DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Tuesday -

IWOULD like to know if there is re­search that says traf­fic in­ci­dents are the big­gest risk fac­tor for an­i­mals liv­ing in the city. feel as if Chris Brown sees a lot of them.

He has an­other pa­tient tonight who has been hit by a car. Tig­ger, a hand­some dog of some sort, ar­rives a cou­ple of hours later, the hold-up caused by Tig­ger dis­ap­pear­ing af­ter the ac­ci­dent. Tig­ger is the equiv­a­lent of an ad­dled foot­baller who plays a game on a bro­ken leg. ‘‘ It’s an amaz­ing ef­fort,’’ Brown says, look­ing at the X-ray, kind of im­pressed.

I’m more wor­ried about Penny’s pug Al­bert. His breath­ing sounds very laboured. She has al­ready found one tick, and she is anx­ious about an­other one she points out to Brown.

She was right to bring Al­bert in, this case re­quires a highly qual­i­fied pro­fes­sional to iden­tify a tick from a nip­ple. Still, Alby may have other ticks on him and there is still a piece left be­hind from the first one. Ticks, as you well know, can be very bad.

And he is such a cute pug. One of two cute pugs on the show tonight. Lisa Chimes is hold­ing the other one, a lit­tle baby, when Kelly Caruso, an­other vet, is telling her about her next job. A cataract op­er­a­tion on a fur seal at Coffs Har­bour. Lisa is jealous but she is try­ing to keep it pro­fes­sional. Pearl was res­cued by the ma­rine park when she was two, af­ter she had been blinded in one eye by a fish­ing hook.

She is now 15 and blind in the other eye, thanks to a cataract. This is a pretty in­ter- es­t­ing op­er­a­tion for us to sit in on, and long. But like any op­er­a­tion, it is the anes­thetic that is the real worry.

Pearl is old now but she is very re­spon­sive and af­fec­tion­ate, so this is an­other time on Bondi Res­cue where you will need to be strong. Bondi Vet, Chan­nel 10, 7.30pm

Im­pressed: Chris Brown

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