Watching a pet go through pain

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy
Today I picked up my six month old golden retriever from the veterinarians office.  She was spayed yesterday.  She stayed overnight there recovering, and all night all I could think about was her surgery and how I was going to keep her from jumping.  The vet gave me a list of things to try and prevent and jumping is one of those things.  Now, anyone who has a young and energetic puppy knows jumping is part of the deal.  Lilly and I have been going through training to combat this issue....we're still working on it.  They gave me one of those cones too, just in case she decides to start licking her stitches.  I can't seem to get myself to put it on her just yet though.  I feel that she'll look so pitiful with this big cone on her head running into doors and not being able to reach her bowl.  I treat this dog like a person, in fact I call her my fur child.  It's so interesting to compare my story to the situation with dog fighting.  It's amazing to me how one could find it amusing as well as a way to make money by betting on these fights and watching two animals kill each other.  It makes me wonder what kind of abuse really goes on in our country if not our state.  We're covering a story tonight about a Catawba County case where a man was found dead in his home along with thirty pit bulls investigators believe were part of a pit bull fighting ring.  Working in news you're aware that there are crazy and devastating things that happen everyday.  But the severity of this cruel act and learning about how many people partake in this is just astonishing.  One can only hope the media coverage will bring knowledge and punishment to the people involved in these illegal activities. 
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  • by Melisa Weston Location: Blounts Creek on Mar 8, 2008 at 02:46 AM
    Being a vet. tech for almost 5 years now, i have seen a lot of pets in pain, be it with cancer, hit by a car, or from a surgery of some sort and i can honestly say that MY doctors believe whole heartedly in pain management. Regardless of the situation, nothing is worse than seeing young and old owners who have to put a family companion to sleep. Please find comfort that they are waiting at rainbow bridge for you to run and play with them were the grass is always green and the sky is always blue with lots of sunshine. And always know that you did the right thing, because you do love your companion.
  • by sarah Location: Ayden on Jan 31, 2008 at 06:43 AM
    i know how you feel. its really hard to see someone you love in pain. especially your animals.You give them anything they want. and basactly treat them like another human. i have seenmy dog in pain like that and i didnt like it.i know how you feel. but you will get through the end it will be okay. and your dog will feel alot better than she was before. it just takes time.
  • by karen Location: windsor on Jan 30, 2008 at 02:00 PM
    it's the hardest thing in the world to do! last year our lovable lab of 13 years had cancer and the vet said there was nothing we could do. she also had arthritis real bad. she was apart of our family and we loved her tremendously. me and my husband decided we had to let her go so she would not suffer. we loved her too much to see that. we took her to the vet one afternoon. i don't know who cried the most; me or my husband. the vet told us we were doing the right thing. she is gone but her memory lives on. she is buried in our backyard. i keep flowers on her grave. i think we did what was best for indy!

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