Star Patients


Kilimanjaro and his mum were walking their preschooler to school last week when he passed too close to a colorbond fence with a gap underneath it. As he passed by, the muzzle of a dog with cabin fever latched on to the nearest object – Kili’s toe – and wouldn’t let go.
Fast forward to 9:30am at New Lambton Veterinary Clinic, a toe on ice (quick thinking, Barb!), a shattered owner and a fairly unfazed Kili waltzing in the door minus the last bone of his outside toe. We were not able to reattach it unfortunately but we were able to stitch things back together and today Kili came in for his second post surgical check up and bandage change – all looking great! Not a bad dinner table conversation for a fifteen year old boy! – but also spare a thought for the poor dog who was stuck behind his colorbond fence.
Many dog attacks arise out of fear and loneliness, not aggression, and maybe this dog didn’t have such a great life as our Kili.


Fiona and staff had an interesting patient to X-ray this morning – “Marylin” the diamond python!

Marylin lives at Hunter Wetlands Centre Australiaand has been off her food for 3 weeks, with an incomplete ecdysis (shedding) underway.

As she is kept with a young male, we first suspected pregnancy, but X rays ruled this out. We could also not see any masses, abscesses or obstructions on the X-ray. We have treated her for parasites and reviewed the temperature, humidity and photoperiod (artificial daylength) of her terrarium.

The Hunter Wetlands staff are well used to caring for their reptiles and keep excellent records of these vital parameters, which is essential for optimal care of captive reptiles.

We are hoping that, after a good long bath to remove the final parts of a shed coat, Marylin will be on her way to recovery very soon