Vets Saving Pets is a live-action, half-hour television program designed to meet the educational and informational needs of children aged 13-16. Vets Saving Pets takes place at the Emergency Veterinary Trauma Center in Toronto, one of the busiest veterinary facilities in Canada. Each week, viewers will be exposed to new emergency cases that will teach audiences about a wide array of specialties within veterinary medicine, such as critical care, oncology, cardiology, neurology, anesthesiology, dermatology, dentistry and surgery. Audiences will witness first-hand the dedication and determination of these veterinary specialists as they work tirelessly to save their animal patients.
THE SAGA BEGINS
Luke the puppy has been favoring his right hind leg, and Dr. Boyd thinks she can fix the problem. Then, something has struck a nerve with Simba the cat’s ability to walk. Can Dr. James put the spring back in his step? Later, Dr. Gray hopes she can help Honey the bulldog see things more clearly.
A ROARING TOOTHACHE
Dr. French heads to the zoo to relieve Rowdy the lion of an infected tooth, and she’ll need the assistance of Dr. Williams to get him safely sedated. Then, Dr. James finds herself helping a cat whose spine needs saving. Later, Dr. James receives an aging Jack Russell terrier that turns out to have bigger problems than she thought.
Bruce Lee the cat is graciously brought to the clinic to donate some blood, and Dr. Bryer oversees the procedure. Then, Charlie the golden retriever is carrying an unusually large tumor that Dr. Boyd wants to remove. Later, Dr. Williams faces difficult circumstances when treating Star’s ailing heart.
A WEASELLY ILLNESS
After Arnold the mastiff’s happy tail wagging leads to numerous tail injuries, Dr. Devon Boyd and his owner determine it’s best to amputate a portion of the tail. Then, a Pomeranian named Rosie comes to Dr. Sharon French for a long overdue teeth cleaning, but is her heart strong enough to endure the anesthesia required for the procedure? Dr. Regan Williams is consulted to determine if Rosie is a good candidate for surgery. Later, an older ferret named Jet has contracted influenza and is brought to Dr. Barbara Bryer for help. She finds that a nebulizer treatment may be just what he needs to recover.
FEET TO THE FIRE
When Shadow the golden retriever tests positive for heartworm, Dr. Regan Williams steps in to determine if the dangerous parasite is present. An ultrasound with Dr. Williams could reveal any trouble in Shadow. Then, a cat named Tiger comes to the VEC after surviving a tragic house fire. Dr. Devon Boyd attempts to treat Tiger’s severely burned paws to get him back on his feet.
King, a chocolate Labrador, has tiny bone fragments in his elbow area after slipping and falling on ice. With the aid of a small camera inserted into King’s knee, Dr. Devon Boyd attempts to remove the fragments. Then, a sad case of neglect comes to the VEC with Rocky the dog, who has developed a severe skin infection due to unchecked demodex mites. Dr. Barbara Bryer runs a blood test to determine Rocky’s breed and figure out a treatment to get him back to 100%.
A LONG LIFE TO LIVE
When young French bulldog Spartacus breaks his leg, it’s up to Dr. Devon Boyd and her surgical team to get him back on his paws. If Spartacus’s short snout will allow him to receive anesthesia, can Dr. Boyd re-attach the tiny broken bone without interfering with his growing body? Then, labrador retriever Nina comes in for a routine eye exam with Dr. Heather Gray, but with Nina’s role as a seeing eye dog for her owner, it becomes even more paramount that she passes Dr. Gray’s vision tests. Later, a severe blockage in Kiwi the cat’s ears have resulted in a multitude of problems for the poor feline. Dr. Steve Waisglass suspects that Kiwi’s blockage is hiding something potentially more serious.
A RASH OF INJURIES
A little terrier named Anchor is carried into the V.E.C. due to a serious spinal cord compression that’s preventing him from standing on all fours. Dr. Debbie James will need to determine if a herniated disc removal can restore Anchor’s ability to walk. Then, another terrier named Sydra is brought in after multiple trips to see cardiologist Dr. Regan Williams. Can the older dog’s heart persevere beyond nature’s course? Later, is Pekingese Ping’s skin rash be the result of a bacterial infection, or could it be a serious immune disorder? It’s up to Dr. Steve Waisglass to soothe poor Ping’s sore skin.
The V.E.C. is in for a mouthful when Elvira the alligator is brought in with restricted jaw mobility. Swallowed coins could be giving Elvira toxicity, but it’s up to Dr. Sharon French and the rest of the team solve the issue while Elvira is sedated. Then, Dr. Brendon Ringwood needs to surgically repair the knee of a Lahtese named Gizmo to prevent arthritis from setting in in the future. Later, Tandi the golden retriever seeks sweet relief from her itchy skin. Dr. Stephen Waisglass is clued into a likely culprit after taking some skin samples.
