I had a late start on Monday and caught 10 minutes of a very interesting radio 4 programme on my way to work: “One health: The Vet will see you now.”
On an almost daily basis we hear comments from our clients about the difference between the treatment that we receive from our doctors, compared to that received by our pets from veterinary surgeons. It seems that there is a lot that doctors and vets can learn from each other. As vets we are still have a lot of work to do in improving our evidence based medicine. Doctors could possibly learn a bit from us; for example how we plan the delivery of our services.
The discussion was thought provoking and well worth hearing.
Listen to it here.
This is Grace. Another hearing dog – but, as her jacket indicates, retired. She is still ready to alert her owner when the doorbell rings. However, she ignores the telephone. Enough is enough.
We have a number of ‘hearing dogs’ in the practice.
They are mostly cross-breed energetic little creatures who are trained to assist their owners with a number of tasks. The main task is not much of a chore at all, and that of being a good friend and companion. This can make life a bit awkward when retirement age (of the dog) approaches. The little guys deserve a rest, but are also part of the family.
Harry is retired but still lives with his owner. He is a Chihuahua-cross and has helped his owner for 8 years. He alerts her when the phone or door bell is ringing. This might not seem all that difficult – after all, even my dogs can alert me by barking – but this is not sufficient for a deaf owner; they have to be alerted in a different manner, for example by touch.
The Hearing Dogs For The Deaf do a very admirabe job of training these dogs to meet the specific needs of the various owners.
The society makes sure that the dogs have a health check by a vet every 6 months, and they regularly pay a visit to make sure that everything is going smoothly. They are an amazing group of volunteers who provide an excellent service for people who are hard of hearing.
The picture below shows Mrs Wilson collecting her little helper after he has had his teeth seen to.
The dogs wear special coat when out so that we are aware of their role. Keep a look out for the fashionable maroon coat and leads.
For more information about their work and how to support the Hearing Dogs For The Deaf, go here