Tuesday, December 1, 2015
IN SICKNESS and in HEALTH
It's three am in the Emergency Vet Hospital, and the people around us are sitting with strained faces and the dogs and cats sitting on their laps or close beside them are all too quiet. As awful as it is when we are ill, it is somehow worse when it's one of our beloved pets because they can't tell us exactly what's wrong, or where the pain is, or how badly they actually feel. It is SUCH a helpless feeling.
We have been in this position too many times and we will be again. Where we often tend to adopt a wait and see attitude when it's us feeling poorly, when we notice something is amiss with the dogs or cats, we rush to see the vet, never mind what time of the night or day. Sometimes we leave the hospital feeling wonderful because it has been a false alarm, but its always better to have had the "something" checked out, and sometimes we leave worried to the core of our being.
Thank goodness for the wonderful vets and techs we have now, and thank goodness for the new detection methods and medications that allow our dogs and cats to come home to recover their normally good health. Yes of course it costs - sometimes a LOT, but if we have taken on the responsibility for an animal, we also have to honour the responsibility to care for it, and for many people, ourselves included, it's an act of love more than a responsibility.
Although it can be tricky giving the required meds, it's good to see them recovering at home, where the other pets take turns sitting with the invalid.
And when a recovery is complete, the joy for everyone is immeasurable! Energy and joy return to the house and everyone is wearing a smile.
The little dog in the photos spent many hours at the emergency vet. He had a knack for becoming ill around 3 am, and recovered from way too many illnesses. His indomitable spirit carried him through until he was 13 years old, when the struggle became too much. But we remember his joy in every day and strive to make sure that all our other dogs and cats share in that joy by giving them the best care possible. That's what we signed up for, to give them the best possible love and care in sickness and in health.
Til next time,
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