It’s the first edition of the dugcast since I got back home from my holiday, and there’s a lot to talk about. The National’s Stewart Ward and I discuss Brexit and the conversation I had with an Irish immigration officer on the way back home, the Conservatives’ new immigration policy, the new officer manager of the Scottish branch of the English Nationalist Brexit Party, and much more besides.
We also talk about the Dug. Ginger is getting on a bit – he’s at least 13 now – and I took him to the vet yesterday because he’s getting a bit stiff and also needs some dental treatment. He’s showing the early signs of arthritis but it’s still very mild, so the vet has recommended we start him on a course of joint supplements. She also prescribed some anti-inflammatories, but thinks that he won’t need to take them all the time just yet.
He’s going into the vet on Tuesday to get some teeth taken out, which he’s not going to like at all. He won’t let anyone brush his teeth – you have to get dogs used to that when they’re very young and we didn’t have the opportunity with Ginger, who was already an adult dog when I got him.
However the good news is that the vet is extremely pleased with him, he’s an exceptionally healthy dog for his age. He’s a good weight, his heart is like an ox’s, he’s got good digestion and is in great overall condition. She said that if she didn’t know better, she’d have thought he was some years younger than 13. So he’s going to be around for a few years yet!
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