโ€™s safe to say – weโ€™re already loving the South Island ๐Ÿพ
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๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐”ป๐•–๐•Ÿ๐•’๐•๐•š ๐Ÿพ 

Itโ€™s official - we are now OPEN in Christchurch & this handsome fellow was our first case!

With the recent Covid-19 restrictions, we had to get a little creative and Dr. Alastair Coomer actually first met Denali and his owner via a Zoom Telemedicine Consult - something our specialists are offering across all departments during these ever-changing times! A plan was made for when the lockdown lifted and this gentle giant was able to have his CT scan last week ๐ŸŽ‰

Itโ€™s safe to say - weโ€™re already loving the South Island ๐Ÿพ

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Congrats

Denali ๐Ÿ˜

Great stuff Team! So exciting!

2 weeks ago
Veterinary Specialists Aotearoa

๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•„๐•š๐•๐•๐•ช ๐Ÿพ

Milly is a VIP (Very Important Paw) patient of Dr. Jerramโ€™s and she has just celebrated her 14th birthday during our lockdown.

Happy Birthday Milly! ๐ŸŽ‰


#vsa #vsahospital #vets #vetspecialists #dogsofinstagram #dogsofnz #dogsofnewzealand #dogsofauckland #dogs #cutedog #birthday #dogbirthday #vetsofnz #vetsofnewzealand #vetsofinstagram #dogbirthdayparty
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๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•„๐•š๐•๐•๐•ช ๐Ÿพ 

Milly is a VIP (Very Important Paw) patient of Dr. Jerramโ€™s and she has just celebrated her 14th birthday during our lockdown. 

Happy Birthday Milly! ๐ŸŽ‰ 
 

#vsa #vsahospital #vets #vetspecialists #dogsofinstagram #dogsofnz #dogsofnewzealand #dogsofauckland #dogs #cutedog #birthday #dogbirthday #vetsofnz #vetsofnewzealand #vetsofinstagram #dogbirthdayparty

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Adorable, love the oldies. ๐Ÿ’•

Happy birthday Milly!

Happy belated birthday ๐Ÿฅณ

1 month ago
Veterinary Specialists Aotearoa

๐Ÿพ ๐•๐•Š๐”ธ ๐••๐•ฆ๐•ฃ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐”ธ๐•๐•–๐•ฃ๐•ฅ ๐•ƒ๐•–๐•ง๐•–๐• ๐Ÿœ ๐Ÿพ

New Zealand has now moved into Alert Level 4 and in Auckland, this will likely last for a period of at least 7 days.

VSA is an essential service and will remain open during this time but things will look quite different during Alert Level 4.

At Alert Level 4, all cases seen at VSA are triaged on their level of urgency and will be seen accordingly at our clinicians discretion. We ask that you are patient with us at this time and trust we will see your pet as soon as we are able. Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy cannot operate at this time. As always, we ask if you are feeling unwell that you let us know beforehand ๐Ÿฅ

If you have an appointment with us during Alert Level 4 that is going ahead, please call our reception teams when you arrive at any of our locations – check your text message from us for the correct number ๐Ÿ“ฑ

All consults with clinicians will be contactless. We have robust and well practiced processes in place for our team to be able to safely admit patients into the hospital for assessment and treatment. We will ask that all clients remain outside the building for the duration of your visit to VSA. Our dedicated team of clinicians will be able to communicate with you via phone about your pet and what the plan for them may be ๐Ÿฉบ

We thank everyone in advance for their patience and understanding during this time. We are working hard to make sure we keep everybody safe whilst we continue to provide exceptional care together – thatโ€™s the VSA way ๐Ÿพ
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๐Ÿพ ๐•๐•Š๐”ธ ๐••๐•ฆ๐•ฃ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐”ธ๐•๐•–๐•ฃ๐•ฅ ๐•ƒ๐•–๐•ง๐•–๐• ๐Ÿœ ๐Ÿพ 

New Zealand has now moved into Alert Level 4 and in Auckland, this will likely last for a period of at least 7 days.

VSA is an essential service and will remain open during this time but things will look quite different during Alert Level 4.

