Emily and Melody the Rats Ferne and Rory's Vet Tales


Emily and Melody the Rats

Preschool series about animal health. Ferne meets a family taking their pet rats to the vet. Rory visits a zoo vet to check on a giant tortoise.


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Hiya, I'm Ferne. Today, I'm in Gloucestershire to meet

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Alyssa and Chloe and their beautiful pet rats, who I hear need

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a little trip to the vet's.

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And I'm Rory and I'm here at a zoo in Bristol to see

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how the vets here keep an eye on lots of different animals.

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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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Hello, I'm Alyssa and this is my pet rat, Melody.

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Hello, I'm called Chloe and this is my pet rat called Emily.

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Emily and Melody are sisters.

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-Emily is white.

-And Melody has a grey stripe down her back.

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-They are really friendly.

-They like to climb all over us.

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This is their cage. They sleep in the hammock.

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Emily is the cheeky one. She loves to explore.

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We love our pet rats so much.

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-Hi, Ferne.

-Hi, Ferne.

-Hi, Chloe. Hi, Alyssa. And you must be Louise.

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-Hi.

-Hi, Ferne.

-Would you like to come see the rats?

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I would love to, yes, please. I love rats.

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-Wow, so the rats live in the your room, Alyssa.

-Yeah.

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Hello! And I love their cosy, snuggly bedding. They are beautiful.

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-Can we get them out?

-Yeah.

-These rats are gorgeous.

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What type of rats are they?

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They're Rexes. They're one and a half year old.

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-Are they fun?

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

-Because rats are very smart, aren't they?

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-We'll show you.

-Oh, yes, please. Would you like me to hold Emily?

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Yes, please. Look, they're watching. Oh, they know.

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-Is this a special obstacle course for them?

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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Well done, Emily. Up here, up here.

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Let's see how your sister does. Yes!

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So, girls, why do the rats need to go to the vet?

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Because Melody's sneezing at night.

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Emily needs to get weighed because she's a bit chubby.

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-Is she?

-Yeah.

-Does Emily love her food?

-Yeah.

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-There's something special about the vet, isn't there?

-He's our daddy.

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-That is fantastic.

-Would you like to come with us, Ferne?

-Yes, please.

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Are you ready, girls? Let's go.

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This is vet Martin. He's giving this sleepy cat a check over.

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Martin has treated many different animals from goldfish to skunks

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and has two dogs of his own at home.

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-Melody? Emily?

-BOTH:

-Hi, Daddy.

-Hi, girls. Are you coming through?

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-Hi, Martin.

-Hi, Ferne.

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-So, what's first for the rats today?

-We're going to have an exam.

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-So, should we start with Melody?

-Yeah.

-Yes.

-OK. Come on, Melody.

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So, the first thing I'm going to do is going to weigh her. Here we go.

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-So, what's the ideal weight for a rat?

-Under 300, and she's 320.

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So she's a little bit overweight. OK.

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-When does she sneeze the most, Alyssa?

-Mostly at night.

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-Mostly at night. I agree.

-And why do you think that is?

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She could be sneezing because she has a little infection

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or inflammation of her airways.

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-I'm going to have a look at her nose. Do you see any snot?

-No.

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No. Eyes are clear. Let's have a quick listen to that chest.

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What would it sound like if there was something in her chest?

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Some crackles and wheezes. The good news is her chest is clear.

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She looks in good condition.

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-Shall we have a look at Emily now?

-So we need to weigh Emily.

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We'll do the same again.

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Cos we think she could be a little bit chubby.

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Emily's actually a smaller rat but she weighs nearly the same.

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So she could also do with some weight loss. OK. Does Emily sneeze?

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-No.

-No, we've not heard her sneeze, have we? Do you want to listen?

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-Yeah.

-Yeah.

-EMILY'S HEART BEATS

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-How does it sound?

-It's like, d-d-d-d.

-That's right.

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She's really clean. Nose is clean, nose is clear.

