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Preventing Overpopulation


Clinic vet, Sarah Levine, reports back from a day taking the mobile clinic to a kibbutz in the Galilee:


How did it go? I think it went pretty well. We spayed and vaccinated 8 cats and 2 dogs — there were supposed to be 9 cats but one owner couldn't locate her cat in time.


There was also a dog castration scheduled, but I delayed the surgery. He had an undescended testicle (of which the owner had no idea — the dog is about 3 years old and has been to a vet for vaccines, etc. and she — the owner — was never told). A dog who has a testicle retained in the abdomen MUST be neutered because the abdominal testicle is maintained at a too warm temperature and causes that testicle to get diseased or cancerous. Anyway, the surgery to remove it can possibly take a long time (around 1 hour). It can sometimes be difficult to find the abdominal testicle. I told the owner that I could not start a surgery like that at 7:00 at night — he was one of the last ones scheduled. She totally understood and very much appreciated my candor, as well as the explanation of her dog's condition. When we come again, he will be neutered then.


We worked insanely, like we were in a cyclone. We arrived at 11:20 and did not start surgeries until 12:00, not because we weren't ready, but there was a kibbutz orientation set up that had to be done first. We started at 12:00 and finished at 8:00 pm. I arrived home at 10:30 pm. In those 8 hours of whirlwind activities — our driver and I sat down/relaxed for 10 minutes only (that was all we were able to get) to wolf down some food. We were lucky to be able to go to the bathroom twice throughout all that.


It was difficult to juggle anesthetizing animals/prepping for surgery/performing surgery/cleaning instruments/cleaning intubation tubes/cleaning tables + floor when needed/cleaning cages/giving fluids and also speak to owners + fill out many forms + collect money + give receipts + answer questions + give instructions on discharge + speak to and answer questions of onlookers and be interviewed by a reporter from the local newspaper.


Despite all that, I think the day — from the kibbutz's standpoint — went quite well. The people we dealt with were so sincerely appreciative and I heard many times that we gave/give excellent service + treatment. They were all impressed. I spoke to many onlookers who said they wanted to schedule their pets when we come again. No matter what, 10 animals and over is going to be A LOT of work — that doesn't scare me, but we desperately need another assistant. [Note: Subsequently, Sarah managed to do 16 perfect surgeries in one day!]


The kibbutz member who invited us there, Melvin, helped us a lot. He phoned people to tell them when to bring their pets and brought us food. He's a lovely man and just helped make the day more pleasant. A friend of his helped us get some people to fill our forms etc + collect money. Without the two of them, we would not have survived. However, they could not answer procedural questions/give discharge instructions, etc. They didn't know anything about medicine, nor about our organization to speak to people about these topics, so in addition to all that is entailed with 10 spays, we had to do all the public relations as well.


Our driver/assistant was amazing! First of all, he was a pleasure to work with, always cheerful, never lost his patience with clients/me/animals. He was always calm and collected despite the near chaos. He gave 110%. He did all of his jobs, plus oversaw all the money and forms people had to fill out. He helped out a lot with public relations. He's heard me say things enough times to know how to answer people. He anticipated what I needed and gave it to me or did it without me asking. He never once complained about working so hard. And throughout it all, he took some pictures. We couldn't take too many — it was just physically impossible.


Suggestions for future — we need to start earlier in the day. We need to leave very early and start by 9:30am/10:00. Starting at 12:00 is too late. We were told the first person can only come at 11:30 — we need to work it out-we need to start early — we need a second assistant — we are now working on getting another (collapsible) seat in the vehicle, so we can all travel together. There is a lot that needs to be done before and after each surgery + deal with the people — but we could manage and maybe sit 20 minutes to 1/2 hour — get a short break. I think that's all.


— Sarah


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