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PDSA celebrating 65 years of treating sick and injured pets in Cardiff

A charity that provides free treatment for sick and injured pets is celebrating its 65th year of service in Cardiff this month.

Veterinary charity PDSA first came to the city in 1948, when it opened a dispensary on City Road.

Since then, PDSA’s client base has swelled dramatically, with its Bute Street team now seeing more than 10,000 pets every year. 

Over the years, the charity has occupied a number of different premises across the city – and it’s currently in the process of building a  new, bigger hospital to replace the   building on Bute Street, where the PDSA has been since 1978.

A recent 45% increase in demand means the charity has now outgrown the current hospital and a bigger, state-of-the-art PetAid hospital is needed to help the team keep up with the number of pets in need of care.

Karen Jones, PDSA vet nurse, said: “Celebrating such an impressive milestone is particularly poignant for us as we look forward to moving into our brand new purpose built hospital later this year.

“There has never been a greater need for our services and as the finishing touches are made to our new home, we can look forward to treating thousands more pets in Cardiff for many years to come.

“We are now over half way towards raising the money we need to get the building up and fully equipped. Thousands of pets in Cardiff are relying on the new PetAid hospital, so we’re calling on local supports to help us raise the remaining money.”

The current PetAid hospital on Bute Street  was extended in the 1990s. It has   four consulting rooms to cope with up to 170 pets visiting a day.

PDSA’s £2m Cardiff Pet Hospital Appeal was launched in 2010 to build and equip a new facility in the city to replace the current site. Originally planned to open in 2014, building work has now been brought forward and the new hospital will be open to pet patients by the end of this year.

The new hospital, located on Trident Park, will give PDSA the capacity to treat the ever-increasing number of pet patients in modern, spacious, custom-built surroundings. It will have six custom-designed consulting rooms, operating theatres and recovery wards.

To find out more about supporting PDSA’s Cardiff Pet Hospital Appeal call freephone 0800 508 8323 or visit


Chasing ball left Bow in need of emergency care

Two-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier Bow needed life-saving veterinary treatment after escaping from her owner’s garden and being hit by a vehicle during the school holidays.

Bow’s owner, Heidi Putbrace, said: “Bow’s favourite toy is her ball. She managed to escape from the garden after seeing someone in the street playing with one.

“It all  happened so fast, one minute she was there, the next she was gone and there was blood everywhere.

“Seeing her like that was heartbreaking.”

Karen Jones, veterinary nurse at Cardiff PDSA, says: “Bow was in a bad condition when she arrived at PDSA.

“Her leg had been badly damaged in the collision and we suspected it was broken. She had also lost a lot of skin in the impact.

“Her injuries were so severe there was a real risk she might lose her leg.”

An X-ray confirmed Bow had broken her right hind leg, which was repaired by veterinary staff in surgery using a metal pin. The PDSA hospital team then dressed her leg wounds daily to encourage her skin to heal, while skin grafts from Bow’s healthy tissue were used help speed up the process. 

Bow was discharged from the PetAid hospital a week after her accident, but needed  21 further visits in the following three months to have her wounds cleaned and dressed.

Heidi adds: “I’m so relieved Bow has made a good recovery. The vets and nurses at Cardiff PDSA PetAid hospital have been brilliant. The whole family love Bow to bits – we cannot thank the staff enough for everything they have done.”

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