Mews: Biggles the Cat Saved Thanks to PDSA

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Please find a very important rescue story of our friends over at the PDSA below.

Biggles the cat saved thanks to PDSA

Vet charity advises that early neutering can reduce cancer risk

A cat from Gateshead has seen his odds of developing a type of cancer eradicated after an undescended testicle was picked up in the nick of time, thanks to PDSA.

Biggles, a blue-coloured domestic short haired cat, had been taken to the charity’s Gateshead Pet Hospital for a routine check-up when Vet Nurse Lauren Walton noticed something wasn’t quite right.

While examining the two-year-old cat she found that only one of his testicles had descended – which, if left untreated, would put him at a higher risk of developing cancer.
Biggles with PDSA Vet Nurse Lauren Walton

Lauren said: “I was carrying out a routine pet health check and found that only one of his testicles was present. We explained to Biggles’ owner that if we didn’t operate to remove the one that hadn’t descended there was a real risk of it becoming cancerous further down the line.”

The very next day Biggles was taken into theatre where the undescended testicle was removed from his abdomen. He was also castrated and microchipped.

Lauren added: “If we hadn’t picked up on this when we did it could easily have gone unnoticed and the outcome may have been very different.

“PDSA is educating owners about the importance of preventive health care such as neutering, vaccinations and microchipping. Thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery we will deliver 30,000 neutering operations to pets this year.”

Janine, Biggles’ owner, is extremely grateful to PDSA for the treatment her cat received.

Janine, from South Shields, said: “I’m so glad that I took him to PDSA for his check-up that day. If I hadn’t he might not be with me now. It just goes to show why it’s so important to visit your vet regularly.”

Biggles' risk of developing testicular cancer has been eradicated thanks...

Biggles has made a full recovery following his surgery and now he is neutered he’s also less likely to roam and fight with other cats, reducing his chances of contracting conditions like FIV – the feline equivalent of the HIV virus.

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5 thoughts on “Mews: Biggles the Cat Saved Thanks to PDSA

  1. franhunne4u says:

    *grumbles* owner should have have him neutered much earlier … *grumbles away*
    What is it with tomcat owners that stops them from getting them to the vet for cat population control. I wonder where she got him? (If she had “adopted” him from a shelter the cat would have been neutered!)
    Adopt don’t shop – and spay and neuter, people! *end of rant*

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