Ginger needed emergency help after a suspected road traffic accident

PDSA vets save Ginger, a five-year-old cat, after he was severely injured in a suspected road traffic accident.

When a member of the public first found Ginger injured, he was taken to a private vet where he was given pain relief. Thankfully, Ginger is microchipped, so the vet team at the practice were able to contact his owner, Wendie (56). Ginger was then transferred to his registered vets at Oldbury PDSA. 

A PDSA vet said: “When we saw Ginger, it was clear he had suffered head trauma, but he was too unstable to undergo any further investigations at that point. We put him on a drip to treat his shock, gave him further pain relief and monitored him closely overnight for any signs of deterioration while he rested.

 “Thankfully, the following morning, we found that his vital signs were starting to stabilise. However, he had a lot of swelling on his face and some dried blood around his nose, which needed careful cleaning by the veterinary team.

“He also had ulcers in both his eyes, as well as some blood in his sclera (the white part of the eye) for which he was prescribed eye drops. Thankfully, there were no fractures to his jaw, but through the day he continued to have minor nosebleeds. Although Ginger initially seemed reluctant to walk, as the day went on, he became more comfortable, so we were hopeful that he didn’t have any further injuries.”

After another night at Oldbury PDSA with pain relief, around-the-clock care and monitoring, Ginger managed to eat, urinate, and walk around normally. The veterinary team were happy with his progress, so he was discharged with pain relief and eye drops.

Ginger resting

Ginger’s owner, Wendie, said: “I was distraught when I got the call to say Ginger had been found seriously injured from what was thought to be a road traffic accident. However, the team at Oldbury PDSA have been brilliant. The care they have given to Ginger is second-to-none. I’m on Universal Credit, so there was no way I could have afforded private veterinary care. I’m so grateful for everything they have done for Ginger.”

PDSA is the UK’s leading veterinary charity. Through our 48 Pet Hospitals and Pet Care scheme, we save the lives of poorly pets who would otherwise be left untreated.

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