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Smartie the Pony

Preschool series about animal health. Rory visits a family whose pet pony is being sent for a special swim. Ferne meets vet Amanda as she examines a coati.


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Hi, I'm Rory. Today I'm in Yorkshire in England

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to meet Matilda and Millicent, who have a pony

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that needs to go to the vet's. And we can come too.

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And I'm Ferne. I'm at a zoo in London to find out how the vets

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are caring for some of their clever creatures.

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# Ferne and Rory, telling you the story

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# 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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Hi, I'm Millicent.

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Hi, I'm Matilda.

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-BOTH:

-And this is our pony, Smartie.

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We've had her since we were little.

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She's very gentle and we love brushing her chest and her coat.

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We look after her every day.

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She is our best friend and we love her.

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-Hi, Matilda, hi, Millicent.

-Hi, Rory.

-Hi, Rory.

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-And you must be Mum Emma, hello.

-Hi.

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-Do you want to see our pony, Smartie?

-I'd love to.

-This way.

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-See you.

-Bye!

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Oh, wow!

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-Hi, Smartie! Can I give her a pat?

-Yeah.

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Oh, she is gorgeous!

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So tell me, Millicent, she is not the youngest pony in the world?

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-How old is she?

-23 and a half.

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-She's older than both of you put together?

-Yeah.

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Given she's a bit older, is she in good health?

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-She's good for her age but she's got arthritis.

-Poor Smartie.

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Arthritis can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in joints

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like knuckles and knees.

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It can affect animals and humans.

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Medicine usually helps to reduce pain and swelling, though.

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It's also important that she gets regular checkups at the vet.

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-Isn't that right, Millicent?

-Yeah.

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-We're taking Smartie for a checkup, do you want to come?

-I'd love to.

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Let's get ready, come on.

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This is vet Ben.

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He mainly looks after horses and ponies.

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Once Ben had to help a horse who got his head stuck in a tyre

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and vaccinated another horse who lived with dairy cows.

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-Hi, Ben!

-Hello!

-Hello!

-How are you getting on?

-Good.

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What will you check with Smartie?

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The first thing is to ask these two how she's getting on.

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-She's been good.

-OK when you've been riding her?

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Yes, tiny bit stiff.

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But otherwise OK and doing everything that

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-she and you want to do?

-Yes.

-That's grand.

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We'll look and see how she's got on last time, check her over and

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see her walking and trotting, see how she's moving.

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-Hello, Smartie. Is she getting her tablets OK?

-Trying to avoid them.

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You've got a way of getting her to have her tablets?

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-We mix it in with her dinner.

-That makes it OK?

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-Yes.

-That's good.

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What are you feeling for down there?

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Checking the joints. We're worried about stiffness.

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Sometimes if joints are under stress and a bit arthritic,

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they produce extra fluid to try and ease them.

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-Feeling it gives you a good idea.

-Does that look swollen?

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-No, not too bad. She had the farrier out since last time?

-Yes.

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So she's had her feet trimmed. They look nice and neat.

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-What does the farrier do?

-It cleans Smartie's feet.

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That's right! A farrier looks after a horse or pony's feet.

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What are you looking for in the back legs?

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Just to see. Last time, she was very sore when we bent her legs.

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We're checking and seeing those this time.

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-How's she feeling today?

-OK today.

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How can you tell if she's sore? Will she resist you or kick back?

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She tries to resist or she's a bit uncomfortable, but

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that was as it was last time. We should look at her in the paddock.

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Let's get out to the paddock, then. Here we go. Come on, Smartie.

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Arthritis is a medical condition that causes the swelling

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of joints like the knee.

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It can become painful and sore when trying to move the joint.

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Medicine is sometimes used to help.

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Making sure your pet has a balance of rest and exercise

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is really important.

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Whoa.

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So, could you lead her away for me in walk, have a turn and then

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have a few strides and trot back?

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-OK.

-OK? Thank you.

-OK.

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What are you watching for, Ben?

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Just assessing how she moves.

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Because she's got some arthritis, we're checking to see

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how her stiffness is.

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We look for the length of stride and whether there's any

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unlevelness to show that she might be lame.

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But she's walking OK, a bit stiff behind, so I think some

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of her arthritis is still holding her back a bit

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and I think she could do with encouraging those back legs

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to bend and use themselves a bit more.

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What would you recommend to improve it?

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Nice, consistent riding by these two,

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regular exercise is good but something that might be useful

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-is hydrotherapy, a bit of swimming.

-Great.

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-We can do that, can't we?

-Yes.

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Hydrotherapy is a bit of movement and exercise in water.

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-Shall we get Smartie ready for a dip in the pool?

-Yes.

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While we do that, let's see who else Ben's been helping today.

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While vet Ben was at the stables, there were other horses that

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needed checks, too.

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Cam the grey gelding had his teeth checked to make sure they

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were clean and healthy.

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And Ben checked Mickey, a bay gelding, to make sure his

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eyes were clear and that he could see OK.

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It's time for Smartie to have some hydrotherapy.

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We've come to the special pool where horses and ponies get treatment.

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I can't wait to see how Smartie gets on.

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-Hi, Gail.

-Hello, everybody. Welcome to the hydrotherapy pool.

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Gail is the hydrotherapist.

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Stuart and Becky are getting Smartie ready for her swim.

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I'll be looking to make sure that she's using all her legs evenly

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and correctly and that she's breathing properly,

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and the swimming process should help her mobility, her sore feet,

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and help her feel better.

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Will it be painful for Smartie when she's in the water or will it be OK?

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Not at all. Hopefully she will enjoy the experience.

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-You, ready guys?

