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Benji the Dog

Preschool series about animal health. Ferne meets a dog that needs to have its dew claws removed. Rory joins a vet at a safari park to examine a tiger.


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Hiya. I'm Ferne.

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I'm in Kent to meet Lulu and her dog, Benji,

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and I hear Benji is going to see the vet.

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This is going to be interesting.

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And I'm Rory. I'm here at a safari park in Stirling

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to see how the vet here keeps all the animals fit and healthy.

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# Ferne and Rory telling you the story of some poorly pets

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# We will take them Show you how to make them

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# Better at the vet's

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# Vet Tales

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# These are our Vet Tales

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# Vet Tales. #

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Hi, I'm Lulu and this is my dog, Benji.

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He's so beautiful,

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and really fluffy.

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Benji's nine months old and he loves to play.

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These are my brothers, Joel and Daniel.

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They like playing with Benji, too.

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I love giving Benji lots of cuddles.

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-Hi, Ferne!

-Hiya, Lulu. And you must be Daniel and Joel and Isabel.

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-ALL:

-Hi, Ferne!

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-Do you want to come and see Benji?

-I would love to.

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-Hi, Benji.

-Aw.

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Hello, Benji.

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Oh, he's gorgeous. What type of dog is he, Lulu?

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Benji's a cockapoo.

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Oh, he's fantastic, and I love his curly soft hair.

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A cockapoo means a cross between a spaniel and a poodle,

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and because he's part poodle, that's why he has his curly fur.

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Those are both fantastic dogs

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and you can see his spaniel ears, can't you?

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He fur's a bit like a teddy bear.

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He's definitely like a teddy bear. He's beautiful.

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Lulu, I hear that Benji needs to go to the vet today.

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-Why is that?

-He has two extra dewclaws.

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Oh, I can see here.

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The dewclaw is like an extra toe, isn't it,

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that some dogs can get.

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It's important that Benji's dewclaws are checked by the vet

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in case they get caught on something and they can hurt his legs.

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-Are you ready, Benji?

-Come on, Benji. Let's go.

-Let's go.

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Good boy.

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This is vet Kylie.

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She has been a vet for nine years.

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She once hand-reared a baby monkey in South Africa

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and has helped look after an orphaned deer.

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Good boy.

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There we go.

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-Hi, would you like to bring Benji through?

-Yes, please.

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Come on, Benji.

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-Hi, Kylie.

-Hi, Lulu.

-Hello, Kylie.

-Hi, Ferne.

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-Hello, Benji.

-Here he is.

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-Today we're having a look at his extra dewclaws, aren't we?

-Yes.

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-Yeah.

-He's got dewclaws on his front, which is normal,

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but he's also got some extra claws on his back.

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The front dewclaws have a purpose.

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When they're holding things like bones or their toys,

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they help grip them and chew them.

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But the dewclaws on the back aren't very useful.

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These often stick out and when he's running or playing

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they can get caught on things and hurt him.

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How are we going to remove them?

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In surgery, he's going to be asleep under an anaesthetic.

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Anaesthetic is a medicine that will put him to sleep for a bit.

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Yeah, it's just makes him sleep so he won't feel anything going on.

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What do you need to do to make sure he's OK for surgery?

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We give him a health check.

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Let's check his teeth. His gums are nice and pink.

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We'll listen to his heart now.

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What are you listening for with his heart?

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We're listening to make sure it's going at a normal rate,

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in a normal rhythm.

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Benji sounds absolutely fine. Do you want to have a listen?

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-What does it sound like?

-It's making like, "Ba-boom. Ba-boom."

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And that's good, that's normal.

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-Great, he's got a good, strong heart.

-Yes.

-Fantastic.

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We'll weigh Benji now so we know how much medicine to give him.

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-Come on, Benji.

-Come on, Benj.

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Benji weighs...

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nine...

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-9.7.

-He's 9.7, is that a good weight for a male cockapoo?

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Yeah, he's perfect weight.

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-There you go.

