Pet of the Month | Ark Vets

Pet of the Month | Ark Vets

Jaffa the Wonder-Dog

This month we bring you an incredible story of survival at 12:30pm on Sunday the 13th of September, The Ark received an emergency call about a dog hit by a car. Jaffa the Springer Spaniel, was immediately brought to The Ark by his worried owner, Jean. Jaffa was suffering severe shock, abdominal internal bleeding and was experiencing laboured breathing on arrival indicating he needed emergency treatment. Dr Oliver Conradi and Vet Nurse Liz Richards immediately began emergency therapies to stabilise Jaffa before transporting him to the Northside Emergency Vetineray Service where we are pleased to say after blood transfusions and a range of other treatments he made a full recovery and avoided surgery- Jaffa survived despite all the odds being against him.

Below is Jaffa’s story, as written by his owner:

Jaffa’s recovery is nothing short of a miracle – both the medical and the divine kind. We’re very grateful to your staff for their swift treatment of Jaffa, for without it he surely would have died.
We adopted Jaffa from a farm near the north coast of NSW when he was 18 months old. His previous owners couldn’t keep him as he kept escaping to chase after the sheep, harass (and sometimes kill) the chickens and, in general, get into trouble. When he moved to the Big Smoke with us, it took him some time to adjust to the confines of the city but he has managed to make the most of his space. He’s quite a character – always hungry as most Springers are; ever vigilant in “protecting” us from any “rogue” birds and animals that might wander into our yard; endlessly patient during a haircut or ear treatment; and forever adoring of all of us.
Thanks again for your extraordinary care and affection for our beloved family pet.
Warmest regards,
Jean Shatek
Owner of Jaffa