Hear how your support can play a part in creating the first Animal Hospital Integrative Pain Clinic of its kind in Victoria
Shasta Mendez is a Registered Veterinary Technician in surgical and anaesthesia veterinary nursing at U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital. Shasta explains below, how your support can help patients like Jasper in his rehabilitation.
“Seeing any animal in pain breaks my heart. The look of distress in an animal’s eyes is enough to make me know that I will do anything to help ease that pain.
The day Jasper was carried into U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital was one of those moments. He was unable to walk due to an intervertebral disc protrusion, so his owner was carrying him around in a wash basket to keep him comfortable. Jasper couldn’t even bear to stand, let alone walk or run like a dog his age should have.
We made a promise to Jasper there and then that we would do anything we could to help him feel better again.
It was immediately evident that Jasper would need surgery and intensive rehabilitation to get him back to his healthy, happy self again. Unfortunately, U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital isn’t well equipped to provide rehabilitation services.
We made do with what was on hand – the dog bath became a make-shift pool for hydrotherapy and warm water exercises, low hurdles were created out of cones and he was treated with massage, stretching and strengthening exercises. His obsession with balls came in handy too – motivating him to work hard. Jasper’s rehabilitation took three weeks of intense rehabilitation sessions, six times per day.
U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital is reaching out to you today to ask that you please donate to play a part in creating the first U-Vet Animal Integrative Pain Clinic (AIPC) of its kind in Victoria. This clinic will mean that we can provide proper rehabilitative care for animals like Jasper, improving their chance of a fast and successful recovery.
I am happy to say that through hard work and dedication from our team at U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital, Jasper is now well on his way to recovery. He’s back home playing with his ball and relishing all the belly rubs his big brown eyes can encourage from his owners.
Rehabilitation in small animals is one of my passions – my dream is to have a fully equipped rehabilitation unit to help hundreds more just like Jasper, but we can’t do it without your help. Please donate today.”