-Benji's going to have some bandages on at the end.

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It's time for Lulu to choose those bandages.

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I like these ones.

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These two. Perfect.

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Sheep and tractors.

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You are going to look so cool.

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Good luck, Benji, be a brave boy.

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I think he's going to be very brave.

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A dewclaw grows higher up on the paw than the rest of the toenails.

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Most dogs have dewclaws, especially on their front paws,

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and do not need to have theirs removed.

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But sometimes the dewclaw on the back legs can cause issues

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if they catch on things.

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So the best thing to do is get advice from the vet about them.

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Benji is just getting his general anaesthetic

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and this will put him to sleep.

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This is Harriet, one of the veterinary nurses.

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She's going to help Kylie and monitor Benji

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-throughout the operation.

-We're just attaching him to

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the anaesthetic machine now. This provides him with oxygen

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and anaesthetic gas to keep him asleep.

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Harriet is clipping the fur round his dewclaws

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so that Kylie can see it when she takes them out.

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His dewclaws are quite long.

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All his nice curly fur was really good at hiding them.

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Yeah, you can see how much it sticks out now.

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You can definitely see it could easily get caught on something.

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Well done, Benji.

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Before Kylie begins surgery,

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Harriet cleans Benji's legs to make sure there are no bugs or

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bacteria around to make him ill. That is why we are wearing

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these masks, hats, gloves and scrubs.

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-We need to make sure the whole area is clean.

-There's his dewclaw.

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Kylie just has to cut around the whole dewclaw

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to make sure that she removes all of it.

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Do you think it will take him a while to recover, Kylie?

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He should be back to his normal self in a week or so.

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Is there any risk of his dewclaw ever growing back?

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No, they won't grow back once we've removed them.

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And that's his dewclaw.

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Now the dewclaw's off, I've just got to stitch up the skin.

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Kylie stitches up Benji's leg so it will heal nicely.

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Well done, Benji. Next foot.

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Kylie does exactly the same with Benji's other dewclaw,

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before stitching it up. I think Benji is doing fantastically

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and Lulu will definitely be proud of him. Now he's all stitched up,

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-what happens?

-Harriet's going to clean it all up

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and then he can have his bandage on. Almost there, Benji.

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I'm leaving his paw out so he can still walk normally

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-and not get the bandage dirty.

-And he will have these bandages on

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-for a few days before you check up on him.

-Yeah, we'll see him

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in a couple of days, take the bandage off, have a look

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and make sure it's healing OK. It's time for the tractors.

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These lovely colourful bandages will stop Benji from biting his stitches

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-and help them heal a bit faster.

-There we go.

-Well done.

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Now Benji's operation is over,

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Harriet stops using the anaesthetic gas so he can slowly come round.

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While Benji wakes up,

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let's see what else has been happening at the vet's today.

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Chris' bulldog, The Governor, has been brought in

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so the vet can look at an abscess on his foot.

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John has brought in his pointer, Ash, to have treatment

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using these tiny needles called acupuncture.

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He comes every three weeks and has his acupuncture

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and you're as fit as a fiddle now, aren't you, mate?

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And these tiny puppies have been born at the vet's.

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Aren't they adorable?

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-Here's Benji.

-Benji!

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-Here he is.

-Benji!

-Aw!

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Aw, look at your little bandages!

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He was very, very brave.

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-Thank you so much, Kylie.

-Thank you, Kylie.

-You're welcome.

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Lulu, it has been so wonderful meeting you and Benji,

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do you think I could come back soon to see you all

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-and check how Benji's getting on?

-Yes, please, Ferne, we would all

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-love that, especially Benji.

-So would I. Thank you.

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While we give this fluffy superstar some more cuddles,

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let's see what Rory's up to.

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HORN TOOTS

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This safari park near Stirling is home to some fantastic animals.

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And today I'm very lucky,

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as I'm being allowed to get close to a very big cat.

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This is Paddy, a vet here at the safari park.

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-Now, Paddy, who's in here?

