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I'm Stacey Dooley and we are back

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for another series of The Pets Factor,

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checking in with awesome vets

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helping sick pets get back on their paws

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again and the best part for me is I get to hang out with loads of

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cool animals, like these guys.

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Meet passionate pet lover, Cheryl.

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And that is how she broke it in the first place.

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The biggest softie of them all, gentle James.

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Hello Stu. Come on, come for a little swim.

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The vet who talks to the animals, Cat.

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You are a snorty pig!

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Oh, no, don't eat the tape measure.

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And the one with all the best moves, Rory.

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Look at that... Oh, wow, that was a snog!

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They're the vets with The Pets Factor.

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Coming up on today's show -

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James's patient, Ziggy, has a poorly tail,

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which is giving him plenty to bark about.

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Oh, no!

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ZIGGY BARKS

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CAT MEOWS

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Rory has a worrying emergency on his hands.

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I'm concerned.

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Good morning. Morning.

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And vet, Cat, helps some hero dogs to save lives.

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You're such a good boy, aren't you?

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First, we're off to Bristol to catch up with James.

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Hey!

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Gentle James always has a smile and a cuddle for the animals that come

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-to see him.

-Good boy!

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There is nothing that brightens up my day more than a waiting room

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full of waggy tails. I love it.

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We all do.

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And James's patient today is loving

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the attention he's getting at the practice.

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Hi, there, have you got Ziggy?

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Hello. Aren't you sweet?

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Hi. Hello.

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Oh, yeah, hello.

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This lazy lurcher loves lying about on the sofa,

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but when Ziggy hears "walkies",

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it really gets his tail in a spin and he's ready for take off.

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Unfortunately, though, it sometimes gets him into trouble.

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BIRD SQUAWKS

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And a recent walk in the woods was no exception,

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but this time it's serious.

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ZIGGY YELPS

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So, it's off to the vets to see if they can fix it.

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Right, so, do you just want to tell me what's been going on?

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Yep. He went in the woods yesterday.

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Didn't realise till I got home.

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-Yeah.

-Blood everywhere.

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So does he have a very waggy tail?

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-Yes.

-He smacks it against things and then...

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Yeah. It's quite a common problem that we have with dogs with quite

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thin skin and a very waggy tail basically,

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so every time the tail hits up

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against a wall or a chair or something it...

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Oh, hello. Hello. Hello.

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Every time it hits against something, it causes a wound.

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What you doing up there?

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Hey?

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It's a case of a dog who's happy for his own good.

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He's wagged his tail so much that it just won't heal.

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And the solution to this might seem a little bit drastic.

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I'm going to suggest that we actually amputate his tail tip,

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which I know sounds a little bit extreme but as soon as you get a cut

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there, one wag of his tail...

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And it's not pleasant for him because

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he's constantly got a wound there that hurts.

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Ah, poor Ziggy,

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it's not quite as bad as it sounds

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because I'm only taking a small portion of his tail,

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but I'll still make sure he's plenty to wag.

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See you later.

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You be good! Don't be naughty.

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Did you hear that, Ziggy? "Don't be naughty."

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I'm sure he won't be.

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Ziggy, naughty?!

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-No way!

-Come on Zigs.

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Just give your little bottom a push.

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There we go. That's it.

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But did anyone mention he doesn't like to be on his own?

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He's going to bark the house down, I think, isn't he?

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Wow, Ziggy!

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Chatterbox!

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Ah, Ziggy! He's not in any pain, but

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I think he just wants some attention.

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It looks like it's going to be a lively morning at the practice.

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That was bliss!

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I might go for a little nap.

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Don't worry, Ziggy, you'll be getting plenty of attention soon.

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Come on, big man!

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Next, we're off to see Rory in South London.

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Hello, guy.

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Although he works at a small practice, some days can be nonstop.

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This must be Betty.

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Hello.

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I'm still a growing lad and if I get

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a spare five minutes all I want to do is eat.

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And my favourite sandwich?

