One last trip…

I have waited to post this blog on here for a while as now it seems real that we are a One Pet family, for the first time in a long time.

Tillie soldiered on to the end ignoring that she had no kidney function left at all and even ate some cat treats when at the vets, but it was to be her final trip to the vets as we didn’t want to wait until she started to show any signs of pain or distress. read more about our journey together here

Unwelcome guests

I’ve always held an admiration for some parasites. They are tiny superheroes whose entire existence is to put in minimal effort to get the maximum out of living off others.

Owning pets means you do need to consider how to prevent them getting parasites and how to treat them if they arrive. In this blog I recall the horror of moving house to find some unwelcome guests who were not paying the mortgage!

Your pet or home having fleas doesn’t mean you are unclean or a bad pet parent… these guys are pretty indestructible check out how I coped read the original blog here

And now on Radio 4 … The Archers

I apologise in this blog if you aren’t an Archers fan, I know this daily 13 minutes of radio can be divisive. However the on going issue of the visibility of the vet nursing role seems to crop up everywhere and at the time the vet focussed story lines really showed the absence of, well, anyone else in a vet practice that keeps it running besides the vet!

Although since this blog a ‘vet nurse’ has been mentioned… when a fractious cat needed handling! Love it!

Read the original blog here…

When the time comes…

April was a sad month for us as our beloved Tillie (pictured with me) was put to sleep. She was an absolute trooper of cat with multiple health issues, but she was bright and eating until the end.

This was oddly the most guilt free passing of any of our pets and we worked hard with her care team to get the timing just right. She will be much missed by us all.

Read the blog here…

Pet passports – freedom for pets?

As the holiday season approaches those of us in practice face increasing requests for pet passports. But do these work just like human passports and how much freedom do they really give you?

Read the blog here…

#planetrvn – ranked in the best vlogs in the world!

When your inbox is filled with GDPR requests in can make checking emails rather dull, so I was even more pleased than usual to get an email from blogspot to say my YouTube channel is in the Top 75 Veterinary YouTube channels in the world!

In fact its at No 34! How amazing is that!

Thanks to the amazing subscribers and viewers who have made the channel such a success. We’re very close to breaking into the top 30 channels so if anyone else would like an emails roughly every 2 weeks to show you my latest video then please SUBSCRIBE and boost our chart position!

Its hard to believe how low I was feeling when I started recording some videos hoping to help a few students… that was 2 years ago and look where we are now! The student vet nurse community really saved me with their positive feedback – THANK YOU!

 

 

An unusual phone call…

Phone calls regarding unusual requests are pretty common in the vet world. I have answered questions from hamsters having a stroke to stray turtles on the motorway.

Yet, its a call from my training days many years that stands out. It involved cryogenic freezing and I’ve not had a phone call like it since… read more hereB653268C-647C-4271-9C72-C72D5628C1FA

#planetrvn partners for the WIN

I know I probably over share about the life of the husband – G – and his relationship with the pets, but he’s played a blinder today.

Tillie has been a little picky with getting her meds in her usual smoked ham sliced roll – check the video on how to make them. But for the last few days the ham trick isn’t working well enough.

So I suggested going back to try the ham and cheese spread combo, but we only had soft cheese! Lovely G made up her meds as ever this morning, adding the cream cheese and this is what I got up to after he’d gone to work…

Poor Gs efforts for Tillie were in vain, soft cheese wasn’t for Tillie so I’ve headed out in the snow to get cheese spread to make sure she’ll take her medication with the littlest fuss possible.

Medicating cats is difficult at the best of times so now that our favourite trick has gone we’ll keep looking for new methods and keep you posted on our progress.

As for G there are little moments were I think I couldn’t have a better husband – and this was one of them. Caring for pets with illnesses can take its toll and having someone to share the load with is much appreciate, and when it’s someone who cares so much it makes it even easier.