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2 weeks ago
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2 weeks ago
PARVOVIRUS - FROM A VET NURSE
Every morning, for the past too many mornings, I have woken up dreading the next few hours. I am aware that when I get to work I will have to look an extremely ill dog in the eye and try to tell it everything is going to be okay, that is, if they have survived the night. I know that I am going to clean up a multitude of vomit, diarrhoea, blood and mucous. I know the smell of the sickness and the sight of the patients before I even step into the clinic, it's burned into my senses. I gown up, I medicate, I clean, and I love those patients with all I can but can't help thinking how avoidable it all is.
This is my job, this is a job I love, and I would do this every day if I had to, but this virus is horrible. Call me crazy, but I have spoken to my patients, told them to fight, told them to hold on and I have told them to let go if they need to. I have told them I'm trying my very hardest to help them. I have told them that I know how unwell they are.
I cannot express enough how critical it is to vaccinate your dog. I urge you with every ounce of me, VACCINATE YOUR DOG.
If as soon as you read that sentence, thoughts such as 'I can't afford that,' or 'My dog won't get sick' come to mind, I want you to step into my job for a day. I want you to step into the role of every veterinary staff member fighting parvo. If you had to come and face the patients and see the absolute carnage that is parvovirus. See how it sucks the life from a dog’s defenseless body as they struggle to survive. See the amount of work the vets and nurses do to treat these dogs.
Yes, there are bigger issues in the world, but in their world the only issue is surviving, and their world becomes mine. This is an avoidable issue and I believe more people need to be made aware of the impact parvovirus has.
Some good news. So far, all the dogs that have been intensively treated have survived. It costs thousands of dollars, but we have brought them back from the brink of death and now they have a healthy life ahead of them. This is why I love my job.
But please consider the toll it takes .... ... See MoreSee Less