Jasper’s story

This is a remarkable story about a remarkable dog.  Jasper Bywater is a 2 year old large German Shepherd Dog who fell out of a car which was travelling at 55mph along a major road. His horrified owner raced back when he realised what had happened and found Jasper surrounded by concerned motorists and clearly suffering horrendous injuries. Helped by two kind-hearted female motorists, Jasper’s owner was escorted to our Hawkhurst branch of Cinque Ports Vets, arriving just before the surgery was due to close on a Friday evening. An urgent examination confirmed that Jasper’s injuries included deep lacerations, ruptured muscle and badly contaminated wounds which would require immediate surgery. Cinque Ports vet Howard Newitt then carried out several hours of emergency surgical procedures that would initially save Jasper’s life.

Jasper was transferred by the Practice Ambulance for on-going nursing care over the weekend by the team at our Rye Surgery where his care was supervised by Head Nurse Tara Evans.

Jasper Bywater 1Jasper then went on to have major surgery by our orthopaedic consultant Mr Clayton Jones at our branch in Tenterden to repair a broken femur. The surgery was successful but was then followed by days of care, dressing changes, fluid therapy via an intravenous drip, extreme pain relief medications and further X-Rays under the direction of vet Richard Williams and the team at Rye again. Jasper’s limbs were massaged every hour to maintain his circulation and he was encouraged to stand and move as much as possible with physical support from the nurses as he was still very wobbly. During this period, Jasper proved himself to be an outstanding patient, brave, uncomplaining and responsive to the love and care given by the vets and nursing staff.  Jasper’s owner also showed great faith and commitment to his pet’s recovery and was very thankful to have a good level of pet insurance  enabling him to go ahead with the complicated and lengthy treatment needed for his dog.

Jasper Bywater 3Jasper left Rye surgery after forty-seven days, walking, albeit with a sailor’s gait. He may still have to have further surgery to correct the movement of his front paw. Whenever he returns for check-ups, he greets the team and especially the nurses with absolute joy and cannot wait to get into the examination room. The recovery he has made so far is a testament to his courage, his owner’s support and undeniably to the fantastic level of expertise and care he received from Cinque Ports Veterinary Group.


2 thoughts on “Jasper’s story”

  1. As one of the motorists who stopped for Jasper that wet and windy night it’s lovely to see the photographs and report of his on-going recovery. Without knowing the extent of his injuries at the time it was clear he was in a terrible state and was in grave danger of being hit by vehicles travelling at speed along an unlit road, all keen to get home for the weekend. Whilst his front half was on the grass verge, his back end was on the tarmac in a deep puddle and he was clearly in shock. With the assistance of another lady who stopped, we managed to create a sling to lift him into the back of the owner’s car. I then drove to the Surgery with the owner following behind as he didn’t know the way. Waiting at the traffic lights in Hawkhurst with my car window open, I could clearly hear the anguished howls of Jasper who must’ve been in excruciating pain. The Surgery was minutes from closing but Reception Nurse Gill Hockney immediately recognised the gravity of the situation and galvanised the Veterinary team who were there. Jasper’s on-going recovery is a tribute to the knowledge and dedication of the team at Cinque Ports – I really thought his injuries were so bad that he wouldn’t make it through. The image of this large, handsome dog with amazing amber eyes lying broken, bedraggled and shocked at the side of the road is one that will stay with me so it was lovely to hear that he is well and truly on the mend. I would urge anyone who sees an animal in distress, even if it appears to be close to death, to stop and try to help. Jasper’s story proves that where there’s life, there’s hope. Kate Burbage, Bodiam, East Sussex

    • Thank you so much for your comments Kate. Jasper is very lucky to have members of the public like yourself help him and his owner and I’m pleased that we were able to provide such a great outcome for Jasper. It certainly sounds like a traumatic night and I’m glad you have seen the photos of how well he is doing now. Thanks once again

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