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Vet On Emergency Duty Shocked to Discover He's Treating His Own Unrecognizable Cat

Emergency vet Ben Trimmer was called out in the middle of the night to treat a badly injured cat who’d been hit by a car. Only after the microchip scan did he realize it was his own cat George.

Ben had the surreal experience of learning that the badly injured cat whose life was in his hands was his own family pet one night last October when he responded to an emergency call for an injured cat at Downland Veterinary Group in Emsworth, UK.  The cat’s injuries included the following: shattered facial bones,  the pelvis was detached from his spine, a cruciate ligament was ruptured inside one of his knees, and another leg was damaged.

Given the severity of the injuries and uncertainty over whether the cat would live, the cat might not have been given lifesaving treatment if an owner could not be identified and contacted.

Ben ran the microchip scan and realized that the shattered animal lying in front of him was his own cat, George. Two months of hospitalization and surgeries healed and repaired George’s injuries, and he is back to being his old self again now.

Ben told The Portsmouth News,  “I’m just so glad that I made the decision to get him microchipped with Tracer or he would never have been identified and his life could very well have been lost.” Ben shared his and George’s story in part to help promote National Microchipping Month, which runs through the end of June in the UK, to encourage cat and dog owners to microchip their pets.



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    May 22, 2012 5:55 amPosted 3 years ago

    It is very common here in the uk for cats to go outside, in fact it is quite frowned upon to keep cats in doors, so please do not blame the vet for letting his cat outside…my cats are indoor cats and i am regularly told how cruel it is and even my vet has said that!

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      May 22, 2012 12:35 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Editor (Author)

      Hi Cookie,
      It was not so long ago here in the US that most cats were allowed to go outside, with very little social disapproval, and indoor cats were thought by many to be deprived. Everywhere I have lived, it has been the norm for cats to lounge in their gardens and visit the neighbors.

      There has been a huge shift in attitude in recent years but many people still let their cats out.

      I am well aware that letting cats outdoors is still the accepted norm in the UK.

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      May 31, 2012 12:46 pmPosted 3 years ago
      linda carlson

      That may well be the policy in the UK…but what is cruel is leaving a domestic animal outside to be vulnerable to whatever happens to be out there ready to hurt, maime or brutalize it! I feel, as do many of our Vets here, that once you bring a cat in, that for it’s own good, it should stay in. Acclimate to the indoors. Leave windows with good solid screens on them for kitty to jump up and enjoy the view of the outside. Far safer. Provide said kitty with many stimuli in the form of toys etc. – bring a plotted square of grass in for kitty to romp in and chew on. Give her many toys and spend quality time with her. THAT’S kind and loving. Leaving them out allows them to be ripped to shreds by the neighbor’s wayward dog (which happened to someone in my family who wouldn’t listen), hit by cars and left to bleed to death (by God’s grace did this vet get his bloodied kitty back to save)…most are not so fortunate. And there are people filled with ill-will that are more than willing to harm animals out there. I see no earthly reason whatsoever to take risks for animals to be placed is such jeopardy. That is cruel, as far as I’m concerned.

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    May 22, 2012 8:24 amPosted 3 years ago

    Cookie, your vet is an idiot – cats should NOT be allowed outside to roam – disease, accidents, cruelty, all contribute to a shortened lifespan for an outdoor cat.

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      May 29, 2012 2:40 pmPosted 3 years ago

      So you really think an animal should be kept inside so it will live longer? What ever happened to quality of life? Its mostly your fears that deprive your cats of a healthy lifestyle, complete with risks. When i turned 18, my parents didn’t lock me up indoors just in case something bad happened to me. Your argument is WAY too basic and simple. Its your choice, but its not fair that you angrily make other people feel less than for allowing their cats outside, particularly outside the USA, which has its own special brand of attitudes towards animals. We frown upon you too for being so insistant about it. I feel sorry for your cats. Maybe you live somewhere that you really cant safely let them out. Then DONT have cats, or MOVE. Sorry but so many people are tired of you ‘inside’ preachers. If you would just not preach it then we could all get along.

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        May 29, 2012 3:35 pmPosted 3 years ago

        An 18 year old leaving home has been taught skills, unlike any cat I have known. Nonsense comparison. Cats who live outside can suffer many injuries and disease that are preventable. Is that a bad thing? Quality of life is one thing, having a life to actually live is another. Cats who live outdoors can have their lifespans cut short by phenomenal amounts. And admonishing people who live in cities not to have cats is pretty mean. You live in an area that might not have the economic diversity, cultural diversity or even the population concentration that many of us do in north america but we are trying to prevent harm to our animals. Is prevention so bad when we know a situation could be changed for the better?. Perhaps you live in a place where this never happens, please enlighten us to where this is so we can be jealous and then will know that we are the only folks on the planet that have this problem. We know it happens in the UK as evidenced by the article, but where are you?


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