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What is your diagnosis?

By Helen Burns | Dated February 21, 2019

At Gordon Vet, we frequently use diagnostic tools to help us reach a diagnosis for your furbabies. We are spoilt for choice with our in house lab for blood tests, endoscope, ultrasound, and of course x-ray machine. Take a look at the following radiographs. What would your diagnosis be?

And the answers!

The first radiograph is from a dog with many small bladder stones. These stones were surgically removed and on analysis were identified as calcium oxalate. These mineral stones are difficult to prevent, however keeping urine dilute can help prevent recurrence.

The second is from a dog with two very large bladder stones. They were also surgically removed and were sent to a lab in the USA for analysis. These stones were comprised of magnesium ammonium phosphate hexahydrate, which form as a consequence of a chronic bladder infection.

The third and fourth radiographs are from the same dog, however did you notice that one is the left front leg and the other is the right front leg? As an 8 month old Italian Greyhound, this poor boy broke one leg, and then 6 weeks later he broke the other. He had each fracture repaired with a plate and hasn’t looked back !

The final radiograph is of course a pregnant bitch. How many puppies can you see?
There were 3!

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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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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.
Vishal Kapoor
Vishal Kapoor
01:52 04 Sep 18
Really amazing staff members. Their systems and processes are also very
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!
Gerry Stevens
Gerry Stevens
11:01 14 Jul 18
Good competant vet. Did what I needed. Staff friendly. Cat's well.
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!!! :)
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