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Beaumont Vets Exeter

Thank your for visiting our website. We pride ourselves on the services we offer and the facilities we have available at the Beaumont Vets Exeter.
We strive to achieve the highest standards of care through compassion, ethical awareness, dedication, conscientiousness and teamwork applied equally to patients, clients and members of staff. Your pet is as important to us as it is to you.
Beaumont Veterinary Centre was first established in Exeter in the late 1970′ s by Dr. Chris Chesney and later moved to Broadclyst. Due to a change in professional direction to specialist dermatology by Dr. Chesney, the practice was taken over by Clive Lloyd in 1994 and moved to its present site in 1995. At the same time, the practice expanded from purely small animal work to a mixed practice due to Clive’s extensive experience and enthusiasm for all creatures great and small. The practice is currently the only truly mixed practice in Exeter.
Between 2003 and 2005 the practice underwent extensive refurbishment and expansion to provide the current modern facilities.

 

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Icterus is also known as jaundice and it’s not exactly a disease. When tissues like the skin and eyes get a yellowish colouration (presumably, outside of a Simpsons episode), this is considered a clinical sign of many different diseases.
What causes the colour change is the depositing of bilirubin in tissues, causing them to turn yellow. What might cause this to happen? Any condition that causes bilirubin to be produced in higher than normal quantities (heavy internal bleeding, increased destruction of red blood cells, among others) or that compromises normal elimination of bilirubin (liver failure, obstruction of bile canals, among others).
Unfortunately, there are a large number of conditions that can cause those situations. Bilirubin is formed when there is degradation of heme-containing proteins, most notably haemoglobin in red blood cells and this compound is formed in the liver.
What other clinical signs exist are dependant of the primary cause of the increased plasma concentration of bilirubin but you might see anorexia, lethargy, vomiting, changes in faeces and urine colour, fever and weight loss.
If you notice your pet has icterus, bring them in as soon as possible. Not only it’s important to be able to identify and address the main cause but also because very high concentrations of bilirubin can severely harm kidneys, liver and even the neurological system!
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