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Fairfield Pet Stories

Fairfield Veterinary surgeons Terry Dunne and Geraldine Young write "Interesting Pet Stories" articles for the Hinckley Herald, published by the Hinckley Times.

View our Pet Stories below from dogs, cats and all kinds of other pets and wildlife. The stories are all genuine cases from the Fairfield archives.
Warning: Some images may be upsetting for some viewers.

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"Jack" - Dalmation with Mast Cell Tumour

A question often posed by my clients at Fairfield is "When will I know it is the right time to have my pet "Put to sleep?" A question which can be very difficult to answer given the vast number of different scenarios affecting both patient and owner. Nevertheless, when a patient like "Jack" has been diagnosed with terminal cancer (Mast cell tumour) it is a question that must be answered.

As veterinary surgeons we are privileged, (unlike our medical counterparts) to be able to end a life when it is considered that the affected patient should be spared from enduring any unnecessary suffering. I like to believe that in the vast majority of cases the patient themself is involved in that process.

Never was that more clearly illustrated than with "Jack". He was a Dalmation born to wag his tail and communicate his level of happiness to all those who cared to watch. Despite major orthopaedic surgery and throughout the treatment for his cancer he never complained. He always seemed pleased to see us and would sit patiently whilst waiting for his treats while his tail did the talking.

It takes a dedicated type of owner to nurse a patient through illness and disease and consequently when the final decion has to be made it can be a tough one to call. Fortunately, for myself and his owner, on his last visit "Jack" had made that decision himself. When it is clear from a terminally ill patient that they have had enough it can only be appropriate to respect their wishes and ensure that they will not suffer any longer. Jack's tail said all that we needed to know. I feel privileged to have known "Jack" and his owners over the last 13 years and am glad that I was able to help him with his last remaining wish.

Terry Dunne
BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS

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51 Leicester Road,
Hinckley,
Leicestershire
LE10 1LW

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Fax: 01455 631 898

enquiries@fairfieldvets.co.uk

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