The 12-year-old German shepherd cross was brought along to our mobile tour in Erewash, Derbyshire, by her owner Collette Harrington, after she spotted we were offering free health checks for local dogs.
During the check-up, vet nurse Kaya Hawrylak identified a large swelling in Scrabble’s mammary gland. With Scrabble being unneutered, Kaya feared it could be something very serious.
On Kaya’s advice, Collette (52), took Scrabble in for an urgent appointment at her local vets and was horrified to learn that the lump was a tumour. The vets confirmed Kaya’s suspicions and carried out surgery to remove the potentially cancerous lump and all Scrabble’s other mammary glands on the same side to try to stop the tumour from spreading.
Collette, from Cotmanhay, Ilkeston, who adopted Scrabble from a local animal shelter when she was nine-months-old, said: “I’m so glad I took my beloved girl to PDSA PetCheck that day. If it hadn’t been picked up then, she probably wouldn’t be here today.
“My vets told me it was likely to be an aggressive cancer so she is very lucky indeed. I think the PetWise tour is a great idea and the free health checks they offer are very thorough. I’m incredibly grateful to PDSA for everything they’ve done for Scrabble and can’t thank them enough.”
Our PetWise tour visits communities across the length and breadth of Britain, offering free dog health checks. This year it received a huge boost thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Our nurses provide expert pet care advice and aim to improve pets’ lives by increasing owners’ understanding of their pet’s needs.