Holly the Dog Ferne and Rory's Vet Tales


Holly the Dog

Preschool series about animal health. Rory visits a large dog who is attending weight-loss classes. Ferne visits a zoo to see how the vet keeps tabs on the meerkats.


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Hi, I'm Rory.

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Today I am in Manchester, in England,

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to meet Cadence, who has a big fluffy friend she wants me to meet,

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and it needs to go to the vet.

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This is going to be great.

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And I'm Ferne.

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I'll be finding out how the vets here at a zoo in Winchester

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help to keep some of their cheekiest animals happy and healthy.

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# Ferne and Rory tell a new 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 vets

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# Vet Tales These are our vet tales

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# Vet Tales Ferne and Rory's Vet Tales. #

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Hi, I'm Cadence and this is Holly.

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She's the most lovely dog.

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She's a Newfoundland.

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She's very fluffy. And big.

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We play together lots and lots.

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I help look after her.

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I love Holly.

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-Hi, Rory.

-Hi, Cadence. Hello, Grandma Elaine.

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-Hello, Rory.

-And this can only be Holly.

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Wow.

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That's a whole lot of dog, isn't it?

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-Do you want to go on a walk with me and Holly?

-I would love to.

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-Shall we go?

-Bye-bye.

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Cadence, I don't think I've ever been for a walk

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with such a big dog before.

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Just look at those paws. They're massive.

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Let's have a seat. What a beauty!

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Yes! So, tell me, how old is Holly?

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-Four.

-Four years old. And she's been visiting the vets recently?

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-Why is that?

-We take her to the doggy weight loss class.

-Oh, I see.

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It's really important that your dog

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is the correct weight to stay healthy.

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Your vet can tell you what the right weight is

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for the breed of dog that you have.

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And your vet has been saying that

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Holly needs to lose some weight, right?

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So, what have you been doing to help her lose weight?

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Giving her less food.

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Right, so you measure it out so she doesn't get too much.

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That's a very good idea. And what about exercise?

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-What do you do with her?

-We play with Holly and we walk her.

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So, you take her for walks and you play with her, which is great.

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You measure her food and you take to doggy weight loss class.

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And I hear you're going with her today, is that right?

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-Do you want to come, too, Rory?

-I would love to. Shall we get going?

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-Yes.

-Come on, then. Come on, darling. Come on.

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This is Kate.

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She's been a vet for 12 years

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and performing surgery is her favourite part of the job.

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She's allergic to long-haired rabbits,

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and the smelliest patient she's had to deal with was a seal.

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Come on, you. This way.

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-Hiya, guys. Do you want to come through?

-Yeah.

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-Hi, Kate.

-Hi. Hi, Cadence.

-Hi.

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Oh, hello, Holly.

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-So, how has Holly been getting on, then?

-Really good.

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We decided she's got a little bit too much weight,

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-so we gave you a special diet, didn't we?

-Yes.

-Fantastic.

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What was in that diet?

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The special diet has loads of fibre in it, so it makes her feel

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full for longer, so it means she doesn't pester too much for treats,

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and it means she loses weight gradually, which is fantastic.

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Yeah, that's good. So, what are you going to do here first, Kate?

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So, first of all I'm going to give her a full checkup

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to make sure she's really nice and healthy.

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So I'm going to look at those beautiful eyes for her.

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-They're gorgeous.

-They look healthy?

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And then the slobbery mouth.

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Let's have a look in that mouth. What can you see in there?

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Just slobber, really. Yes. Under all that slobber there are some teeth.

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Then we check her ears for her as well.

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So, in there I'm looking for any signs of infection.

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And sometimes I'll even give them a sniff.

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What are you smelling for there, Kate?

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If they don't smell good, there's probably an infection going on.

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So it's really useful just to have that nice little check as well,

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make sure everything's OK.

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So, next up, we're going to use

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this special tool to listen to her heart.

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Good girl, Holly. She's such a big girl.

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Good girl.

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That's fantastic.

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-Cadence, would you like to have a listen as well?

-Yes, please.

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Here you go. Put those in your ears and if I put that down there,

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can you hear her heart?

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-What does it sound like?

