Transcript: ER Vets- Series 1 - Episode 12 | Jan 12, 2021

(music plays)

A Female Narrator says COMING UP ON E.R. VETS...

A Female Vet checking a cheetah says THE FANG TOOTH IS REALLY BROKEN.
OH, SHE REALLY WRECKED IT.

Dalida says I THINK HE MIGHT
BE FADING.
HE HASN'T HAD THE OPPORTUNITY
TO MAINTAIN REGULAR WALKS.

Another female vet says OOH, THAT'S QUITE THE MOVEMENT
OF THE EYES.

Sobbing, a woman says SEEING HIM LIKE THIS...
I'M WORRIED.

(theme music plays)

The opening of the show rolls. Words appear on the screen that read "Critical care, oncology surgery, internal medicine, dentistry, ophthalmology, neurology, anesthesia, allergy, dermatology, neurosurgery."

The name of the show reads "ER Vets. 24-7 animal trauma centre."

The Narrator says TORONTO, HOME TO THE V.E.C.,
AN EMERGENCY VETERINARY
TRAUMA CENTRE.
THAN 20,000 PATIENTS A YEAR,
THE V.E.C. IS ONE OF THE
BUSIEST VETERINARY FACILITIES
IN THE COUNTRY.
THESE ARE THREE OF ITS CASES.

A picture of a cheetah with the caption that reads "Case 1: Pinky. Tooth Problem."

A caption reads "Doctor French. Dentistry." Doctor French is in her forties, with short curly blond hair. She wears black and white scrubs.

She says SO, I HAD A PHONE CALL FROM
DR. CHRIS DUTTON AT THE ZOO,
AND WE HAVE KIND OF
AN EXCITING CASE TODAY.
BECAUSE THEY HAVE GOT A
SIX-YEAR OLD FEMALE CHEETAH,
WHOSE NAME IS PINKY,
AND THE KEEPERS NOTICED THAT
SHE HAS A BROKEN TOOTH.
NOW, THAT'S ALL
THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO SEE.
CHRIS SENT AN EMAIL
WITH PICTURES OF PINKY'S
BROKEN TOOTH,
SO WE'RE GONNA
GO HAVE A LOOK
AND SEE IF IT'S SOMETHING
WE CAN FIX.
Looking at a picture, she continues OH, OKAY.
THE CANINE TOOTH,
THE FANG TOOTH,
IS REALLY BROKEN.

A female vet says IS THAT THE PULP THERE, THE DOT?

Doctor French says YUP, SO THAT'S DEAD.

The female vet says SO, YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO PULL IT
OR DO A ROOT CANAL?

Doctor French says NO, I THINK SHE IS ONLY SIX,
SO I THINK IT LOOKS TO ME
LIKE THERE IS ENOUGH TOOTH THERE
THAT WE CAN DO A ROOT CANAL.
I'D RATHER DO A ROOT CANAL
THAN PULL IT.
WE DON'T REALLY KNOW
HOW SHE BROKE THE TOOTH.
YOU KNOW, THEY JUST NOTICED IT,
SO THERE MAY BE OTHER DAMAGE.
SO, I GUESS WE'LL FIND OUT
WHEN SHE'S ASLEEP.
AND WE'LL JUST HAVE TO BE
PREPARED FOR ANY EVENTUALITY,
I GUESS.
ALL RIGHT, WELL LET'S GET GOING
AND THEN WE WILL SEE
WHAT HAPPENS.

The female vet says AWESOME! OKAY.

Doctor French says ALL RIGHT.

The Narrator says AS DR. FRENCH PREPARES
TO DASH OUT TO THE ZOO,
ACROSS THE HALL,
A GOLDEN RETRIEVER COMES
IN FOR REHAB.

Wendy says HEY, DALIDA.

Dalida says HEY, GOOD MORNING.
HOW ARE YOU?

GOOD. HOW ARE YOU?

Wendy says GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

They hug.

The caption changes to "Case 2: Brody. Chronic Pain."

Dalida is in her mid-thirties, with short blond hair. She wears blue scrubs.

Dalida says NICE TO SEE YOU.
MY NAME IS DALIDA NEGRIN.
I AM A CANINE MASOTHERAPIST,
AND I WORK AT THE ANIMAL
REHAB CENTRE.
TODAY, WE HAVE BRODY COMING IN.
HI, BRODY!
HE'S AN OLDER ARTHRITIC PATIENT.

Wendy is in her mid-forties, with long blond hair. She wears a white sport jacket over a black T-shirt and matching trousers.

Wendy says MY NAME IS WENDY,
AND I AM HERE WITH BRODY,
MY 12-YEAR-OLD GOLDEN RETRIEVER.
AND WE'RE GOING TO BE DOING
SOME AQUATHERAPY WORK,
A DOG MASSAGE,
AND THEN AN ACUPUNCTURE SESSION
WITH DR. PETTIFER.

Dalida says YOU READY?

Wendy says YEAH, HE'S DOING GOOD.
HE'S DOING GOOD?

Dalida says HE LOOKS GREAT.