At Alert Level 4, all cases seen at VSA are triaged on their level of urgency and will be seen accordingly at our clinicians discretion. We ask that you are patient with us at this time and trust we will see your pet as soon as we are able. Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy cannot operate at this time. As always, we ask if you are feeling unwell that you let us know beforehand ๐Ÿฅ 

If you have an appointment with us during Alert Level 4 that is going ahead, please call our reception teams when you arrive at any of our locations - check your text message from us for the correct number ๐Ÿ“ฑ 

All consults with clinicians will be contactless. We have robust and well practiced processes in place for our team to be able to safely admit patients into the hospital for assessment and treatment. We will ask that all clients remain outside the building for the duration of your visit to VSA. Our dedicated team of clinicians will be able to communicate with you via phone about your pet and what the plan for them may be ๐Ÿฉบ 

We thank everyone in advance for their patience and understanding during this time. We are working hard to make sure we keep everybody safe whilst we continue to provide exceptional care together - thatโ€™s the VSA way ๐Ÿพ

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Stay safe everyone

1 month ago
Veterinary Specialists Aotearoa

๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐”น๐•–๐•’๐•Ÿ ๐Ÿพ

Bean is a 9 month old Persian kitten who first presented to our A&E department, after her owners had noticed Bean was lethargic and had been losing weight.

The team at Auckland Pet Hospital had sent Bean over to us after some blood tests had revealed severe anaemia and the urgent need for a blood transfusion. After a consultation and assessment with Dr. Lucy Hong, Bean proceeded to receive her blood transfusion and stayed with us for overnight monitoring.

Bean had responded well to her blood transfusion and was able to see Dr. Tommy Fluen from out Internal Medicine department the next morning.

Further investigation into the cause of Beanโ€™s severe anaemia involved a bone marrow aspirate/biopsy. This procedure revealed that she in fact has a rare syndrome called Pure Red Cell Aplasia (PRCA) โ€“ this is when red blood cells are not produced normally by the bone marrow.

Once Bean had recovered from her procedures and tests, she was able to be discharged from VSA with a treatment plan and will receive ongoing checks with her regular clinic.

Weโ€™re so happy that youโ€™re doing well, Bean ๐ŸŽ‰
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๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐”น๐•–๐•’๐•Ÿ ๐Ÿพ 

Bean is a 9 month old Persian kitten who first presented to our A&E department, after her owners had noticed Bean was lethargic and had been losing weight.

The team at Auckland Pet Hospital had sent Bean over to us after some blood tests had revealed severe anaemia and the urgent need for a blood transfusion. After a consultation and assessment with Dr. Lucy Hong, Bean proceeded to receive her blood transfusion and stayed with us for overnight monitoring.

Bean had responded well to her blood transfusion and was able to see Dr. Tommy Fluen from out Internal Medicine department the next morning.

Further investigation into the cause of Beanโ€™s severe anaemia involved a bone marrow aspirate/biopsy. This procedure revealed that she in fact has a rare syndrome called Pure Red Cell Aplasia (PRCA) โ€“ this is when red blood cells are not produced normally by the bone marrow.

Once Bean had recovered from her procedures and tests, she was able to be discharged from VSA with a treatment plan and will receive ongoing checks with her regular clinic.

Weโ€™re so happy that youโ€™re doing well, Bean ๐ŸŽ‰

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Elina Ashimbayeva she's famous!

Well done ๐Ÿ‘

๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•Š๐•ฅ๐• ๐•ฃ๐•ž ๐Ÿพ

Storm is a very cute Thai Ridgeback puppy from Christchurch who we first met back in March. Storm was referred to Dr. Alastair Coomer from Northlands Animal Care Hospital and was diagnosed with a Portosystemic Shunt (PSS โ€“ an abnormal blood vessel associated with her liver) after having a CT in Christchurch in December 2020 ๐Ÿฉบ

Storm travelled to Auckland for a staging CT with our team at Sylvia Park in March where we were able to confirm the presence of an intra-hepatic shunt, and complete the treatment planning. Even though the CT showed the clear presence of a shunt within Stormโ€™s liver, it also showed that it was slightly more complicated than the team had previously thought.

Storm returned Auckland last week and was in the care of our awesome Mt Albert surgical team lead by Alastair.

