Dr Anthony Bennett and Dr James Carroll of Village Vets Australia, talk about the fourth episode of series 2.
We call this the wedding episode because, you guessed it, there’s a wedding!! Anthony and Sidney’s wedding to be exact – but a good wedding always brings out the nostalgic side in us all when we gather with good friends and family. It’s a once in a lifetime experience so if you can’t enjoy your wedding day there must be something wrong!
We meet a cat named Max in this episode, who has a problem peeing. It turns out he has a penis blockage, which is relatively common in male cats, but as the problem is recurrent and life threatening we need to use a radical solution. It’s determined the best option for Max is to remove the penis altogether, a dramatic step and a delicate and challenging surgery.
We can report Max is peeing happily now. While talk of this procedure makes a lot of human males cross their legs, it was necessary to give Max a chance at a long and healthy life and was the last resort at the end of a long medical process. We have to remember not to anthropomorphise; for Max, a castrated family pet, losing his penis rid him of potentially life-threatening condition, and he won’t even notice it’s gone.
We also explore what can only be described as every pet owner’s nightmare – running over your own dog. Little Benny the poodle-cross suffered significant leg and pelvis injuries after his owner Sandy accidentally hit him in the driveway. Fortunately, Benny’s internal organs weren’t damaged.
Benny ends up losing a leg and has major pelvic reconstructive surgery, but he remains a much loved family pet with plenty of years left in him. We’ve always maintained dogs are a 3 legged animal with a spare leg – and Benny proves just that!
Anthony & James
Wedding Photography by Grant Beed