Wendy says HE WAS A REALLY HEALTHY DOG UP
UNTIL ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO.
HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER.
WITH THIS DIAGNOSIS,
HE WAS GIVEN TWO MONTHS
TO ABOUT 100 DAYS TO LIVE
AT THAT POINT IN TIME.

Pictures of Broody at home appear.

She continues AND WE DID CHEMOTHERAPY
FOR THREE MONTHS,
MAYBE FOUR MONTHS.
HIS REACTION TO THE CHEMOTHERAPY
WAS QUITE SEVERE,
AND HE WAS QUITE SICK
AFTER THAT.
HIS QUALITY OF LIFE
WAS REALLY SUFFERING,
SO WE DECIDED
WE'D CEASE CHEMOTHERAPY.
AND WE REALLY DID THINK
THAT WAS GONNA
BE HIS DEATH SENTENCE
AT THAT POINT IN TIME.
Sobbing, she continues THAT WE'VE ANOTHER 15 MONTHS
MAKES YOU REALLY APPRECIATE
WHAT THEY BRING TO YOUR LIFE.

Dalida says HE'S HAD A LOT OF MUSCLE LOSS
AND HASN'T HAD THE OPPORTUNITY
TO MAINTAIN REGULAR WALKS.
SO, WE DO THE TREATMENT
IN THE HYDROTHERAPY TANK
TO HELP REGAIN RANGE OF MOTION,
STRENGTH, AND MUSCLE MASS.
BEING IN THE WATER, IT TAKES
THE STRESS OFF THE JOINTS.

Wendy feeds Broody as he walks in the tank.

Dalida says OH, I THINK HE LOOKS
PRETTY GOOD.
BUT I THINK HE MIGHT BE
FADING A LITTLE BIT ON US.
WE'LL CUT IT SHORT THEN TODAY,
AND WE'LL SUPPLEMENT THE REST
WITH A LITTLE MORE MASSAGE.

Wendy says SOUNDS GOOD.

Dalida says THAT WAS GREAT.
WHAT A GOOD JOB.
GOOD BOY.
I THINK HE HEARD ME SAY MASSAGE
AND DECIDED HE WAS GOING
TO STOP MOVING.

Wendy says I THINK SO TOO.
NO MORE SWIMMING.

Dalida says ALL RIGHT, LET'S GO SWEETHEART.

The Narrator says AS DALIDA TAKES BRODY TO PREP
HIM FOR A RELAXING MASSAGE,
OVER AT THE ZOO,
PINKY THE CHEETAH
IS ABOUT TO BE DARTED

The caption changes to "Doctor Dutton. Veterinarian." He is in his mid-forties, clean-shaven with short brown hair. He wears a brown jacket, a light green polo-shirt and beige trousers.

Doctor Dutton SO TODAY, WE'RE UP AT
THE CHEETAH HOUSE HERE.
WE'VE GOT A CAT HERE THAT HAS
A CHIPPED CANINE TOOTH.
HER NAME'S PINKY.
SHE IS A SIX-YEAR-OLD
AFRICAN CHEETAH.
WE'RE VERY FORTUNATE
DR. SHARON FRENCH
IS COMING IN TO HELP US
THIS MORNING.
AND IN A MINUTE WE'RE GONNA GO
IN AND ANAESTHETISE THIS CAT.

At the back of a van, he says COULD YOU JUST PASS ME
THE BLOWPIPE THERE?
Then, he says WE'RE NOT CERTAIN HOW IT MANAGED
TO BREAK THE TOOTH.
WHETHER IT WAS CHEWING
ON A LARGE BONE.
WHETHER IT JUMPED AND
HIT SOMETHING.
WE'RE NOT CERTAIN.
OKAY.
WE WENT UP TO ANAESTHETISE HER.
WE DID THAT BY DARTING HER WITH
A COUPLE OF ANAESTHETIC AGENTS.
THE AIM IS TO GET IT
INTO THE MUSCLE DEEP ENOUGH
SO THAT THE INJECTION
CAN BE ABSORBED WELL
WITHOUT CAUSING ANY DAMAGE
WITH THE ACTUAL DART.
THE DARTING WAS GOOD.
IT WENT INTO HER THIGH NICELY.
NONE OF THE ANIMALS PARTICULARLY
APPRECIATE BEING DARTED,
JUST LIKE WE DON'T APPRECIATE
HAVING A NEEDLE OURSELVES.
SHE WENT DOWN VERY QUICKLY,
WHICH WAS GREAT.
WE GOT HER ALL SET UP
AND READY TO GO.
WE PUT HER ON A STRETCHER
AND BROUGHT HER BACK
TO THE HEALTH CENTRE
TO HAVE THE PROCEDURE
PERFORMED.

The Narrator says WITH PINKY SUCCESSFULLY
ANAESTHETISED
AND ON HER WAY TO THE ANIMAL
HEALTH CENTRE,
BACK AT THE V.E.C.,
DR. JAMES HAS BEEN GIVEN AN
EYE-POPPING EMERGENCY CASE.

The caption changes to "Doctor James. Neurologist." She is in her mid-forties, with short blond hair. She wears green scrubs and a gray and black jacket.

