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I'm Stacey Dooley and I love animals of all shapes and sizes

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but sometimes, just like us, our furry friends get sick.

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Hey. Hello.

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Thankfully, when that does happen, there are amazing vets on hand to

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help fix them up.

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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. Go 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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No, don't eat the tape measure.

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And the one with all the best moves, Rory.

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Oh, 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 investigates why Honey's putting on weight.

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One thing that we can do is do an ultrasound scan of her tummy.

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But I don't know what I'm going to find.

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Hello!

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Cheryl's on a home visit to do a doggie checkup.

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Hi, Fifi! Fifi really wants a health check.

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And the pressure is on for Rory

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to help a dog with an appetite for pebbles.

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He's going to have some serious surgery now to get those out.

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First, we kick off in Bristol with James.

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Wow! Who have we got here?

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James gets to meet some weird and wonderful animals.

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He is fab!

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It's organised chaos, is what I'm going to say.

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But even for an experienced vet like James...

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Gosh, who've we got here?

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..a triple whammy of two guinea pigs and a tortoise is a first.

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At home, Honey and Fudge love each other so much they share everything.

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Even their food.

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But Ella and her brother Jacob are a bit more competitive.

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My pet's the best because when he's in the air he tries to swim.

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My pet's the best because she can eat all the leftover vegetables.

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Mmm, very talented.

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How about a race to decide?

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Game on!

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Surely the rodent will run rings around the tortoise.

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3, 2, 1.

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It's an extremely slow start for both competitors.

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But Speedy has taken a surprise early lead.

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Honey is rooted to the spot, she's like a guinea pig in the headlights.

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Unbelievable scenes,

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it's Speedy over the line!

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I think we have a winner!

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So clearly he is Speedy by name and speedy by nature.

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Well, it's back to reality for these guys.

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Time to see vet James.

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I have to say, it's not everyday you see a tortoise and some guinea pigs.

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This is possibly the best morning you can have.

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Hi.

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First up, Speedy.

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He's come to have his toenails trimmed.

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So I'm not going to take a huge amount off, so don't be surprised if

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I only take the tips off.

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As you kind of get more confident with him, you may find

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that you're happy to do this at home, which is fine, you know?

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And we can teach you how to do it.

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And Speedy seems perfectly happy practising his front crawl.

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There you go! Right!

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Next in line is Honey.

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And the family are worried because she's been rapidly piling on weight.

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How long have you noticed that for?

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Last week maybe she's been a bit...

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-Bit more maybe.

-A bit bigger, yeah.

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Being a bit podgy might not seem like a big deal, but sometimes it

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can be the sign of a serious underlying health problem.

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But one thing that we can do is do an ultrasound scan of her tummy and

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have a little look to see whether we've got any reason why we've got

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that swelling there. But I don't know what I'm going to find.

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It's an anxious time for everyone.

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Here we go.

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But Honey won't be on her own.

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She's got her bezzy mate Fudge to keep her company.

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Come on, big man!

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Let's head to London to see Rory.

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Perfect, they're beautiful.

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His favourite part of the job is treating cute puppies.

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What?!

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However, they do have a tendency to chew EVERYTHING!

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You eat that, that's perfect.

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Chewing things might be a great way to explore their world, but eating

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something he shouldn't have has landed Rory's next patient in a bit

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of bother.

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-Who've you got here?

-It's Rufus.

-Hi, Rufus.

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He's come to see Rory.

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Like most young dogs, nine-month-old Rufus likes something to chew on.

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But squeaky toys are not his thing.

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He has far more adventurous tastes.

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But just as you shouldn't play with your food...

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..neither should you eat your toys.

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And it now seems that Rufus has put on a couple of stones.

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Trouble. How you doing?

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Come on through.

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So, vomiting every night, a few times?

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Last night from when I got him home and then one time and then once this

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-morning.

-OK. So, basically, today, go in and get them out.

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Silly Rufus!

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I don't know why he thinks stones are so delicious, but the longer

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they're inside him, the more trouble they can cause.

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I'll look after him, don't you worry.

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I'll be on the phone.

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Goodbye.

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That's really horrible because it's the first time that we've been

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separated since I've had him.

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He's always with me.

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So, yeah, it's quite difficult.

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# Don't leave

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# Shut your mind off and let your heart breathe... #

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Stones can be a really tricky one. Because they're smooth,

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they can actually move quite far through Rufus's guts.

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But as they go, they cause a lot of damage.

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# I won't trade this for nothing... #

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A quick injection and it's off to dreamland for Rufus.

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Now he's under anaesthetic, we're going to do an X-ray

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and then into theatre.

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# Love you better than me. #

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His pebble-eating habit has landed him in a bit of bother and he's

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going to have some serious surgery now to get those out.

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The pressure's really on for Rory.

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Good.

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Time to get going.

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Are you ready, Rory?

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I am super ready.

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And Rory always follows his strict dress code.

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Shoes off, funky socks today.

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As far as I'm concerned, when the surgeon's gown goes on,

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the shoes come off.

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OK, so, let's get these stones out.

