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“Right Rufus, don’t die!” says Noel Fitzpatrick to a rabbit with a broken leg. Operating on rabbits is hard, apparently. Their bones are fragile and there’s a high risk of heart attack.
Many vets would advise putting a rabbit with a snapped hind leg to sleep, but Rufus’s owner is concerned how losing the pet would affect her 12-year-old son. “My husband Tim works in Zurich and he said, ‘Just go for it – whatever it costs, get the rabbit fixed.’” (A line that says so much.)
We’re not told what it does cost, but surgery on pets is far from cheap. A cocker spaniel with a damaged disc in his spine costs cheerful owner Monica £6,500 to fix. And for that, she jokes, she could have had a face lift.
Noel Fitzpatrick operates on a five-month-old rabbit with a badly broken hind leg and diagnoses that a much-loved cocker spaniel needs major spinal surgery. The `Bionic Vet' also meets young couple David and Khaya, who have brought in a three-legged dog that they adopted from Thailand after it was attacked with a machete. Noel knows he must come up with a radical treatment for the animal's remaining front paw, which is injured, and gains inspiration from X-Men's Wolverine for an innovative solution.
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