Flash's Christmas story

When Flash accidentally slipped his lead on a walk, he ran straight into the path of an oncoming car which left his life hanging in the balance.

Eleven-year-old Flash was out on one of his regular walks with his owner, Shaun. Something spooked Flash and he managed to slip his lead, running into the road and the path of an oncoming car.

Sadly, poor Flash was hit leaving him with severe injuries. Shaun rushed him straight to their local PDSA Pet Hospital, but things weren’t looking good for Flash and his chances of survival were looking slim.

"His injuries were horrific,” said Shaun. “The skin of his right leg was completely torn away and his left leg couldn't hold any weight. It was devastating, I thought we'd lost him."

After examining him, the PDSA team made sure Flash was comfortable and given pain relief. He had sustained severe damage to his front legs, irreversible nerve damage in his left leg and bruising over his entire body.

"His injuries were horrific... I thought we'd lost him"

Flash was kept under intensive care for 24 hours with the team working tirelessly to care for his wounds and make sure he wasn’t in any pain. Sadly, the damage to his left leg was too severe to recover from.

Two months after the accident, Flash was brought back into the Pet Hospital to have his leg removed. In an intricate operation, the veterinary team removed Flash’s leg.

Thankfully, Flash made a remarkable recovery and was able to return home to his family.

“Flash is my best friend and like a son to me,” said Shaun. "I'm so relieved to have him home. He's back to his usual self, and is cheeky as ever and even manages to run up and down the stairs. He quickly got used to life on three legs, and he doesn't let it affect him.

“I don't think I would have coped through such a harrowing time if it were not for the staff's tenderness and understanding. They were so caring and I want them to know how grateful I am for everything they have done for us."

PDSA was there for Flash and his family when they needed us and there are so many more pets who need our help across the UK. We rely on the generosity of supporters like you to help us continue treating pets when they need us most. Can you save a star like Flash this Christmas?


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Polaroids of Flash during his hospital visit