27th April 2016
Another week of heart-warming stories of families in need of specialist care from Professor Noel Fitzpatrick and the Fitzpatrick Referrals team, with Dexter, Coco and Blu.
An unusual pet needing specialist care draws a crowd as Professor Noel Fitzpatrick creates another unique solution to help an animal in need. Emily arrives at the practice with her 4 year old Chinchilla, Dexter, after a relative stepped on him, breaking his leg. It should be a straightforward operation but Dexter’s tiny airways and bones make it anything but simple….
4-month-old puppy Coco is rushed to the practice after being hit by a van. Her leg is so badly broken, that Kevin is worried she may lose the leg. As Professor Noel Fitzpatrick fights to save her limb, he is dealing not only with the break but also the risk of infection and the risk that the growth plates in the damaged legs will be damaged forever. Running out of options, Noel is forced to improvise with Manuka honey and a homemade splint…
Angela and Stuart have been bringing their black Labrador Blu to Fitzpatrick’s for treatment for a number of different ailments, including cancer. Now he’s back at the practice after they noticed a problem with his back legs. When scans show the cause is not one, but two bulging discs, it’s a crushing blow for Angela and Stuart. It’s a risky operation and the pressure is on Noel; if he succeeds, he will halt the onset of paralysis. If he fails, Blu may be permanently impaired…