Urgent Help Needed for Elderly Westie

Misty is currently at the RSPCA Abbey Street

The RSPCA at Abbey Street have launched an emergency appeal to help pay for vet bills for Misty, an elderly Westie stray.

Misty, a good-natured little Westie, who is happy to meet everyone that wants to say hello, initially needed her matted coat clipped. However, after spending one night at Abbey Street, carers noticed the right side of her face had swelled up considerably and was causing Misty some discomfort. An appointment was booked at the vets and off Misty went for a consultation.

The vet found that Misty had a very bad abscess on one of her teeth and this was causing pain and swelling. Misty needed an immediate dental to remove the infected tooth and then strong antibiotics to stop any further infection from developing. All seemed fine and it was evident that Misty felt better and was enjoying her food back at the Centre.

Unfortunately, the Animal Care Team noticed that Misty was having difficulty when trying to urinate. She was struggling to pass any urine and again seemed in discomfort.  Another appointment was made with the vet and after an initial consultation it was suspected that Misty had bladder stones. Again, immediate treatment was required, and poor Misty went under anaesthetic again. Misty had an X-ray, and this confirmed what the vet suspected, bladder stones. Unfortunately, the X-ray also showed a small tumour in her bladder.  An urgent plan was made.

Misty had an extremely large amount of bladder stones removed.  Nobody could believe what was found – poor Misty must have been in so much pain. She also had the tumour removed which was sent away with the bladder stones for testing and a definite diagnosis.

The bladder stone test results have confirmed a positive bladder stone formation condition which will require a special diet to help prevent the further formation of new stones.  The biopsy results for the tumour that was removed are not back yet, but staff at Abbey Street all have their fingers and toes crossed hoping that it is not cancerous.

Misty is recovering well from her major operation and is proving to be a treasure.   She is turning out to be a very strong-willed little dog with a determination to love life and to make the best of every day.  She is loving, happy and has a fun side to her nature. She enjoys human company and is a pleasure to care for.  Hopefully, Misty has a lot more years left to live.

In total Misty’s vet visits, antibiotics, dental care, pre-operative care, operations, biopsies, and special diet has cost the Centre close to £1,000. 

Abbey Street rely entirely on the support and generosity of donations, to help animals like Misty. It costs £10,000 per week to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome the many animals that require help to find new loving homes. Vet fees on a yearly basis cost in the region of £60,000 and staff at Abbey Street continue to treat animals just like Misty for as long as needed.

If you would like to support the lifesaving work by the dedicated staff at Abbey Street, please donate here: