This morning, as Gemma, Marie-Eve and I were preparing for our day of surgery, Jose called Gemma to let her know that she would not be coming into the sanctuary today as she had decided to leave Sangklaburi.
During the operations the vet and I are completely sterile and are therefore unable to touch any object that isn’t. Consequently, when it comes to preparing the next dog for their surgery Gemma is on her own giving the pre-meds, inserting the catheter and shaving. It is therefore a hindrance to have lost another set of non-sterile hands.
As things got underway, with a slightly later start than we had hoped for, we successfully sterilized one female puppy and one male puppy. Their sister, however, proved to be more of a challenge and after an hour and a half we were still unable to find her uterus. We had to end the surgery unsuccessfully, but plan to go in midline instead of using the flank spay in a weeks’ time.
Lastly was our big girl who we call ‘Four Legs’ because of her resemblance to our very own ‘Three Legs.’ Once again, it was very hard to find this girls uterus and after a while, we discovered the faint outline of a small tattoo on her ear, indicating that she has already been sterilized. It wasn’t until we actually shaved the ear that the tattoo became visible and definite enough that it was confirmed she had already been ‘done’; the poor girl had gone through all of that for nothing. This is why we are cutting a small shape in the dogs’ ears when they have been sterilized, as this makes it much easier to identify from a distance those that are ‘fixed’ and those that aren’t.