Originally Posted by Rbeckett
I agree 100% Anubis. Depending on the underlying cause does make a bit of a difference. However a person that is reactive like that should not be working with animals because everybody knows thay are unpredictable and capable of doing things unexpectedly. If your not mentally prepared for the job you do this type of disaster will happen. It isn't a matter of "If", but merely a question of when. I know that I would not be a great groomer, but I do have a pet and I do take good care of her, I just don't have the intestinal fortitude to do that on a large scale. Just sayin...
Eh, I'll admit something here that makes me very ashamed - we had a hit by car cat come in, likely fractured pelvis, VERY painful. The dr and other tech on duty were arguing about restraint methods etc... her a VERY experienced tech. We took the cat to do xrays. WE made mistakes, were not restraining like we should of. The cat had an IV catheter in, in hindsight we should of given some propofol or fast acting sedative. I was scruffing the cat, the other tech went to slide him back to get his hips in the shot. The pain caused him to scream, alligator roll, and rip a chunk out of my palm near the base of my thumb (to this day I have some mild numbing nerve damage). I let go of the cat out of reflex, it continued to roll and fell off the table. With a broken back and pelvis.
We euthanized the cat, not due to that but due to overall pain and money issues.
I felt HORRIBLE. I stood in the corner just sobbing, because I let this poor painful animal fall off the xray table. Out of an instinctual move. It took me close to a week to really get over it. And I'm never over it. It was a major mistake on my part that caused a scared dying animal unneeded pain. It was a simple mistake we will all unfortunately make. I did not lose my job because otherwise I am a great technician, and no animal died due to my actions. And I did unfortunately learn a lot from that instance.
~Emergency Vet Tech
Berlin vom Spartanville 1/13/13
2008 - 7/23/12
"Take this trouble from me: Make sure my shepherd dog remains a working dog, for I have struggled all my life long for that aim." Max Von Stephanitz