Alastair performed Stormโ€™s percutaneous transvenous coil embolization (PTCE) treatment on Friday afternoon. This is a minimally invasive procedure in which coils are placed in the PSS to allow the shunt to close down progressively over time. The coils are held in place by the use of a metal-alloy stent. The entire procedure is performed by making a small puncture in the jugular vein in the neck region and feeding a catheter down to the liver. The goal of the procedure is to help the liver be able to perform normal functions more effectively as more blood travels through the liver. In Stormโ€™s case Alastair placed 10x 8mm coils.

After her treatment Storm returned to our Sylvia Park hospital to be carefully looked after but our VS A&E team. Storm was cleared to fly back to her family on Sunday having spent two nights in hospital getting spoiled with lots of cuddles from the team ๐ŸŽ‰

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐จ-๐ฌ๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐œ ๐’๐ก๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ?

A portosystemic shunt (PSS) is an abnormal connection between the portal vascular system and systemic circulation. Blood from the abdominal organs which should be drained by the portal vein into the liver is instead shunted to the systemic circulation by the PSS. This means that a portion of the toxins, proteins and nutrients absorbed by the intestines bypass the liver and are shunted directly into the systemic circulation. There are two categories of congenital shunts, extrahepatic (outside the liver) and intrahepatic (inside the liver). Most portosystemic shunts are congenital, where the animal is born with the shunt.


๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ข๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐š๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐š-๐ก๐ž๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐œ ๐ฌ๐ก๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ง ๐ž๐ฑ๐ญ๐ซ๐š-๐ก๐ž๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐œ ๐ฌ๐ก๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ?

To put it simply, an intra-hepatic shunt is an abnormal blood vessel inside the liver and an extra-hepatic shut is outside of the liver.


๐–๐ก๐ฒ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐š ๐๐’๐’?

In a normal animal, the blood that exits the intestines, spleen, and pancreas enters the portal vein, which then takes blood to the liver. The liver metabolizes and detoxifies this blood. If a shunt is present, the liver is deprived of factors that enhance liver development which results in failure of the liver to reach normal size (hepatic atrophy). A common result of hepatic atrophy is hepatic insufficiency, which then combined with the circulating toxins proteins and nutrients frequently results in hepatic encephalopathy (a clinical syndrome of altered central nervous system function due to failure of normal liver function).
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๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•Š๐•ฅ๐• ๐•ฃ๐•ž ๐Ÿพ 

Storm is a very cute Thai Ridgeback puppy from Christchurch who we first met back in March. Storm was referred to Dr. Alastair Coomer from Northlands Animal Care Hospital and was diagnosed with a Portosystemic Shunt (PSS โ€“ an abnormal blood vessel associated with her liver) after having a CT in Christchurch in December 2020 ๐Ÿฉบ

Storm travelled to Auckland for a staging CT with our team at Sylvia Park in March where we were able to confirm the presence of an intra-hepatic shunt, and complete the treatment planning. Even though the CT showed the clear presence of a shunt within Stormโ€™s liver, it also showed that it was slightly more complicated than the team had previously thought.

Storm returned Auckland last week and was in the care of our awesome Mt Albert surgical team lead by Alastair.

Alastair performed Stormโ€™s percutaneous transvenous coil embolization (PTCE) treatment on Friday afternoon. This is a minimally invasive procedure in which coils are placed in the PSS to allow the shunt to close down progressively over time. The coils are held in place by the use of a metal-alloy stent. The entire procedure is performed by making a small puncture in the jugular vein in the neck region and feeding a catheter down to the liver. The goal of the procedure is to help the liver be able to perform normal functions more effectively as more blood travels through the liver. In Stormโ€™s case Alastair placed 10x 8mm coils.

After her treatment Storm returned to our Sylvia Park hospital to be carefully looked after but our VS A&E team. Storm was cleared to fly back to her family on Sunday having spent two nights in hospital getting spoiled with lots of cuddles from the team ๐ŸŽ‰ 

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐จ-๐ฌ๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐œ ๐’๐ก๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ?

A portosystemic shunt (PSS) is an abnormal connection between the portal vascular system and systemic circulation. Blood from the abdominal organs which should be drained by the portal vein into the liver is instead shunted to the systemic circulation by the PSS. This means that a portion of the toxins, proteins and nutrients absorbed by the intestines bypass the liver and are shunted directly into the systemic circulation. There are two categories of congenital shunts, extrahepatic (outside the liver) and intrahepatic (inside the liver). Most portosystemic shunts are congenital, where the animal is born with the shunt.
 

