Needless to say, the summer semester was crazy busy and I learned and practiced many skills. I have another week before fall semester starts, so I just want to share a few updates. This week is all about work. It's been busy! We are the busiest we've ever been in the history of Bayshore. One day we saw 68 patients. This means we all have to be on our A-game to ensure the best quality care for each patient that walks, crawls, or skitters in the door. It can be overwhelming and stressful, but at the end of the day, I still cannot imagine doing anything else. I've officially been a Bayshore employee for a little over a year and have received my first raise!
I went through my weekly journals to find some highlights of the semester to share with you, and I found one story in particular that warms the heart with feels. So here it is!
Our clinic works with the local shelter to treat and care for impounded and surrendered animals in order to prepare them for adoption. A few days ago, I cat came in that was possibly pregnant. The doctor confirmed, and a spay was scheduled for Monday. It sounds grim to think of performing an abortion, but unfortunately the number of unwanted pets is so high that population control is often necessary. It also prevents overcrowding at the shelter. On Saturday, the cat was extremely vocal and destroying her cage. At the end of the day, the technician feeding her noticed a discharge coming from her vulva. We suspected that labor was imminent, so I volunteered to take her home to monitor her. Before I left for the evening, we took an xray to determine approximately how many kittens she had.
Two healthy kittens!
Happy family. I called mom, "Tess," while she was with me. She was very sweet and I was sad to see her go back to the shelter to be placed in a foster home.
Update: We recently saw both mom and the orange kitten at the shelter to be spayed in preparation for their adoptive home! It was wonderful to see them and to know they were being placed together. I hope to see the other kitten going to a new home soon!