11th May 2016
Another week of heart-warming stories of families in need of specialist care from Professor Noel Fitzpatrick and the Fitzpatrick Referrals team, with medical alert dog Staffordshire Bull Terrier Pearl, Irish Setter Casey and vocal cat Black Beauty.
Karen suffers from frequent nocturnal epileptic fits. Her 8 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Pearl has the extraordinary ability to sense when these episodes are about to happen, and with her ear-piercing howl she wakes Karen’s carer giving her a critical few minutes warning that could be the difference between life and death for Karen. But Pearl has problems with her knees and is unable to walk without pain. The pressure is on for Professor Noel Fitzpatrick to restore Pearl back to full health and her lifesaving duties as soon as possible. But Pearl’s post-op recovery is far from straightforward and Karen decides to relocate from her home in Devon to a B&B near the practice to get Pearl the crucial physiotherapy she needs to regain her strength…
Jo and Paul bring in their two-and a half year old Irish Setter Casey to Fitzpatrick Referrals after he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his front leg. They ask Noel if he can avoid amputation by performing one of his unique operations, an endoprosthesis, which involves replacing the affected bone with metal which will become part of his skeleton and allow him full function of his leg and foot. Jo and Paul are warned that with bone cancer it is unlikely Casey will live beyond a year. Professor Noel Fitzpatrick goes ahead with the surgery, and a post-op biopsy reveals some surprising results…
A vocal cat called Black Beauty is rushed to Fitzpatrick Referrals after being hit by a car. It is clear he has suffered a head injury which is a shock for Nina and her children Lara and Charlie. James, a veterinary resident at Fitzpatrick Referrals, examines Black Beauty and finds he has extensive fractures to his jaw. With assistance from Professor Noel Fitzpatrick they wire his jaw back together, but will Black Beauty’s family ever be able to persuade him to eat properly again?