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The Supervet | Series 17 Preview (Channel 4)

The Supervet returns for a brand-new series, showcasing the extraordinary work of veterinary surgeon Professor Noel Fitzpatrick and his team at his unique veterinary specialist practice.

Alan and Jane bring in their one-year-old shepherd doodle Raven, whose personality is even bigger than this gentle giant's frame. When Raven started limping at only a few months old, their local vet diagnosed double hip dysplasia.

Now, they find themselves at Fitzpatricks to discuss possible total hip replacement for both back legs. Noel explains that this developmental condition has already inevitably induced the onset of osteoarthritis.

There are both medical management and surgical options for treatment, but medicine isn't working, and while it is possible to cut off the femoral heads and leave Raven with fibrous joints, complete replacement of the joints remains the gold standard.

Feisty three-month-old kitten Fury is brought to Fitzpatricks with a suspected tibia injury, sustained during boisterous playtime at home. All the team, including Noel, fall in love with Fury, whose fractured growth plate unfortunately means that future growth of the limb may be affected.

Although the simple fracture is very straightforward to fix, surgery entails drilling into a tiny piece of bone that crumbles easily where there's no margin for error. Working dogs have a special place in everyone's hearts at Fitzpatricks, and two-year-old police dog Trigger is greeted with open arms, arriving with Met Police dog handler Rob.

After an operation elsewhere for a stomach torsion, Trigger began experiencing problems with his lower back (lumbosacral spine), where his sciatic nerves were being compressed, causing significant pain.

Noel diagnoses degenerative lumbosacral stenosis, a genetically predisposed condition. If surgery doesn't resolve all of Trigger's pain, he won't be able to return to work, and Rob will face the heartbreak of rehoming his best friend.

The next episode will be available as a first look on All 4 straight after the transmission of this one on Thursday 21st July.


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