EVEN James Herriot would have struggled to cope with racist dogs, agoraphobic cats and pets with compulsive eating disorders when he was treating all creatures great and small.Now the unexpected and often unbelievable cases animal practitioners face are being highlighted by pet insurer Petplan as it appeals for nominations for next year’s veterinary awards.
In the past six months the pampered Persian has had four house calls in the luxury of his own living room, the most extreme of which was being treated for an allergy to dry cat food.
With the surgery just around the corner, the vet has agreed a preferential rate with William’s owners.
Sessy: The cockerpoo’s owner thought nothing of it when she barked at all her non-white friends, figuring it was because she was only exposed to a white family as a puppy and did not understand people have different skin colours.
As Sessy grew older, the barking became louder and she would also snarl and bare her teeth at people, displaying clear signs of distress every time she saw someone with black skin.
Charlie’s owner took him to the vet, who treated him as an emergency case.
An X-ray showed gigantic chunks of foam and a blockage to Charlie’s intestines.
Without intervention, the abdomen and bloodstream could have become infected, but thanks to the quick-thinking vet he made a full recovery following surgery.
Mortified by what was happening, Sessy’s owner consulted the vet, who reassured her that her dog’s behaviour was not uncommon and more than likely stemmed from anxiety.
A referral to a dog whisperer who slowly exposed Sessy to people with different skin tones, instructing each of them to give her calming commands using an authoritative tone, means inclusivity is now second nature.