Pet charity Blue Cross is calling on people to donate baby socks to their hospitals to help them treat sick cats and dogs.
Staff at Blue Cross hospitals use the tiny socks to keep pets warm while they are being treated under anaesthesia.
They're calling on people to donate clean baby socks or washable handmade baby socks that they can use on pets during procedures.
Animals can lose heat through their paws when they are under anaesthetic, which can slow down how quickly the drugs get to work and the animal’s recovery time, so staff put the socks on them to retain body heat.
One dog lover from Mitcham, Surrey, has hand knitted more than 20 pairs of socks for Merton animal hospital.
Carol May, 64, says it takes her about 90 minutes to knit two pairs of socks.
Retired Carol, who has two Yorkshire Terriers called Benny and Buddy says knitting the socks has helped to keep her occupied since she lost her husband Colin to terminal cancer in 2016.
Elise Smith, vet nurse at Blue Cross Merton, said: “When animals are under anaesthetic, their body temperatures can drop. This can prolong their recovery time and have an effect on how quickly drugs are metabolised.
“At our hospitals we have many ways to reduce this problem, but one rather quirky way is to put socks on all anaesthetised patients.”
If you would like to donate socks to one of our Blue Cross hospitals then please feel free to drop them into your nearest branch in Grimsby, Hammersmith or Merton or send them to Blue Cross, 7 Hugh Street, London, SW1V 1QG.