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Salami, salad and salt and vinegar crisps.

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Mmh...crisp sandwich!

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It defo needs a bit of mayo on that, though.

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But tonight there's no time to even think about food...

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..as an emergency case has just come through the door.

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-There we go.

-This must be Ruskin.

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Yeah, that's Ruskin.

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Owners Olivia, Amy and their mum Rebecca have brought in Ruskin,

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who's feeling awful right now.

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Like every cat, when Ruskin's got to go...

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..he's got to go.

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And although Ruskin is always busting,

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he's been struggling to do his business.

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So, he needs to make another little visit to Rory at the vets.

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-What's going on?

-He's not happy.

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Oh, matey.

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He was sick a couple of times.

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I think just not really himself.

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OK, sweetie.

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Ah, you're so petrified, aren't you, sweetie?

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Honestly, he's frightened of his own shadow.

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This is all just too much.

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He's got quite a large bladder.

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I'm actually going to try and express that.

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If I can just pop him over to you,

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just put a hand on him to make it him a bit for comfortable.

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Ruskin's bladder feels really hard and swollen,

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so Rory thinks it's time to give him

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a gentle squeeze to help get the wee out.

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This is probably going to go all over my hand.

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-I know! I know!

-Despite pressing on his bladder, nothing is coming out.

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I'm concerned...

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-OK.

-..that he may be blocked.

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-OK.

-OK, he might have a blocked bladder.

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One more time, fella.

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RUSKIN MEOWS LOUDLY

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-I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

-Still nothing.

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The situation is becoming really serious.

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If I can't unblock him,

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he needs to go to an emergency out-of-hours service.

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-Oh, my God. OK.

-So it's quite serious.

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Hopefully, we're going to be able to do something now.

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OK? He is nice and strong, but we need to get his bladder unblocked.

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If I don't get that wee out of him super quickly,

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his bladder could burst.

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Or, those toxins could all build up,

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go back into his blood and poison him.

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Is that sore?

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I am determined not to let this happen to Ruskin.

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Later, Rory needs backup...

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-Zo?

-Yeah.

-Can I grab you, please?

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..to save this desperately ill cat.

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And James gears up for some messy surgery.

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Tails bleed a lot.

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So, we kind of have to act quite quick.

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Yeah!

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But first, let's see what's in store for vet, Cat, in Sheffield.

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Cat always has a cool head when it

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comes to sorting out the city's poorly pets.

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And then you wrap her up, like a little piggy parcel!

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There you go. It's like feeding a baby!

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Good girl!

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In this job, you need to think on your feet and expect the unexpected.

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But today the waiting room is full of healthy dogs

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who aren't here because they need help, they are here to help others.

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So, we're here this morning because the pet blood bank are visiting and

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they're a charity who come and see us at the practice once every month

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and they collect blood from our patients.

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The doggy donors here today probably

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have no idea of the amazing job they are doing.

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Cat, on the other hand, couldn't do without them.

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We have emergencies all the time at the practice.

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And sometimes, just like humans,

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dogs need to be given blood to make them better.

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I just want to order some pet red blood cells, please.

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When this happens, we call the charity

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and blood arrives within the hour.

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It's a real life-saver.

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And one of those life-savers is Hannah's dog, Tops the Greyhound.

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He's just one of the many regular donors at the practice.

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When Tops donates blood,

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I think it's quite heroic.

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And his family have a special reason to be so proud of him.

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Our previous dog, Dusty, received some blood.

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Dusty had a big operation to remove a tumour in his lung and without the

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blood, basically, he wouldn't have survived the operation.

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Now Tops is helping others like Dusty

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and he's been giving his blood for two years.

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Tops absolutely loves it.

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He really enjoys it.

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He's laid back.

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When they actually do the procedure, he's almost dropping off to sleep.

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He's so relaxed.

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He's fantastic.

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-Good morning.

-Morning.

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Hi, Tops.

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Today is Top's seventh donation and it looks like

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he can't wait to get started.

