Life and Death

· Clinic Duties, Treatments
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Over the last week we have been taking care of an elderly dog named “B”.

Sleepy Boss

Sleepy “B”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He came in having problems urinating. An x-Ray from our new machine showed he had an abnormal mass in his abdomen that was pressing his bladder.

X-ray!

X-ray!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doctor K thought it was the prostate that had swelled due to abnormal testosterone and thus he was neutered. This did not solve the issue and the poor guy wondered around with a catheter, which constantly fell out, to try and lessen the pressure on the bladder. When the mass had not shrunk even with the lowered testosterone, Doctor K decided to go in and fix “B” manually.

It was a two hour procedure that I did not get to see but got to clean the mess afterwards. Ms. L compared it from a scene from Dexter

Indicator strip got saturated.

Indicator strip got saturated.

The BLOOD!!!!

The BLOOD!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After I cleaned all the blood off the walls, floors and table Ms. L showed me pictures of how the bladder had developed into nearly two different sections. One side was normal with minable urine. The second had become so full of urine that Doctor K had thought it was solid. After removing most of the urine, the sides of each half of the bladder where cut along the sides and attached to each other to reform a singular bladder that was then heart shaped.

He came back with renal failure and had to be put down. It was a sad moment that was quickly interrupted by a little Chihuahua having a difficult birth. Doctor K she was rushed into surgery and had the babies removed from her belly. One black and one white boy were born with a tricolor sister. One had to be resuscitated but they all made it and made adorable squeak sounds in the back of the clinic.

Big Momma and Son

Big Momma and Son

Momma with all three kids nursing

Momma with all three kids nursing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To end on a clean positive note I got a high five from Ms. L for filling a prescription and actually checking the label and not just taking her word for what it was supposed to be.