Coco’s story – How we saved her life

This is Coco, a five-year-old Staffie, and a much-loved family pet. Coco came to see our team at the Inchicore Clinic. She had a large tumour on the left side of her body. The tumour kept getting bigger, causing Coco huge pain and discomfort.

The tumour grew out into the space behind her leg, which made it extremely painful for Coco to walk. It soon became ulcerated and infected, a heavy lump in her side.

Without treatment, the tumour would take away Coco’s ability to walk. She would have to be put to sleep. Coco needed emergency surgery. So, after treating her infection with antibiotics, our veterinary team took Coco into the operating room.

For over three hours, the surgeon worked to remove Coco’s life-threatening tumour. We soon discovered there were two more tumours hiding behind the first, giant growth.

Thanks to our vets’ expertise and care, the operation was a success.

Then, as her surgery was so extensive, we kept her under observation for a week.

Our vets and nurses gave Coco all the aftercare she needed – including the occasional tickle to her tummy, causing her tail to wag with happiness.

Coco was a wonderful patient and although we were sad to see her leave, we were delighted to send her home having made such a wonderful recovery. We put her on a course of antibiotics and painkillers to help her heal after the operation. Her owners then took over, looking after Coco with kindness, keeping her comfortable, and yes, tickles.

“We can’t thank The Irish Blue Cross enough for saving Coco’s life. She’s been spoilt rotten since the operation. She is full of life and energy now, and is a totally different dog. We really appreciate all of the help and support we received from all the vets and nurses.” – Coco’s owner.

Rocco survived his trauma and has recovered well, thanks to the quick intervention of the Irish Blue Cross team.

Luckily for Coco and her family, the Irish Blue Cross team were there when they needed us. Today, she’s come through her ordeal, and is thriving.

To support the life saving work that we do, you can buy a book of tickets for our Easter raffle hereclick here to make a once off donation now, or fill out the form below to become a regular supporter. Thank You.

This year, because of current restrictions, there’s a difference to our traditional raffle. Instead of selling tickets face to face, you can enter the raffle by buying tickets/ a book of tickets with our through our online shop. You will be given a unique order number, and we’ll put you in the draw. The draw will take place at 3pm on Friday the 9th of April.

The Irish Blue Cross Statement on Covid-19

The Irish Blue Cross Statement on Covid 19

Due to COVID-19 government restrictions our operations have changed significantly.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 The Blue Cross has had to take the difficult decision to temporarily suspend taking on new clients.

The charities resources and services are already extremely stretched due to the global pandemic, and we are working around the clock to treat the thousands of patients already on our files. Full statement can be found here.

Our Mobile Clinic Service is still operational. This service is on an appointment only basis, and you can call 01-416 3030 to reserve a spot. More information can be found here.

Our head clinic in Inchicore has remained open throughout the pandemic, and can be contacted on 01-416 3030 or info@bluecross.ie

We are currently experiencing a high volume of calls, and our vets, nurses, and receptionists are stretched to the very limit. We ask for your patience and understanding, and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused – unfortunately circumstances are beyond our control.

We will continue to monitor the current situation, and if anything should change over the coming days, weeks, and months, we will update accordingly through our social media channels and our website.

We would like to re-iterate that there is no evidence that Pets spread coronavirus.

We ask clients who are attending our mobile clinics, or our Inchicore clinic, to follow these steps so that we can treat all patients in a timely and professional manner;

At our Inchicore Clinic

  • When you arrive for your appointment, we would ask you to call the number displayed wait in your car/outside
  • Only 1 client to attend consults in Inchicore with each patient
  • We request that only the pet owner or the person looking after the pet patient attend our Inchicore clinic. Please do not bring extra family members or friends where possible.
  • Please observe social distancing – keep a space of 2 metres (6.5 feet) between you and other people outside the clinic
  • Please phone in your pets prescriptions in advance to save time – ph: 01-416 3030 or info@bluecross.ie
  • Please pay over the phone for all prescriptions if possible
  • If you don’t feel well please reschedule your appointment for the safety of our staff and other clients

