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DOG BARKS CAT MEOWS

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I'm Stacey Dooley, and I'm mad about animals.

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They're great. But what's not so great is seeing them sick.

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Thankfully, when that happens, they can come to places like this,

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where amazing vets work around the clock to make them better.

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Eh?

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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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SHE LAUGHS

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The biggest softie of them all, gentle James.

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-Hello, Stu.

-HE LAUGHS

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Come on, Smallie, 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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GIRL LAUGHS

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Ooh, no, don't eat the tape measure!

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And the one with all the best moves, Rory.

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HE SINGS

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Oh, look at that. Oh. Aw! Wow! That was a snog.

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They're the vets with...

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PARROT SQUAWKS

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Coming up on today's show...

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James is concerned about a much-loved Labrador's swollen paw.

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Is it infection,

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or is there something a bit more sinister at play?

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Rory's on the case to solve the problem with this guinea pig's eye.

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There's something underneath that eye that's rubbing on the eye.

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And it's celebration time for Cheryl...

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Hello!

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..but the party food is a right dog's dinner.

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SHE LAUGHS

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But first, let's hook up with James in Bristol.

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Ooh, hello!

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A true softie, James loves all animals...

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Now then, shall we get you home?

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..but dogs have a special place in his heart.

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Yeah, she's very sweet, aren't you?

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Choosing a pet has got to be one of the toughest jobs in the world,

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but when I got to choose my own,

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it had to be my super-soppy Labrador Oliver.

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Let's have a look.

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Oh, poochie, I'm so proud!

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I'm so proud!

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But today it's another VIP Lab,

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Winnie, who's in urgent need of James' healing hands.

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Laid-back Winnie loves to chillax at home with owner Barbara.

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But when duty calls, wonder dog Winnie...

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flies into action!

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As an assistance dog, she's the eyes for her partially-sighted owner.

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But with a poorly paw, she's lost her superpowers,

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so she needs a hero.

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Calling superhero vet James.

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Everyone loves their pets,

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but without Winnie, Barbara's life would be really difficult.

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I've had Winnie for five years,

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and until I had her, I hadn't been out unaccompanied for 17 years.

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I can't go out without her, unless somebody takes me.

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Hello, there!

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Now, then... Hi!

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-How are you doing?

-Hello!

-Hi.

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-I'm James.

-Hello.

-Hi.

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-And this is Winnie?

-This is Winnie.

-Is that right? Yeah.

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Dogs like Winnie are the eyes and ears for their owners,

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helping them cope with everyday life.

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Good girl!

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So it's vital that I get her back to fitness as soon as possible.

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She's not putting her right paw down firmly.

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-It's the front right paw, is it?

-Front right.

-Yeah, OK. Hello.

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Mm, it is a bit swollen there, actually, isn't it?

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If I just part the hair a little bit,

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you can see it's really quite swollen.

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I'm hoping for the fact that it's come up relatively quickly

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in the two weeks, this is probably an infection.

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-Right.

-But I would hate to say that for sure

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-without doing some tests.

-Yeah.

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Winnie will have to hang on until tomorrow for treatment.

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-She will see you tomorrow!

-Bye, Winnie!

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But as this is a top priority,

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and Barbara can't make it back to the surgery herself...

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..James drives out first thing in the morning to pick Winnie up.

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-Hello, Mrs Ward.

-Good morning!

-How are you?

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Hello, Winnie! Oh, you look very happy, don't you?

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Here's hoping James can get to the root of the problem.

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As a vet, you do feel quite a bit of pressure,

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but when someone's relying on their dog as much as Barbara,

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you know you have to get it right.

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First job back at the surgery is to give Winnie's poorly paw an X-ray.

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She's gently sedated while James gets to work.

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All this here is extra swelling, which shouldn't really be there.

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And the question is - what is that swelling?

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Is it infection, or is there...

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is there something a bit more...

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a bit more sinister at play?

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Which is...which is just what I'm a little bit worried about

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at this stage.

