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Labrador’s Rare Condition Leads to Leg Amputation

23 June 2022

A Yorkshire vet has told the dramatic story of how a young Labrador had to have a hind leg amputated after it was damaged beyond reconstruction by a rare attack of invasive fatty lumps. David Barker, a soft tissue surgeon here at Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield, revealed how the lumps, called infiltrative lipomas, grew…

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Forty Dogs Saved in First Year of Minimally-Invasive Cardiac Surgery Service

31 May 2022

A minimally-invasive cardiology service set up by our widely-respected heart specialist has seen life-changing surgery performed on 40 dogs since its launch a year ago. Chris Linney started the interventional cardiology service here at Paragon Veterinary Referrals, in Wakefield, in May 2021, after joining from fellow Linnaeus hospital Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service, in…

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Paragon Successfully Completes First Balloon Dilation Procedure

11 May 2022

A young cat beset by a rare condition causing unusual breathing noises and wheezing is back to full health thanks to a Paragon carrying out its first balloon dilation procedure. Rupert was referred to the internal medicine team here at Paragon Veterinary Referrals, in Wakefield, with a five-month history of upper respiratory tract noises which…

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Meet Simona – Internal Medicine Intern

6 May 2022

Meet Simona Borgonovi, one of our newest Interns here at Paragon… How long have you been an intern at Paragon? I have been an intern here at Paragon now for just under 3 months. It feels, though, time has flown by so quickly! Have you worked in a referral practice before? I have done a…

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Paragon Vets Save Gravely-ill Kitten from heart failure

30 March 2022

A gravely-ill Siamese kitten who was suffering from heart failure at only 12 weeks old has made a full recovery after life-saving specialist care at one of the UK’s leading small animal hospitals. Three-month-old Arthur was in very poor health when he was referred to us here at Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield, but now…

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Pitch Invader Cat Fit Again and Reunited With Owner

24 March 2022

A missing moggy that halted play in a top football match is now happily reunited with her owner thanks to our fantastic team. Topsey had disappeared eight months ago and was presumed dead until she suddenly reappeared with an impromptu pitch invasion at Sheffield Wednesday’s recent home match with Wigan Athletic. One of Wigan’s players…

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Paragon Saves Dog’s Eye Thanks to Superficial Radiation Therapy

2 March 2022

Gunther, a handsome Poodle was presented to our ophthalmologist David Habin, due to a fast growing mass of 1.5cm on his right lower eyelid. David decided to perform an excisional biopsy and sent the mass for histopathology, which showed that Gunther had an aggressive melanoma, which is a tumour that has a high chance to…

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Blood Transfusion Helps Save Tilly After Ten-Day Battle For Life

3 December 2021

A grateful dog owner has thanked us and a national animal charity for saving the life of her precious pet. Emma Harrison’s border terrier Tilly was struck down by a life-threatening attack of immune mediated haemolytic anaemia (IMHA), where a dog’s body destroys its own red blood cells. It’s often a death sentence but ten…

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Anaesthesia Specialist Dr Alex Dugdale Joins Paragon

1 December 2021

We are delighted to have appointed a highly-experienced specialist to our expert team. RCVS and EBVS specialist in anaesthesia and analgesia Dr Alex Dugdale has joined the team here at Paragon. Dr Dugdale has more than 30 years’ experience in the profession and says she is excited by her new role at the state-of-the-art £5m…

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Paragon Removes Dalmation’s Enormous 5kg Tumour

18 November 2021

Vets here at Paragon have successfully removed a huge 5kg tumour from a cancer-stricken Dalmatian. The life-threatening, malignant tumour was cut free from the abdomen of four-year-old Penny by soft tissue surgeon David Barker. The operation required plenty of help from colleagues due to its incredibly-challenging nature and because the tumour was so big and…

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