Vets in Melton have been praised for ‘going above and beyond the call of duty’ to save the life of a beloved eight-stone dog.
Yvonne Nugent was distraught when her bull mastiff, Diesel, suffered severe lacerations to his leg in a farming accident.
She rushed her distressed pet to The Crescent Veterinary Clinic where she was told there was a risk that he would either have to have his leg amputated or be put to sleep.
Senior vet Lucinda Myring was determined to do all she could to help three-year-old Diesel and consulted with other vets online to get advice.
The dog had his lacerations stitched and was fitted with a pioneering new suit, which helped protect the exposed skin from irritation and allowed him to move around while the wounds healed.
Overjoyed owner Yvonne, who lives at Hickling Pastures, said: “When I rushed him to the vets they said they would probably have to remove the leg or put him down.
“Diesel was in a lot of pain and I was really worried about him. Lucinda consulted with vets all over the world to find out what they could do for him.
“The suit they gave him has really helped and I’m hopeful he will make a full recovery.
“I am so grateful for what the vets did for him at The Crescent – they went above and beyond the call of duty.”
Diesel was injured while Yvonne was putting hay out for her horses – he gashed his leg on parked vehicles.
The wounds went through to the bone and Emma Garner, head veterinary nurse at The Crescent, said the initial prognosis didn’t look great for the dog.
She said: “There was a worry that we might lose him because you have to think about the welfare of the animal.
“But the suit we fitted him with has worked really well – it’s the first time we’ve used one on an animal.
“Diesel is massive but he’s so soft and friendly when he comes in to the surgery.
“It is so rewarding for us when we are able to help a pet recover like this.”