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Winnie might have just stepped on something sharp,

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but James is worried it's a broken bone

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or even a tumour that's to blame.

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When you get faced with a situation like this,

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the worst always crosses your mind.

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You don't want to think like that,

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but, equally, we have to look into it if there is something there.

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It's one of those situations where you hope for the best,

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you know, expect the worst and hope for the best,

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I suppose, isn't it?

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We've all got our fingers crossed for you, Winnie.

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Come on, big man!

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Next, we're heading to London to see Rory.

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I have been OBSESSED with animals, big or small, since I was a boy.

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Hey!

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I've always had pets.

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And my favourite days out as a kid

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were going and seeing new animals!

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So being a vet is the perfect job for me.

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Today, Rory is seeing a patient who has become a bit of a regular,

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brought in by owner Dara.

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This is Romeo, he's an Abyssinian guinea pig

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and he's got a sore eye.

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Little Romeo is always acting up and performing for his owner.

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But lately...

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he's lost his direction because of a poorly eye.

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Romeo, Romeo, wherefore is your eye sore, Romeo?

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Hi! What you doing?

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It's OK, isn't it? Yeah?

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Over the past week, Rory's been investigating

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what's causing Romeo's sore eye.

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Day one, day four.

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Let's pop some dye in and see what day...

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six is like.

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And the best way to see if his poorly eye is healing...

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You know what's coming. You do.

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..is with this special dye that makes any damaged areas

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glow bright green.

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I think that's starting to look much more healthy.

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It's... There's definitely still some stain there, but you'll see,

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-it's really fluorescent there.

-Yeah.

-Really quite obviously green.

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-Yeah, definitely.

-That looks more of a yellowy green.

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-I want you to continue those drops for another week, OK?

-OK.

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-And then I want to have a look.

-Sure.

-Is that all right?

-Yeah.

-OK.

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-Perfect.

-Fine.

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His eye is looking better.

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It's just not healing as quickly as I'd expect.

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So if it's not completely clear in a couple of days,

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I'm going to have to put my detective hats on.

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Oh, wrong hat.

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One week later, Dara is back with Romeo

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and, for moral support, his best friend Lysander has come along too.

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-Hi!

-Hello!

-Oh, we've got two today!

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Come for a cuddle? Come for a cuddle? Yeah.

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But Romeo's eye still isn't right.

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Oh, is that gunk?

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Hmm. This eye. It's still not healing.

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And now there's some gunk in the way!

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I'm just going to try and take away that gunk

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from the bottom of your eye. I know, sweetie, I'm sorry.

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Yes, you're so clever, aren't you?

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Rory decides to take one last look.

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And something catches HIS eye.

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Ah!

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It looks like Rory might have finally found the problem.

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There's something underneath that eye that's rubbing on the eye.

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-Oh!

-OK? I can see it.

-OK.

-OK?

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Ouch! It would NEVER heal with that in there!

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The tricky bit now is getting this troublesome thing out.

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Stick around to see what Rory finds lurking in Romeo's eye.

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I am SO happy!

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And James is on a mission to get working dog Winnie back on her feet.

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Normally, people hate doing pus,

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but when I see pus, I'm very happy.

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Time to head over to Cheryl and her team in Essex.

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Hello, guys! Do you know what makes my job so good?

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It's having such an amazing team around me.

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Everyone just loves animals just as much as me.

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So as well as making them physically better,

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we make sure they get lots of TLC every single time.

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Good girl.

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You were so brave.

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And while the practice is quiet for a change, Cheryl has come up

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with a brilliant idea to celebrate the vets practice running

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for three years.

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I just want to tell you the idea.

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So, birthday party extravaganza.

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They can have a cup of tea and/or a soft drink, and birthday cake.

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Are you not excited? Do you think it's a good idea?

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I think she wants to be excited.

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-I'm just not sure.

-Aw...

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I think it sounds like...a lot of faff.

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No! Really, genuinely, what's your opinion?

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I've just given you my genuine opinion.

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"No, that's the wrong opinion to have."