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ข๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐š๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐š-๐ก๐ž๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐œ ๐ฌ๐ก๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ง ๐ž๐ฑ๐ญ๐ซ๐š-๐ก๐ž๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐œ ๐ฌ๐ก๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ?

To put it simply, an intra-hepatic shunt is an abnormal blood vessel inside the liver and an extra-hepatic shut is outside of the liver.
 

๐–๐ก๐ฒ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐š ๐๐’๐’?

In a normal animal, the blood that exits the intestines, spleen, and pancreas enters the portal vein, which then takes blood to the liver. The liver metabolizes and detoxifies this blood. If a shunt is present, the liver is deprived of factors that enhance liver development which results in failure of the liver to reach normal size (hepatic atrophy). A common result of hepatic atrophy is hepatic insufficiency, which then combined with the circulating toxins proteins and nutrients frequently results in hepatic encephalopathy (a clinical syndrome of altered central nervous system function due to failure of normal liver function).

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Storm is recovering brilliantly, eating well and we are working hard to keep her calm and resting when she wants to tear around and play like a demon. We are so hopeful of many years of great times with this lovely girl. She absolutely loves being the centre of attention when she visits the vet clinic here and in Akld

You guys shut of our Cain Terriers external shunt several years ago, she is still going strong. Very grateful for your expertise

The princess just took it in her stride! ๐Ÿ’•

That’s brilliant! My pup Neo had the same (with Alastair) last year, but opened up

Chase Jordan hi there, Storm is Aarons dog, I thought you might be interested in reading this

Robyn Campbell

Matt Davies

Ryan

Katy Mayhew wow. Talk tomorrow. Xxx

Michele Mayhew Katy Mayhew

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2 months ago
Veterinary Specialists Aotearoa

๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐”ฝ๐•ฃ๐• ๐••๐•  ๐Ÿพ

This handsome Husky mix was rushed to our Sylvia Park hospital from his regular clinic at Franklin Vets Pukekohe with suspected septic peritonitis ๐Ÿฅ

After an urgent consultation wtih Dr. Aparna Tikekar, it was decided that Frodo needed urgent surgery to figure out what was going on. He was whisked across town to our Mount Albert hospital to make sure he was operated on as soon as possible and Dr. Michael Nawrocki with the surgical nursing team were ready and waiting for him ๐Ÿฉบ

An exploratory laparotomy was performed where it was found Frodo had perforated a portion of his small intestine. After repairing the perforation, all of the fluid that had escaped was drained away and Frodo was taken to recover from what was a serious condition.

After 5 days of resting, eating chicken, sunbathing outside and even treating the MA team to some Husky howls, Frodo was allowed to go home! We’re so happy that Frodo was able to overcome his serious illness and that he’s back home being his normal cheeky self! ๐ŸŽ‰
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๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐”ฝ๐•ฃ๐• ๐••๐•  ๐Ÿพ 

This handsome Husky mix was rushed to our Sylvia Park hospital from his regular clinic at Franklin Vets Pukekohe with suspected septic peritonitis ๐Ÿฅ 

After an urgent consultation wtih Dr. Aparna Tikekar, it was decided that Frodo needed urgent surgery to figure out what was going on. He was whisked across town to our Mount Albert hospital to make sure he was operated on as soon as possible and Dr. Michael Nawrocki with the surgical nursing team were ready and waiting for him ๐Ÿฉบ 

An exploratory laparotomy was performed where it was found Frodo had perforated a portion of his small intestine. After repairing the perforation, all of the fluid that had escaped was drained away and Frodo was taken to recover from what was a serious condition.

