This blog might be reaching the end of its lifespan. I feel like my posts are starting to repeat themselves. This past weeknight brought the following cases - all in ONE 2 hour span.
Room 1 - 3 eighteen (barely) year old kids and their unvaccinated 12 week old, weak, lethargic, vomiting, anorexic puppy. The first words out of their mouths to my technician: "DO EVERYTHING TO SAVE HER!" Yeah. Here's your estimate for the emergency exam room fee ($95) and a parvovirus test ($55). Suddenly they're all, "uhhhh...we need to think this over..."I never even see these kids, but instead go into Room 2.
Room 2: people that make Deliverance extras look normal. Obviously, no branches in the family tree. They'd brought in their very stoic, junkyard dog who turned out to be very sweet. He'd had his foot run over by the lawnmower. A cursory glance showed that the bones of his toes were exposed on top. They had $140 and were declined for CareCredit.
Room 3: A dog that had been mauled by the neighbor's 2 junkyard dogs (not related to the junkyard dog from Room 2). The kicker? Said mauling victim was unneutered and free-roaming. This was the SECOND dog that the owner had allowed this to happen to. The first was euthanized because the owner could not afford to treat him. This dog was likely facing the same fate, as the owner had $200 MAXIMUM to work with and was also declined for CareCredit.
In the midst of all this, in waltzed a woman with $60 (not even enough to cover the exam room fee). Her cat had a stick protruding FROM her abdomen. Kitty was essentially shish-ka-bobbed.
*SIGH* In the end, I administered pain medications, a strong sedative, an injection of antibiotic, and cleaned and carefully bandaged the lawnmower dog's foot. He was to see his vet in the morning. In my heart, I know he is somewhere with a filthy bandage and a rotting wound. I'm trying to be optimistic, but my good 'ole common sense knows better.
Room 3 got a dose of strong pain medications so that I could examine him (he screamed anytime his neck was touched). His wounds were deep and the tearing of the muscle was significant. We shaved them, cleaned them thoroughly, administered an injection of antibiotics, and sent him home with antibiotics and pain medications. He was also to see his vet the next day for follow-up care. He is likely either dead or somewhere suffering a slow death of sepsis.
The shish-ka-bob kitty's owner declined humane euthanasia and took the cat home with the plan to return with funds. Someone was "wiring money to her at Wal-Mart, and she'd be back." We did not see her again. (Shocking, I know).
The kids with the likely parvovirus puppy elected to leave without an exam or treatment, as they didn't have any money.
And people wonder why vets get burnt out?
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