Doctor James says SO, A DOG JUST CAME IN FROM
THE EMERGENCY SERVICE.
HIS NAME IS MAX,
AND HE IS A LITTLE OLD DOG
WITH A SUDDEN
ONSET OF
VESTIBULAR SIGNS,
MEANING HIS EQUILIBRIUM IS OFF
AND HE'S OFF BALANCE.

The caption changes to "Case 3: Max. Vestibular issues."

Doctor James holds Max on a stretcher.

A female vet says SO, MAX IS A 14-YEAR-OLD MALE
NEUTERED SHIH TZU.
THAT'S QUITE THE MOVEMENT
OF THE EYES.

The caption changes to "Anne. Max's owner." Anne is in her early forties, with shoulder-length black hair. She wears glasses and a white jacket.

Anne says MY NAME IS ANNE, AND I'VE
BROUGHT MY DOG, MAX, IN.
I CAME HOME FROM WORK
AND I NOTICED HE WASN'T
QUITE WALKING NORMALLY.

Doctor James says YOU KNOW WHEN
YOU'RE DRIVING THE CAR
AND YOU'RE LOOKING
OUT THE WINDOW
AND YOUR EYES ARE TICKING
TO KEEP UP WITH WHERE YOU
ARE SORT OF FALLING TOWARDS
OR MOVING TOWARDS?
WHEN WE LOOK AT HIM STAND UP,
HE'S GOT THIS LEAN
OVER TO THE LEFT SIDE
'CAUSE HE FEELS LIKE
HE IS FALLING THAT WAY.
POOR LITTLE GUY MUST
BE REALLY DIZZY.

Anne says WE JOKE AND SAY IF MAX
WERE A HUMAN,
HE'D PROBABLY BE PUT IN JAIL
FOR STALKING ME.
Smiling, she continues HE IS SUPREMELY ATTACHED TO ME.
ANYWHERE I GO, HE'S WITH ME.
HE'S SORT OF BEEN MY BABY.

The Female Vet says SHE DID NOT NOTICE AN ABNORMAL
EYEBALL MOVEMENT
UNTIL SHE CAME HERE
THIS MORNING THROUGH E.R.
AND A TECHNICIAN POINTED IT
OUT TO HER.

Doctor James says OH, SO ALL SHE NOTICED
WAS THE HEAD TILT
AND THE WOBBLINESS AND
IT STARTED ACUTELY?

The Female Vet says ACUTELY, LAST NIGHT.

Doctor James says WHEN THAT HAPPENS IN AN OLD DOG,
THE MOST COMMON THING WE SEE
IS A THING CALLED OLD DOG
VESTIBULAR DISEASE.

Doctor James draws a diagram on white board.

Doctor James says AND THAT IS NOT
A VERY SERIOUS CONDITION.
IT'S LIKE...
IT'S A BENIGN CONDITION.

Anne says AND IT IMPROVES?

Doctor James says IT IMPROVES AND
THEY GET USUALLY 100 percent BETTER,
BUT SOMETIMES,
THEY CAN HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF
A RESIDUAL HEAD TILT.

Anne says OKAY.

Doctor James says BUT HE COULD HAVE SOMETHING ELSE
LIKE A TUMOUR
IN THE AREA OF HIS BRAIN STEM
OR PERHAPS A STROKE.
I CAN'T RULE IT OUT
BY LOOKING AT HIM.
WE CAN ONLY RULE IT OUT
BY IMAGING HIS BRAIN.
THE NEXT QUESTION IS
SHOULD WE OR SHOULD WE NOT
IMAGE HIS BRAIN AT THIS POINT?

Anne says SO WHAT IS YOUR
PROFESSIONAL OPINION?

Doctor James says MY PROFESSIONAL OPINION
IS THAT WE SHOULD WAIT.
IF IT'S OKAY WITH YOU,
I'D LIKE TO ADMIT HIM
AND PUT HIM ON I.V.,
BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT
TO EAT AND DRINK SOMETIMES.
SO WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO
IS JUST HOSPITALISE HIM
AND WE'RE GONNA JUST WATCH HIM
THROUGH THE DAY.
IF HE'S IMPROVING,
THEN IT'S MORE CONSISTENT WITH
OLD DOG VESTIBULAR DISEASE.
AND IF HE'S NOT IMPROVING,
THEN I'M GONNA RECOMMEND THAT
HE HAS AN MRI OF HIS BRAIN,
SO THAT WE CAN MAKE SURE
THAT THERE'S NO PRESENCE
OF TUMOUR OR A STROKE.

Sobbing, Anne says WE HAD TO PUT
HIS BROTHER DOWN IN APRIL,
AND I AM SO WORRIED.
I JUST CAN'T GO THROUGH
THAT AGAIN.
THEY BOTH WERE
JUST BEST FRIENDS.
NOW SEEING HIM LIKE THIS...
I'M WORRIED.
I DON'T WANNA SAY
GOODBYE TO HIM YET.

Anne removes her glasses and wipes her tears.

The Narrator says BEFORE THE BREAK
ON E.R. VETS...
DR. JAMES TESTED A DOG
WITH SERIOUS BALANCE ISSUES,
PROCEDURE WITH DR. FRENCH.
AND BRODY BEGAN
AN IMPORTANT THERAPY SESSION.

