In Loving Memory of Harvey (October 2012 - April 20, 2017)
25 April 2017
It’s with heavy hearts we have to let you know that after a short illness, Harvey passed away peacefully last week...we are heartbroken as this brave boy stole all of our hearts and many more around the world.
Harvey was our special little boy that came to us just before Xmas 2012 through "Gumtree" - advertised as a "10 week old kitten with two broken legs but is fine and runs around like the rest..."
So he came into out care & after taking him to the vet school we discovered he had “radial agenisis” – a deformity of the front legs where the ulna & radius bones which connect the upper half of the front legs to his paws are missing (http://bit.ly/1dFrBu7)
Glasgow vet school had only ever seen 5 similar cases since 1975 – each completely different.
We were told by the vet school that Harvey would require an operation when he was a little older to allow him to have an acceptable quality of life. Specialist had planned to operate on both legs at the same time & place internal & external pins on his legs in order to straighten them, however, prior to surgery the vets & nurses started to give Harvey physiotherapy & massage to help strengthen his muscles which seemed to have an amazing effect.
Harvey’s mobility started to gradually improve, he was moving easier and he had adapted to his disability. The vets were extremely pleased with his progress – they didn’t want to go ahead with any surgery as they thought it could actually affect his mobility in a negative way.
He still attended the vet school for regular check-ups & assessments and was pain free. Due to his condition Harvey was susceptible to arthritis and other underlying health problems which developed as he got older and we knew that everyday Harvey was with us was a blessing.
All our thoughts are with Harvey’s family at this very sad time and big thanks to Eddie Houston at Boyce and Houston vets for his care with Harvey.
R.I.P. Harvey run free over the Rainbow Bridge. We love you