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-How are both rats doing, Martin?

-They're both doing well,

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but they both need to lose a bit of weight.

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-How are you going to do that with rats?

-What do you think?

-Less food?

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-A little less food.

-Exercise.

-And what else?

-Treats.

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Treats. So, I think we need to do a little less treats.

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The other problem was sneezing.

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I just need to make sure there's nothing inside the chest.

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I'm going to take a picture of her chest. I'm going to take an X-ray.

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Before Martin can take the X-ray, Melody is given an

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anaesthetic gas through a tube, which makes her fall asleep.

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Martin can then take the X-ray photograph

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while Melody is nice and still.

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And Melody doesn't feel anything at all.

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Once Melody wakes up, she goes back with Emily

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and Martin can have a look at the X-ray on his computer.

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-Martin, how's her X-ray looking?

-It's looking really good.

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Here we have her breastbone. That's her heart and on

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the edges we've got these black bits and that's her lungs.

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-So, how are her lungs looking?

-They're looking good.

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All black and there's no fluffy bits.

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We're looking for fluffy bits in the black areas

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which would tell me there's infection.

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-It wouldn't be as black, as clear as it is now.

-OK, fantastic.

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It's awesome that you get to see the inside of a rat.

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-They're really cool.

-So, it looks as though Melody has allergies.

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Just like us, animals can have allergies, too.

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The allergies can make them sneeze, have a runny nose

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or even get itchy skin or a rash.

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They can be allergic to all different things, like grass,

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pollen, or milk.

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In some cases, the vet can give a special inhaler to help them.

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What could Melody be allergic to?

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She could be allergic to her bedding or to shampoo in your hair

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when she goes into your hair, or to the washing powder

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-that we wash our clothes in.

-Wow, so lots of different things.

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So then, how do we help her?

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One of the things we can do is change the bedding.

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-What do we use for bedding at the moment?

-Ripped-up pieces of paper.

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Ripped-up pieces of paper, and sometimes it can be a bit...

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-Dusty.

-So we need to find something less dusty.

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Make sure that your windows on your bedroom are open

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a little bit just so they can get nice, what kind of air?

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-Some nice, fresh air.

-Yeah, well done. Well, that sounds great.

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So hopefully if you do all of that, Melody will stop sneezing.

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-Let's hope so.

-The rats have done so well.

-Yeah.

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While these rats get some well-deserved cuddles,

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

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There were a lot of visitors at the vet's today.

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Dewey the dwarf rabbit was in to have her nails clipped...

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..while George the cat was having some teeth removed.

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Lily the pug dog needed a contact lens fitted to her eye

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as a patch to help it heal.

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And Jesse the budgie had to be given some medicine to stop him

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losing his feathers.

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Emily and Melody have done so well.

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-They're almost back to their wriggly selves, aren't they, girls?

-Yeah.

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-They've been really brave.

-Yes, they have. They've been wonderful.

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It has been really great meeting you both and your gorgeous rats.

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Would it be all right if I came back soon to see how they're getting on?

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-That would be great.

-Thank you very much.

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While we give these brave little rats some rest,

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let's see what Rory's up to.

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The zoo has lots of different animals, and today I'm joining

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head vet Michelle as she visits a few of them

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to see how they're getting on.

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This way.

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-Hi, Michelle. Hi, Lauren. BOTH:

-Hi, Rory.

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So, who are we going to see and why?

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We're checking on one of our patients, Darcy. Darcy's a capybara.

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She lives with the tapirs, but it's the smaller animal

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that we're looking for. She hasn't been well lately.

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She wasn't eating well and her breathing wasn't good.

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She's been on some medication. I'm here to find out how she is today.

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Capybaras are the largest rodents in the world

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and they're found in South America, as are the tapirs here, as well.

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-Michelle, how's it looking?

-She's looking good.

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I'm pleased with her progress.

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She's regained her appetite. Her breathing seems normal,

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so I'm happy that she can finish the medication that she's on.

