Seven-year-old Basset Hound Bruce has had an unlucky year: a splenic torsion and severe case of pancreatitis. He was voted Patient of the Year 2012-13 by the surgery staff. Nurse Martina tells his story:
"Bruce has been coming to our practice since he was a puppy, he's no stranger to the vet, there's always something going wrong! However, in June 2012 Bruce became very ill. He came in as he was not eating and was having episodes of vomiting. His belly was really painful to touch and he was in a lot of pain. After some investigation and blood tests it was found that there was a problem with Bruce's pancreas. An ultrasound also showed that there was an issue with Bruce's spleen and so he was taken to surgery.
"During the surgery it was found that Bruce's spleen had become twisted and needed to be removed. Bruce then stayed in hospital with us for a few days and recovered well. However, a few months later Bruce was rushed back in and it was confirmed that his pancreas had flared up. He was in a lot of pain and needed round-the-clock pain management to keep him comfy.
"Bruce stayed in hospital for treatment for a week. After much care he recovered and is now on a special diet that helps prevent the pancreatitis from coming back again.
"Bruce is a gentle, kind dog and was a model patient throughout his treatment. Even when he was feeling his worst he always greeted us with a wagging tail. Due to his wonderful personality he has become a firm favourite with all the nurses and they are always happy to see him when he comes in for checkups. This is why Bruce was unanimously nominated for our 2012-13 Patient of the Year Award."
Martina Hood BSc(Hons) RVN