Vet Saves His Own Cat's Life After Car Accident

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Most animal lovers say they would do whatever it takes to save their pets' lives, and Dr. Ben Trimmer got the chance to do just that. According to the U.K. Daily Mail, Trimmer, who is a vet, saved his own cat's life during an emergency midnight call.
As a veterinarian who deals with emergencies, Trimmer was used to helping out animals in sorry states. But when a severely injured black cat who had been hit by a car came in during the wee hours of the night, Trimmer worried that the feline was beyond help.

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Before Trimmer could begin attempting to save the cat's life, he needed to try contacting its owners for permission to perform the expensive treatments the cat would require. Luckily, this proved to be an easy task. When Trimmer scanned the cat's microchip, he discovered it was his own pet cat, George, whom he had left at home only hours prior.

Trimmer said that George was so badly injured by the car accident that he was unrecognizable. Renewed with the determination to save his own pet, Trimmer rushed George into surgery. The cat was taken to a special animal hospital where he was treated for a shattered face, detached pelvis and ruptured knee. After over $5,000 worth of care, George is once again the handsome cat Trimmer remembers.

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Today, Trimmer has an even stronger bond with George and a personal story to share with clients about the importance of microchipping.

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Well valgaavmiko, why don't you get a clue? My cat goes outside sometimes and comes inside sometimes..whatever he feels like doing and has for years and is still alive. Cats do have outsifde do you think they survive? Because they prey on other insects and animals. And if you have such a problem with that then keep your precious little native animals inside. Cats are not the only animals that prey on you didn't know that lol So dont act like cats are the only problem here...its the same as if cats are outside other animals can prey on them. So yes get a clue.

May 24 2012 at 4:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ashley Gipson

what is the matter with all of you that are saying it is irresponsible to allow your cat, and ANIMAL to go outside?! it is in a cats nature to want to go out and explore! it is no more irresponsible to allow your beloved pet the freedom he or she craves, than it is to keep it couped up inside wishing it could go out and chase butterflies and catch mice! accidents happen, its sad but true. He was not wrong for allowing his animal to go outside, period. Just thank God the cat was able to be saved and is ok, and you know...even after that accident, I bet the cat still goes outside!

May 23 2012 at 5:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Poor cat! That must have been an awful time for it and for it's owner. Keeping the cats indoors is the safest thing you can do for them. My little girl looks very much like George but with one exception: a white spot on her chest about the size of a quarter. Love your cat with all your heart and give the best chances for happiness and healthiness in life.

May 23 2012 at 5:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to hopetheturtle's comment

Too many folks think very little of letting their cat outdoors unsupervised. Outdoor cats are proven to have shorter life spans, more illnesses & are exposed to everything from FIV & FeLV, fleas & ticks (even on the rare occasion, heartworms), getting hit by cars/trucks, being accidentally/ purposefully poisoned or caught by buttheads who HATE cats who then sell them to be used in experiments & even as cadavers to be dissected by students (my nephew found a microchip in his dissection cat & was proven to be a stolen pet), or simply & horribly stolen by sickos who use them as FOOD for their fighting dogs or to maim & torture them to get their sick jollies. I know many folks live in rural areas where their kitties are able to live good lives as indoor/outdoor sorts, but if you live in "suburbia" or heaven forbid, a city, you really need to do your best to keep them safe as an indoor dweller. Cats often love being outside, but when you look at the 'pros & cons,' indoor life is the safest! I'm glad the good doc & his good friend George were reunited & that he was there in George's neediest hour.

May 29 2012 at 7:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What an irresponsible cat guardian. Cats should be kept safely inside ONLY. There are entirely too many deranged subhuman monsters on the loose among the many other dangers for cats outside. There is absolutely no reason to allow cats to roam. They are much healthier, happier and safer indoors. There are plenty of things they can do to keep entertained with little effort on the part of their guardians. People would not allow a toddler outside yet cats are the equivalent of one -- and just as vulnerable to a myriad of dangers. In a neighborhood, besides the adult human nuts, there are mean kids, vicious dogs, diseases, and, of course, cars. It's only thoughtful, too, to keep animals of all types solely on the property of the guardian when living around others. Even in the country there are far too many dangers for cats to be allowed outdoors. In addition to those listed, there are predators, dangerous plants, poisons and snakes, among others. Cats are simply safer and live longer, healthier lives when kept indoors. That vet should know better.

May 23 2012 at 4:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve & Cathy

He, being a vet, ought to know better than to leave his cat to roam, so that it can get injured. Shame on him.

May 23 2012 at 3:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Steve & Cathy's comment

He left his cat at home. The cat probably snuck out.

May 23 2012 at 4:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Two years ago, after long unemployment in this economy, I barely had enough to keep myself surviving. My cat--whom I'd gotten at a shelter 11 years ago--suffered a third bout of FLUTD, and was near death from very sudden toxicity. I called an emergency vet (holiday weekend). Their first question: "Well, if you can't afford to pay, do you have a Care Credit card?" When I said I didn't qualify for one (at that time), they responded, "Well maybe you ought to consider putting him down."

