December 11 2013 Latest news:
Jane Ball, News Editor
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
A poorly pooch receiving life-saving treatment from a vet charity is the new model muzzle of its national fundraising campaign.
Nine-year-old west highland terrier Jasmine is the star of PDSA’s Sponsor Me Better, which calls on animal lovers to pay towards long-term treatments of pets with serious illnesses.
The hound led a normal, healthy life until she started displaying worrying symptoms, including sudden weight loss, five years ago.
Jasmine’s owner, Sara Neaves, 45, said: “She would always be hungry but always had an upset tummy. On some days she was also sick. I was really worried about Jasmine and I knew something was seriously wrong, I just didn’t know what it was.”
Thankfully, vet staff at Romford PDSA PetAid hospital, The Julie & Robert Breckman Centre, in Danes Road, were on hand to help.
After extensive tests, Jasmine was diagnosed with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) which means she is unable to properly digest food due to a lack of enzymes made by the pancreas.
EPI is incurable and Jasmine will need medication for the rest of her life,
If left untreated, she would become seriously ill and could die.
After Jasmine’s diagnosis, Sara was initially worried about how she would care for her but thanks to PDSA, her beloved pet is able to get the treatment she needs, plus plenty of advice on how to deal with the condition.
PDSA senior veterinary surgeon, Faye Preston, who treats Jasmine, said: “Jasmine will need medication for the rest of her life but there’s no reason she can’t enjoy a happy and active life as long as she’s able to receive regular veterinary check-ups and take her tablets.”
For more information about how to sponsor Jasmine, telephone 0800 975 9575 or visit www.sponsormebetter.org.uk
For £10 per month, animal lovers can sponsor the treatment of a poorly pet in need of continuous medication and veterinary care. By joining PDSA’s Sponsor Me Better programme, supporters receive regular updates about their chosen pet’s progress
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