-Yeah.

-Yes.

-Let's get ready.

-See you later.

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-Is this going to be good, guys?

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

-I think so, too.

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Off you go, Smartie.

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-There she goes, she's off!

-She's away.

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SNORT!

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Oh.

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-It's impressive.

-Well done.

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Good girl, Smartie.

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Come on, Smartie, doing well!

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She's had two laps, she's going to go back in and go round

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the other way now, I think.

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-How do you think she's doing, guys? BOTH:

-Really well.

-Yeah?

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Come on, you're doing great.

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Look at her legs go.

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What's she doing with her head?

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-Keeping it up high so she can breathe properly.

-Exactly.

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How does her breathing sound?

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SNORT! Excellent work!

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Well done, Smartie.

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SNORT! SNORT!

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She's heading out now, she looks quite tired.

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She's done so well, four laps in total.

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-I think this is going to be really good for her, don't you?

-Yeah.

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After a nice rubdown, Smartie gets to go in the solarium

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where these warm lights will heat her up.

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So, Gail, how did Smartie do?

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Really well, you should be very proud of her.

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I think her swimming lessons will help her sore feet

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-and she deserves a gold star.

-Brilliant, what did you guys think?

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-She did really well and very fast.

-Yeah.

-Yeah?

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-Oh, Gail, thank you very much for that.

-Our pleasure.

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Matilda and Millicent, I've had an amazing time meeting you guys

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and seeing this lady swimming as well.

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I'd like to come back soon and see how you're getting on, is that OK?

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-Definitely.

-Fantastic. Now, I wonder what Ferne's been up to?

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BEEP! BEEP!

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Today, I'm at a zoo in London where a team of vets help to care

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for lots of different animals.

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I'm here to meet vet Amanda,

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who's going to introduce me to one of them.

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Let's go.

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-Hi, Amanda, hi, Veronica!

-Hi.

-So who have we got here?

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This is Jimmy, one of our coatis, he's one of our older animals.

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-How old is he?

-Around 11 years old.

-Wow.

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-Something like that.

-That's quite old for a coati, isn't it?

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They can live to be 15 so he's getting to the upper end

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of his age range.

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-What type of coati is he?

-Ring-tailed coati.

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Coatis are from Central and South America, where they live

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mainly in the forests and spend a lot of the time in their trees.

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Why do we need to check Jimmy today?

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We're going to do an overall health check on Jimmy today.

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Because he's older, we monitor his health closely.

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Also, he recently had a scratch on his eye

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-so we want to make sure that that's completely healed.

-Oh, OK.

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What are you listening for with his heart?

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We listen to their heart to make sure the rate and rhythm is normal,

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then to the lungs to make sure they sound nice and clear.

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Like when you go to the doctor, they listen to your heart and lungs.

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-He doesn't have any heart problems?

-His heart sounds good.

-Fantastic.

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We check everything, make sure he doesn't have any scratches or

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scrapes and check his ears. He's distracted by the jam today!

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-He's doing a good job!

-What are you looking for in his ears?

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To be sure they're nice and clean, there's not a lot of waxy debris

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and no scratches or anything that would indicate an ear infection.

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-I think he's getting a clean bill of coati health.

-He looks wonderful.

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-What about his weight?

-He's one of our smaller animals.

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He's 3.5 kilos and they can get up to five kilos.

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We monitor the body weight and condition of our animals very

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closely because we want them to be a healthy body weight

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because, just like people when they're overweight,

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they can be prone to diabetes and other problems.

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Jimmy weighs 3.8kg today which is a good weight for him.

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-Well done, Jimmy.

-I'm just having a look in his eyes.

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Previously when he had the scratch in his eye, it was cloudy

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because the eye was irritated.

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I can tell the cloudiness has gone away because that eye has healed.

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It looks really good.

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It's great that this little coati has a clean bill of health.

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Veronica and Amanda, thank you for letting me

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see how you keep coatis like Jimmy healthy. It's been really fun.

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You're welcome, thank you for coming to see Jimmy.

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Recently, I met sisters Matilda and Millicent and their pony,

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Smartie, who'd been having hydrotherapy sessions.

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I'm back now to see how they're all getting on.

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Hey, guys.

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-ALL:

-Hi, Rory!

-You're all looking well.

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-How's Smartie been?

-She's a lot better.

-That's brilliant.

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-So the hydrotherapy's worked well?

-Really helped.

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Have you been riding her like vet Ben asked you to?

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We've been cantering, jumping and trotting.

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-She's moving well when you guys are on her?

-Yes.

-Brilliant.

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Millicent, are you ready to take her for a ride now?

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-Yeah.

-Let's see her in action.

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Come on, then, Smarts.

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Off she goes, let's see how she's moving around.

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-She's trotting well, isn't she?

-Yes.

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And is that how she's been?

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She was stiffer before she went to the hydrotherapy centre.

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-This has helped.

-Yeah.

-Are you going to have a shot now, Matilda?

-Yeah.

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Let go...

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Wow, Smartie's even doing small jumps!

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-Brilliant, well done! Guys, hasn't she done well?

-Yeah.

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I think that hydrotherapy is definitely helping, don't you?

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-Definitely.

-Yeah.

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Thanks for joining us and finding out all about

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this lovely pony, Smartie.

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See you next time for more Ferne and Rory's Vet Tales!

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ALL: Bye!

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# Ferne and Rory, telling you the story

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# 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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Rory visits Mathilda and Millicent and their pony Smartie. Smartie is getting a check-up from the vet before heading off for a special swim. Meanwhile, Ferne travels to a zoo to meet Amanda the vet as she examines a coati called Jimmy.