We also ask all clients to heed directives from the HSE to combat transmission of the virus and to;

Do

  • Wash your hands properly and often.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze.
  • Put used tissues into bins provided.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are not well.
  • Avoid crowded places, especially indoors.
  • Follow the travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Stay at home if you are sick to help stop the spread of whatever infection you may have

Don’t

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
  • Do not share objects that touch your mouth – for example, bottles, cups

A link to the HSE advice on Covid-19 can be found here

A list of our mobile clinic locations and operating times can be found here

Information on our Inchicore clinic can be found here

For any veterinary queries, you can contact our team in Inchicore on info@bluecross.ie or 01 416 30 30

For any non veterinary queries please contact Paul on paul.halpin@bluecross.ie .

How we helped Benji beat Parvo Virus

Our vets and nurses are as busy as ever during the Covid-19 pandemic, performing essential services and helping pets like Benji. Benji is a Shih-Tzu Cross Terrier, who is only a year and six months old.

Poor Benji was suffering from Parvo, a very serious virus that is highly contagious and can be life threatening (sound familiar?).

Parvo is highly contagious. It is spread in the faeces of dogs infected with the virus. The virus can be carried and spread by any person, animal or object that comes into contact with the virus. It can live and be carried in the hair of an infected pet, on our shoes or even on food bowls. It is a very robust virus that can live in the environment for a long time.

Dogs with parvo will usually be very sick. They will usually be vomiting and have bloody diarrhoea. Dogs with parvo will often stop eating, lose weight and be very lethargic.

Luckily our front line heroes, Una & Liane, were there to nurse him back to full health.

Vaccinating your pet against Parvo is the best way to try prevent them from getting the virus. It is extremely important that the first course of vaccinations are given correctly and that yearly booster vaccinations are given after that. For more information on Parvo virus, please click here.

We are still providing services during the current crisis. If you can help us in any way to continue the work that we do, please give what you can by clicking here to make a donation.

We’re staying open to help pets like Buttons

Our vets and nurses are as busy as ever during the Covid-19 pandemic, performing essential services and helping pets like Buttons.

Buttons is a 3 year old cutie crossbreed, who came into us because he had “Cherry Eye”.

Did you know dogs have a third eyelid? This third eyelid comes across the eye from the nose side. This particular eyelid is the one that produces tears in dogs.

With “Cherry Eye”, the tissue in the third eyelid weakens and the gland protrudes through it. This means you can see what looks like a mass coming from poor Buttons’ right eye.

When this happens the gland can get swollen, doesn’t circulate blood properly, and the eye does not produce tears. Dogs with dry eyes are more at risk of getting eye infections and need to have fake tears put into their eyes daily. Pets will also paw and rub at the gland which can cause them to damage their eye permanently.

Buttons needed surgery to replace the exposed gland through his third eyelid. The gland was prolapsed and it was causing severe pain and discomfort – if our team did not act fast, Buttons would develop conjunctivitis and could have lost his eye.

Luckily vet Úna and nurse Ellen gave him the very best of care at our clinic in Inchicore. Buttons is now recovering very well at home from his surgery, and his family are spoiling him rotten!

“I cannot rate them highly enough, they provide a life saving service. He’s a pet, but he feels more like a another child or a brother – he really is part of the Family. The Irish Blue Cross has always been there for Buttons, we cannot thank them enough” – Lyndsey & Taylor Walker, Buttons’ Family.

We are still providing services during the current crisis. If you can help us in any way to continue the work that we do, please give what you can by clicking here to make a donation.

#BarkForBlueCross Campaign – We need your help



Due to COVID-19, we have had to cancel our biggest fundraiser, ‘Bark in the Park’, so we need your help.

The Irish Blue Cross is urging pet lovers to hold mini-events around Dublin for you, your family and your four-legged friends to enjoy – whether it’s a walk, wag, or bark!

Now we need that support more than ever, to meet a surge in demand for our charitable veterinary work.