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Well, he's quite an expert at it now, isn't he?

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You're all set, ready to go, aren't you Tops?

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Ah, well done!

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Tops knows the drill.

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It's up on the table for a cuddle.

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So, we just have to clean his skin so that it's nice and sterile.

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He doesn't even notice the needle going in.

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You're such a good boy, aren't you?

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Now Tops gets to lie back and chill out.

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So, we take just under a pint of blood.

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Tops' is speeding along nicely at the moment.

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Each bag of blood that Tops gives can be donated to four dogs.

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So far he's saved at least 28 lives, which I think is incredible.

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And Tops isn't the only hero here today,

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11 dogs have come to the practice,

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potentially saving 44 of their doggy pals.

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Hi! How is he doing?

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Was he very brave?

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Pretty much slept the whole way through the donation.

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-Chilled out boy.

-Having a lie on a lovely comfy bed and look at this,

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a massage.

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It's like spa treatment.

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He'll want to stay here all day.

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He's absolutely loving this.

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# We could be heroes... #

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Who's a good boy?

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It's all in a day's work for Tops

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and he knows the best bit is still to come -

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a tasty snack, a new toy and a cool neckerchief.

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It's amazing thing that your dog can do, isn't it?

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And as you can see, it doesn't take...it doesn't take much.

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-It's not difficult, is it?

-No.

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It doesn't hurt, even.

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Does it make you proud of him, to think how many lives he's saved?

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-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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Mate, hey! I'm talking to you.

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Time to get back to Bristol with James and Ziggy.

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ZIGGY WHINES

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This noisy lurcher is about to have the tip of his poorly tail removed,

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after cutting it in the woods.

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A bit of sleepy juice there. Hopefully you'll go a bit more calm.

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And now Ziggy is out for the count, the team are ready to go.

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-Are you ready to chop off a tail?

-I'm ready to chop off the tail.

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Without surgery, Ziggy will always be in pain with his wounded tail,

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so the best option is for James to remove some of it.

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But that's not as simple as it sounds.

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The most important thing for this is

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to get my initial incision the right shape.

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So, it needs to be neat and it needs to heal as quick as possible.

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If James doesn't get this right, though,

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Ziggy might have to have further surgery

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to trim even more of his precious tail.

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Tails bleed a lot, so we kind of have to act quite quick.

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Otherwise, the whole theatre just gets covered in blood.

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-PARROT:

-If you're squeamish, look away now!

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I've got a few vessels that I've...

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It's already starting to bleed quite a lot, as you can see.

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James needs to stem the blood flow quickly...

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..using forceps to clamp the vein.

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You just end up with so much blood.

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With the blood flow stopped,

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he can safely remove the damaged section of Ziggy's tail.

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This is precision work.

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You can take it off, but you definitely can't put it back on.

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Moment of truth.

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There we go. That's our little tail.

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With the damaged tip removed,

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James now makes sure Ziggy's new-look tail

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will make him the envy of his friends.

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What we don't want him to do is to go out and bash his tail and

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then everything is all opened back up again.

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Done.

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And that's a "tail" with a happy ending!

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JAMES LAUGHS

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That's good, he can wake up.

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I'm going to need your earplugs again, I think.

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I think everyone is going to need their earplugs.

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Enjoy the peace while you can,

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because it's not long before Ziggy is ready for his grand finale.

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ZIGGY "SINGS" ALONG TO NESSUN DORMA

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I think it's time for Ziggy leave the building.

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Here he is!

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Oh, there you go!

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-How are you?

-That's all he wanted.

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How are you? Has he been noisy?

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Well, I mean, I'd be lying if I said he's been sitting in his cage all

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quiet, don't get me wrong. I think he's ready to come home.

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Off you trot, Ziggy. Rest your new tail,

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and you might want to give those vocal cords a rest as well.

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Excuse me, will you come down, please?

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Let's head back to London to see how

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things are going with Rory and Ruskin.

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Rory is in the middle of an emergency.

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-Zo?

-Yeah.