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Why is nobody getting excited about this?

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I guess I'll just have to organise it all by myself.

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THEY LAUGH

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Right, we need a cake, balloons,

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awards for the bravest pets...

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OK, Cheryl, you can have a party.

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And, a few weeks later, even head nurse Jade...

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Sit.

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..has eventually come round to the idea

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and is at home baking some special treats.

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I'm making cakes for the party because Cheryl made me.

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Her own posse of pets seem very interested in what she's up to.

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But Jade's not the only one helping with the party food,

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so the competition is on.

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Cheryl's mum is making a cake for humans,

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Nick is making dog cake pops,

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and I'm making peanut butter dog cupcakes.

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-SHE SNIFFS

-Smells disgusting.

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Too late to worry about that now, Jade.

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Yeah, it's going to be great.

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Excited.

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Ew.

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Excuse me, will you come down, please?

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Time to re-join James and Winnie the Labrador.

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Winnie is an assistance dog for her partially-sighted owner.

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But a badly swollen paw has put her out of action.

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It looks really red, doesn't it? Yeah.

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James has taken an X-ray to try and find out exactly what's wrong.

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It doesn't look like the actual bone structure

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in the toe has had any sort of damage or any change.

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Which is good news, really good news.

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But James is no closer to finding out what has caused the swelling,

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so the next step is to take a sample off the tissue inside,

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and he's hoping it will be pussy.

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Normally, people hate seeing pus.

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But when I see pus, I'm very happy.

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-Cos pus is very easy to treat.

-HE LAUGHS

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James has to use a very sharp needle to extract

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fluid from inside Winnie's paw.

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SQUAWK!

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If you're squeamish, look away now.

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The sample will be sent to the lab to be examined.

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But the initial signs are positive.

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This looks kind of like almost creamy, and you can see all

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these little flecks of inflammatory tissue in there.

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I would hope that it might actually be pus, which would be

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really good news, and then we can treat this as an infection.

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Having got those X-rays and having got the slides that

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look like that, I'm suddenly starting to just

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calm down a little bit that this might be something

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we can sort out relatively quickly and easily.

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Which would be really fab if that's the case.

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For now, all they can do is wait and hope.

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Good girl.

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A few hours later and Winnie is ready to head back home...

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-Say goodbye.

-HE LAUGHS

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Bye, Winnie!

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..with James on chauffeur duties again for this lovely lady.

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-Hello!

-HE LAUGHS

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-What are you doing?

-I know.

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-I just thought we'd just say "how are you?".

-Hello.

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-Here we go.

-Has she been good?

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She's been wonderful.

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Oh, Winnie.

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It would be great to give Barbara good news, but I just can't

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raise her hopes too high until I am sure Winnie is going to be fine.

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-We are 90% of the way there...

-Still investigating.

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..but we've still just got to wait for the results to come in.

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-Right.

-What I'm going to suggest we do in the meantime

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is start her on some antibiotics.

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Let's treat for a week.

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That'll give us some time to get the results back

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from the laboratory as well.

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And, then, hopefully,

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this time in a week,

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the swelling should have gone down, fingers crossed.

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JAMES LAUGHS

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There's a good girl.

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Everybody's fallen in love with her at the practice.

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-She's so sweet.

-What a performance!

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Bye-bye. We'll see you shortly.

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See you next time. Bye.

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Winnie, here's hoping you and Barbara

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can get out and about again soon.

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Mate, yeah, I am talking to you.

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Let's get back to London to catch up with Rory and Romeo.

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-Let's do this.

-Let's do this.

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Ready?

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Romeo the guinea pig has been acting out of sorts lately...

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..because of his poorly eye.

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I'm sorry. This is probably really sore.

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I'm sorry, mate, I'm really sorry.

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The cause of his sore eye has always been a bit of a mystery.

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But now Rory thinks he has spotted a piece of hay stuck under his eyelid.

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You know what's coming, don't you?

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I'm really sorry, mate, but we do have to get that out

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because I can see it now and I'm 100% convinced

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there's something in there.