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Join us later on the hunt for the missing pebbles.

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I'm getting a little bit concerned that I'm struggling

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to find the stone.

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And Cheryl's mum is in a bit of bother.

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Have you started brushing his teeth?

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-No.

-Why not?

-Um...

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Oh, yeah!

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Let's get back to Bristol with James and Honey the guinea pig.

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The family have noticed Honey's expanding waistline.

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Come on, Honey.

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So James wants to do an ultrasound to check her internal organs.

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Right, let's just turn these lights off.

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OK.

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If there's a problem somewhere,

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you sometimes get some fluid leaking out and that separates all

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your organs out and they kind of look like they're floating around in

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a swimming pool and that is when we have a bit of a clue that there

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might be something not very good in there. So let's have a look.

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Right, so there we've got our liver.

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I know, I know, it's OK.

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I know, good girl, good girl.

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Doing an ultrasound on small, wriggly animals is tricky

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because you can't always see everything clearly.

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But to investigate further would mean risky surgery.

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Actually, looking at this, I would say this might be quite good news.

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Could you just hit the lights please, George? Thank you.

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I think she might just be a little bit of a porky piggy here!

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It might just be that she's got a good appetite.

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James wants Honey to go on a diet to see if that gets her

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back into shape.

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OK, right, so the good news is that we don't need to worry about going

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for surgery. The diagnosis that we're kind of going with is the fact

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that I think she's just a little bit overweight,

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I'm afraid to say! But at this stage, I don't want to do any more

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tests, I don't want to talk about surgery, anything like that,

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we just need to bring her food back a little bit and wait and see.

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Animals can't talk to us and tell us how they're feeling and, in small

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pets particularly, things can take a turn for the worse really quickly.

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You have to keep checking them.

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All right, nice to see you, bye-bye.

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Fingers crossed, Honey. We'll catch up again with you very soon.

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Hey, hey, I'm talking to you!

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Next, we're with Cheryl in Essex.

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It's the end of a long day at the practice.

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Cerys, come on, let's go, let's go, let's go.

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And Cheryl is taking her dog Cerys on a family visit.

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Come on, girlie girl!

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COME ON!

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I work a lot of hours at the practice but I try to take some time

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out to go and visit my family whenever possible.

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DOORBELL RINGS

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Cheryl's mum Gillian lives nearby.

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-Hello!

-Hi, guys! Hiya!

-How are you?

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Do you want something to drink, Chel?

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-Yes, please!

-What do you want?

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-Cup of tea?

-Yes, please, thanks.

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Hi, guys!

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And, of course, having a daughter as a vet means free

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doggie health checks.

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Hello!

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Are you a good girl, Fif? Are you a good dog?

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It was always my ambition for one of my children to become a vet.

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-That's true!

-And it's fantastic for us to have a vet in the family.

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Hachiko and Fifi, the Pomeranians, and Churchill the Cavalier

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are all regular patients for Cheryl.

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Hachi, you've got to have a vet check, OK?

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-How's he doing?

-Yeah, he seems to be all right.

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One-year-old Hachiko is Gillian's little baby.

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Have you started brushing his teeth?

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-No.

-Why not?

-Um...

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Mum, you need to practise brushing his teeth, you know, you really do.

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Even though I am a grown-up, and a qualified vet,

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my mum STILL doesn't listen to me!

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Aren't you lucky you've got such a good vet?

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Next it's Fifi's turn.

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She's volunteering herself.

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Hi, Fifi!

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Fifi really wants a health check.

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-Run free! Good boy!

-Good boy!

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What beautiful teeth you have! Yeah.

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Good girl! There's nothing wrong with you, you're the healthy dog,

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clever girl!

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Yes!

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Last but not least, it's time for old boy Churchill, the Cavalier.

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Come on, Hilly.

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He's 12 and is not as strong on his feet nowadays,

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but mum Gillian still loves taking him on walking holidays.

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So, what, are you saying he can't go ever on holiday again?

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It's not that he can't go on holiday, he's not young any more,

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-it's sad but he...

-Church.

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He can't be doing those big walks.

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It would be like taking someone with a hip replacement to climb

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Mount Snowdon or something. Do a different type of holiday.

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They like the Lake District and so do I!

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The Lake District?!

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That's full of hills! I think she needs to start taking them somewhere

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nice and flat, like maybe Norfolk.

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-Good boy.

-Health checks done...

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-Twist!

-..time for some fun.

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-Sit.

-Paw.

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Oh, Hachi! Other paw.

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And these dogs certainly know how to show their gratitude.

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High five!

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Oh! Good boy!

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Excuse me, will you come down, please?

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Back to London to join Rory and Rufus.

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This nine-month-old puppy is having major surgery.

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-Ready? Happy?

-Yep.

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Rufus doesn't bother with the usual doggie chew toys.

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He's got much more adventurous tastes.

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But now he's swallowed something he shouldn't have and he's put on a

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couple of stones.

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Rory has cut open Rufus's belly to search for them.

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And it doesn't take long to find the first one.

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SQUARK! If you're squeamish, look away now.