-We're here to see Bella

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-and her keeper, Craig.

-Awesome, can't wait.

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-RORY GASPS

-Wow!

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-She is gorgeous, just look at her. Hi, Craig.

-Hiya.

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Bella is an Amur or Siberian tiger and they are the heaviest

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and largest cat in the world.

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They can weigh the same as three fully grown men.

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Paddy, what are you checking Bella for today?

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Today, Rory, we're looking at her body condition

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to make sure that she is the right weight.

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I can't wait to see this in action. Tigers can be very

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dangerous, so Bella has been brought into this cage so Paddy can check

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her over. OK, so what are you looking for here, Paddy?

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When she faces us, we can get an idea of any problems with the eyes

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and also her teeth, to make sure they're looking healthy and

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generally her body condition, to make sure her weight is as it should

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-be, because we provide food for her.

-That's very important.

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How is the weight looking, is it on the scales there?

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The weight's looking fine. She's just around the 100 kilo mark.

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Craig, I can see these yellow lines. What's that about?

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This is a safety zone. When the tigers are around, we make sure that

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unless the person working with the tiger is rewarding,

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-like I am, everyone else stays behind the yellow lines.

-Okey doke.

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Is everything sorted here? Paddy, have we got to move

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-onto the next stage?

-Absolutely, she looks fine.

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We're going to take her out of the cage and put her into her pen.

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-Right, can't wait to see that. Shall we get going?

-Yeah.

-Cool.

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What are you looking for here, Paddy?

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The health of the underside of her paws, particularly the pads,

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looking for any problems, any cuts, any grazes, any swellings.

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The pads are the parts off her feet that she touches the ground with,

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-she's walking on them.

-Yeah, the pads are firm and hard and protect

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her from thorns and anything sharp on the ground, but they are

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-susceptible to problems if she steps on something sharp.

-What are you

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-testing there?

-Testing for any tenderness, any problems that might

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-be just underneath the pads.

-Okey doke. Are they looking good?

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-They're looking fine, looking great.

-Pretty impressive.

-Very impressive.

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-Are you happy with everything?

-Everything looks great, no concerns

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and I think we're done for the day. Would you like to give Bella

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-her last treat?

-Absolutely.

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-There you go, good girl.

-HE GASPS

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Bella, you have been an amazing patient.

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Craig, Paddy, thank you so much for letting me

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-see this awesome animal up close.

-No problem.

-No worries.

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Not long ago I met Lulu, her family and gorgeous little Benji,

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who had his dewclaws removed. Now I'm back to see how he's getting

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on after his visit to the vet.

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-Hi, Ferne.

-Hiya, Isabel.

-Come on in.

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Thank you.

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-Hiya, Lulu.

-Hi, Ferne.

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-Hello, Benji.

-He's been doing really well after his operation.

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-He's been getting much better.

-Shall we check out his feet?

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Yes. Let's do it, Benji. There.

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Oh, yes, you can see one there. Wow.

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And when the scabs come off, it will all be better.

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It's looking nice, it's looking clean.

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-Has he been licking it a little bit?

-A little bit sometimes

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but he's mainly been very good about it.

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I'm so pleased to see his leg is healing

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-and he's getting back to his bouncy self.

-Good boy.

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THEY LAUGH

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Lulu, I've had a wonderful time meeting all of you

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and beautiful little Benji here.

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Thank you so much for coming to see us.

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I hope you've enjoyed finding out all about Benji, too.

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See you next time for more Ferne And Rory's Vet Tales.

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-Bye!

-Goodbye!

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# Ferne and Rory telling you the story of some poorly pets

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# We will take them Show you how to make them

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# Better at the vet's

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# Vet Tales

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# These are our Vet Tales

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# Vet Tales

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# Ferne And Rory's Vet Tales. #

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Ferne meets Lulu and her pet dog Benji and together they head off to the vets to have Benji's dew claws removed. Meanwhile, Rory travels to a safari park to join Paddy the vet to examine one of the tigers.