Dr Anthony Bennett and Dr James Carroll of Village Vets Australia, talk about the fifth episode of series 2.
It’s almost impossible to imagine life without an animal. When they come into your life the whole family adjusts and suddenly you can’t imagine a time without them! Then they start to define your life … you become ‘that lady with the horse’, or ‘that family with the labrador’, or ‘that guy with the cats’.
Your pets become a great source of joy, concern, and satisfaction. They become a conversation starter, a reason to post a photo on Facebook, a reason to visit the park, a reason to go for a walk, a reason to be happy, and sometimes a reason to be sad.
In Episode 5 we meet Rhonda and her boxer Hazel, and Hazel has something weird going on – she wants to constantly spin to the left. It’s a concern for Rhonda to see Hazel like that, and she was right to bring her in to see the vet, and not dismiss Hazel’s “left-turnism” as a quirk of old age or similar. It turns out poor Hazel probably had quite a severe inflammation of the brain, and needed medication. Apart from turning left all the time, she was probably in a great deal of pain.
We also meet owners who evidently have decided animals are the among the most significant relationships in their lives. Roger and his dog Menzies is so touching on many levels – not the least that Roger has to make the decision to put Menzies down. The sound of bagpipes in Kangaroo Valley will always be linked to Roger and his collies.
Michelle makes a brave decision to allow a very risky operation on her horse Blossom, just so she can give it a better quality of life, and allow herself a few extra years with Blossom.
And finally we meet Nick, owner of Shoalhaven Zoo. Nick is an amazing character – he’ll tell you that he always dreamed he’d own a zoo since he was a young boy – and you can see by the care he takes with his animals, and the joy he gets from his animals, that his dream came true. For us, zoo animals, or exotics, are a great vet challenge – it’s not every day we get pee’d on by monkeys!!!
Anthony & James