Dalida says ARE YOU READY
FOR YOUR MASSAGE?

Wendy says NEXT WE'RE GOING
TO MASSAGE THERAPY.
THERE ARE PEOPLE
WHO THINK I AM CRAZY
THAT I'VE GOT MY DOG
HAVING MASSAGE THERAPY.
BUT THERE REALLY
IS A TRUE BENEFIT,
AND HE ABSOLUTELY LOVES IT.

Dalida says SO, YOU KNOW WHEN
YOU WORK OUT
AND YOU FIND YOUR MUSCLES
ARE REALLY SORE?
IT'S BECAUSE OF
THE LACTIC ACID BUILDUP.
REHABILITATION IS SOMETHING
THAT NOT ONLY HUMANS GO THROUGH
BUT SO DO ANIMALS.
AND A LOT OF THE SAME
PRINCIPLES WILL APPLY.
I'M GONNA START OFF BY WORKING
IN THE NECK REGION.
BECAUSE MUCH LIKE HUMANS,
DOGS TEND TO HOLD A LOT
OF TENSION AND STRESS
IN THE NECK AND
THE SHOULDERS.
WE'RE JUST GONNA RELAX BRODY
AND JUST GET HIM COMFORTABLE.

Wendy says HE LOOKS FAIRLY RELAXED.

Dalida says HE DOESN'T SEEM TO MIND.

Wendy says DOES THAT FEEL GOOD, HON?
DOES IT?
YEAH, I HAVE TO ADMIT,
I THINK MY DOG GETS BETTER
TREATED THAN I DO NOW.
BECAUSE HE DOES
HAVE MORE MASSAGES
THAN I THINK MOST PEOPLE
DO THESE DAYS.

Dalida says BRODY IS VERY, VERY CLOSE
TO HER.
SHE WOULD DO ANYTHING
AND EVERYTHING
TO TRY TO MAKE HIS LIFE
AS GOOD AS POSSIBLE.
HER LOVE AND AFFECTION
FOR BRODY IS SO GENUINE.
AND SHE IS AS MUCH OF A PART
OF THE TREATMENTS AS WE ARE.

Lying on the floor, Broody moves his front legs as if he was swimming.

Dalida says OH, MY GOODNESS.
I THINK YOU'VE GOT A GOOD SPOT.

Dalida says HE'S GONE FROM RELAXED TO
LIKE REALLY, REALLY HAPPY.
I THINK BRODY MIGHT BE READY
TO DO THE OTHER SIDE.
WHAT DO YOU SAY?

Wendy says ABSOLUTELY.

The Narrator says WHILE BRODY CONTINUES TO ENJOY
DOGGY MASSAGE,
BACK AT THE ZOO, PINKY IS READY
TO HAVE HER TOOTH FIXED
BY DR. FRENCH.

Doctor French says SO, I WAS A LITTLE APPREHENSIVE
ABOUT WHAT WE'D FIND TODAY
WITH PINKY.
BECAUSE SOMETIMES
WHEN WE HAVE TO DO ROOT CANALS
IN THESE LARGE CATS,
THEY ARE SEVERAL HOURS LONG.
SO, I GET MYSELF A LITTLE
BIT PREPPED FOR THAT.

A team works on Pinky's surgery.

Doctor French says OH, SHE REALLY WRECKED IT.
DID SHE?
IT'S ROOT CANAL-ABLE SO
THAT IS HAPPY.

Doctor Dutton says NOT EXTRACTABLE?

Doctor French says NO, NO.

VERY GOOD.
THAT IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD.
PINKY DID INDEED HAVING AN
ABSCESS ON HER CANINE TOOTH,
AND CERTAINLY THAT TOOTH
WOULD HAVE BEEN FAIRLY
UNCOMFORTABLE FOR HER.
SO, SHE DOESN'T REALLY HAVE
VERY MUCH LEFT OF HER TOOTH,
BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT,
THAT'S THE ROOT.
SO, THAT'S PRETTY LONG.
THE PULP, OR THE SOFT TISSUE
CENTRE OF THE TOOTH,
WAS VERY BADLY INFECTED.
I'LL CLEAN ALL
OF THAT MATERIAL OUT.
AND IT WAS KIND OF A BLACK
SLUDGE AND SMELT REALLY BAD.
OOH, AND THAT DOES
NOT SMELL GOOD.
SO, YOU'RE LEFT WITH A HARD
STRUCTURE WITH A HOLLOW CORE.
AND WE NEED TO FILL THAT
WITH SOMETHING
BECAUSE THE BODY ALWAYS WANTS
TO SEEP FLUID IN THERE.
SO, WE FILL IT WITH IT INERT
MATERIAL CALLED GUTTA PERCHA.
SO, WE HEAT IT UP AND THEN
WE SHOOT IT IN WITH A GUN.
IT'S A VERY LONG CANAL,
AND SO, SOMETIMES
THESE THINGS
ARE A LITTLE TRICKY TO GET THE
WHOLE THING WITH A SOLID FILL.
SO, WE WANNA MAKE SURE
THAT THE WHOLE CANAL
IS REALLY PACKED FULL
OF THIS GUTTA PERCHA,
WHICH LOOKS WHITE
ON THE X-RAY.
I'M ACTUALLY HAVING A PRETTY
GOOD TIME.
WELL, I SHOULDN'T SAY THAT
UNTIL I SEE THE X-RAY.
I'LL SEE THE X-RAY AND
IF IT'S GOOD I'LL TELL YOU
WHAT A CLEVER VETERINARY DENTIST
I AM.

