Saving missing pets with VSOS

At Veterinary Specialists of Sydney (VSOS), we’re passionate about bringing affordable, world-class veterinary care to sick and vulnerable animals… no matter how they make their way to us! For the past few weeks, we have done extraordinary work looking after the injured and missing pets that have found their way through our doors.

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Raising thousands for Charlie’s veterinary treatment

Charlie went on quite the adventure to get to VSOS. When he was brought into the VSOS 24/7 emergency hospital, he had a severely fractured pelvis and a fractured eye socket with a detached eye.

While Charlie was found in Menai, it was discovered that his owners live in Illawong. How Charlie found himself so far from home may always remain a mystery…

Charlie’s treatment bill came to $8765, of which the community contributed $4300, the family $600, and the rest was covered by VSOS.

“Charlie was in a very poor state,” explains Dr Karina Graham. “He wasn’t microchipped nor did he have a name tag, so we couldn’t locate his owners. As soon as we shared his story on Facebook in the hopes of locating his family, the community was quick to respond with offers to help pay for his treatment. We had donations amounting to $4300 flooding in.

When Charlie came into the hospital, we provided him with pain relief and fluid therapy. A CT scan revealed what was happening with his eye and pelvis, so we could give him the best possible treatment. Thanks to the beautiful community donations, we removed his detached eye, managed his pelvis and brought him back to good health.”

Charlie is now home with his family and is well on the road to recovery.

Cat resting at bed

Providing surgery and care for an injured kitty

“Another mystery VSOS visitor was an injured cat who was found on Foreshore Boulevard in Woolooware at 1am,” explains Dr Abi Turner. “He came in with a fractured jaw and poor kitty was unable to eat.

The surgery team wired the jaw and gave some much needed pain relief. He was up and awake, enjoying his food shortly after and loving grooms and cuddles with the nurses, while we were trying to locate his family.”

With the help of our VSOS Facebook community, his owners were reunited with their precious cat. We were also able to perform some of the larger surgeries required once we confirmed the owner’s permission.

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Bringing Jay Jay back home

Jay Jay the dog was brought into the Veterinary Specialists of Sydney (VSOS) 24/7 emergency hospital in Miranda by some compassionate police officers.

Thankfully, Jay Jay wasn’t injured, but he was anxious to get back home to his owners.

Thanks to our VSOS Facebook community, Jay Jay and his owners were quickly reunited. We’re so thrilled to see Jay Jay back with his loving family.

Microchiping cat in vet clinic

Why it’s important to microchip

Losing a pet can be heartbreaking. And it’s so easy for your pets to get lost if a gate is left open or if your furry one gets too spooked from loud noises like fireworks.

With this in mind, it’s vital to ensure that your pet is microchipped by your local vet. If your pet becomes lost, you’re far more likely to be reunited if they are microchipped.

A microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification. The chip itself is very small – about the size of a grain of rice – and is implanted just under the skin between the shoulder blades at the back of your pet’s neck.

Each chip has a unique number that is detected using a microchip scanner. The number is recorded on a microchip database registry with details about the animal and owner.

It’s important that pet owners ensure their contact details are recorded on the database against their pet’s microchip number. This means that if your pet becomes lost, vets, animal shelters and local councils can scan them for a microchip and contact you through the database.

Ideally, your pet should be microchipped prior to purchase or adoption. But if your pet is not yet microchipped then we recommend that you make an appointment with your local vet to have this done.

Some local councils and animal welfare organisations can also microchip pets.

If you are in need of emergency pet care, you can find the VSOS 24/7 hospital emergency centre at 106 Parraweena Road, Miranda or visit for more information.

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