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Woes of Technician life....Part one

post #1 of 15
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So, I wonder if you would all like to hear stories from my clinic? Yesterday a local Sheltie breeder's employees brought 4 Shelties in, all with varying health issues. Cysts, tumors, arthritis, dental disease, etc...This breeder IMO, is FOUL and should have her license taken away. The only reason I didn't call the authorities is because her workers who brought the dogs in told us that they threatened to quit and call the authorities on her if she didn't do something for these poor dogs. About a month ago, she brought in one of them and it was infested with whipworms and covered in diarrhea, and with nails so long she could barely walk. Yesterday they had 4 dogs examined, (BTW they all had whipworms too and major diarrhea) and 3 of them were dropped off to have dentals for today. Sadly, we recommended the last one be put down. He was 14 and had such bad arthritis that he could barely walk, and this lady keeps these (unvaccinated!) dogs outside (keep in mind, it's winter here now, about 10 degrees or less) and he was severely suffering. So today I had to do the dentals on the other 3. The first one was 10 years old. I pulled 17 infected teeth from her poor mouth! 17!!! The next one was 8 and I only had to pull 1 tooth. But the next one, was 10 also, and I pulled TWENTY-FOUR infected teeth out of her mouth!!!!!!!!!! That is TERRIBLE!! I mean, I was wiggling almost all of the teeth with my fingers. Imagine eating and all your teeth are wiggling around in your mouth and pus oozing out! Guess what else? There are 8 more dogs like this! I have to do 3 tomorrow, and one of them, I guess I heard his teeth are the worst our vet has ever seen, so that means worse than the ones I already did today! Another one of them will probably either be spayed or euthanized, because she has an infected uterus. (pyometra) They were dropped off today. Tomorrow, 4 more will be dropped off. None of them are vaccinated, but they will be now. This lady is looking at about $250-$300 per dog after all the vaccines, exams, extractions, antibiotics and pain medicine for their poor mouths. I am so happy that someone finally intervened and got this lady's attention! These dogs are all suffering and she shouldn't have a license! I'm still thinking about calling authorities after we get the dogs cleaned up, and her bill is paid!
Well, that's all for today, more to come if you're all interested, and not too saddened or grossed out!
post #2 of 15
Hop w tragic for those poor dogs! It sounds like she's not a breeder - she's running a puppy mill. Thank goodness someone intervened on their behalf. I hate to think of all they have endured in their lives.

Although it's not a "Cats SOS" issue, I think it is an SOS issue. I'll move the thread there.
post #3 of 15
I answer the phones for several veterinarians when the offices are closed. I hear some stories too, but not as detailed as this one. I usually wonder how things turn out. One of my concerns is the animals whose owners never bothered to take them to the vet before, and wait until the middle of the night when the animal is already about gone, and then don't have any money.
post #4 of 15
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Today 3 of the dogs went home, and later the owner called screaming that I pulled the teeth out. Apparently she's never had to have that done before, and wondered why I didn't just try cleaning them instead of pulling them.....hmmmmm....maybe because there were rotting out of their heads? I don't pull teeth unless it'a absoultely necessary, like if they're rotting out or causing an abcess or something. ALL of these teeth were doing both. Sometimes slightly loose teeth can be saved if the tartar is scaled off and the tooth itself is nice underneath, but this was not the case with these. I finally got her to understand why I did it and what a difference it will make later. All she kept saying was that she was disappointed...Well, I'm disappointed too, in her. Three more were done today and the most I had to pull was 10 teeth. Never thought I'd be relieved to ONLY have to pull 10 teeth....Sheesh!
post #5 of 15
Wow, and I thought it would be kind of fun to be a vet tech! Poor old dogs. I hope she doesn't quit bringing them in due to the cost until they are all checked.
post #6 of 15
ohh vehhh ... some people need there heads examined... I am sorry but these poor creatures suffered and she calls herself a breeder??..
post #7 of 15
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Just got the 9th and final dog done today. Three out twelve didn't have to have dentals, they were young enough. Only one dog out of nine didn't have to have extractions, and 24 is still the highest number. Other dogs extractions ranged from 1-19 teeth, average was about 12 teeth each. I hope now this lady takes better care of her dogs and this doesn't happen again! I do not want to look at another rotten mouth for a while! Well, at least not until Monday...
post #8 of 15
Wow Shannon!!! That is unreal. I would have lost it!!!
post #9 of 15
If you didn't get payment at the time of service, she's probably going to stiff you on the bills. That's what irresponsible people do. I would report her to the authorities now.
post #10 of 15
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I told the doctor that, but I don't have control of her billing, unfortunately. If I did, I would be taking checks as the dogs are done, not just one big check at the end. that she does the right thing. I'm gonna look into calling anyway. I don't think she's "right" in the head....
post #11 of 15
At the very least, you can talk to clients who express an interest in getting a new pup and steer them away from this breeder. It's not perfect but at least it's something. Make sure the clients understand that getting an animal from a pet store, puppy mill, or other unethical breeding situation isn't "rescuing" an animal, instead it's quite literally paying people to be cruel to animals, and giving them money to be cruel to more animals. It's a connection many people do not make on their own, even if they are knowledgeable about the cruelty involved in puppy mills and the like.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Beckiboo
Wow, and I thought it would be kind of fun to be a vet tech!
It's very fun. However, the techs and assistants also get all the dirty work. "Fun" isn't the first word that comes to mind to describe expressing anal glands or cleaning up parvo blowouts...

It's like any other job - there is good stuff and not-so-good stuff. And in the veterinary field, the good stuff is usually unbelievably amazing and the not-so-good stuff is either really disgusting, completely heartbreaking, or if you're really having a bad day, it's both!
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by semiferal
At the very least, you can talk to clients who express an interest in getting a new pup and steer them away from this breeder. It's not perfect but at least it's something. Make sure the clients understand that getting an animal from a pet store, puppy mill, or other unethical breeding situation isn't "rescuing" an animal, instead it's quite literally paying people to be cruel to animals, and giving them money to be cruel to more animals. It's a connection many people do not make on their own, even if they are knowledgeable about the cruelty involved in puppy mills and the like.
I always stress the best things for animals, like not buying from a pet store, etc....people don't always listen, but we also have a website for our clinic with lots of useful information on it to try and steer them in the right direction.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by semiferal
It's very fun. However, the techs and assistants also get all the dirty work. "Fun" isn't the first word that comes to mind to describe expressing anal glands or cleaning up parvo blowouts...

It's like any other job - there is good stuff and not-so-good stuff. And in the veterinary field, the good stuff is usually unbelievably amazing and the not-so-good stuff is either really disgusting, completely heartbreaking, or if you're really having a bad day, it's both!
Yes, you have to take the good with the bad, although there are some days when there are more bad things than good. Most people think it's all puppies and kittens, well, I'm here to tell you, it's NOT! there are so many aspects of it, from deaths, to unmentionable things getting sprayed at you, to getting injured, possibly seriously, to neglect. I love my job, but sometimes the sadness creeps in. I'm glad I can help, though, it makes it all worthwhile.
post #15 of 15
I've always thought it would be really interesting (and really, really gross) to have a forensic analysis done on my scrubs after a particularly crazy day.
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