Paddy's Road to Recovery

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Paddy the Pooch is an adorable Terrier-cross who was sadly hit by a car in South Ockendon earlier this week, and we wanted to share his story with you…

The loveable pooch, who is currently being cared for by our fantastic team of experienced vets and nurses at Medivet Hendon, was out for a walk with his owner (we suspect this was the case because his lead and collar was left on when he was later taken to the vet) when he was hit by a car.

Sadly, his owner was not around when he was hit, and the owner of the car did not stop, but luckily there were five passers-by who came to his rescue and took him to our vets at Medivet South Ockendon for immediate veterinary attention.

George and Karen, the head vet and head nurse at Medivet South Ockendon, were at the practice when Paddy was taken in, and they said he was in great pain and distress.

George said: “We did not want to put Paddy to sleep. Our priority was to do the best thing for him and get him to surgery.”

George and Karen did everything they could to make Paddy feel comfortable by providing him with oxygen therapy and pain relief before performing an X-ray.

Paddy’s news broke out on social media where members of the public raised concerns for Paddy’s welfare. We were overwhelmed with the offers made by the wider community, where they wanted to make generous donations in order to pay for Paddy’s treatment.

Animal welfare is at the heart of everything we do, and we have previously helped strays with emergency veterinary treatment at charities such as Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, where a dog with deformed legs needed urgent surgery in order to be rehomed.

While we are unable to accept the kind and generous donations made by members of the community, we are pleased to say we will be carrying out all the necessary treatment Paddy needs in order to make him feel better again.

Paddy the Pooch has been transferred to our 24-hour hospital in Hendon, where he will benefit from the highest standard of veterinary care through the use of our advanced and specialist equipment, including CT, MRI and orthopaedic surgery.

The team at Medivet Hendon performed an MRI scan which revealed Paddy had a slipped disc and a spinal fracture, so he had to have spinal surgery.

Paddy is now recovering from his surgery and underdoing basic heat therapy and massage therapy which aims to bring down any inflammation and increase circulation. He has received lots of lovely gifts and cards from members of the public, who all wish Paddy a full recovery.

Paddy Second ImagePaddy is being cared for at our 24-hour hospital in Hendon

The injuries made to Paddy are serious, and chances of recovery are not high and treatment may not be successful, but we would like to give Paddy every chance of recovery.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has shown so much love for Paddy, and to our amazing team at South Ockendon, Dartford and Hendon who have helped Paddy so far. We are doing everything we can to make him feel better again.

We will release periodic reports on Facebook about Paddy’s progress as he proceeds with treatment. You can follow his story here.

Good luck, Paddy! We hope you make a full recovery and we'll be keeping our fingers crossed for you!

Posted August 24, 2016 by Cara Zaleski in Press

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