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Joey’s Pet of the Week

By Scott Lackenby | Dated August 29, 2014

It's hard work being me!!

It’s hard work being me!!

Hey everyone! Sorry this is so late but I have been very busy today plotting my revenge on Dr John Morgan. You see, Dr John thought it would be funny to stick a marshmallow to the top of my head! He licked it and stuck it to my head! I haven’t decided on his punishment yet, but you can be sure he will regret picking on me like that!! I’m also mad at Nurse Amy for not being at work on her birthday so we could have cake. I’m a cranky Pymble vet clinic cat!! Luckily I’m easily pleased with food, and I’m sure my mood will improve with dinner.

Are you going to go to the Gordon Community PreSchool Fun Day on Sunday? I would, but I will be too busy helping Maureen with her dog training. It’s hard work helping out with puppy preschool! But you should go, there will be all sorts of fun family activities. And Nurse Layne will be there, and she would love to see you! It’s on from 10am-2pm at the Gordon Community PreSchool in Park St.

My star this week is the handsome Boston, an almost 13year old Kelpie cross. Boston thought he was coming in for a routine vaccination, but during his exam, Dr Scott Lackenby discovered that Boston had an approx. 4cm lump around his thyroid area in his neck. Boston’s Dad also said that Boston had been drinking a lot and always seemed hungry but had lost some weight. Dr Scott was worried that the lump was a thyroid cancer, so instead of having his vaccination, Boston was booked in to have the lump biopsied. When the results came back from the lab, it was confirmed that Boston did indeed have Thyroid Gland Neoplasia. Boston’s family now had a tough decision to make. They could either monitor his quality of life and keep Boston happy or they could remove Boston’s thyroid, consult a Veterinary Oncologist and start Boston on chemo. Chemo in animals is very different to chemo in you humans. We animals rarely suffer from the nasty side effects that you do, and while in most cases it doesn’t cure our cancer, it can significantly improve our quality of life and delay the cancer from being fatal. Boston’s family decided to first see of the cancer had spread, so Boston had some Xrays and an Ultrasound and some blood work. While his thyroid parameters were elevated, the scans showed that at this stage the cancer hadn’t spread. This was great news! So on the advice of the Oncologist, Boston was booked in to have his Thyroid removed. This is a tricky surgery as there a lot of vital structures in the neck, but Boston’s surgery went well. We sent the thyroid off to have the cancer more closely looked at, and it turns out that Boston’s cancer is extremely rare, the Oncologist had only ever seen it 5 times before and all the other patients had cancer in other parts of their body! He recommended that Boston have a CT to have a more in depth look for other possible tumours, that he start a radioactive iodine treatment and also chemo. But Boston was a little under the weather after his surgery, removing the thyroid gland can affect your calcium levels, and given his age, we will wait a few weeks for Boston to bounce back before we put him through more procedures.

Well, I had better go. It’s time for dinner and I’m not normally allowed on the computer this late, but I had to get this done.

Written by Scott Lackenby

Scott joined the team at Gordon Vets in 1999, where he was immediately impressed with the high standard of customer service. Scott is very popular amongst clients for his kind hearted approach to pet care and his great sense of humour. His particular areas of interest are endocrinology and dermatology.

