Trust Me I’m a Dogtor

My LAST blog, for now. I need to focus on my application due in October; revisiting my old friend UCAS, a new personal statement and chasing up on my work experience references. Lots to do and working full time to save up for my second undergraduate degree. A never-ending battle towards the £45,000 uni fees but so far I’ve raised £600 for my uni fees and for the various charities I’ve supported over the year. A year ago, I ran my first 10K Race for Life, the start of my running journey, I can’t believe how far I’ve come and I’m excited to see what my sister can achieve a year on from her first 10K. My friend Roz and I completed the Cleveland Way by climbing Roseberry Topping, road-tripping from Flamborough to Saltburn, and I ran the Duncombe Park trail run in Helmsley to finish. Thanks to my supporters, see you on Saturday for my first ever triathlon.

PLEASE, please, please if you can spare TWO minutes donate your Friday night pint pennies to my fundraising page (or PayPal) to support Macmillan and my desperately needed uni fees. My hardest challenge yet, three disciplines, triple the training and hopefully, triple the sponsors! Feel free to drop in your donation at Café Frog, Pickering if you can’t access the internet. If you’ve already donated or you can only spare ONE minute, please share my triathlon and comment your support!

Now you’ve (fingers crossed) sponsored me for this weekend here’s what I learnt this week, why your trip to the vets costs sooo much and why you MUST neuter your pets. Disclaimer: I research and quote the vets I work with wherever I can, but I can only offer my advice and opinion from what I’ve experienced first-hand. Some vets will disagree.

As we celebrate 70 years of the NHS, and I reminisce back to my 6 A&E visits over the past 19 years, mostly from being a clumsy child. We moan about tax all the time but we really are fortunate to have free health care services available to us at our time of need. However, veterinary practices do not work like this. There are brilliant payment schemes available to reduce and spread the costs of wormers, vaccines, nail trims etc – the general pet MOT. Particularly, dog breeds with well-known medical conditions such as brachycephalic (I shared a post earlier this week about the breathing difficulties of pugs and French bulldogs) and dogs with back problems (dachshunds). It’s crazy how many owners have spent hundreds of pounds on their pet and try to avoid paying for their second vaccines!

Another costly visit that springs to mind are emergency, out of hours consults. The unsociable working hours of vets and vet nurses come at a cost. With few practices accommodating the option, the usual cost of a consult out of hours is triple the cost of a consult within normal opening hours. Vets see all sorts of emergencies, much like an A&E department, some accidents have unbelievable stories. Others are completely avoidable. Spaying and neutering are safe and SO much cheaper when pets are young. Reducing the risk of mammary and testicular tumours, which are fatal in 50% of dogs and 90% of cats and pyometra (uterine infection causing swelling from accumulating blood), requiring an emergency spay. The benefits of neutered pets greatly outweigh the minor surgical risk! Besides avoiding life-threatening surgery, it has been proven that pets LIVE LONGER and males are less aggressive once they’ve lost their ‘undercarriage’, as my grandparents say. I personally have witnessed all the eventualities mentioned over the last month alone! At my first whelping (dog birthing) I learnt most Kennel Club registered puppy breeders breakeven after the feed, vaccines and medical care of the bitch and her pups is deducted from the pup sale income (photos in my last blog). Puppies are beautiful but not all whelping experiences are magical. I was called in to observe an emergency caesarean. The poor mother had been whelping since 6 am… 16 hours later, the owners decided she might need some assistance. There was a pup stuck in her birth canal! Only one survived and the bitch made a full recovery. The reduced cost of spaying younger animals came as a shock when I saw the final bill for the pregnant bitch. Accidental mating is no laughing matter, the animal ‘morning after pill’ and emergency surgery is far better avoided in my opinion. So I’d definitely think again if you’re keeping your pet entire for ‘maybe’ breeding them in the future. Not hinting at any of my close family members with brown haired, sausage-shaped dogs…

Although neutering is easier said than done in some animals. We visited a boar last week for a castrate and trying to safely sedate the 120kg+ beast required 3 hefty pig boards and 5 willing volunteers. Fun fact: female pigs (sows) and horses are not spayed due to the largely complicated surgery. Going back to what I said about patience last week, we needed buckets of it. The tusked male shot between my legs, I luckily escaped unscathed. Thanking my long legs that I had not been carried away, I left with a very large bruise.

Thanks for reading my blog, I hope you learnt something new or advise a friend to get their precious pet insured and neutered.

My latest charity shop book about a newly graduate vet has inspired me even more to smash my application due in October, maybe I’ll write a book one day. I really want to hear what you think of my blog and what inspires you?

What to expect next:
– Keep an eye out for my last challenge of the year (more to come in 2018)
– Other fundraising events
Monthly blogs on my application progress, interviews, animal nutrition and finance

Be back soon, big loves, Evie xx

Photos that made me proud this week:

The first Summer calf at Leasbeck

Pre-Duncombe Park trail 10K trying to hide my big bruise

Post-9 mile 10K…?
Mary’s first 10K

Midnight born caesarean puppy

Roseberry Topping


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