DR. FRENCH RESTORES A SMILE
After a run-in with a tree while out playing fetch, poor Tessa needs the expertise of V.E.C. dentist Dr. Sharon French to repair her broken teeth. Then, a police dog, Magnum, is brought in after breaking a back molar while bringing down a criminal. While Dr. French attempts to remove the tooth and surrounding root, she discovers another worrisome problem in the German shepherd. Later, Dr. French heads to the zoo to relieve Rowdy the lion of an infected tooth, and she’ll need the assistance of cardiologist Dr. Regan Williams to monitor Rowdy’s heart while he’s under anesthetic.
A MATTER OF LIFE AND BREATH
When young bulldog Dougie develops some constricting throat issues, it’s up to Dr. Brendon Ringwood to determine the cause. Will an operation on Dougie’s airways return the puppy to his normal bark? Then, the back legs of an aging pup named Sylvester are becoming unresponsive, and neurologist Dr. Debbie James has trouble diagnosing the issue. Is cautionary medication the answer, or will Sylvester need risky spinal surgery? Later, a police dog named Jax finds his way to Dr. Sharon French’s table due to a cracked canine tooth. She’ll do everything she can to ensure that the puppy-in-training can safely get back to his important duties.
DR. WILLIAMS TAKES IT TO HEART
V.E.C. cardiologist Dr. Regan Williams receives a visit from long-time patient Rusty the dog, whose heart is beating at an elevated rate. Can Dr. Williams bring his heart back to normal intervals? Then, a spaniel named Begley is brought to Dr. Williams for an ultrasound. Is the resulting heart murmur normal for this energetic puppy, or could it be something more troublesome? Later, a young whippet named Chelsea comes to a follow-up appointment with Dr. Williams, who previously had discovered Chelsea had a heart murmur. A proper blood test coupled with an ultrasound of the heart could be the key in finding out what’s wrong.
Dr. Williams receives a visit from long-time patient Rusty the dog, whose heart is beating at an elevated rate. Can Dr. Williams help to calm him down? Then, the hind legs of a Shih-Poo named Niko seem to be on the decline, and Dr. James is called in to get little Niko standing tall again. Later, Dr. Boyd breathes life into a Yorkshire terrier whose throat is closing up.
When a young Saint Bernard’s legs begin to fail, Dr. James enlists the help of Dr. Kilburn to help her walk again. Then, Dr. Williams deals with a large pup that’s been plagued by a heartworm infestation. Later, a mysterious breathing issue affects a newly adopted cat, and it’s up to Dr. Bryer to uncover the root of the issue.
A SPOTTY SITUATION
At the zoo, Pinky the cheetah has broken her tooth. Can Dr. French restore the bite of this feisty feline? Then, an aging golden retriever named Brody has a physical therapy session to soothe his elderly pain. Later, Dr. James tries to help disoriented Max the Shih Tzu find out which way is up.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
When Dr. Boyd’s own pup needs surgery to repair his knee, she’s naturally the best suited to the task. Or is she? Then, Dr. Bryer tries to help poor Trigger the cat who is in need of serious relief. Later, when an aging kitty finds herself unable to walk, Dr. Bryer and Dr. James team up to get her back on her paws
THE SHEPHERD’S PLIGHT
Chloe is an elderly cat that has been breathing irregularly. An ultrasound with VEC Cardiologist Dr. Regan Williams shows that Chloe could have a condition named hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Then, another cat named Alien with a history of injuries comes to the VEC after a knitting needle pierced the inside of her mouth. Dr. Debbie James suspects that internal bleeding could be causing the motor function issues now present in Alien. Later, Burney the German shepherd is due to have his rear left leg amputated due to osteosarcoma cancer. Before surgery, however, Dr. Devon Boyd runs a series of tests to determine if the highly spreadable cancer type is present anywhere else in Burney’s body.
Dr. BOYD TO THE RESCUE
Luke the puppy comes to the V.E.C. after heavily favoring his right hind leg. Dr. Boyd determines that he’s got a slippery knee cap, and surgery is Luke’s only hope to get all four paws back on the ground. Then, Charlie the golden retriever has a big problem that he’s carrying around in his abdomen: a basketball-sized tumor! Dr. Boyd and her surgical team rush to the operating room to relieve Charlie of his heavy burden. Later, when little Chihuahua Reilly suffers a broken leg after a great fall, Dr. Devon Boyd determines that the only way to put him together again is with surgery. Can Dr. Boyd install such a tiny plate in Reilly’s wrist, or are his bones too small to maneuver?