The Narrator says DR. FRENCH PERFORMS AN
X-RAY TO CHECK HER WORK,
WHILE BACK AT THE V.E.C.,
DR. JAMES LOOKS IN ON MAX.

Doctor James says WE HAD A LOOK AT HIM,
AND UNFORTUNATELY,
HE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE GETTING
ANY BETTER.
HIS HEAD TILT IS JUST
AS PRONOUNCED,
IF NOT A LITTLE BIT MORE,
AND HIS EYES ARE JUST
AS BAD AS THEY WERE.
THE WAY HE'S WALKING IS
A LITTLE BIT WORSE.
HE'S MUCH MORE WOBBLY,
STAGGERING, AND FALLING.
THIS LACK OF IMPROVEMENT IS
NOT REALLY CONSISTENT
WITH OLD DOG VESTIBULAR DISEASE.
IF ANYTHING, HE'S A LITTLE BIT
MORE TILTED THAN HE WAS,
WHICH MAKES ME WORRY
THAT WE ARE DEALING
WITH SOMETHING
POTENTIALLY INVOLVING
HIS BRAIN STEM.
Talking to a female assistant, she continues WE'LL CALL MOM.
WE'LL SEE WHETHER SHE'S WILLING
TO DO AN MRI ON HIM,
AND THAT WAY WE'LL BE ABLE
TO LOOK AND SEE
WHETHER THERE IS
ANYTHING ABNORMAL IN HIS BRAIN
OR BRAIN STEM
THAT COULD BE CAUSING THIS.
WE'LL GIVE HER A CALL NOW AND
SEE WHAT SHE WANTS TO DO.

The Narrator says SOME BAD NEWS TO MAX'S OWNER,
BRODY'S ABOUT TO START
THE FINAL PART OF HIS CHRONIC
PAIN TREATMENT.

Doctor Pettifer says HEY, HOW ARE YOU?

Wendy says HI, DR. PETTIFER.
HOW ARE YOU?

Doctor Pettifer says I'M GOOD. I'M GOOD.
HI, BRODY.

Wendy says OUR LAST TREATMENT TODAY IS
ACUPUNCTURE WITH DR. PETTIFER.
IT HAS REALLY HELPED
WITH HIS ARTHRITIS.

Doctor Pettifer says SO, IT'S BEEN A COUPLE OF WEEKS
SINCE I'VE SEEN YOU,
BUT HE LOOKS GOOD.

Wendy says YEAH HE DOES, DOESN'T HE?

The caption changes to "Doctor Pettifer. Anesthesiologist." He is in his early fifties, clean-shaven with receding hair. He wears glasses and blue scrubs.

Doctor Pettifer says ONE OF MY ROLES HERE
IS TO PROVIDE SERVICES
RELATED TO PAIN MANAGEMENT.
AND I CERTAINLY FIND
THAT ACUPUNCTURE
IN A TREATMENT REGIME
IS QUITE USEFUL
FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF PAIN.
THE FIRST POINT THAT
WE'RE GOING TO NEEDLE
IS AIMED AT CALMING HIM DOWN
A LITTLE BIT.

Wendy says NOT ONLY DOES IT KEEP HIM
NICE AND CALM,
IT RELAXES HIM AND PUTS
HIM INTO A ZEN STATE
FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD.

Doctor Pettifer says I AM GOING TO FOCUS MAINLY
ON HIS HIND LEGS,
'CAUSE THAT SEEMS TO BE THE AREA
THAT PROVIDES HIM
WITH THE MOST TROUBLE.
THE BASIS FOR ACUPUNCTURE
INVOLVES THE TREATMENT
OF IMBALANCES
IN THE NATURAL LIFE FORCE
KNOWN AS CHI OR ENERGY.
IN TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE,
DISEASES RELATED TO IMBALANCES
IN BODY ENERGY.
WHEN WE PUT THE NEEDLES IN,
WE'RE TRYING TO DIRECT ENERGY
EITHER INTO THE AREA
OR OUT OF THE AREA
IF THERE IS AN EXCESS OF ENERGY.

Wendy says DOES IT ACTUALLY HURT WHEN
YOU INSERT THE NEEDLES?

Doctor Pettifer says THE NEEDLES ARE SO FINE THAT YOU
CAN BARELY FEEL THEM GOING IN.

Wendy says REALLY?

Doctor Pettifer says YUP, YUP.
AND I SAY THAT FROM PERSONAL
EXPERIENCE TOO.
BECAUSE I'VE HAD ACUPUNCTURE
ON MYSELF.
ONE OF THE THINGS
THAT'S REFRESHING
ABOUT DOING ACUPUNCTURE
IS IT GIVES ME AN OPPORTUNITY
TO ACTUALLY SUSPEND
ALL OF MY WESTERN CONCEPTS
ABOUT DISEASE.
AND IT ALSO GIVES ME THE
OPPORTUNITY TO SIT AND CHAT,
SO I QUITE LIKE THAT.

