PDSA is the UK's leading veterinary charity, providing free services to the sick and injured pets of people in need.
The charity is dedicated to improving pet wellbeing by educating owners, preventing disease, and carrying out life-saving operations. Thanks to a £2 Million funding boost from players of People's Postcode Lottery, PDSA will save thousands of lives and prevent suffering and despair through its Pet A&E programme.
Just like people, pets can fall suddenly ill or sustain an unexpected injury. PDSA sees thousands of emergency cases every month, ranging from critical illnesses to road traffic accidents. Support from players will help PDSA to provide this lifeline A&E service through its network of pet hospitals.
Alongside the A&E programme, players are supporting a National Equipment Fund to repair or replace essential equipment such as X-ray machines, blood pressure monitors, theatre operating tables, and microscopes. This support will help ensure PDSA's pet hospitals are always ready to treat the next emergency that comes through the door.
To increase pet owners' knowledge and ability to cope in an emergency situation, PDSA is also running a series of Pet First Aid Courses in communities across Great Britain. The courses will be run by PDSA's team of community and education veterinary nurses, and will cover everything from dealing with emergency situations such as choking, heatstroke, bloat, and seizures, to learning how to resuscitate a pet.
Nicola Martin, Head of Pet Health and Welfare at PDSA, said, "Thousands of pets need the support of our Pet A&E service every single day, and without it, many animals would simply not survive.
"The funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery will keep our Pet A&Es running in our Pet Hospitals, saving thousands of lives by enabling our vets and vet nurses to perform a wide range of surgical procedures, provide critical treatments, and nurse our pet patients back to full health."