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SMART Specialist Veterinary Referrals4 days ago
Good luck to Howard and all his supporters next week!
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SMART Specialist Veterinary Referrals2 weeks ago
Our Cat Advocate Vet Mel has made each of our regular feline patients their very own valerian cushions - in their owned named pouches.
Here is Trevor smooching his during his acupuncture session this week. Using calming aids in our dedicated cat consultation rooms can help our feline patients feel more settled and relaxed during their treatments and we are very grateful to Mel for making these cushions for us.
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SMART Specialist Veterinary Referrals3 weeks ago
This week we sadly said goodbye to our brilliant physiotherapy assistant Natalie and her trusty sidekick Hammy-Natalie has been such an invaluable member of our team for the last 9 years and we will all miss seeing her, Hammy and the rest of the gang in clinic each week! Good luck from all of us for this next adventure, we look forward to hearing all about it! Thank you for being such a great colleague and member of the SMART team!
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SMART Specialist Veterinary Referrals3 weeks ago
Little Rosie is our pet of the month for May! In February 2022 Rosie had surgery to repair a ruptured left cruciate ligament. The most common way for a dog to injure their cruciate is by jumping, skidding, twisting or turning awkwardly. This type of injury can occur with any dog, however it is more likely in those that are overweight dogs, or have an inherited weakness.

Limping is often the first sign of a cruciate problem. Some dogs cannot bear weight on the affected leg at all, while some will present with a slight limp. Swelling in one or both stifles, gait abnormality, pain in the affected leg and difficulty getting up and down are also observed with the condition.

Rosie’s recovery from surgery went well, but her owners were keen for Rosie to get back to a place where she could run off-lead and manage the stairs at home comfortably.

When examined at the clinic, Rosie’s posture was substandard. She was consistently shifting her weight forwards, with her front legs positioned quite wide and her hind limbs quite narrow in an effort to alleviate pressure on her affected leg. Her core was quite weak, and her proprioceptive awareness was poor, meaning that Rosie’s body coordination was not sufficient. Rosie tended to pull herself forward using her upper body rather than gaining drive from her hind limbs.

Rosie’s rehabilitation programme was tailored to focus on alleviating muscle tension and discomfort along her back, improving her load bearing through the left hind limb, and eventually building the muscle that she had lost in both hind limbs.

Rosie was 8.15kg when she first came to the Smart Clinic. She is now 6.90kg! This weight loss will have helped massively with recovering from this injury, and will aid in preventing further injury as her joints won’t have unnecessary weight to bear.

Rosie has brought many smiles to us here at the clinic when she visits, with her fancy moustache and seasonal outfits which are pictured!
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SMART Specialist Veterinary Referrals1 month ago
All of us at SMART would like to wish a huge congratulations to our former colleague, and current superstar patient, Alison and Suzy on their recent win at Iconix last weekend to take them into Grade 7! It's always great to watch you in the ring doing so well!
Alison also took Fizz, a friends dog that she runs, to grade 7 a few weeks ago-the team is on fire! Well done all!
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SMART Specialist Veterinary Referrals1 month ago
We hope all of our patients and clients enjoy this Early May Bank Holiday and enjoy some time relaxing and recuperating... hopefully in some sunshine if we are lucky! Happy Bank Holiday everyone! #bankholiday #relax #hopefulforsun