The People's Vet series one episode nine

Meet some of the stars of episode 9 of our TV series. Find out how they get on – tune into The People’s Vet on Channel 4, Saturday 29 Sep at 3.25pm, or watch on catch up.


Honey's story

Honey’s owner, Sally, was very worried about her 13-year-old German Shepherd. She brought her into Huyton PDSA to get her checked and was distraught to hear that Honey might need emergency surgery.

Photo of Honey the German Shepherd

Honey had been drinking a lot of water, had lost her appetite, and was seeming generally out of sorts. Her owner, Sally, said: “She spent most of last night barking at nothing. She’s trying to tell me something is wrong. I know what most of her requests mean but I haven’t quite learned to speak dog yet.”

Honey wasn’t neutered, so Senior Vet Matt suspected that she may be suffering from a potentially life-threatening womb infection, known as a pyometra. He examined Honey and used an ultrasound machine to scan her.

Sadly both Matt and Sally’s worst fears were confirmed – Honey did have a pyometra, and needed emergency surgery if she had any chance of surviving. So poor Honey was admitted immediately for her life-saving operation, while Sally waited nervously for news.

An infected womb, left untreated, often leads to serious complications such as sepsis and shock, and can be fatal. Neutering is the best way to protect against this disease

Sally said: “I know I should’ve got her neutered a few years ago…now I’m concerned she won’t wake up from the op. I just hope she’s strong enough to get through it.”

Vet Hayley’s shift was already over, but Honey’s condition was so critical that she stayed on to do the emergency operation, giving Honey the best chance of survival.

Find out if Honey pulls through, watch episode 9 of The People’s Vet on Channel 4 or All 4.

Casper's story

Casper the rat has been brought into Kirkdale PDSA as he was struggling to breathe.

Photo of Casper the whiterat

Elise is a big fan of rats, she recognises they’re not everyone’s cup of tea, but she thinks they make lovely friendly pets! She recently rescued Casper from an uncertain future, but is concerned that he was having difficulties breathing, so she brought him into PDSA to get him checked over.

Vet Karla took a look at Casper and her first diagnosis was a bit of a surprise – Casper is actually a girl! So after a quick name change to Cassie, Karla listened to her breathing and diagnosed a respiratory infection, which can be seen in domestic rats. She prescribed some medication which should clear things up within a week.

Karla also provided advice on neutering – as Elise has two other male rats she was advised to get them castrated to prevent any unwanted litters.

Find out how Cassie gets on – watch episode 9 on Channel 4 or All 4.

Treasure's story

Poor Treasure the rabbit had lost his appetite and started losing weight. His owner, Josephine, also discovered a lump on his chin, so brought him into Huyton PDSA to find out what was wrong.

Photo of Treasure the rabbit

Rabbits eat and chew constantly, and if they stop eating for any length of time this can cause serious digestive problems, known as ‘gut stasis’. This is an emergency condition in rabbits and, if left untreated, can be fatal. So when Treasure stopped eating hard foods and lost weight, Josephine knew she needed to get help for him - and fast.

Vet Hayley examined Treasure and suspected the cause of his loss of appetite immediately: a lump on his face meant he could be suffering from dental problems, which would affect his eating.

Hayley looked into Treasure’s mouth and discovered that some of his teeth had grown abnormally, causing a ‘spur’ which was then rubbing on the poor bunny’s mouth and tongue. It had caused a tongue ulcer, making it painful for Treasure to eat.

Hayley explained: “Rabbits’ teeth grow constantly and need grinding down by having the right food. A high quality feeding hay should form a major part of their diet to help grind down their teeth – they should actually eat their own body size in this hay every day. Even so, some rabbits can still develop dental issues if the teeth grow abnormally.”

Treasure will needs urgent treatment to file his teeth down. There are always risks to an anaesthetic, not least in rabbits,, but without the treatment he could stop eating altogether, which would be extremely serious.

It’s up to Vet David do the work done as quickly as he can, to keep Treasure’s time under anaesthetic to a minimum.

Find out if Treasure recovers – watch episode 9 on Channel 4 or All 4.

Lewy's story

Lewy the Staffie and owner Charlotte are inseparable. But he was suffering from a very itchy tummy, so she brought him into Kirkdale PDSA to get him checked out.

Photo of Lewy the Staffie smiling

Charlotte credits the loveable pooch with turning her life around. She said: “Life before Lewy was wasn’t much to be honest, just going out with friends hanging around on the street. But when I got Lewy, I had something to focus on.”

But Lewy had a recurring rash on his tummy, leaving him itchy and sore. Vet Karla took a look and suspected he was suffering from anallergic reaction .

Karla explained: “It’s very typical at this time of year [summer] to see pets coming in red and sore underneath, due to pollens and grasses. If they’re out on the grass or in the park they can get very red and itchy.”

Thankfully, a short course of steroids should sort out Lewy’s rash. But another problem, a sore leg, might need to be investigated.

Find out if how Lewy gets on – watch episode 9 on Channel 4 or All 4.

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