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John Hannelly
John Hannelly
03:04 09 Nov 20
David and all the staff are wonderful, caring people who really look after your loved pets in a very professional manner.
Chris Chappel
Chris Chappel
00:54 31 Oct 20
Extremely happy with Imogen and the team. I had lost ALL faith in vets after going to GreenCross. Thankfully Gordon Vet Hospital surpassed all our hopes and expectations. Imogen was incredibly caring, clinically competent and finally solved the issue our cat had. The vet nurses and reception team seemed genuinely happy and were super friendly each time we’ve returned. Follow up care after the surgery for our cat was like night and day compared to what we’d been through at our old vet. Unlike at GreenCross where the final price always ended up being at the top of the quoted range, at Gordon Vet Hospital the quote was far more reasonable and the price ended up at the lower end of the estimate. Highly recommended this vet.
Lisa Elliott
Lisa Elliott
06:17 20 Oct 20
I can't rate Gordon Vet Hospital any higher. I took my 11yr old staffy in for surgery with the beautiful Imogene Ewen (amazing surgeon) and was managed by incredibly professional front office staff (Maddie). My dog, Coco was in the best of hands. The after care service is detailed and their love of animals is so very clear to all who enter. Exceptional service for the North Shore.
Jonathan Summers
Jonathan Summers
09:51 09 Oct 20
We love these guys. We have 3 cats and they are all well looked after.
jo kleoudis
jo kleoudis
22:08 04 Oct 20
Best vets and nursing staff. Great advice. Convenient and always easy to book.
Roopam Ghosh
Roopam Ghosh
10:49 25 Sep 20
Great service and very prompt with appointments. Lovely staff
Michelle Keir
Michelle Keir
08:30 01 Sep 20
Great service my dog loves going there! The staff are very caring and the vets very knowledgeable and do not over service.
Ayanthi Gooneratne
Ayanthi Gooneratne
06:22 24 Aug 20
The Vets are fantastic and so are the support staff. My dogs have been with Gorden Vets for over 10 years.
Steve Walker
Steve Walker
11:33 11 Aug 20
Helen was great. Took great care of our dog.
Eve Barratt
Eve Barratt
01:17 04 Aug 20
I took our little girl Coco for her very first vet visit yesterday. Dr Helen gave Coco a thoroughly check-up and provided me with useful information as the first time puppy owner. Coco is now enrolled in the puppy school and will return back for her 2nd vaccine in a couple of week!
Claire Turner
Claire Turner
05:21 19 Jul 20
Care & attention for your furry friends second to none.
Kimba
Kimba
02:50 09 Jul 20
Dr David and the team have provided real care, support and expertise for our furry family members over 25 years. They've also readily taken in injured wildlife. A great team of Vets and nurses - thanks for all you do!
Jayna Hirani
Jayna Hirani
03:43 09 Apr 20
Quality care and advice at every visit. The staff are friendly and informative and genuinely care about your pets. I am 100% confident that my cat and dog always receive the best pet healthcare and as pet parents that's all we want.
Marianne Broeng
Marianne Broeng
23:23 28 Jan 20
Gordon Vet has looked after my golden retriever since she was 9 weeks. Everyone has been amazing and caring with lots of experience. I have been able to ask any questions and always been welcome. Even one day when she stepped on a bee in the evening, they stayed open until we got there and helped her get it out. Thanks to all the staff :-)
Lizzie Wei
Lizzie Wei
00:56 18 Jan 20
We just moved to Gordon couple month ago and need to get my cat vaccinated. We found this hospital through google and I need to say they provide excellent service and very professional! The doctor really knows cat. Highly recommended!
Lara Bisley
Lara Bisley
08:15 27 Nov 19
Exceptional veterinary hospital. I have been taking my dog here for many years and although I now live in the Eastern Suburbs, I still drive across town to see the Vets at Gordon. The staff are highly skilled, compassionate, friendly and helpful. My 9 year old dog has had 2 knee operations (1 on each knee!) and the outcome of these surgeries far exceeded my expectations. I have been incredibly impressed with the care provided during all of our visits. I would highly recommend Gordon Vet Hospital.
Eugenie Goodyer
Eugenie Goodyer
23:22 21 Oct 19
Very friendly staff. Wonderful care for all our animals A++
Jennie Keogh
Jennie Keogh
06:36 21 Oct 19
Fantastic and friendly staff who you can tell really care about your pet. Their follow up service is also very reassuring. I also board my cat with Gordon Vet and I feel very comfortable to know he's in safe and caring hands. I'm so glad I found this clinic.
Newsha Amiri
Newsha Amiri
20:24 03 Oct 19
We took our dog there and Dr. David take care of his skin issues. he was so caring and professional.
Luxe Sydney Mum
Luxe Sydney Mum
06:37 02 Sep 19
Compassionate, caring and highly skilled veterinary surgeons who treat their patients and owners with respect. The nursing and administration staff are efficient and remember their patients by name which is a lovely touch. A lovely vet practice which despite our Golden Retriever Finn’s complex medical history, is always welcoming to him and he never displays any signs of anxiety when attending. Dr Helen is lovely and a firm favourite of ours!
Lihong Xing
Lihong Xing
05:00 05 Nov 18
Highly recommend Dr David, Scott, Helen, and Catherine, I've taken my cat to see all the doctors here.
Jeremy Tarbox
Jeremy Tarbox
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!!! :)
Vishal Kapoor
Vishal Kapoor
01:52 04 Sep 18
Really amazing staff members. Their systems and processes are also very
Gerry Stevens
Gerry Stevens
11:01 14 Jul 18
Good competant vet. Did what I needed. Staff friendly. Cat's well.
Arezu A
Arezu A
03:20 15 Feb 18
Absolutely love the service here. I switched from other Vets to this Vet as the staff here are quite attentive and really care about your furry baby! I have basically seen most of the Dr's here and all of them so far have been fantastic, friendly and fun to speak with! Easy to locate and enough parking available! 5 Stars indeed!
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