-Really fast.

-Yeah, that's right.

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Now, obviously, Holly has been carrying a bit of extra weight.

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What sort of problems can arise if a dog is really overweight?

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If they're overweight, they have too much fat around the heart

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and the kidneys and the other bits and bobs that are inside.

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-And that can make them unhealthy.

-OK.

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And for somebody like Holly, as well, it's too much on their joints

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so that she can get some pain and things like that.

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-So we really like to get them nice and lean.

-OK, that's good.

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So now we need to see how well this weight loss is going.

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So because every dog is different, we don't use our eyes,

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we actually use our hands.

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So we can shut our eyes and feel over her ribs,

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to see if you can feel them go up and down, and up and down.

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And see how thin she's getting.

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You can feel them.

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That's good, is it, Kate? There's not too much fat on there?

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She's doing really well. We're really chuffed with her.

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-That's good.

-So, next step is to go

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and see Danielle for her weight clinic.

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-Come on, then. Come on, Holly.

-Bye, guys.

-See you.

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Let me explain. The most common reason for dogs being overweight

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is that they eat more food than they need to,

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and exercise less than they should.

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Being overweight causes the dog's heart and lungs to work harder.

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Their joints can get sore and they can develop diabetes,

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which affects their blood sugar levels.

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The best way to help your dog lose weight is to play

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and exercise often, give healthy dog food, and limit their treats.

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-Hey, Danielle.

-Hi, guys.

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In nurse Danielle's weight clinic,

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there are big dogs and small dogs.

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But they all have one thing in common.

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Can we bring Bert up, please, Anne-Marie? Good boy.

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They've been given a meal

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and exercise plan to follow to help keep them healthy.

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Danielle weighs and measures them every month to see how

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-they're getting on with their weight loss.

-Well done, Rinty.

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-You've lost a kilo. Good boy.

-Good boy!

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Cadence, do you want to bring Holly round now?

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Hello. Hi.

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She's looking good.

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-Danielle measures around Holly's chest and then her tummy.

-Ready?

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-We are, 81 on her tummy.

-OK.

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And then let's do her neck.

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And what's a good measurement around

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the chest and the tummy and the neck?

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It can all vary, but even with the same breed, my aim would be

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-to get her maybe to about 80 on her tummy.

-OK.

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But I go more for how they look and what they are on the scales.

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So at the moment what we want to do is, when we look down on Holly,

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we want to see a little bit of her tummy, waistline, don't we?

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-Yeah, can't quite see that yet, can we?

-Not yet.

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Shall we pop her on the scales now and see what she's lost?

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Hopefully she's lost - what do you think?

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-10 pounds.

-10 pounds?

-10 pounds! Exact.

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Here we go. Up here - come on.

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Lie down. Come on. Good girl. Can we get all four up?

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Not quite, here we go. Come on, come on. No cheating.

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Well done.

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-How's it looking?

-59.7.

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So she's actually lost another 300 grams

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-since last time she was in, which is really, really good.

-Yes!

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-Really good.

-Yes!

-Hasn't she done well?

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-Yes, good girl.

-Oh, yes.

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So, the next steps with Holly.

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We've got her on a weight-specific diet,

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and then what we're going to do is introduce another two walks.

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You have to do it gradually,

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because otherwise it can affect their joints. Cut down on her treats

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and then we'll re-weigh her again in another three weeks' time.

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Okey-doke, brilliant. Well, you've done fantastically well.

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And while we get you ready to go home, let's see what else

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happened at the vets today.

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The veterinary practice is a busy place today.

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Behind the scenes, there are some important tests being carried

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out on some of their patients' blood.

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Danielle is looking after a French bulldog, Rumple.

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She's here because she's due to have puppies very soon,

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and the vets want to keep an eye on her.

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Little Pip is being really well-behaved for her checkup,

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and after having one of his teeth removed,

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Chip the cat is really looking forward to going home.

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I've had a brilliant time meeting you, Grandma, and Holly as well,

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and I'd like to come back soon and see how you are all getting on.

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-Is that all right?

-Yes, Rory.

-Awesome.

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

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This zoo near Winchester has lots of amazing wildlife.

