Find out more about all the beautiful pets and animals featured in Episode 4 of Village Vets Australia.
Rob’s family have been dairy farmers in Berry for 3 generations, and they own one of the best dairy properties on the South Coast.
Like all dairy farmers, the daily interaction with their cows at milking means they get early interaction with a cow of she’s not well – and in this case one of Rob’s prize milkers was very sick.
The vets immediately thought she may have swallowed a piece of wire o string, and this was affecting one of her stomachs (Cows have four stomachs). Remarkably, the method of operating on a cow’s stomach is to keep the cow standing and awake, and to operate using local anaesthetic. The boys realize this cow has no bacteria in her rumen, the main fermenting vat where grass is normally broken down by bacteria.
The solution was to perform the cow equivalent of organ donation, and get ‘rumen juice’ from a dead cow. This worked, and the cow is now healthy and happy and a once more a valuable and valued member of Rob’s herd.
Tara runs the Caravan park in Kangaroo Valley, and has a small menagerie of pets including a small horse, goats and some alpacas.
Ticks are a problem in the valley, and when Chewie the alpaca goes down ill, the immediate suspicion is tick bite. Unfortunately, the only antidote is for dogs, but the decision is made to give the alpaca a dose anyway because they had little to lose – Chewie was dying in front of their eyes. To make matters worse, Tara, is convinced Chewie may be pregnant.
The treatment works, and within 24 hours Chewie is back up and running around like a healthy alpaca should. It won’t be confirmed for a few more weeks whether she is carrying a cria – a baby alpaca.
Schnoodle Pupp Diddi’s owners think he may have been bitten by a black snake, but a blood tests soon confirm he’s fine. Much relief all round!