Village Vets Australia

Meet The Pets - Episode 3

Find out more about all the beautiful pets and animals featured in Episode 3 of Village Vets Australia.

Annie’s Knee

Little Annie is a rescue dog that her owner Charlie found on the internet. She was supposed to be a Jack Russell, but Charlie thinks she may have been crossed with a giraffe because she has very long legs!

Charlie noticed Annie was limping badly, and the vets realized she had pulled the tendon off the bone near the knee, taking a small piece of bone with it. This is quite common, particularly when dogs are young and their tendons are actually stronger than the soft bone they attach to.  Annie had major surgery to fuse the bone back together where the tendon had pulled loose.

Annie’s biggest problem now is not the bone, but staying still and keeping the wound clean – almost impossible with a Jack Russell x that just wants to play!

Kevin Bacon

Jan and her husband moved to Kangaroo Valley to escape the rat race and run a large property with cottages to rent. Jan has surrounded herself with animals, including alpacas, goats, ducks, dogs, cats, and chickens, but she admits Kevin Bacon the pig is pretty special.

Kevin was supposed to be a miniature pig, and a family that had bought him soon realized pigs aren’t cute and cuddly home pets like puppies.  Word was put out for a new home, and Jan took him in. He’s now grown to well over 100kgs, and is loving his life in the paddock with the goats and alpacas. Jan takes him for regular walks at the Kangaroo Valley showgrounds, where he thinks he’s one of the dogs.

Sheep Transfusion

Craig and his partner run a small mixed farm in Berry, with a small herd of sheep and some cows.

Craig had noticed one of his sheep wasn’t doing well, and James and Anthony immediately suspected worms – in particular, Barber’s Pole Warm which is prevalent on the coast. The worm causes the animal to become anemic .. and it gets its name from the distinct ‘barber’s pole’ red and white stripe that an anemic intestine looks like.

The vets drenched the entire flock, but it was clear the sick sheep needed more, so a decision was made to perform an emergency blood transfusion in the paddock. Monty the ram generously donated 450mls of blood, and this was enough to give the sheep the kick start it needed.

Tim’s Cow

Tim is one of Berry’s unsung heroes. He runs a small charity called “Taste of Paradise Farm” that is designed to give troubled young people a taste of farm life, and build responsibility and self esteem by working with farm animals.

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Tim has called in the vets because of a problem with a pregnant cow who’s collapsed in one of the paddocks. When a cow goes down it’s often a sign that she’s dying and given up. James diagnoses a significant metabolic issue with the cow, possibly caused by the pregnancy, and this is causing bloating. Ehen a cow bloats, gas builds up in the stomach and if serious enough, can crush vital organs inside the cow.

James had little choice but to relieve the bloating by conducting a stab ruminotomy, releasing gas. Then he began working on getting the calf out. To his dismay the calf had already died, and when the mother collapsed again it made pulling the calf almost impossible. When they finally pulled the calf the trauma was too great for the cow, and a decision was made to put her down.

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