Find out more about all the beautiful pets and animals featured in Episode 5 of Village Vets Australia.
Jazz the foal has a small hernia on her stomach, which isn’t upsetting her but has the chance to weaken further and cause big problems as she gets older.
Surgery is the only option, so the vets opt to perform the surgery in an open field, and insist Jazz’s mother accompany her to keep her quiet and comfortable. This is good for the mother and the fial, as they’d both fret if separated for too long.
The surgery stitches the hernia back together and ensures the stomach muscles are strong, but the most concerning part is when the horse comes out of anaesthetic. Jazz is very disoriented, even with mum there and he calmingvoices of the vets, and takes a while to settle.
Nick was a successful body builder in South Africa, but he really always wanted to own a zoo. At 27 he retired from sport, and went looking for a zoo to buy – and found one in Nowra on the NSW South Coast.
He’s had the zoo for about ten years, and has broadened its scope from a native wildlife park to displaying exotics as well.
The little joey the vets work on was handraised after it’s mother was killed by car. Its owners felt it would never survive in the wild because it was too domesticated, so they surrendered it to the zoo. The roo didn’t have too much wrong with it other than broken baby teeth after it had jumped into a railing, so the vets removed the broken teeth.
John and Margot are classic tree-changers – a city couple who’ve moved to the country to be amongst a bit of land, with some animals around them. Their two bulls, Frank and Charlie, are excellent lawn mowers, and very tame.
It’s been decided the bulls need their horns clipped because they keep catching them and cutting themselves and Margot, and as is the way with most bulls, get rings in their nose to make moving them around easier. (If you’ve ever tried to move a bull you’ll know it’s a lot easier to pull him by the nose than push him by the backside!!)
It’s a very simple procedure, but we learn Margot hates the sight of blood, even though she was once nurse!
Teal the old Spaniel
Teal has rocked up to the clinic with a sore throat and ‘something not quite right’ – but dogs being dogs, there could be anything wrong and there’s no way of her telling James.
Teal is a much loved family member of Louise and Anthony – and judging by this shot of her at the Leaning Tower of Pisa she’s one well travelled dog!
But Teal is getting old, and it seems she has something wrong in her throat, which could be an injury, or even cancer. A battery of tests eventually, and thankfully for Louise and Anthony, rules out cancer – but the big questions still remains – what’s wrong with Teal . It turns out she probably swallowed a foreign body like a grass seed or a stick, and this has lodged in her throat causing an infection – and has now dislodged.