From January 19-27th, vet Dr Pauline van Veen, techs Ginny McLeod and Tara,
Animal Care Partner Meghavi Patel of Animal Care Zone, volunteers Miranda Green, Sarah
King, and Mercedes Barrow headed north for another FTH-sponsored Spay and Neuter Clinic.
After almost two full days of travel, the clinic got off to a bumpy start with the first dog having
some distress from anesthetic, but nothing the team couldn’t handle.
On day four, the team received an urgent message that one of their patients from the day before
had split her incisions (likely from chewing them) and her bowels were falling out of her
abdomen. They immediately came together for the emergency bowel resection which was, very
happily, successful. This dog remained in care for a day or two for monitoring before being
released back to her family. Unfortunately this emergency depleted many of their supplies and so
they ventured to the nearby health clinic to request any supplies that could be spared in order to
replenish their stock. The health clinic did not disappoint, donating enough supplies not only for
this clinic, but for future clinics as well!
Though the hospitality of the residents of Muskrat Dam was exceptional, on day five it was time
to say goodbye and make the 2-3 hour journey to Bearskin. A lovely Bearskin couple
volunteered to pick up the team and bring them down the ice road to the remote community. It
was a bumpy ride (we are told Gravol was involved), but they made it unscathed. Upon arrival,
they were treated to a wonderful lunch before setting to work and having a very productive day!
The last patient of the day was bleeding a little more than normal so her worried owner requested
she remain in care overnight, to which the team happily agreed (she turned out just fine!)