-Can I grab you, please?

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Poor Ruskin, the four-year-old cat, is bursting for a wee.

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But hasn't been able to get it all out.

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He is very, very, very nervous.

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I know, I know.

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RUSKIN MEOWS

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It's OK.

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Rory and vet nurse, Zoe, are having one more go at gently squeezing his

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belly to force the wee out.

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This is definitely a job for vets only.

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When a cat can't go to the toilet properly,

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you know you're in trouble.

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-RUSKIN MEOWS

-Sh-Shh-Sh.

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So if I can't get Ruskin to pee by pressing on his belly,

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the only other option is a risky surgery.

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But it looks like Rory's persistence is starting to payoff.

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-Oh, he's done a wee...

-Yeah?

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Great. Well, that's really good news.

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And finally, it's relief all round.

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There we go, good.

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Really, really good news.

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Well done, you're being so good.

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I was concerned that we weren't going to be able to do that.

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That wee absolutely stinks,

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but I cannot tell you how relieved I am to see it.

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Look what mess you've made, eh?

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That was all you. And poor Ruskin, he must be feeling so much better.

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Time to deliver the good news to his anxious owners.

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I've managed to make him pee.

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He's actually chilled out a huge amount as well.

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I think he was a little bit sore...

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-Was he in pain?

-..a little bit sore in there.

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-Poor Ruskin.

-I've just completely emptied his bladder manually.

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-OK.

-And he did cover the floor, of course, but that's fine.

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I'd much rather him do that.

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Give him lots of love, girls.

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-Poor Ruskin.

-He's feeling a little bit better.

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I think you can see, he's still sort of terrified.

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-Yes.

-I think he is actually...

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Not in pain.

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Ruskin has been through a lot and he must be exhausted,

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but with the help of some pain relief,

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he'll be back to normal in no time.

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MUSIC: Passport Home by JD Cooper

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I'll tell you what, that's a busy end to the day,

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but I'm so relieved that that wasn't blocked.

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If that had been blocked, we'd have been in trouble and we'd be

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here till gone ten o'clock.

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Well done, Rory, mate, that is some top vetting.

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Oh, hi!

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Next, we're in Bristol to catch up with James and Ziggy the lurcher.

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It's a week since Ziggy had his tail operation

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and James's favourite noisy dog is back for a checkup.

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Hi, Ziggy!

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Oh, mister. Now, then.

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Oh, I've missed you.

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Now then, chappy, let's have a look.

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-Oh!

-That looks great, doesn't it?

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I'm so pleased with that.

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It's healed up brilliantly, and it's not going to split open again,

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which was always the worry.

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Now James is happy, he can remove Ziggy's stitches.

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All right. Be brave, Ziggy.

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Oh, moving target.

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The cleverest dog.

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Hang on. Three, two, one.

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-There, there.

-What a brave boy.

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Check out your new tail style, Ziggy.

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Do you like your new tail?

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Do you think it's the bee's knees?

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Hey? For once, Ziggy is speechless.

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Whoa! Hello!

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Are you chatty? I spoke too soon.

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-Thank you.

-Bye. Bye, Ziggy.

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Wow, Ziggy! You have got a right pair of lungs on you,

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but it's good to see that tail wagging,

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even if it is a little shorter.

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Now, remember Ruskin,

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the cat who couldn't go to the loo?

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He's now well on the road to recovery,

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and with lots of love from Olivia and Amy,

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he's getting his appetite back, too.

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Next time on The Pets Factor -

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Cheryl performs some serious surgery to repair Coco's dodgy knee.

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Every time she tries to walk, her kneecap dislocates.

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And Rory hits the road to help a hedgehog

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who's got into a bit of a "prickle".

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Yeah. That's looking quite nasty.

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Actually, it's gone fairly down as well.

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James gets a visit from Ziggy, a very noisy lurcher with a poorly tail. Cat helps some heroic dogs to save lives. Plus Rory has a serious emergency on his hands with a cat that has a blocked bladder.


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