On the 9th of June Tygerberg Animal Hospital went to visit Welgemoed Pre-Primary School, where Sr. Karen came to talk to the children about her job as a veterinary nurse and about what a Vet does. Sr, Karen had her own two greyhounds named William, male, and Jinjer, female, with her. William is a rescue greyhound that started off life in awful conditions and cruelty and now is the best ambassador for greyhounds. He loved all the attention from the children.
They spoke about topics like tick and flea treatment, vaccination injections and deworming as they are crucial to an animals health. Sr Karen showed the children how to listen to Williams’s heart with a stethoscope, where each child got a chance to do part of the dog’s health care examination, with some listening to his heart.
Sr. Karen advised the children that animals cannot eat the same food as humans and that some of our favourite foods like chocolate and grapes are poisonous to dogs. The children were a very captive audience and enjoyed this visit.
By taking the pets into schools we hope to help educate the next generation of responsible pet owners with various fun filled activities.