Back down in the clinics is staffie Rudy who, at the ripe old age of 15, is starting to have trouble with his hind legs. As an elderly gent, his owner Joanne Howle is told by our vet that he’s likely to be suffering from arthritis, a common problem among senior dogs.
Joanne said: “Rudy is a beautiful soul and we owe everything to Blue Cross, it has done a lot for us.”
One of the last patients is Yorkshire terrier Ruby, who has recently had an operation with us to fix a condition called floating patella, whereby her kneecap has moved out of its socket. Her owner, pensioner Maureen Ethell, said she’s been recovering well and our vet is pleased with Ruby’s progress.
Upstairs, Tinkerbell and Frank are waiting to be collected. X-rays showed no obstructions in Tinkerbell’s throat and no obvious sign of illness, so she’s sent home with worming tablets and put on a bland diet.
Clinics are now closed for the day, but our hospital team work round the clock to ensure our overnight patients are safe. Tonight, this includes Nina, who’s recovering well, and a seriously ill cat that has already given birth to one stillborn kitten and now needs a life-saving caesarean to deliver the rest. We will also be on hand to ensure Oscar gets the pain relief he needs.
Emergency cases will continue to roll in throughout the night and into the early hours. Providing accident and emergency cover is expensive - but it’s vital that we’re there for sick and injured pets when they need us most. We're there for them 24 hours a day, as we always will be.
(Below: Rabbit Fari has come to the clinic for her first check-up)
How treatment is funded for those in need of help
At all of our hospitals and pet care clinics around the country, we help the dogs, cats and small pets belonging to owners who can’t afford private veterinary fees and we ask only for a contribution towards the cost of treatment. Blue Cross does not get any money from the government or local authority and we rely fully on donations to run our veterinary services. So any donation you’ve made, however small, is helping sick and injured pets to recover.