After 5 days of resting, eating chicken, sunbathing outside and even treating the MA team to some Husky howls, Frodo was allowed to go home! Were so happy that Frodo was able to overcome his serious illness and that hes back home being his normal cheeky self! ๐ŸŽ‰

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Amazing team of specialists and vet techs ๐Ÿ’œ

Great work team ๐Ÿ‘

2 months ago
Veterinary Specialists Aotearoa

๐Ÿพ โ„๐•–๐•ž๐•–๐•ž๐•“๐•–๐•ฃ ๐•‹๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•˜๐•’๐•ฃ๐• ๐•’? ๐Ÿพ

This gorgeous boy returned to VSA for reevaluation 6 weeks following spinal surgery. Richard is very pleased with not only Tangaroaโ€™s progress but also with his amazing haircut!
Tangaroa will be back to see our physio team so he continues to gain good strength in his back legs.

Kia kaha Tangaroa, we are all so proud of you.
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๐Ÿพ โ„๐•–๐•ž๐•–๐•ž๐•“๐•–๐•ฃ ๐•‹๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•˜๐•’๐•ฃ๐• ๐•’? ๐Ÿพ 

This gorgeous boy returned to VSA for reevaluation 6 weeks following spinal surgery. Richard is very pleased with not only Tangaroaโ€™s progress but also with his amazing haircut! 
Tangaroa will be back to see our physio team so he continues to gain good strength in his back legs.

Kia kaha Tangaroa, we are all so proud of you.

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Richard is a super skilled surgeon. Our Labrador Nessa owes her life to him after the cancer surgery he did on her eye area over 5 1/2 years ago. She’s 13 years old now with not a care in the world. Trotting along on her walks and still as bonkers was ever ๐Ÿ˜‚Thank you for much Richard and the whole VSA team xx

Love that hairdo ! Not Richards’s !

Richard a photogenic shot. Wow!

Love this photo

2 months ago
Veterinary Specialists Aotearoa

๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ โ„๐•–๐•š๐••๐•š ๐Ÿพ

Heidi is a 10 year old Golden Retriever X and came to see Dr. Richard Jerram back in December 2020 for investigation of persistent right forelimb lameness.

In January, Heidi had a CT of her elbows which seemed to point towards a mild case of septic arthritis. Heidi was sent home with a treatment plan and when Richard rechecked her a couple of weeks later her lameness had resolved – awesome news! โญ๏ธ

Well, fast forward 6 months and earlier this week, Heidi was back to see Richard as her lameness has started to bother her again.

After Heidi made sure she fully inspected her previous CT images and radiologists report (swipe across!), she was scheduled for a surgical procedure for Dr. Jerram to be able to fully explore her elbow joint and help solve this mystery!

Keep an eye on our page for an update when Heidi returns next week, we canโ€™t wait for cuddles ๐Ÿพ

Veterinary Associates Takanini
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๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ โ„๐•–๐•š๐••๐•š ๐Ÿพ 

Heidi is a 10 year old Golden Retriever X and came to see Dr. Richard Jerram back in December 2020 for investigation of persistent right forelimb lameness. 

In January, Heidi had a CT of her elbows which seemed to point towards a mild case of septic arthritis. Heidi was sent home with a treatment plan and when Richard rechecked her a couple of weeks later her lameness had resolved - awesome news! โญ๏ธ 

Well, fast forward 6 months and earlier this week, Heidi was back to see Richard as her lameness has started to bother her again. 

After Heidi made sure she fully inspected her previous CT images and radiologists report (swipe across!), she was scheduled for a surgical procedure for Dr. Jerram to be able to fully explore her elbow joint and help solve this mystery!

Keep an eye on our page for an update when Heidi returns next week, we canโ€™t wait for cuddles ๐Ÿพ

Veterinary Associates Takanini

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Go we Heidi – you’re in the best hands.

We always knew you were the best Vet ever

3 months ago
Veterinary Specialists Aotearoa

๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•‹๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•˜๐•’๐•ฃ๐• ๐•’ ๐Ÿพ

Tangaroa is a 9 year old Pekingese who was referred to Dr. Richard Jerram from Western Veterinary Clinic (Avondale), after his owners had noticed his left hind limb was lacking strength and Tangaroa had lost his motivation to go for walks ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป

After a full musculoskeletal and gait assessment, as well as putting Tangaroa through some more targeted neurological tests, it was decided that a CT scan would be the best diagnostic tool moving forward to help localise and identify specifically what was going on with Tangaroa.

