I've made it no secret that I often find my line of work frustrating and/or amusing. But what I don't often write about is the monotony and lack of mental stimulation. Sometimes this is good and sometimes bad. I love my work at the shelter but there is not much variety to it. On the other hand, I find giving annual parvo vaccines to dogs who don't need them and treating flea allergies day after day a disappointing use of my expensive and lengthy education. Not to mention nail trims, which I strongly believe is NOT a doctor job (but that's more of personal pet peeve).
Anyway, between regular day practice, and shelter work I may go weeks (sometimes months) without taking on a case where my direct intervention saves a life. Sometimes this is because despite our best efforts, we lose the pet anyway. Sometimes, owners don't allow diagnostics and treatment. And often, the cases are quite simply, not life threatening and/or would have eventually gotten better on their own.
But this week I had not one, not two, but three cases where I feel I made a huge difference and in two of them I most certainly rectified a life threatening problem. Thus far, all three pets are still doing well. And it's Friday afternoon so if something goes wrong now, I likely won't know until Monday anyway.
So yeah, I feel pretty awesome. We'll see how long that lasts. And yes, I'll give case details later. But I have plans tonight.
My Little Puppy
3 weeks ago
"On the other hand, I find giving annual parvo vaccines to dogs who don't need them and treating flea allergies day after day a disappointing use of my expensive and lengthy education. Not to mention nail trims, which I strongly believe is NOT a doctor job."
Yip, why I couldn't do GP work. And yet, even on ER, for some reason clients seem to want to ask me about what vaccines they should give and when, when they should spay their dog, what kind of food they should feed their dog. Not to mention the scratching dogs, FAD cats, etc who come in on emergency whose owners have NO IDEA they have fleas. Duh. You don't use preventatives. And yes, the most frequent request no matter what the pet has presented for is a nail trim! Do you ask your doctor for a manicure every time you go in for something?
Even on ER though I sometimes feel the same way. The cases I am most often presented with feel routine and not really ER-like at all. Or the ones that would be rewarding to treat, the owners don't have the money or the willingness to treat. But yeah, when you have a shift or two where you really feel like you make a difference, I know that rock star feeling!
Congrats on a successful and life-saving week! It must be very rewarding to know you were able to help. Hopefully this week energizes you for a bit!
I used to clip nails, but now that I have tendonitis in both hands and poor eyesight, I think it's safer to have the vet do them. I'd rather irritate the vet than hurt my dogs.
Loralei-I have noticed over the years a lot of ER reports for dogs that presented for non-emergent problems so I know it can be a drag on the overnight shift as well.
Sue-in an ideal world the techs trim the nails but some clinics don't have enough staff for this :(
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