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Marvellous. Where to next?

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We've got a seal to go and look at now, Rory.

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Oh, wow. Let's get moving.

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Topper the fur seal has a sore flipper, so Michelle wants to see

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if it's getting better.

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-Hi, Miko.

-Hi, Rory.

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Miko looks after the fur seals here. How many do you have?

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We have five males and one of them needs a closer checkup.

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So, Michelle, would you want to come with me?

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Come on.

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-Wow.

-Can I have the flipper, please?

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-That...

-Yeah, it looks clean. And it's not bothering him?

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I haven't seen any sign of pain or anything like it.

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He moves all right with it. He's swimming, he's running.

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-How's it looking, Michelle?

-Really nice and clean. It's not infected.

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They're in salt water, which is really good for wounds,

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-so it should heal fine.

-And what a good seal, I'm very impressed, Miko.

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-Thank you.

-Next, we're off to meet Alan, a Meller's duck

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with a sore foot.

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-We put a bandage on last week.

-OK.

-She's had some painkillers

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to make her feel more comfortable.

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Now, we want to look at how it's doing under the bandage.

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So you can see, this was the area that was a little bit

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-sore and swollen.

-OK.

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-It's not looking too bad. It is still a little bit swollen.

-OK.

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So this duck's been having some medicine to help it feel better.

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Right, well, looks like it's working.

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Yeah, we can try without the bandage.

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-That's fine. She'll love that.

-Where to next, Michelle?

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We have a giant tortoise next, the last patient of the day.

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Tropical, exciting! Let's go.

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-Wow, Michelle, so who do we have here?

-This is Terrance.

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I've come to look at this area on his shell, so he's got a little

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crack here. You can see there's some underlying bone there,

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but the good news is that it doesn't look infected

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and it looks like an old injury that's not getting any worse,

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so I don't think we'll need to do anything about that.

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-Okey doke.

-Having a look at his eyes and his nose. That looks fine.

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So I'm just checking for any abnormal lumps or bumps.

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-I think he's doing well.

-That's great.

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Michelle, thank you for taking us round your

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-vet checks today.

-You're welcome.

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Not long ago, I met Chloe and Alyssa and their beautiful pet rats,

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Melody and Emily. Now, I'm back to see how they're getting on

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since their visit to the vet. Come on!

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-Hi, Ferne.

-Hi, Ferne.

-Hello, girls. Hi, Louise.

-Hi.

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-Hello, Emily. Hi, Melody.

-We've got something to show you, Ferne.

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-Come on.

-Oh, yes! This is exciting. I can't wait to see what it is.

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-This is the rats' new play area.

-This is fantastic.

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I can't believe how big it is. Look at all those colours!

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We've also got a tube going down to a cage underneath my treehouse.

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-Wow, so they've all of this space.

-Yeah.

-That is brilliant.

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-Do the rats love it?

-Yeah.

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It's perfect for all of their exercise. Shall we put them in?

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-Yeah.

-Yeah.

-OK. Go on, girls.

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-They love playing in there.

-You having an explore, Emily?

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CHLOE HUMS

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How have the rats been since their visit to the vet?

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Well, they lost a bit of weight because they've been

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running around in here and we've given them less treats.

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-That's important, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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And what about Melody's sneezing, Alyssa?

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We changed her bedding but she's still sneezing.

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-Daddy said she might need an inhaler.

-Perfect.

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An inhaler is something that will help Melody

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breathe a little bit easier. Humans can use inhalers, too.

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Oh, they're so wonderful, girls.

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I've had an amazing time meeting you and your beautiful,

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-clever little rats.

-Thank you for coming, Ferne.

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I hope you've enjoyed seeing the rats, too.

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

-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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Ferne visits Alyssa and Chloe and their pet rats, Melody and Emily. Melody keeps sneezing and Emily is a little overweight, so they head off to see the vet. Rory joins vet Michelle at a zoo as she checks up on a few of their animals, including a giant tortoise.


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