The PDSA has revealed some of the animals in the running for its coveted Pet Survivor 2015 title, with a year’s worth of pet insurance on offer for the winner.

Honey was saved after eight operations at the PDSA.

It includes pets that have dodged disaster and beaten the odds thanks to the skill of vet teams, the love of their owners and, of course, their own incredible survival spirit. 

Early entrants 

  • A kitten who had a close brush with death following extensive chemical burns covering over half its body.
  • A miniature schnauzer Suki who survived a horrific dog attack that left her with a fractured jaw and ripped open her side, causing prolapsed intestines.
  • An Essex cat that lost an eye after being blasted in the face with a marble-sized metal ball bearing – subsequently needed eight operations to repair its shattered jaw.

The PDSA Pet Survivor Awards are open to any pet treated by a vet in the UK for a life-threatening illness or injury between August 1, 2014 and August 1, 2015.

PDSA vet Vicki Larkham-Jones said: “Every week, dedicated vet teams help get our beloved pets back on all four paws after serious injury and illness.

“The PDSA Pet Survivor Awards celebrate those extraordinary cases that capture a pet’s fighting spirit, an owner’s dedication and the expertise and skills of the vet professionals, saving lives and nursing them back to health.

“The stories we hear never fail to amaze us, and we’re looking forward to receiving many more.”

Nominate now

Pet owners wishing to nominate their pet can enter online – entries need to be received by midnight on October 4, 2015.

A panel of judges will then shortlist a small group of pets to take part in a public vote, with the winner announced at the end of the year. The winner will be declared PDSA Pet Survivor 2015 and will win a year’s PDSA pet insurance.

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