The CT scan of Tangaroaโ€™s spine revealed that he had widespread intervertebral disc degeneration – even though there were multiple sites of mild spinal cord compression, the site of greatest significance was in Tangaroaโ€™s lumbar spine and this was the site contributing to his left hind limb weakness. After his day stay, Tangaroa was able to go home and was scheduled for surgical intervention at a later date.

After Dr. Jerram had performed a hemilaminectomy of the L2/3 site, Tangaroa stayed with us in hospital for 1 night and the following day where he received inpatient Physiotherapy with Georgia. We were pleased to be able to send Tangaroa home with his awesome owners relatively soon, as he was doing so well post-op โ€“ what a champion! ๐Ÿ†

Tangaroa is now 2 weeks post-op and is coming to see Georgia for Physiotherapy each week to help him on his road to recovery. At the 6 week mark, Tangaroa will return for recheck with Dr. Jerram to make sure he is progressing as expected post-op โ€“ we canโ€™t wait to see how he continues to improve! ๐Ÿพ
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Tangaroa is a 9 year old Pekingese who was referred to Dr. Richard Jerram from Western Veterinary Clinic (Avondale), after his owners had noticed his left hind limb was lacking strength and Tangaroa had lost his motivation to go for walks ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป

After a full musculoskeletal and gait assessment, as well as putting Tangaroa through some more targeted neurological tests, it was decided that a CT scan would be the best diagnostic tool moving forward to help localise and identify specifically what was going on with Tangaroa.  

The CT scan of Tangaroaโ€™s spine revealed that he had widespread intervertebral disc degeneration - even though there were multiple sites of mild spinal cord compression, the site of greatest significance was in Tangaroaโ€™s lumbar spine and this was the site contributing to his left hind limb weakness. After his day stay, Tangaroa was able to go home and was scheduled for surgical intervention at a later date.  

After Dr. Jerram had performed a hemilaminectomy of the L2/3 site, Tangaroa stayed with us in hospital for 1 night and the following day where he received inpatient Physiotherapy with Georgia. We were pleased to be able to send Tangaroa home with his awesome owners relatively soon, as he was doing so well post-op โ€“ what a champion! ๐Ÿ†

Tangaroa is now 2 weeks post-op and is coming to see Georgia for Physiotherapy each week to help him on his road to recovery. At the 6 week mark, Tangaroa will return for recheck with Dr. Jerram to make sure he is progressing as expected post-op โ€“ we canโ€™t wait to see how he continues to improve! ๐Ÿพ

๐Ÿšง MOUNT ALBERT MAINTENANCE ๐Ÿšง

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused whilst we carry out urgent maintenance works at our Mt. Albert hospital.

Repairs are currently underway in our Mt. Albert reception, waiting areas, and consult rooms which will unfortunately cause slight disruption to our normal front of house services this week.

For you and your petโ€™s comfort and safety, all appointments with our clinical teams will be operating in a somewhat contactless manner as we will not be allowing clients inside of the hospital during this period.

If you have a scheduled appointment, you will receive a text message prior to your visit with instructions of what to do when you arrive at the hospital.

For any unscheduled visits, collection of prescriptions etc, please wait in your vehicle and contact us on (09) 845 5455 or (09) 320 5645 and our team will assist you.

We appreciate your patience and understanding in helping us keep you and our patients safe.

As always, if you have any questions then please email us info@vsnz.co.nz or call (09) 845 5455 – weโ€™re here to help! ๐Ÿพ
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๐Ÿฉบ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐”ป๐•ฃ. ๐”ธ๐•๐•–๐•ฉ ๐•Ž๐•’๐•๐•œ๐•–๐•ฃ ๐Ÿฉบ

Alex is a Director here at VSA and can be found working across both our Auckland locations.
As part of the surgical team, Alexโ€™s clinical week includes a mixture of consults and surgical procedures.
As well as being a huge support to the VSA team, Alex is also known for his uncanny ability to break his own rules!
Despite this, we wouldnโ€™t be without his wicked sense of humour ๐Ÿฅ
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๐Ÿฉบ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐”ป๐•ฃ. ๐”ธ๐•๐•–๐•ฉ ๐•Ž๐•’๐•๐•œ๐•–๐•ฃ ๐Ÿฉบ

Alex is a Director here at VSA and can be found working across both our Auckland locations.
As part of the surgical team, Alexโ€™s clinical week includes a mixture of consults and surgical procedures.
As well as being a huge support to the VSA team, Alex is also known for his uncanny ability to break his own rules!
Despite this, we wouldnโ€™t be without his wicked sense of humour ๐Ÿฅ

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Not only the nicest guy but a brilliant surgeon!!

Maj says hello and is rocking it 5 months post op. Also breaking rules ๐ŸพHuge thanks to Alex, Damian and team for getting Maj back.

We love Alex. Dr Spock ๐Ÿ˜‚

๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•๐•–๐•ฅ ๐Ÿพ

Jet came to visit us in Auckland all the way from Christchurch back in March for a consultation with Dr. Richard Jerram, for further investigation of ongoing spinal issues.

After a CT scan, it was confirmed that Jet had a severe lumbosacral instability among other vertebral anomalies, including scoliosis.

It was agreed that if Jet was going to be able to feel more comfortable, he needed surgery to stabilise the lumbosacral space and so the planning began.

The series of Jetโ€™s CT images were sent to Dr. Andrew Worth (Massey University) in order for a custom 3D-printed hybrid titanium implant to be made.

Jet returned to our Sylvia Park hospital at the beginning of this week for surgery with Dr. Jerram & Dr. Kyle Clark and after a post-operative CT showed the implant was sitting correctly (see photo/video in comments), Jet was taken to recover in his comfy bed with his nursing team monitoring him.

Jet has been receiving daily Physiotherapy treatment and has especially enjoyed snoozing in the afternoon sun whilst receiving his treatments from Ashley and Georgia!

Weโ€™re happy to say that after his 5 night Auckland getaway, Jet will be heading home to Christchurch tomorrow to enjoy the long weekend with his awesome family and continue his rehabilitation. ๐ŸŽ‰

Weโ€™ll miss having you around Jet, but weโ€™re already looking forward to catching up with you at your 6 week review with Richard!
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๐Ÿพ ๐•„๐•–๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•๐•–๐•ฅ ๐Ÿพ 

Jet came to visit us in Auckland all the way from Christchurch back in March for a consultation with Dr. Richard Jerram, for further investigation of ongoing spinal issues. 

After a CT scan, it was confirmed that Jet had a severe lumbosacral instability among other vertebral anomalies, including scoliosis. 

It was agreed that if Jet was going to be able to feel more comfortable, he needed surgery to stabilise the lumbosacral space and so the planning began. 

The series of Jetโ€™s CT images were sent to Dr. Andrew Worth (Massey University) in order for a custom 3D-printed hybrid titanium implant to be made.

Jet returned to our Sylvia Park hospital at the beginning of this week for surgery with Dr. Jerram & Dr. Kyle Clark and after a post-operative CT showed the implant was sitting correctly (see photo/video in comments), Jet was taken to recover in his comfy bed with his nursing team monitoring him.

Jet has been receiving daily Physiotherapy treatment and has especially enjoyed snoozing in the afternoon sun whilst receiving his treatments from Ashley and Georgia!

Weโ€™re happy to say that after his 5 night Auckland getaway, Jet will be heading home to Christchurch tomorrow to enjoy the long weekend with his awesome family and continue his rehabilitation. ๐ŸŽ‰ 

Weโ€™ll miss having you around Jet, but weโ€™re already looking forward to catching up with you at your 6 week review with Richard!

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Oh, wow! Amazing, Sue Jenkinson! So pleased you’re home for the weekend. Molly is especially impressed! Take care wee man! Will come to visit soon.

What a wonderful story Jet! We hope you're feeling your 'old but new' self in no time. Hugz to mum. Xx

How incredible thankyou for saving the most gorgeous French bulldog? Humans next

Darling, lucky boy! What wonderful doggie parents you are. Such a good outcome.

What a brave doggie Sue. Glade he came through it well. Amazing!!๐Ÿฆฎ๐Ÿฆฎ๐Ÿฆฎ

Incredible stuff. All the best Jet. You got this.๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ

Wonderful news..so pleased you are on your way home..xx Megan Ireland is this the special wee man you were talking about..xx

YAHOO

Amazing x

Nice recovery Jet!!! You are the cutest bionic bulldog I have ever met – have a safe trip home,

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