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Doberman Winston makes ‘miracle’ recovery
Winston has been nominated for the 2019 PDSA Pet Survivor awards, which recognise pets who have survived against all the odds.

Two-year-old dog survived near-fatal GDV

A Doberman who made a 'miraculous' recovery after suffering Gastric Dilation-Volvulus (GDV) has been entered into PDSA’s Pet Survivor competition.

Two-year-old Winston was rushed to the PDSA pet hospital in Basildon after his owner, Stella Draycot, noticed that he had stopped eating and couldn’t keep anything down.

Thanks to Stella’s quick actions, vets were quickly able to diagnose Winston with a developed case of GDV, which can be fatal in a matter of hours.

“He just wasn’t himself and I didn’t know what to do, so I took him to the PDSA Pet Hospital,” said Stella. “After the vet examined him, they discovered he had a twisted stomach and I was told that his chances of surviving were very slim.

“I was in shock and the thought of losing him left me in floods of tears.”

PDSA Vet, Hannah Johnston, explained: “When Winston arrived at the Pet Hospital he had a tender, swollen tummy and was trying to be sick but nothing was coming up. We were really concerned about these symptoms and took him straight for an x-ray, which showed a massive, gas-filled, ‘C’ shaped stomach.

“We knew immediately that we had to act fast, as this can kill a dog within hours if left untreated.”

She continued: “Winston was immediately prepped for emergency surgery to untwist his stomach, but because of his deteriorating condition the anaesthetic he needed posed a much higher risk. We prepared his owner for the worst but we were determined to do everything we could to save him.

“The surgery went as well as it could have, and we also placed some internal stitches to secure the stomach to the body wall to try and prevent it from twisting around again.”

Winston made a full recovery from his surgery and is now back to enjoying walks with his friends.

“I feel that Winston is a miracle dog for surviving,” Stella continued. “The treatment and care he received from PDSA was fantastic, I’m so very grateful that they saved his life.”

Stella has entered Winston into the 2019 PDSA Pet Survivor awards, which recognise pets who have survived against all the odds. The awards are open to any pet treated in the UK by a vet for a life-threatening illness or injury between 1 August 2018 and 31 August 2019.

The winner will be decided by a public vote later this year and will be crowned PDSA Pet Survivor of the Year 2019.

Image (C) PDSA.

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Rare chimp birth announced at Edinburgh Zoo

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 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomed the birth of a critically endangered western chimpanzee on Monday 3 February at Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

The baby girl will be named in the coming days through a public vote, and staff will carry out a paternity test during its first health check to determine the father.

Mother Heleen's first infant, Velu, was born in 2014, making this new baby only the second chimpanzee born in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Budongo Trail team leader Donald Gow said: "While we celebrate every birth, this one is particularly special because our new arrival is a critically endangered Western chimpanzee, a rare subspecies of chimpanzee."

Image (c) RZSS/Donald Gow. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.