The Supervet: Noel Fitzpatrick (S16 Ep6/6)

The Supervet S16, ep6
The Supervet S16, ep6

The new series following the nation’s favourite vet, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, concludes, featuring the extraordinary work of his unique veterinary practice where families bring their beloved animals to receive the finest specialist care. Noel faces an unpredictable challenge with an emergency admission. Until a month ago, beloved five-year-old Goldendoodle Angus was at the heart of a boisterous young family and their menagerie of animals. But their happiness was shattered when out of the blue he went through a terrifying ordeal: a 20-metre fall in which he sustained irreparable nerve damage to one of his front legs and a smashed wrist on the other side. After the initial trauma, he was in significant pain and facing possible euthanasia. Distraught mum Zoe brings Angus to Fitzpatrick’s in the hope that Noel can give her other options. ‘To be brutally frank I think it’s a decision between euthanasia and a three-legged dog with a fused wrist,’ says Noel, ‘because we can’t leave him as he is.’ Noel operates to fuse Angus’s damaged wrist solid by inserting a new type of custom-made implant, which he has designed. Then, after a period of recovery at the practice, he performs amputation of the other front limb. Noel and the family hope that after a short period of recuperation, Angus will be able to return home. But Noel discovers that he’s suddenly going downhill fast due to a life-threatening infection. It’s a difficult wait before Zoe and her four children can find out whether Angus will pull through. Irrepressible nine-year-old rescue springer spaniel Rocky provides invaluable emotional support for mum Tanya, who is living with multiple sclerosis, and dad Ian. But Rocky’s sweet nature belies the fact that he is living in constant pain after a failed elbow operation elsewhere left him limping and struggling to walk. He’s been brought to Fitzpatrick’s to see what options there may be for relieving his pain and returning him to a full life, including a possible removal of the entire leg; fusion of the elbow, with arthrodesis, which would render it without any movement; or a total elbow replacement which may give him a moving, pain-free elbow. Rocky’s family opt for a custom total elbow replacement. ‘He’s an extraordinary dog, to tolerate this much pain with so much grace,’ says Noel. But surgery proves problematic, as Noel discovers that Rocky’s bones have been eroded even further. Tanya and Ian must urgently decide what they would like Noel to do in Rocky’s best interest.

The Supervet: Noel Fitzpatrick – Thursday 8pm on Channel 4

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