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Scratchy the cat faces high-risk emergency surgery in tonight's episode of The Highland Vet


By Jean Gunn

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Practice director Guy Gordon.
Practice director Guy Gordon.

Practice director Guy Gordon has complex surgery to perform, on a much-loved, elderly cat in tonight's episode of The Highland Vet.

Thirteen-year-old Scratchy has an over active thyroid and a serious heart condition. A potentially life-saving course of chemotherapy six hours away in Glasgow has been cancelled at the last minute because of her deteriorating heart condition.

So owner Julie, who moved to Caithness from the Midlands, knows high risk emergency surgery with Guy is now her only option. At least one of Scratchy’s two thyroid glands needs removing, but her cardiac condition means she might not pull through.

Practice director Ken Wilson is called to a farm where a cow is struggling to give birth to twins – which are extremely rare in cattle. Only one in two hundred cows will have them. It’s a race against time for Ken to deliver her calves.

Thurso vet Ewan Penny.
Thurso vet Ewan Penny.

Vet Ewan Penny faces a real eye sore, when farmer Caitlin – who’s only 18 – needs help with a ten-day-old lamb with in-turned eyelids.

Vet Katie Reiss is baffled as what the problem can be when two very poorly puppies make an appearance at the surgery.

And vet Shondie Maclean has a flighty patient to contend with. Pablo the peacock is an accomplished escape artist, as Shondie quickly discovers. When she does manage to contain the bird, she has to lance a nasty abscess on his face, which is full of pus – and one of her favourite jobs!

The Highland Vet can be seen on 5Select on Monday nights at 9pm or catch up on My5.


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