Welcome to ‘ The Sausage Diaries.’
Well! Not only do I have to go out all day to see farm animals and horses with my human Jade, I give blood like a hero…. I also work in the laboratory!! Check me out in my new scrub top!
Before farmers put their rams in with their woolly girlfriends the vets can do fertility checks to make sure they’re ready. They do a full clinical examination, collect a sperm sample and ask the rams to cough. I don’t really get the coughing thing; when the humans said it they laughed… Apparently, I wouldn’t understand because I’ve been castrated, but I don’t really know what that means either… The last time someone mentioned a “castrate” was when I was still at the rescue centre. I was shipped off for a day trip to their vets, WITH NO BREAKFAST! I must have eaten something dodgy before then though because I felt really funny then must have fallen asleep, when I woke up I did feel much lighter! It was a pretty rubbish day out if I’m brutally honest.
Anyway, back to the matter at hand!
We look at the samples under the microscope to see if the little swimmers are moving well and if there are enough of them. They look really funny all moving around down the microscope.
The humans had to help me a little; I was too short to see down the microscope when it was on the worktop in the lab. It makes sense really because I am quite small, which is why I fit so nicely on to peoples’ laps. Although they do moan sometimes I’m too heavy, I can’t think why I only weigh 43 KG.
Back to the work though, we had to move the microscope on to a table that I could sit on. It’s always important to be comfortable whilst working.
Here’s a close-up picture of the little swimmers.
It’s not just sperms we can see under the microscope; we can see all sorts of things! We look at poo samples under there and see if there are worms and worm eggs, like this:
We can look for bacteria in samples, like these very funky looking rod bacteria:
Some of the little critters aren’t so pretty to look at, there’s a picture of a type of mite that can live in the feathers on horses legs.
These mites are called chorioptes equi and they can cause lots of itching and stamping. I don’t like looking at these for too long; they bring back bad memories of me having fleas… now there’s a topic for another day!
Right! That’s all from me today! Stay tuned for another installment of the Sausage diaries and I will bring you up to date with what I’ve been getting up to. There is much more to being a vet’s dog than just a pretty face you know.