They chuckle.

Wendy says A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN HAVING
SOMETHING UNDER ANAESTHETIC...

Doctor Pettifer says UNDER ANAESTHESIA.

The Narrator says AS BRODY CONTINUES
HIS ZEN-LIKE RELAXATION
WITH THE ACUPUNCTURE
TREATMENT, BACK AT THE ZOO,
OF
THE X-RAYS.

Doctor Dutton hands Doctor James an X-ray.

He says BEAUTIFUL.
BEAUTIFUL.

Excited, Doctor James says OH, MY GOD.
IT'S A THING OF BEAUTY.

Doctor Dutton says IT IS A THING OF BEAUTY.
IT WAS PROBABLY ONE
OF THE FASTEST
AND THE MOST SUPERB ROOT CANALS
THAT I'VE EVER SEEN HERE.
SHARON MANAGED TO FILL IT
BEAUTIFULLY.

Doctor James says SO, WE KNOW THAT THE CANAL'S
FILLED WELL ENOUGH,
SO THAT'S A VERY HAPPY THING.
SO NOW, WE'RE GONNA PROTECT
THE ENTRANCE OF THE CANAL
WITH TWO LAYERS OF
FILLING MATERIAL.
BECAUSE IF SHE LOSES
THE TOP LEVEL,
THEN WE ALWAYS HAVE
THAT BACKUP LEVEL
PROTECTING THE INTERNAL FILLING
OF THE ROOT CANAL,
THE GUTTA PERCHA.
SO, WHAT HAPPENS IS THE LIGHT
STARTS A CHEMICAL REACTION,
SO THE VERY SOFT
FILLING MATERIAL
THEN BECOMES QUITE HARD
AND BONDS TO THE TOOTH.
THERE YOU GO.
ALL RIGHT.
SHE'S GOING TO FEEL
A WHOLE LOT BETTER
NOW THAT WE HAVE GOT
THAT TOOTH REPAIRED.

The Narrator says DR. FRENCH FINISHES UP
THE PROCEDURE ON PINKY,
WHILE DR. JAMES MAKES A CALL
TO MAX'S OWNER.

Doctor James says HI, ANNE.
IT'S DEBBIE JAMES HERE.
SO I CALLED UP HIS MOM
AND WE TALKED ABOUT THE FACT
THAT HE'S DOING WORSE.
HE'S MUCH MORE OBVIOUSLY
UNCOORDINATED.
WE DON'T HAVE TO GET HIM
TO EVEN WALK TWO STEPS
BEFORE HE'LL KIND OF FALL IN
ONE DIRECTION OR THE OTHER,
WHICH ISN'T WHAT
I WAS HOPING TO SEE.
WE SHOULD GET AN MRI
SET UP FOR HIM.
OKAY?
OKAY. THANKS, ANNE.
ALL RIGHT, TAKE CARE.
BYE-BYE.
SO, WE'RE GONNA SEND HIM
FOR AN MRI.
SHE'S GONNA COME AND
PICK HIM UP NOW.
AND WE'LL BE ABLE TO LOOK AND
SEE WHETHER HE'S GOT A TUMOUR,
OR A STROKE, OR SOMETHING OTHER
THAN OLD DOG VESTIBULAR DISEASE.

The Narrator says BEFORE THE BREAK
ON E.R.
VETS...
MAX'S CONDITION BECAME WORSE
AFTER A COUPLE OF HOURS,
DR. PETTIFER BEGAN HIS
ACUPUNCTURE SESSION ON BRODY.
AND DR. FRENCH TOOK
AN X-RAY TO CONFIRM
THAT THE DENTAL PROCEDURE
WENT ACCORDING TO PLAN.

Doctor James says SO, WE'VE SET UP AN MRI
AND THE OWNER IS COMING IN
TO PICK MAX UP
AND SHE WILL TAKE HIM
FOR THE MRI.
HOPEFULLY, WE WILL SEE NOTHING,
BUT I'M REALLY GLAD
THAT SHE'S GETTING IT DONE.
YOU KNOW, EVERY NOW AND THEN
THIS CONDITION CAN GET A LITTLE
BIT WORSE THROUGH THE DAY,
BUT TYPICALLY IT DOESN'T.
SO, I'M REALLY GLAD THAT
YOU AGREED TO DO THE MRI.
I THINK IT'S FOR THE BEST
JUST TO BE SURE THAT
THERE'S NOTHING THERE.
I THINK HIS APPOINTMENT'S
FOR 3:30 TOMORROW.
NOTHING TO EAT
AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.
AND THEN IF HE IS NOT DOING WELL
ANYTIME OVER THE WEEKEND,
YOU CAN BRING HIM BACK.

Anne says ALL RIGHT.

Doctor James says HERE YOU GO.
I'M REALLY GLAD THAT SHE DECIDED
TO GO AHEAD WITH THIS TEST.
IT MAKES ME FEEL
A LOT MORE COMFORTABLE
TO KNOW FOR SURE
WHAT IS GOING ON.
GOOD LUCK, OKAY.
TAKE CARE.

