Braveheart Awards

July's Braveheart Award goes to…. Wispa

whisper before and after

The Braveheart for this month is a lovely little cat called Wispa. She is an older girl who started having problems with her breathing. She developed a nasty cough and discharge from her nose. She stopped eating and any effort moving around meant that she struggled to breathe. Wispa came into the hospital and spent time in a special oxygen tent to help her. An ultrasound scan of her chest didn’t show any problems with her heart or with a build up of fluid on her lungs and x-rays of her chest showed signs of a chest infection. Wispa was treated with antibiotics and oxygen therapy and nebulisation to clear her blocked airways. She slowly started to become less breathless, started to eat smelly foods like fish and enjoyed a lot of affection. Wispa has been well enough to go home but she has had to come in and see us every evening for antibiotic injections as the little minx won’t take her tablets!  For such a little cat Wispa is a real fighter with a big personality, everybody at Westmoor hopes that you continue on your road to recovery.


Junes Braveheart Award goes to….Bella

Bella Livings

Imagine the scene if you will:

‘Good evening fight fans….!’

‘Welcome to this evenings entertainment brought to you live from almost any suburban household in this glorious county of Devon.’

‘In the red corner we have a really cute boisterous 8 week old puppy…‘

‘…and in the blue corner we have a grumpy old cat who just wants to be left to himself’

Well we all know how this one ends don’t we?

That’s how we came to meet this month’s recipient of the Braveheart award – Bella, the 8 week old really cute boisterous Cockapoo puppy.

Bella had come out worse for wear from her encounter with a feline version of Victor Meldrew, sustaining a cat claw injury to her eyeball for her troubles.

On first arriving at Westmoor, Bella’s cornea (the normally clear front part of the eye) was blue and cloudy because of the cat claw injury.  There was every chance at this stage that the eye could be lost.

However after several days of round-the clock nursing care the wound started healing, and Bella was safe to discharge back to the care of her relieved Mum, with post-op instructions to let sleeping cats lie.

So far so good!

Well done Bella for your bravery – and for winning the hearts of all the nurses, if not the fight with your feline housemate!


May's Braveheart Award goes to … Miffy

Miffy Finnegan

Meet Miffy, a very handsome 3 year old Domestic Short Hair who is the much deserved winner of this month’s Braveheart Award!

A few days after being in a fierce cat fight, Miffy’s owners noticed that he wasn’t his usual lively self and that he was having difficulty breathing.  When he was examined by one of our vets, it was clear that his chest was moving abnormally and his lung sounds were quieter than usual.  We were concerned that  Miffy may have ruptured his diaphragm, causing the organs in his abdomen to move into his chest and obstruct his breathing.

Miffy had x-rays of his chest taken, which confirmed he had a diaphragmatic hernia. He underwent a high risk surgery to replace his abdominal organs and repair the hernia. Thankfully Miffy remained stable during his operation, and stayed in hospital for a couple of days to have his breathing monitored. Since being home he has made a full recovery and has been staying out of trouble! Well done Miffy!



April's Braveheart Award goes to … Leo