ATTACHED AT THE HIP
Buster the cat’s owner finds him in pain and pulling himself by his front legs. With the help of some X-rays, it’s up to Dr. Devon Boyd to determine Buster’s issue. Through creative surgery, she may just be able to put the spring back in his step. Then, a spaniel named Begley is brought to Dr. Regan Williams for an ultrasound. Is the resulting heart murmur normal for this energetic puppy, or could it be something more troublesome? Later, Tadpole the miniature pinscher is suffering from severe pain in his jaw due to adult teeth that haven’t come in properly. Will Dr. Sharon French be able soothe both pet and owner and find a way to save some of Tadpole’s deeply embedded teeth?
DR. JAMES SAVES THE DAY
Burger the dachshund comes to the V.E.C. with a highly sensitive and painful back. It’s up to Dr. Debbie James to diagnosis the problem as soon as possible and get Burger into surgery to prevent paralysis in his hind legs. Then, Dr. James receives a Bengal cat named Simba, and something has struck a nerve with his ability to walk. Dr. James suspects a neurological disorder, but can she put the spring back in his step? Later, when young Saint Bernard puppy Harley’s legs begin to fail, Dr. James takes her under the knife to repair her spine and get her back on her paws.
Lucky to be alive after an unfortunate car accident, Oreo the cat is presented to Dr. Sharon French to see if she can repair the host of issues in his mouth and jaw and restore a normal life to the feline. Later, Dr. Debbie James finds herself faced with two dogs that both have mysterious neurological issues. The first, Lulu the bulldog, exhibits a head bobbing disorder that seems to be common among the bulldog breed. Then, a senior pooch named Cedric stumbles and scuffs his paws while walking. Will Dr. James’ neurological tests assist in narrowing down the potential problems?
THE CHRONICLES OF HERNIA
Spencer the poodle has developed an esophageal hernia, meaning his stomach has pushed up into his esophagus. After scoping out the hole in Spencer’s esophagus, Dr. Dawn Martin enlists Dr. Brendon Ringwood to help repair the issue with surgery. Meanwhile, Abbie the collie gets referred to dentist Dr. Sharon French to figure out why her gums would be growing over her teeth at such a young age. Upon closer inspection, Dr. French finds that there may be more than one issue. Later, an aging Chihuahua named Peewee is to be a guest of honor at his owner’s destination wedding, but his congestive heart failure and anxiety could keep him grounded from the necessary plane ride. With a thorough examination, Dr. Regan Williams hopes to provide Peewee with flight clearance.
EMBARK UPON NEW BEGINNINGS
Penny the dachshund’s cracked tooth may only be the tip of a deeper issue. V.E.C. dentist Dr. Sharon French wants to remove Penny’s abscessed root but may hit a wall if Dr. Regan Williams doesn’t clear her for anesthesia. Meanwhile, Bailey the beagle’s leg lameness gets examined by Dr. Brendon Ringwood. Will an arthroscopic surgery reveal a torn ligament, or possibly a tumor? Later, cocker spaniel Charley experiences a dizziness that has him walking into objects around the house. Dr. Debbie James suspects an infection affecting his nerves, but fears it could be a tumor instead.
MORE BARK THAN BITE
After a run-in with a tree while playing fetch, poor Tessa needs Dr. French to repair her broken teeth. Then, Dr. Forbes is called upon to mend Mocha the poodle, who was bitten by another dog. Later, Dr. Gray is tasked with fixing Winston the bulldog’s vision problems.
After discovering a tooth abscess in elderly feline Ginny, Dr. French enlists the help of other VEC specialists to make sure Ginny can safely endure surgery. Then, Dr. Bryer partners with the head vet technician to save pomeranian puppy Ella from a deadly virus. Later, a working farm dog is in need of elbow assistance, and Dr. Boyd is there to help.
HEART OF THE MATTER
When little Chihuahua Reilly falls and breaks a leg, Dr. Devon Boyd determines that the only way to put him together again is with surgery. Can Dr. Boyd install such a tiny plate in Reilly’s wrist or are his bones too small to maneuver? Then, after a brave cat named Jerry survives a house fire, his gums suffer from the smoke inhalation. His owner hopes that his teeth can be saved, but Dr. Sharon French finds that Jerry’s gum problems are more than meets the eye. Later, Cyril the cat is brought to Dr. Regan Williams to treat his high blood pressure. Since Cyril has a head tilt and has experienced brain bleeding, Dr. Williams consults Dr. Susan Cochrane to help solve the issue.
TAMING OF THE DRAGON
Mazy the bichon has had a few seizures, and her owners seek neurological care from Dr. Debbie James. She suspects a brain tumor or inflammatory disease could be causing the seizures and orders a CAT scan and spinal tap to find out. Then, Dr. Devon Boyd travels to the local zoo to operate on Loka, a Komodo dragon, who needs to be spayed. She’ll have to fly by the seat of her pants to operate on the dangerous, exotic animal. Later, Titan the cat comes under the care of Dr. Dawn Martin for respiratory issues. A CAT scan could reveal a potentially dangerous condition.
