Rewind to Wednesday 21st August
Sandford Lock to Goring
Guess why we were heading to Goring today! No, you’ll never guess…
………we had to take Archie Beanz to the vet!
Yesterday, he became more and more lame as the day went on – by the end of the day, he was in a lot of pain. A “paw police” inspection (that’s me!) found that one of his “wrists” was hot and tender, with a little bit of swelling. Luckily the boat is well stocked with houndie painkillers/anti-inflammatories so we didn’t need an emergency vet. But I did think that he would need a proper inspection – we’ve been to the surgery at Goring before – it’s one of the few vets that is actually within easy walking distance from the river (very important with a lame hound!).
We started out at 10am and, for a change, had a clear cruising target of getting to Goring by 5.45pm for Archie’s appointment. It was handy to have a target for the day – Sarah and Andy would be joining us for the evening and they needed to know where we’d be! They would be dropping off some extra greyhounds while they went to Liverpool for a weekend break.
Today we passed old friend Ed and Sue on nb Weyward Lady – I don’t think we’ve ever had such a sociable cruise on the river.
We got to Goring in good time, but mooring was problematic – the lockie’s moorings (fee payable) were empty but had been pre-booked; the towpath moorings below the lock were pretty full. We had some time in hand for Archie’s appointment but we really did need to find a space. We asked a narrowboat (who shall be nameless), whether we could brest up to them and explained our situation regarding the vet. They refused point blank!
In the end, we asked a cruiser whether they’d mind shuffling up for us – they were really obliging and the owner of the cruiser in front offered to move his boat as well. With minimal shuffling, a gap opened up and we were able to moor. Thank heavens that are still some generous folk around.
We all trooped off to the surgery and the vet confirmed my diagnosis – Archie had sprained his wrist (probably when he was racing around the meadow above Northmoor Lock yesterday morning) – he’d need anti-inflammatories and rest. The vet scared me a bit my mentioning that Archie might have a hairline fracture, but the fact that his wrist was getting better rather than worse suggested a sprain. We got some extra anti-inflammatory tablets to supplement our on-board stock.
As we were walking back to the boat, Sarah, Andy and hounds Herbie and Bertie arrived. Pubs were contemplated and rejected – we settled for a chinese takeaway – there’s a reasonably decent one opposite the vets. It was warm enough for us to eat on deck, with the hounds locked inside so we could eat unmolested! It was while we were relaxing on deck that I noticed that the vet’s receptionists (who act as dispensers) had put the wrong strength of Rimadyl in the pot. Now, dispensing errors are rare but they do happen, I’m a pharmacist, I should know! But nonetheless it was a bit vexatious as it was just another thing we’d have to sort in the morning – c’est la vie!
Note: For anyone who likes to check the medicines that have been dispensed (or if you administer medicines to, say, your dog) then
check the “Five Rights”
- Right Patient (check the name on the label)
- Right Drug (check that the name on the label matches what’s in the pack)
- Right Strength (check that the strength on the label matches what’s in the pack)
- Right Dose (Check the number of tablets and frequency)
- Right route (sounds daft but every year people try to swallow suppositories – sometimes without removing the wrapper!)
There are versions of this mnemonic which go as far as 8 – 10 “Rights” but I think they’ve lost the plot – the whole point of a mnemonic is that it should be short and easy enough to be remembered 🙂
I’m so behind with the dog blogs (Archie has been nagging me!) so for hounds fans, here’s an album of pics from the meadow above Godstow Lock – great fun!