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Mishka’s miracle recovery

By Helen Burns | Dated May 2, 2019

6 months ago Mishka was a very sick kitty. She spent nearly a week at Gordon Vet, using up at least two of her nine lives battling both a serious kidney infection called pyelonephritis, which put her into kidney failure, and well as pancreatitis.  Mishka was placed on a drip, and given intravenous antibiotics to treat the kidney infection. Additionally, she was given an intravenous infusion of painkillers to keep her comfortable. Being so ill, little Mishka lost her appetite, so she also needed appetite stimulants in addition to plenty of encouragement, brushing, warmed up food, and all our little tricks to get her eating. Unfortunately, it was hard going, and despite improvements in her blood levels, she wasn’t recovering as well as we had hoped. After a week in hospital she was discharged on medication to help her kidneys function better, plus appetite stimulants and a big dose of TLC at home. Her family and all of us at Gordon Vet  were very concerned about whether she was going to pull through.

6 months down the track and Mishka’s family and all of us at Gordon Vet couldn’t be happier! This little lady is eating well, has gained weight, has the most beautiful shiny coat, and her blood levels are all back to normal! There were times when we really didn’t think that we would make it to this point. It was very much a team effort, and the whole team is so very happy!

Mishka before she got unwell.

Mishka has been clipped for an abdominal ultrasound in this image

Mishka is feeling a lot better now!

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Written by Helen Burns

Helen graduated from Sydney Uni in 1997 with First Class Honours and worked in a practice on the Northern Beaches for 16 years. Helen joined the Gordon Vet team early in 2014 and our clients have really enjoyed getting to know her. She loves being a vet and takes a keen interest in all of her patients. Her gentle, friendly nature helps pets to feel relaxed when they visit the vet. Helen lives locally and has 3 children. At least one of her children seems destined to be a vet! When not ferrying her children around, Helen cares for her menagerie of pets. These include Chloe the dog, Obi and Leia the cats, Little Cocky the galah and Rosie the very tame eclectus parrot who all happily coexist at her house. In her spare time, Helen likes to be active outdoors, running, kayaking, camping or playing any manner of sport with her children.

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05:00 05 Nov 18
Highly recommend Dr David, Scott, Helen, and Catherine, I've taken my cat to see all the doctors here.
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01:52 04 Sep 18
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03:20 15 Feb 18
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Gerry Stevens
Gerry Stevens
11:01 14 Jul 18
Good competant vet. Did what I needed. Staff friendly. Cat's well.
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22:55 10 Sep 18
We found a stray, agitated dog in front of our house last night. We phoned but got no help from the Council ranger who gave two options: tie him up in front yard overnight or "let him loose, he'll find his own way home" :( So we phoned Gordon Vet: they stayed open a few minutes so we could run him up and he could have a bed and dinner. Thank you Gordon Vet Hospital, hope he gets home soon!!! :)
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