JAWS OF LIFE
Dudley the miniature poodle has a cancerous tumor on his jaw, and it’s up to Dr. Devon Boyd to surgically remove it. But first, she’ll need to determine the best course of action for Dudley with a CAT scan. Then, after bouts of nausea and restlessness, Kaileigh the dog is brought to the VEC for help. Dr. Dawn Martin orders a biopsy of Kaileigh’s spleen after finding an irregularity. Later, a kitten named Loki is found to have heart murmur during a routine vaccination. After an initial examination, Dr. Regan Williams suspects a congenital heart defect, but an ultrasound will help further narrow down the issue.
A BITE OUT OF CRIME
Police K-9 Magnum is brought in after breaking a back molar bringing down a criminal. While Dr. Sharon French attempts to remove the tooth and surrounding root, she discovers another worrisome problem in the German shepherd. Then, Burger the dachshund has developed back pain when touched. It’s up to Dr. Debbie James to diagnosis the problem as soon as possible and get Burger into surgery to prevent paralysis in his hind legs. Later, when Rusty comes in to check on a minor cough, he and his owner are in for a big surprise when Dr. Regan Williams recruits her staff to help celebrate Rusty’s birthday and long-time friendship.
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE
A Portuguese water dog, Marley, comes to the V.E.C. with a bloated, painful stomach. After an assessment from Dr. Evelyn Molnar, Marley is quickly prepped for surgery by Dr. Devon Boyd, who will need to work quickly to get Marley’s stomach back in its place. Then, 24-year-old CC the cat is brought to Dr. Dawn Martin when her existing kidney issues get worse. Are CC’s problems a sign of dehydration, or could it even be cancer? Later, Enzo the cat has a head wound that requires examination by Dr. Barbara Bryer. With a history of fighting with other cats, Dr. Bryer hopes this latest run-in doesn’t lead to any serious repercussions.
PAWS, JAWS, AND GAUZE
When a disoriented cat called Willow is brought into the V.E.C., Dr. Debbie James fears the worst. Willow is unresponsive in one side and walks in circles, which could signify an upcoming stroke and multiple seizures if no intervention is taken. Then, deaf Dalmatian Snickers displays chaotic running and experiences seizures. It’s up to Dr. Susan Cochrane to examine him for epilepsy or possibly brain tumors. Later, adorable goldendoodle puppy Casey needs some stubborn baby teeth removed to prevent complications with her incoming adult teeth. V.E.C. dentist, Dr. Sharon French, recruits the help of Dr. Regan Williams to clear Casey for surgery.
MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE
It’s always a concern when an older, smaller dog like Timmy the poodle requires anesthesia to undergo surgery. In this case, Dr. Sharon French needs to attend to Timmy’s apparent gum disease. Then, a young Italian greyhound named Chelsea comes to a follow-up appointment with cardiologist Dr. Regan Williams, who previously had discovered a heart murmur in Chelsea. A proper blood test coupled with an ultrasound of the heart could be key in finding out what’s wrong. Later, Bling Bling the shih tzu has a peculiar discharge coming from her eyes, leaving it up to ophthalmologist Dr. Heather Gray to attempt to repair the issue using a tricky surgical procedure.
HEART OF A GIANT
Young Parsley the cat goes to the V.E.C. when his gums start to flare up, where Dr. Sharon French determines that gingivitis is the culprit. X-rays help Dr. French to determine the best path to take to help Parsley. Then, a Great Dane named Duke is brought back to the V.E.C. after he was found to have an irregular heart beat. When Dr. Regan Williams discovers several issues in Duke’s heart, she’ll need the help of Dr. Dawn Martin to come up with a treatment plan. Later, Jackson the French bulldog comes in for rehabilitation following a successful back surgery. Rehab therapist Tracy McKenzie uses a variety of treatments to get Jackson back on his paws.
CAT SPLASH FEVER
Cats always land on their feet, but after Reine’s 3-story fall, she’ll need some rehabilitation to get her leg back to 100%. Will Reine sink or swim as resident rehab therapist Tracy McKenzie puts her into the underwater treadmill? Meanwhile, an aging kitty named Mambo comes to the V.E.C. with a fluid build-up in his chest. An ultrasound by Dr. Regan Williams could reveal the potentially dangerous culprit. Then, puppy dog Hershey’s baby teeth stubbornly aren’t falling out, which lands him an appointment with Dr. Sharon French. A routine procedure becomes anything but as the dentist goes on the hunt for engrained root fragments.