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PDSA PetCheck Saves Dog from Cancer

17 October 2014

UK - A chance visit to vet charity PDSA’s PetCheck tour in Hartlepool has saved the life of a much-loved family pet.

Thankfully the vet nurse conducting the free pet health ‘MOT’ identified a large swelling that could have proved deadly.

Michael Marshall and his daughter, Laura, had spotted that PDSA was in town, offering free health checks for dogs. Laura took German Shepherd Max, who is a much-loved member of the family, along for a check up.

PDSA’s PetCheck vehicles visit communities across the length and breadth of Britain, offering free dog wellbeing checks and expert pet care advice.

Laura with Max, who was saved by PDSA vetsThe tour aims to improve pets’ lives by increasing owners’ understanding of their needs, and to date has welcomed over 365,000 visitors, carrying out checks on nearly 58,000 canine companions.

This vital work has recently been boosted by a funding award from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

PDSA vet nurse Leanne Merrington checked eight-year-old Max over and found a worrying growth. She told Laura he needed to see a vet as soon as possible to get the lump in his testicle fully investigated.

Leanne explained that there were a number of possibilities, one of which was that it was a tumour.

Laura says she was incredibly upset about what could happen to Max, and how the family would afford any treatment that he might need.

But thankfully they qualified for free treatment with PDSA, as the veterinary charity provides free care to pets whose owners are struggling to afford vet care.

“I rushed back home to tell the family about PDSA” said Laura “and we made an appointment for Max at their Middlesbrough pet hospital.”

And it wasn’t a moment too soon, as it transpired that Max did have a testicular tumour, which needed to be removed immediately.

PDSA senior vet Drew Lonie, said: “Testicular tumours are very serious. If not removed the cancer can potentially spread to other parts of the body, and ultimately can be fatal. Thankfully in Max’s case, we were able to remove the tumour early enough and he’s gone on to make a full recovery.”

Laura said: “I’m so grateful to PDSA for everything they’ve done. Max means the world to the whole family, especially my dad who is deaf. Without the charity’s help we would have lost him. We’re so glad he’s back to his old self again!”

PDSA vets recommend neutering at an early age, as this helps to prevent serious diseases such as testicular cancer in male dogs. It also prevents pyometra – a potentially fatal womb infection – in female dogs, in addition to reducing unwanted litters.

PDSA’s two custom-designed PetCheck vehicles have been kindly donated to the charity by benefactors Julie and Robert Breckman. The vehicles are named after Robert and his late wife Julie, whose love of animals and support of PDSA have helped to make the PetCheck tour a reality. For more information about upcoming PetCheck events, click here.

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