Anne says THANK YOU.

The Narrator says AS ANNE TAKES MAX HOME TO AWAIT
HIS MRI APPOINTMENT,
BRODY IS ALMOST DONE WITH HIS
ACUPUNCTURE APPOINTMENT.

(soft music plays)

Doctor Pettifer says TODAY'S SESSION WITH BRODY
WENT VERY WELL.
ALL OF THESE THERAPIES
COMBINE TOGETHER
TO HELP INCREASE HIS LEVEL
OF FUNCTIONING.

Wendy says WHEN BRODY WAS DIAGNOSED
WITH THE CANCER
AND I WAS GIVEN THE TWO MONTHS,
ALL OF A SUDDEN,
EVERY DAY BECAME A GIFT
BECAUSE, ALL OF A SUDDEN,
YOU'VE GOT A FINITE TIME.

Doctor Pettifer says EVEN IF YOU TALK TO PEOPLE
WHO HAVE RECEIVED
CANCER DIAGNOSIS,
THEY HAVE THAT SHIFT IN HOW
THEY VIEW LIFE.

Wendy says RIGHT.

Doctor Pettifer says SO, WHEN WAS IT THAT HE WAS
GIVEN A COUPLE OF MONTHS?

Wendy says 17 MONTHS AGO.

Doctor Pettifer says 17 MONTHS AGO.
SO, THAT'S A LOT OF COUPLES.

Wendy says THAT'S A LOT OF MONTHS.
OBVIOUSLY, THE TREATMENTS
ARE IMPORTANT,
BUT IT'S THE PEOPLE HERE THAT
ALSO MAKE THE DIFFERENCE.
THEY LEGITIMATELY CARE
ABOUT THE ANIMALS
THAT THEY ARE DEALING WITH.

Doctor Pettifer says IT LOOKS LIKE BRODY IS STARTING
TO WAKE UP A LITTLE BIT MORE,
AND HE'S GETTING A LITTLE
BIT MORE AGITATED.
AND I HAVE OFTEN FOUND WITH HIM
THAT HE KIND OF LETS ME KNOW
WHEN HE'S DONE WITH HIS THERAPY.

Wendy says IT HAS BEEN SUCH A WONDERFUL
EXPERIENCE.
WE'VE HAD SO MANY MORE MONTHS
WITH HIM THAN WE EVER THOUGHT.

Doctor Pettifer says IT IS SUCH A PLEASURE
TO BE ABLE TO HELP IMPROVE
THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF
OUR PATIENTS HERE,
WHICH ULTIMATELY IS OUR JOB.
OKAY, GREAT.
WELL, THANKS VERY MUCH AND
WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT WEEK.

Wendy says THANKS.

Doctor Pettifer says GREAT.
COME ON, BRODY.

Wendy says HE'S MY BEST FRIEND.
Sobbing, she continues MY HEART IS SO FULL OF LOVE
FOR THIS DOG.
HE MAKES MY DAY BETTER.
RIGHT?
AND OF COURSE, HE'S IGNORING ME.

The Narrator says BACK AT THE ZOO,
DR. FRENCH HAS FINISHED
WITH PINKY'S DENTAL WORK.

Doctor Dutton says I THINK THIS IS GONNA BE A LOT
HAPPIER CAT AFTER THIS.

Doctor French says I WOULD HOPE SO.
SHE HAS A STUNNING ROOT CANAL.

Doctor Dutton says I AGREE WITH YOU.
I SAW THAT AND I THOUGHT, WOW.

Doctor French says IT'S GONE WELL.

Doctor Dutton says IT'S GONE WELL.
WHEN THAT WAS ALL DONE WE PUT IT
BACK ON TO THE STRETCHER.

Doctor French says THEN WE RACED BACK UP
TO HER ENCLOSURE,
SO THAT WE COULD GET HER IN
SAFELY BEFORE SHE'S TRULY AWAKE.

Doctor Dutton says WE RETURNED IT BACK
INTO ITS PEN.
WE WERE ABLE TO REVERSE
THE ANAESTHETICS.

Doctor French says ONCE THEY HAVE THE TUBE OUT,
THEN WE WATCH VERY CLOSELY
FOR HER TO BE ABLE TO SIT UP,
TO STAND UP.

Doctor Dutton says SHE WOKE UP VERY QUICKLY,
WHICH IS FABULOUS.

Doctors watch Pinky as she wakes up in a cage.

Doctor French says SHE IS BLINKING.
THAT'S GOOD.

Doctor Dutton says SHE IS SAYING,
"MY TOOTH FEELS AMAZING."

Doctor French says NO, SHE IS GOING,
"I CAN'T FEEL MY TOOTH.
WHAT HAPPENED?"
AWW. GOOD GIRL.

Doctor Dutton says AND SHE WAS VERY ALERT,
WHICH IS GREAT.

Doctor French says OKAY. SHE LOOKS GOOD.
SHE IS ANGRY.

Doctor Dutton says SHE'S READY AND DEFENSIVE,
THAT'S A GOOD SIGN.

Doctor French says IT'S ACTUALLY A GOOD THING
IF SHE'S ACTING A LITTLE TICKED
AT THE DENTIST.

