A woman has thanked the vet who saved her dog’s life on Christmas Day.
Mischievious doberman Spigit had been unwell since munching her way through a dog bed more than a month ago.
But when she took a turn for the worse on Christmas Day morning, her owner Becky Kane rushed her to the vets, where she underwent an emergency operation to remove a piece of dog bed material which had become wrapped around her intestines.
Becky (32) said had it not been for the fast actions of Deidre Wilson, the vet at The Alder Veterinary Practice in Spalding, things could have been much worse for Spigit.
She said: “The vets really put themselves out doing such a big operation on Christmas Day.
“Deidre and the veterinary nurse were both absolutely fantastic.
“They said to me ‘we don’t want to leave this dog for another 24 hours before operating’ as she may not have survived that long.
“They explained everything fully to me and were really caring. It wasn’t the best Christmas day but it could have been a lot worse and I can’t thank them enough for what they did.”
The problems started for Spigit when she chewed her way through a dog bed belonging to Becky’s other dog Henry, a bulldog.
Spigit lost nearly 2st in weight and was vomiting regularly but despite tests for kidney and liver failure, as well as blood tests, nothing was found.
On Christmas Eve, Spigit brought up a large piece of material and when she was still refusing to eat the treats bought for her as gifts the following morning, Becky put her own Christmas dinner on hold to get in touch with the on-call vet.
Becky, of Westwood Drive, Bourne, had been saving for a holiday and had to dip into the pot to pay for the operation, which cost £1,200. But Spigit, who came home from the vets on Friday last week, was declared fully fit after a check-up on Monday.
Becky added: “She is completely back to herself Spigit does eat anything and everything but hopefully she’s learned her lesson now!”