We have remained operational during Covid19, however our flagship fundraiser, our “Bark in the Park” events have had to be cancelled. We need urgent donations to make sure our services can continue to operate.

Your donation will help us provide urgent surgery and treatments for pets of worried owners. Whether it’s a once-off or a regular gift, your generosity will save lives.

You can also set up an online fundraising page here, or a Facebook fundraising page here, so your friends can support you as you support the Irish Blue Cross!

Help us help the pets and owners who need us most.

PLEASE DONATE NOW. #BARKFORBLUECROSS

  

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Rocco’s story – How we saved his life

This is Rocco, a 10-year-old Chihuahua-Pomeranian cross, and a much-loved family pet. Rocco was rushed to our clinic in Inchicore after he was attacked by another dog.

Our Clinic team discovered multiple fractures to Rocco’s jaw. The trauma of his injury also caused part of the jawbone to protrude through the floor of his mouth, causing him serious pain, suffering, and distress.

These life-threatening injuries would have meant that Rocco was not able to eat – so emergency surgery was needed to save him. Our Veterinary team leaped into action and took Rocco into the operating room.

They wired his tiny jaw in two places to stabilise it. Inside his mouth, several large wounds needed multiple stitches. With our vets’ expertise and care, the operation was a success.

Rocco is recovering well from his ordeal, helped with a week-long course of antibiotics and painkillers after the surgery. The wiring had to stay in place for six weeks, while his jaw healed. During this time, his owners looked after him, spoiling him with kindness and keeping him comfortable.

“We couldn’t have got a better service. I’m amazed by his recovery and he is absolutely flying. If it wasn’t for the Irish Blue Cross, he wouldn’t be here. I can’t thank the Vets and Nurse enough; they are absolute life savers.” – Rocco’s Owner, Therese.

Rocco survived his trauma and has recovered well, thanks to the quick intervention of the Irish Blue Cross team.

Luckily for Rocco and his family, we were there when they needed us.

To support the life saving work that we do, you can buy a book of tickets for our Easter raffle here, or you can click here to make a donation now.

UPDATE – Due to Covid19, our Easter Raffle draw date has been postponed until Friday, the 22nd of May, 2020.

We helped Bailey just in time. Help us help more pets like her.

When Bailey came to our Inchicore clinic we could see she wasn’t well. Our vet found she had a sore and swollen tummy.

An ultrasound scan revealed why. Bailey had a pyometra, an infection of the womb. This was a potentially fatal medical emergency, and we had to act fast. We brought Bailey into surgery to remove her ovaries and womb, saving her life in the process.

Bailey recovered well from her ordeal, helped with a course of antibiotics and painkillers for a week after the surgery. She had stitches in her tummy for ten days to help her heal. During this time, her pet parents looked after her, spoiling her with kindness and keeping her comfortable.

Bailey survived her infection and recovered, thanks to the quick intervention of the Irish Blue Cross. Luckily for Bailey, we were there.

Our emergency surgery saved Bailey’s life. This is a vital part of what we do.

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Pets like Bailey Need our help. So we need yours. Thank you!

Our veterinary teams are amazing. Thanks to them, we could share countless success stories just like Bailey’s. Next year is our 75th anniversary, a major milestone for the charity, and an opportunity to celebrate this wonderful work.

What keeps us going is knowing that we’re helping pets who need our low-cost care. We help owners who might not otherwise be able to afford veterinary care for their beloved pets.

We rely on our many supporters to help us continue this work. This year, as well as delivering care through our clinics we were able to extensively refurbish the veterinary facilities at our Inchicore Clinic. The new facilities will bring a major boost to our patient care in 2020 and beyond.

Your wonderful ongoing support is vital. Your belief, and your donations, mean that our charity can keep doing what it does best. Whatever the challenges ahead, our priority remains to help as many pets as possible. Please support us again this Christmas to help patients like Bailey and make 2020 an even better year for pets in need!

Yours sincerely,


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Christina Conneely
Chief Executive Officer

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