Each month staff members at Bexhill’s Claremont Veterinary Group nominate their Pet of the Month from those hospitalised at the surgery due to medical or surgical procedures.
The ‘Pet of the Month’ display board, inaugurated in early 2013, has been very successful in highlighting various symptoms, the importance of which can sometimes be overlooked by owners until it becomes an emergency. This award recognises not only the exceptional bravery and fortitude of the animals themselves following, in some cases, lifesaving procedures or surgery, but also of the sheer determination of their devoted families to assist in their recovery.
Claremont Veterinary Group’s 2nd year Nursing Student Emily Adams runs the Pet of the month scheme at the surgery compiling case logs of patients and choosing a star pet each month. Emily arranged for a poll of all the staff at Claremont to vote for an overall Pet of the Year and Vinnie was announced the winner for 2014.
Vinnie is an eight-year-old English Bull Terrier who was originally admitted to the surgery in Wainwright Road with vomiting so was placed on intravenous fluid therapy to support his fluid losses while vet Stephen White performed further investigations to find out what the cause was.
Vinnie was found to have gall stones that needed abdominal surgery to be removed along with his gall bladder.
Vinnie remained hospitalised for a further week having constant nursing care until he regained his appetite and was strong enough to go home. Throughout his stay Vinnie never complained and loved nothing more than cuddles from the caring team at Claremont. Owner Jo Salmons, of William Road in St Leonards, said: “He was really poorly - we nearly lost him and it was touch and go whether he would make it to his operation. But he is fully recovered - he was recovered within three days - and now he is actually being a bit cheeky.”