Toddlers Toy Visits The Vet

A special visitor in the vet clinic this week

There was a toy emergency at my daughter's preschool this week - Postman Pat's much loved cat Jesse had a broken leg! Every morning one child is chosen to be Postman Pat and deliver the mail to all of the children at the centre. To complete this task they need to have the help of their side kick, Jesse.

So, my Toddlers Toy Visits the Vet

I rose to the challenge and decided Jesse was in need of hospitalisation, a set of radiographs, maybe some surgery and definitely a splint! So sit back and enjoy Jesse's stay with us. 

Jesse started his visit in the office with me. Whilst I was working he spent time watching the fish. He liked watching the fish!
Jesse started his visit in the office with me. Whilst I was working he spent time watching the fish. He liked watching the fish!

 

The first part of any visit to a veterinary clinic is a weight check. Even Jesse jumped onto the scales to see how much he weighs.
The first part of any visit to a veterinary clinic is a weight check. Even Jesse jumped onto the scales to see how much he weighs.

 

So first step after the physical examination is a set of xrays to find out if anything is broken or dislocated. Jesse was a very good boy and he laid very still during his xrays!
So first step after the physical examination is a set of xrays to find out if anything is broken or dislocated. Jesse was a very good boy and he laid very still during his xrays!

 

The light tells me which part of the body is going to be exposed to the xray beam. I narrow the beam down so that it just over the area that is needed and we also label which leg is being radiographed.
The light tells me which part of the body is going to be exposed to the xray beam. I narrow the beam down so that it just over the area that is needed and we also label which leg is being radiographed.

 

It is revealed that Jesse has a dislocated shoulder. So it's time for a quick operation and a splint.
It is revealed that Jesse has a dislocated shoulder. So it's time for a quick operation and a splint.

 

Jesse stays asleep during his surgery by having an anaesthetic mask placed over his face.
Jesse stays asleep during his surgery by having an anaesthetic mask placed over his face.

 

Part of Jesse's treatment was to apply a splint to keep his leg stable. This splint will need to stay on for a few weeks before it is removed.
Part of Jesse's treatment was to apply a splint to keep his leg stable. This splint will need to stay on for a few weeks before it is removed.

 

Jesse has been prescribed rest and cuddles. There are 60 children that will be more than happy to provide plenty of cuddles to Jesse
Jesse has been prescribed rest and cuddles. There are 60 children that will be more than happy to provide plenty of cuddles to Jesse

 

All of the children LOVED looking through Jesse's photographs and his visit to the vet was discussed during News. It has sparked many conversations and ignited their curiosities. They are having parents bring in their own xrays and talking about their pets, talking about bones and their bodies. It was a great success. I have since offered to come into the preschool and talk about pet safety with the children. 

Outcome

Jesse is getting loved by the 60 children within the centre. His bandage is still on and I'll be giving him another check up in a week or two.

What have you done for your children? How have you made them feel special?

4 Responses

  1. I love how you took the time to explain and show young children how to help Jesse. I’m sure it made a big impression on how to humanely treat live animals. Your pictures are wonderful.

    • Thank you so much Sharon. It was a lot of fun for everyone – even us adults. And as you say, I’m really hoping that it will help to create good habits early and that these kids will be proactive with looking after their pets. (They might even tell their parents what they need to do). 🙂

  2. Wow, this is just awesome!! So creative and gave a lot to kids, well done! xox

    • Dr Belinda Parsons

      Thanks Natalie. It was a lot of fun!

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