Ruffus – the much-loved Lakeland Terrier of Brisbane was the first patient seen at our newest clinic located in Western Brisbane at Jindalee. Ruffus was transferred to the Jindalee clinic from his regular vet in Brisbane’s West to our new purpose built emergency hospital.
A VERY SPECIAL FIRST
At Animal Emergency Service, it is always acknowledged that an owner knows their beloved pet best. For lucky Ruffus, his doting mother was no exception.
The team at Jindalee welcomed the charming Ruffus as their very first patient after only opening that night. Having worked together extensively in our other clinics prior to the opening, the experienced team sprang into action, knowing exactly what the best course of action was for Ruffus.
Ruffus was settled into a comfortable bed with supportive care. Diagnostics were run to pin-point exactly why this ordinarily lively boy was suddenly so dull, lethargic and simply not himself. Lucky for Ruffus, Dr Gerardo Poli and his team were able quickly determine his condition and it was no wonder he was feeling so unwell! He was diagnosed with DKA – known as ‘Diabetes ketoacidosis’.
WHAT IS DKA?
DKA or Diabetic ketoacidosis is a critical emergency seen in pets when they experience a severe insulin deficiency in their body. When there isn’t sufficient insulin being produced, the body isn’t able to regulate the blood sugar levels (glucose). When glucose isn’t regulated by insulin, levels increase so much that the body begins to produce ketones that essentially become an emergency energy source. When ketones are utilized and broken down as energy, they produce by-products causing acidosis (increased acidity affecting the acid/base balance of the body) and an electrolyte imbalance. If left untreated, this condition can be fatal.
Common symptoms of the condition can include:
- Altered appetite (increased/decreased)
- Increased thirst and frequent urination
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain
- Dull coat
- Sweetness in breath odour
- Panting or increased respiratory rate
WHERE IS HE NOW?
Ruffus has been an absolute delight to have in our care and we feel privileged to have him as our first official patient in a hospital that will be here in Jindalee treating the beloved pets of Western Brisbane for many years to come.
‘Ruffus the Great’ – you truly are #1 at Jindalee Animal Emergency Service in more ways than one.
By Ashleigh Ehrmann
If you suspect your pet may be experiencing any of these symptoms, consult your veterinary professional immediately.