8-year-old Patterdale Terrier Pip received life-saving treatment at PDSA after another dog bit her and severely injured her jaw.
Distressed, Pip’s owner, Shannon (28), rushed her to the emergency vet before being transferred to Swansea PDSA Pet Hospital the following morning.
Shannon said: “I have never been so distraught in my life. I didn’t think she was going to make it. Just seeing her jaw hanging there like that, thinking her last few days alive would be spent in pain and suffering was so upsetting for me and my 71-year-old father, Eric.
“Pip has lived with us for eight years since she was a puppy. She has helped me get through everything in my adult life since I was 20 years old - from my first boyfriend, my first heartbreak, trauma and tears, to happiness and joy.
“Both me and my father have a special bond with Pip. I take her for walks, and she sleeps on my bed. Whereas she loves to sit on the sofa with my father under a blanket while they watch TV together.”
When PDSA Vets examined Pip, they quickly realised she would need surgery to repair her jaw.
A PDSA Vet said: “When Pip was presented to us, her jaw was fractured. She had to have a general anaesthetic while we used a strong suture material to stabilise the jaw and allow the fractures to heal.”
To her owners’ relief, Pip was able to go home that evening with pain relief and antibiotics as well as a recovery cone and a soft muzzle to help keep her jaw in place. She needed regular follow-up appointments at PDSA to monitor her recovery, and a soft diet to reduce the movement of her jaw when eating.
Shannon said: “The surgery Pip received at PDSA was so skilfully done that you can’t tell what happened to her, despite my friends and family warning me that she could be disfigured. She still looks like our puppy, and I can’t thank PDSA enough for what they did. The fact that they exist truly is a blessing to anyone with a beloved pet.”
The total cost of Pip’s treatment to PDSA was £360.52
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