Doctor Dutton says I THINK WE CAN LEAVE HER ALONE.
SHE'LL BE PLEASED TO SEE US GO.
SO, IT'S WORKED OUT REALLY
WELL HERE.
SHE OBVIOUSLY HAD
A DENTAL ISSUE,
WHICH I THINK HAS BEEN
WONDERFULLY RESOLVED.
AND AS ALWAYS, WONDERFUL
TO HAVE SHARON HERE
TO DO THE WORK WITH US.

Doctor French says I AM A LUCKY GIRL.
ANOTHER GOOD DAY AT THE ZOO
I WOULD HAVE TO SAY.

The caption changes to "Three days later."

Doctor James says SO, WE HAD SOME GREAT NEWS
OVER THE WEEKEND.
WE TALKED TO MAX'S OWNER AND
HE'S ACTUALLY DOING MUCH BETTER.

Anne says WE WERE PRETTY CONCERNED
ON FRIDAY.
HE WAS NOT IMPROVING
AND DOING WORSE.
AND THEN, SATURDAY MORNING
WE GOT THE BEST GIFT EVER.
HE WAS TREMENDOUSLY IMPROVED.

Doctor James says HE STARTED TO DO BETTER JUST
BEFORE THE MRI WAS SCHEDULED,
SO WE CANCELLED IT.
SO, HE'S COMING IN TODAY FOR ME
TO RECHECK HIM.
LET ME JUST HAVE
A LITTLE LOOK AT HIM.
OKAY, GOOD.
I DON'T SEE ANY
OF THE NYSTAGMUS,
THE QUICK EYE MOVEMENT,
SO THAT'S REALLY GOOD.
AND WE'LL JUST PUT HIM DOWN
ON THE FLOOR FOR A SECOND.
HE IS DOING MUCH BETTER,
WHICH IS GREAT.
HE'S PRETTY MUCH WALKING
IN A STRAIGHT LINE.

Anne says HE SEEMS TO FEEL A LOT BETTER.
WE FEEL BETTER.
WE'RE HAPPY TO SEE HIM BACK ON
HIS FEET AND NOT FALLING OVER.

Doctor James says HE'S PRETTY MUCH GOING
IN A STRAIGHT LINE
WITHOUT TOO MANY STUMBLING STEPS
AT ALL.
SO MUCH BETTER THAN FRIDAY.

Anne says YES.

Doctor James says SO, ALL OF HIS VESTIBULAR SIGNS
HAVE IMPROVED.
I EXPECT THAT HE'S GONNA GET
EITHER BACK TO NORMAL
OR CLOSE TO NORMAL
OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.
SO, I WOULD SAY THAT BY TWO
WEEKS FROM THE INITIAL SIGN,
HE WILL BE HOPEFULLY AS
STRAIGHT AS HE WAS BEFORE.

Anne says OKAY.

Doctor James says SOMETIMES THEY HAVE A LITTLE BIT
OF A RESIDUAL HEAD TILT.

Anne says OKAY.

Doctor James says THERE'S NOTHING
WE CAN DO ABOUT IT,
AND IT'S NOTHING THAT WE NEED
TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT ANYWAY.

Anne says HE ALWAYS LOOKS LIKE
HE IS THINKING NOW.

Doctor James says YES, EXACTLY.
YOU'LL BE LIKE, "MAX WHAT ARE
YOU THINKING?"
HE'LL BE LIKE, "OH..."
OKAY, GREAT.

Anne says DEBBIE HAS BEEN REALLY GREAT
WITH MAX.
I FEEL HE'S GOTTEN
THE BEST CARE HERE
THAT HE COULD'VE GOTTEN
ANYWHERE.

Doctor James says I'M GLAD TO SEE HIM DOING
SO MUCH BETTER.
AND I AM GLAD TO SEE YOU DOING
SO MUCH BETTER.
HER PREVIOUS DOG DIED
A FEW MONTHS AGO.
I KNOW SHE WAS VERY UPSET
THAT THIS WOULD SORT OF BE THE
BEGINNING OF THE END FOR MAX,
BUT HE HAS DONE
REALLY WELL THROUGH THIS
AND SHOULD CONTINUE JUST
TO GET BETTER AND BETTER.

Anne says THANK YOU SO MUCH.

They hug.

Doctor James says TAKE CARE.
YOU'RE WELCOME.

Anne says MAX AND I BOTH REALLY
APPRECIATE IT.
AFTER LOSING MAX'S BROTHER,
BUSTER,
WE'RE JUST SO RELIEVED TO KNOW
THAT WE'VE GOT MORE
TIME WITH HIM.
WE'D MISS HIM MORE
THAN HE WOULD KNOW.

A song plays OH HOW SHE PRAYS
HOW SHE PRAYS
NOT LIKE THE SAILOR BESIDE
HER
NOT LIKE THE WAVES
IN THE WATER
NOT LIKE THE WAYS THAT
HE TAUGHT HER

The end credits roll.

Narrated by Jann Arden.

Executive producers, James Wilkes and Bruce Elis.

Director, James Wilkes.

Logo: CMT, a Corus Entertainment Company.

Watch: ER Vets- Series 1 - Episode 12