Has your pet beaten death by a whisker?

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Entries close on Sunday (midnight) for animal charity the PDSA’s Pet Survivor Awards, which celebrate four-legged friends who have survived against all the odds.

The awards are open to any pet treated by a vet in the UK for a life-threatening illness or injury between January 1 last year and August 31 this year.

Pet owners wishing to nominate their pet can enter online at www.pdsa.org.uk/petsurvivor.

The previous winner was miracle dog Darcy, from Dundee, who sustained terrible injuries after a 60ft fall from a dam, but made an astonishing recovery.

PDSA Vet Olivia Anderson-Nathan said: “Every day, dedicated vet teams save lives and help get our beloved pets back on their paws after serious injury and illness.

“The PDSA Pet Survivor Awards recognise those extraordinary stories which capture a pet’s fighting spirit, their owner’s dedication and the expertise and skills of the vets and vet nurses involved.

“We welcome entries about death-defying stories of bravery and determination, to recognise the important place our pets have in our lives.”

One entry already registered for this year’s competition is Skittles, a cat who made headlines when he was found impaled on railings.

The poor ginger tom was rescued by firefighters, who had to cut through the railings to free him.

He was taken to a local vet where careful surgery removed the railings from his body, and - miraculously - it was found he had suffered no damage to his vital organs or artiers.

Skittles was then taken to an animal rescue centre where he was finally reunited with his owner - then transferred to a PDSA Pet Hospital for a further operation and follow up treatment.

You can enter your pet in the awards at https://www.pdsa.org.uk/get-involved/our-campaigns/pet-survivor/pet-survivor-form