The first ever Vets Now Referrals South West England Bravest Pet Awards haave taken place, recognising some of the region’s bravest pets at an awards ceremony held at the Vets Now Referrals Hospital in Swindon.
Matilda, a 13-year old domestic long haired cat and Jay, a nine-year old Labrador, who were both treated at the Vets Now Referrals hospital in Swindon, received recognition for their impressive bravery throughout their treatment and recovery.
Matilda won the ‘Bravest Cat’ category having lived with severe kidney disease for the past four years, whilst Jay won the ‘Bravest Dog’ category for the manner in which he has handled treatment for lower motor neuron disease. Both winners and runners-up were presented with commemorative tags and a certificate recognising their bravery. Clay paw imprints will also be taken from Matilda and Jay to pay lasting tribute to their bravery.
Vets Now Referrals clinician, Susana Silva, who treated and nominated both pets for the awards said: “Matilda was diagnosed four years ago with kidney disease; she was with us initially for three weeks and underwent a series of operations. Miraculously she has survived the surgery and since then has been on treatment for chronic renal disease, having shown immense bravery throughout the treatment. It is always humbling to see such determination from pets, and Matilda continues to amaze us with her long life span with kidney disease, she truly deserves this award.”
Susana continued: “Jay initially came to see us at Vets Now Referrals as he was suffering from limb weakness and after some extensive testing we discovered that he had lower motor neuron disease. Jay was put on a course of treatments for the following four months, often coming in to Vets Now Referrals multiple times per week. Despite this, he has always had a waggy tail, and his recovery has certainly been boosted by his bright and happy demeanour and his owner’s determination. This was really a chronic case with many complications but Jay remained brave throughout, has made a full recovery, and understandably deserves this award.”
Fiona Holness, Matilda’s owner commented: “Matilda is an absolutely remarkable cat; we were told when we initially brought her in to Vets Now Referrals that it was unlikely she would live longer than a month as her condition was so severe. That was four years ago now, and she’s still as bright and energetic as she was when we got her as a kitten! I don’t know how many of her nine lives she’s used up, but she’s one brave cat.”
James Brooks, Jay’s owner said: “We’re very proud that Jay has won this award. Jay was with Vets Now for about a month, under intensive care while his condition was being diagnosed; we then took him in once or twice a week for further treatment and checks. He coped very well even though he was extremely ill; Jay would wag his tail even when he could not move his legs. He persevered with his treatment, and went on to make a full recovery. We are very pleased with the care that he was given by all the staff at Vets Now Referrals."
Commenting on the awards, Brian Wright, Vets Now Referrals Swindon Hospital Manager, said: “The South West England’s Bravest Pet awards have been created to pay tribute to some very special pets that have shown immense bravery, resilience and true fighting spirit throughout treatment for critical conditions. We found it really tough to choose between the nominations, but managed to get the short-list down and are delighted to announce the winners today and present them with their awards.”
The runners-up include Greyhound Bundi (Robinson) and Soul (Pitter), a white German Shepherd.
The Bravest Pet Awards are a tribute to the pets that have been treated at Vets Now Referrals in Swindon, who have battled through serious illness, showing courage and bravery throughout their treatment.
For more information about Vets Now Referrals please visit www.vetsnowreferrals.com.
Pictured: Matilda, the winning cat with (L to R) Stuart Carmichael, Director, Vets Now Referrals; Claire Dorey-Phillips, Senior Hospital Nurse; Fiona Holness, Matilda’s owner and Brian Wright, Swindon Hospital Manager.