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Today, I'm in for a treat as I'm getting to meet

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one of my favourite animals.

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Hiya, Justine. Hi, Mark.

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Justine is the head vet here at the zoo, and Mark is

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the keeper of these cheeky little chappies.

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-These are meerkats, aren't they?

-Yes, they are.

-They're beautiful.

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Meerkats originally come from South Africa

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and as you can see, they love digging.

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They live in tunnels where they can escape and hide from danger, too.

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So how many meerkats do you look after?

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We've got seven meerkats in here and they're all males.

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-And a group of meerkats is called a mob, isn't it?

-That's right, yes.

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Mob of meerkats.

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So, Justine, what else are we checking with these little guys?

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So, today we're going to check their weights to make sure they're

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-not getting too fat.

-Oh, OK. How are we going to do that?

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So we're going to try to get them on to the scales one by one,

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by giving them some of their favourite treats,

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which are mealworms.

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Wow, OK. This is going to be a bit tricky, isn't it, Mark?

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Yeah, it is tricky. You've got to be patient with this, yeah.

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Justine, why do we need to keep an eye on their weight?

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So we need to check their weight

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because they've been getting a little bit fat in here,

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because they've got a lovely enclosure

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where everyone can see them really clearly,

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but some people have been giving them human food

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and treats which they shouldn't have.

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-And that can actually make them poorly.

-OK.

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So, naturally meerkats are omnivores, which means they like

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to eat lots of different things like fruits, nuts, seeds and insects.

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You can see that these guys are loving their mealworms.

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They're not really supposed to tuck out on chocolate, are they?

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Not at all, no.

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So we try and give them

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a similar diet as they would have in the wild here.

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Mark, how can you tell whether

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these little meerkats are getting a bit tubby?

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Well, we look at meerkats in the wild, so we can work out

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from that what is a natural weight range and a natural body condition.

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So we have to monitor their weight on a regular basis,

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so that they are always within that weight range.

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So that little one there is 1.26 kilos.

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Is that an OK weight for a meerkat?

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-Our target weight for a male meerkat is one kilo or less.

-OK.

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So that's a little bit over.

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-This is Kova.

-What's he? He's 1.1.

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-How's that?

-That's not too bad.

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Definitely going in the right direction.

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-How are we going to reduce their weight?

-So we're going to do

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a couple of things. We're feeding them a slightly different diet,

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so more insects, which is more like their wild diet.

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We've also put some signs up so we can tell the public that it's

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really important not to feed them any other treats.

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So hopefully they'll start to lose some more weight as well.

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Fingers crossed.

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Justine and Mark, thank you so much for letting me come

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and see how you manage this little mob.

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It's been really fun

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and hopefully they can get their weight down a bit more.

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-Good luck with it.

-Thank you.

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Not long ago I met Cadence,

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her gran, Elaine, and fluffy family dog, Holly.

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Holly was a bit big and had to lose some weight,

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so I'm back to see if she's managed to reach her healthy weight.

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-Hey, everyone.

-Hi, Rory.

-And hello, Holly. Good to see you.

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So, Cadence, has she been sticking to her diet and exercise plan?

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-Yes, she has.

-Amazing.

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Well, there is only one way to find out how well she's doing.

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-Let's get her on those scales, Danielle.

-Come on, darling.

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On here. Good girl. Well done.

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-No cheating.

-Well done, Holl!

-Stay there, darling.

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She's lost nearly a kilo.

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-So she's done absolutely fantastic. Well done.

-Well done, Holly.

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-So, Danielle, are you happy with that?

-I'm very happy with that.

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She's done really, really well.

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So the plan is to carry on as were going

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and we'll see you in a few weeks.

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Fantastic. Well done, Holly.

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Cadence, it's been great seeing you and Holly again.

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And I hope you've enjoyed finding out all about Holly

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and her amazing weight loss.

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-See you again soon for more Ferne and Rory's Vet Tales.

-Bye!

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Rory visits Kaidence and her dog Holly and together they head off to see the vet. After her check-up, Holly attends her doggy weight-loss class. Meanwhile, Ferne travels to a zoo to help give the cheeky meerkats their weight check-up.


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