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There it is!

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But the other stone is playing hide and seek.

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Where on earth is...

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..that second stone?

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The more I'm digging around, the more I'm disrupting the organs and

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I don't want to be doing that cos they're already angry because

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they've got stones in them.

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When you're trying to find something in the intestines,

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you've got to carefully feel all the way along.

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I'm getting a little bit concerned that I'm struggling to find

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this stone.

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I'm not enjoying this so far.

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After ten minutes of rooting inside Rufus...

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HE EXHALES LOUDLY

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..Rory has finally found the second one.

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Oh, I was beginning to think that wasn't going to come out.

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SQUARK, SQUARK!

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OK, time to do the brave bits.

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After some careful cutting, the stone quite literally pops out.

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So that's stone number one.

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Leave him over there.

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Time for number two.

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Wow, they're big stones for a small dog.

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HE SINGS

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Two stones out.

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-SINGING:

-I got the stones out the dog,

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I got the stones out the dog, na-na-na!

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All right, stitch him up.

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And we can get him out of here.

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It's such a relief that Rufus is OK and we've got those

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two huge stones out of him.

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Good job, well done!

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Now, we've got to work out how to stop him eating any more.

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While Rory - ahem - inspects the trouble-causing stones...

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..nurse Jane beds Rufus down.

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And when he wakes up, he's going to be feeling a whole lot better,

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as well as a few stones lighter.

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# I need somebody who can love me like that. #

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Time to get back to Bristol with James and Honey the guinea pig.

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James has put Honey on a diet to try and tackle

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her rapidly expanding waistline.

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-Hi, there. How are you doing?

-Hi!

-Now, then...

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Three weeks later, Honey and her family are back.

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Right, come on through.

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But instead of losing weight, she seems to be getting bigger.

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So she's actually gone up slightly.

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And more worryingly, she seems uncomfortable.

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I was just holding her earlier and she just kept squeaking when she was

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breathing and a little squeak would come out of her.

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Yesterday she just laid by her food bowl most of the day.

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She didn't really move.

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I'm just wondering whether I can feel a little lump in her tummy.

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When she was in for a scan, I had a really good feel and a look around,

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we didn't see anything untoward and I couldn't feel anything

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at the time.

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I think what I might do is just get one of the other vets to feel it as

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-well.

-Yeah.

-Some problems are really hard to diagnose and that's when I'm

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so glad that I can call one of the other vets to come and take a second

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look. Can you feel a lump there?

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-Yeah, yeah, definitely.

-I can definitely feel something

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-that shouldn't be there.

-Yeah.

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She's gained weight as well, which I think is bizarre, the fact that

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-she's been getting more...

-I don't think that's normal.

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I don't.

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James now has to tell the family that Honey could be seriously ill.

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OK, I've just had a little chat with Amy and Katie and I think we can

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feel something in there.

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This could be something a bit more worrying.

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So in terms of a cancerous process possibly.

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What we'd like to do before we jump to that conclusion,

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we'd quite like to just put the scanner back on and try and get a

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bit more of an answer for you.

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Wow, look at that now.

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Gosh, that's totally different to where we were three weeks ago.

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So you can now see we've just got all these loops of black, which

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tends to indicate fluid.

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Oh, no.

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With the growth so advanced and Honey starting to suffer,

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there's nothing more James can do.

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I think, unfortunately...

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..this might be the end of the road for little Honey.

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-Oh, poor Honey.

-I think it might be time to say goodbye.

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-She's really uncomfortable with it as well.

-She is, isn't she?

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You're not a happy guinea pig. I'm sorry, Honey.

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This is not going to be very easy.

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Having to tell owners that their precious pet, who's part of

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the family, needs to be put to sleep is the hardest part of the job.

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Putting an animal to sleep or letting them go is not an act of

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cruelty, it's actually an act of kindness and in Honey's case she was

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suffering, so the kindest thing to do was to let her go.

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But it doesn't make it any easier.

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You know?

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It'll never get easier, you never...

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I think the moment that that becomes just a routine part of the job is

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the moment that you should probably hang the stethoscope up.

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That was just heartbreaking.

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The thing about being a vet is that sometimes you do have to deal

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with some sad situations.

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But there are also happy outcomes.

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Remember Rufus, the dog who ate the stones?

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Well, a few hours after surgery...

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-Look who's here?

-..he was reunited with his owner.

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Look, who's that? There you are, sweetie.

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And I'm glad to say that stones are no longer a part of his diet.

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That's what he got.

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No more of those, please.

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Next time on The Pets Factor:

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Cat the vet gets up close with some irresistible Cockapoo pups.

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Let me have a look at you.

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Hi!

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And Cheryl has an emergency on her hands...

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A dog with a fractured leg and a foreign body.

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..with a dog that's landed in double trouble.

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I think this is a first and we haven't had many firsts.

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James investigates why Honey the guinea pig is putting on weight. Cheryl goes on a home visit to do a doggy check-up on her four-legged family members. Plus the pressure is on for Rory to help a little dog with a big appetite for pebbles.


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