Punching the Clock: Scrubbing in

When I had called Pet Street Station Animal Hospital, I assumed I would just be giving a dog a bath or cleaning out the kennels, but boy was I in for a surprise. For this week’s edition of Punching the Clock, I was granted the rare privilege of witnessing Dr. Catherine Cruz work her magic performing a cystotomy on a six-year-old dog named Molly, who was suffering from bad case of bladder stones. Of course not having a doctorate in animal medicine myself, Dr. Cruz wisely performed the surgery while I watched on in horrified bemusement. Nevertheless, I was able to help prep the pooch for surgery.

By the time I arrived at Pet Street on East River Road in Norwich, Molly was already well on her way to dream land. While the dog finished drifting off, I donned a pair of scrubs and was instructed to grab her legs. I gripped the upper portion of Molly’s front leg, causing her veins to enlarge and bulge out so blood could be drawn. After the blood was drawn, I assumed I would inhabit the role of an observant fly on the wall for the remainder of the procedure, but I was wrong again. Next, toenail clippers were handed to me and I was told to proceed with clipping the dog’s nails. I am proud to say I managed the task with a minimal amount of ineptitude, only drawing a small amount of blood with one of my cuts. After the nails were trimmed, it was time to shave Molly’s belly, something I have often had the urge to do to my own dogs.

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