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Romeo doesn't really understand why we're holding him down like this.

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But the sooner I can get that piece of hay out of his eye,

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the sooner he will feel better.

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At last.

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Yes! Come on!

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I am SO happy.

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-How sore...

-Oh!

-..must that have been?

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Poor Romeo has had this bit of hay stuck in his eye all that time.

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What a brave boy.

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OK, it might not look that big.

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But, compared to the size of Romeo's eye, it's huge!

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It'd be like me having a tree leaf in my eye.

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How does that happen?

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-That's a grass seed from his hay.

-SHE GROANS

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Oh, fella, I am so sorry.

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You poor little thing.

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I think that is going to heal beautifully now.

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You little trooper.

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He's going to go to sleep now.

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Yeah. Are you feeling super-relaxed?

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Romeo can finally go back into his carrier

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with his best friend Lysander.

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You know where you're going, don't you?

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You can see the carrot already.

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SHE LAUGHS

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-Thank you.

-No worries.

-Oh!

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As Romeo heads off for lots of treats and cuddles,

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Rory can't wait to share the good news.

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Lou-Lou-Lou.

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-Guess where that came from.

-Where?

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-A guinea pig's eye.

-Where was it?

-How cool is that?

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-Did you just get it out of that?

-Sat under his eye.

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SHE WHIMPERS

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DOG WHINES

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Time to head back to see Cheryl and her team in Essex.

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It's party time.

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Around 50 dogs and their owners are on their way

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to celebrate the practice's third birthday.

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And Cheryl is getting excited.

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Hopefully, all the clients and pets will have a really good time...

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when they get here.

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Cheryl has helped all sorts of dogs...

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Hello.

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..big and small, over the past three years...

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..so it's a perfect opportunity to come and say thank you.

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Hello.

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You are making a big entrance, aren't you?

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And there are some familiar faces on the guest list.

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Rocky the accident-prone French Bulldog,

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who gave Cheryl a bit of a surprise.

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I found a fracture.

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-Also, a nail.

-Oh, my gosh.

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And one of Cheryl's favourites,

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Bambi the Pomeranian puppy,

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who needed a bit of help with his potty training.

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Ooh!

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Bambi, don't get it on me!

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That was his party trick!

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And not forgetting beautiful Skye, the Siberian Husky,

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who has already attracted a crowd of admirers.

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I think that if I ever decide to stop being a vet,

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I've got a fantastic career in front of me as a party planner.

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Yay! That was a good one!

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And what's more...

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Guys...

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..Jade's cakes are going down a storm with her canine guests.

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Made with flower, egg and peanut butter, these healthy

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dog snacks are technically also fit for humans to eat.

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SHE CACKLES

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Well, I did say technically.

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That is dry.

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I'm not offended because...

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I mean, at least they're dry.

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See? Frank likes it.

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But today is also about awarding bravery.

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Remember Jesse,

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the tea-drinking Jack Russell

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who had these two huge lumps removed from her belly?

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Well, she is getting a special award.

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Well done, Jesse. What do you think of that?

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APPLAUSE

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And it is easy to guess what her celebration drink is.

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A well-deserved brew.

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Here's to many more years of brilliant vetting.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Well, Cheryl and the team sure know how to throw a good party.

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But there is something else to celebrate, too.

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Remember that lovely assistance dog, Winnie?

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Hello. Hi, Winnie!

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Good girl.

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This lovely Lab's lab results revealed nothing alarming.

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-She is not reacting, is she?

-She's not pulling away.

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-You can have a gold star.

-Thank you.

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I think Winnie is the one that needs the gold star.

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But for this loyal dog, it is back to the day job.

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Time for this inseparable pair to hit the town.

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Well, that is it for this series of The Pets Factor.

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Top vetting, guys, and keep up the good work.

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Yeah!

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Vet James gets a visit from Winnie, an assistance dog with a very swollen paw. Rory investigates Romeo the guinea pig's mysterious eye problem. And it's party time for Cheryl and her team.


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