Put him down--over a problem that could be fixed for about $500--catheterization and an overnight. I can't even type the word I'd like to call them.

Thankfully, I found a vet for him that SHOULD be a vet--and my kitty is 13 and just fine now.

May 23 2012 at 12:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Bob McGillicuddy

So, naturally, when you went to your landlord and said "I can't pay the rent--can you let me live here for free instead?", he said "Sure, no problem." No? How about when you walked into Safeway and said, "I can't buy food, will you feed my family for free?", they said, "Here's something to tide you over until the next paycheck..." Right? No? How about your human doctor? Surely, out of the goodness of his heart, he treats your medical issues at no charge, right? No? Hmmm, what about your banker--of course he gives you interest free loans when money's tight? NO? Well, those heartless S.O.B's. How dare they charge for their services.

Hey, here's something to consider...veterinarians, as *the* lowest paid of all professionals holding a doctorate, can least afford to give away their services. If you can't get your banker to give you a loan, or your credit card company to issue you a card, or find a family member who trusts you to repay them...why would you ask a veterinarian to lend you money?

May 23 2012 at 1:52 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Bob McGillicuddy's comment

That the stupidest thing I've ever read. Medical emergencies are a little different. If you go to the hospital, they treat you and bill you. There is no reason vets cannot do the same. It's not "lending you money". My little dog just had surgery to the tune of $4000. Luckily I had it, but if I did not I would have found a vet that would bill me - I certainly would not have just let her die or put her down.

You're all heart.

May 23 2012 at 2:34 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down

You could not have said it better--put into perfect perspective. As for the comment comparing emergency veterinary care vs human, it's apples and oranges. A vet has to haul him/herself out of bed, go down to their clinic, try to stabilize and work up the patient--all by themselves, usually--and deal with the owner right in their face demanding to know "what's wrong, what caused this, within the first 5 minutes?" And are we government subsidized, or are we able to bill insurance or any other 3rd party to help recoup? What about all of our other insurance covered patients that we can collect from to off- set our costs? Oh yes, that's right. That doesn't exist in our profession. We are simple one vet practices that have no need for money or sleep or family time. In the meantime, I've never once yelled at my grocery store for not giving me some basic staples that I really needed. I just wait until payday or ask someone in my family for a few dollars. Yes, I have lived paycheck to paycheck...some weeks still do...but when possible, I set a little something aside, assuming that an emergency is inevitable. Just like death and taxes, it WILL happen. *sigh*

May 24 2012 at 10:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

I'm so glad you found a vet to help you & your kitty. I have been blessed with a group of vets that care more about the animals than their wallets who also do PLENTY of charity work too. Hooray for your kitty sharing life & love with you for 13 awesome years, may you enjoy 13 more!

May 29 2012 at 7:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I recently had my cat, Miss Kitty, put down because I didn't have the $800 the Vet wanted to save her. Still it cost me $200 by the time Miss Kitty was put down and cremated. And I find it interesting that Dee Paye had her husband spayed: "Now she lays in my husbands lap. Both had been spayed.

May 23 2012 at 12:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As a veterinarian, you'd think he'd be smart enough to know that his cat doesn't belong outside. House cats are great pets & companians, but outdoor cats are responsible for the destruction of more than 70 million songbirds & other wildlife every year in the UK alone.
Q; What do you call a cat in my garden ?
A; Target practice.

May 22 2012 at 10:49 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
5 replies to swanderman's comment

Most veterinarians give away more care than you would imagine. they have to pay their bills and make a living too, just like everyone else. It was his own cat so he is free to spend whatever he chooses to save it.

May 22 2012 at 10:32 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to sandiasaz's comment

When I graduated vet school, I was paying 25% of my gross income per month toward school loans. I was driving 3 hours round trip to work, and back, helping to support my family of 3, with one on the way. How do you suppose it makes vets feel to be shouted at, "but you're supposed to love animals," usually followed by a stream of obscenities. I do, but I also love feeding and sheltering my family. Most vets have had the sad experience of being attacked by people wearing designer clothes, toting expensive smart phones and reeking of cigarette smoke. Next time you decide to buy that $800 designer breed (ie mixed breed) allow for the possibility that you should put aside money for preventative medicine--vaccines, spay/neuter, etc. Skip the fancy collar, expensive treats and dog sweaters. I give away plenty of services and products--much more than people realize--but unless I am working for free, it's just not good enough. I would venture to say that most people want to contribute to charity, but the majority of us would rather give to the charity of our choice, and not the one that demands it, or expects it from us. A final thought, why would you assume that I, a perfect stranger, would be willing or even able to loan you a serious amount of money when you can't even get your own mother to do so?

May 24 2012 at 10:09 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Funny how, it being his own cat, he treated it with expensive procedures. If it had belonged to a poor family that could not afford such treatment, it would have been allowed to die. I could not be a veterinarian because I wouldn't stay in business long. I'd be helping people with their pets who could not afford treatment.

May 22 2012 at 10:18 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
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