Smallest patient of the month was a dwarf hamster which came in with a prolapsed cheek pouch. For those of you who've never owned a hamster the cheek pouches are used to store food when there is plenty available  so that it can be chewed and swallowed at a later time. When that time comes, if the hamster is in a bit of a hurry and the food a bit dry, as the pouch is emptied then rarely the pouch itself can come out of the cheek and hang there outside the mouth. An anaesthetic was needed to push the pouch back into place and then hold it there with a couple of sutures.
Fleas are causing lots of problems at the moment, both for pets and their owners. The pets tend to get the bites, allergic reactions and self-inflicted sores from chewing and scratching. Their owners, on the other  hand, while occasionally getting bitten if fleas have infested the carpets and are jumping up and biting their ankles, are more usually psychologically traumatised by the thought of the little blighters. One woman this month was so upset about the fleas on her cat that she phoned me at 2.30am to tell me about it! She was told politely to phone back in the morning!
If your pet does have fleas treatment of all in contact animals is essential, usually with a good spot-on, not a cheap but ineffective and possibly toxic permethrin based product from a supermarket or pet shop. Just as important is treatment of the house and car with an environmental spray to stop all the hundreds of eggs from developing into adult fleas. Call in or phone for advice if you are worried:- but not at 2.30am!