24-7 HELP!


My roommates Meg, Denai and I were driving to Meg’s parents house to check on their black Labrador, Toby. Meg’s parents had gone to Texas to visit family and needed Meg to give the dogs food and water for the weekend.

Hold on, back up the story. Two days previous to this visit, Meg’s pet pug, Otis, died from, what seemed to be, bleeding to death from his rectum. Meg and our other roommate Michelle had gone to check on the pets that night, and found Otis, barely alive, under a bush. Since he was small, they were able to lift him into the back seat of the car and take him to an emergency veterinary clinic. Before Meg left, she gave Toby food and water. Otis did not make it, and Meg had to break the news to her parents over the phone.

Now, you are caught up to where I came in. Meg, Denai and I got to the house to find Toby lying, seemingly dead,in the same spot that Otis had died. Meg was hysterical and Denai is not very fond of being near animals. That left myself alone to check this animal, and try to save it if possible. We had no one to call, because all shelters and veterinary hospitals were closed. We got a hold of one woman at the same emergency veterinary clinic that Otis was taken to. She tried to help us, but she could not definitely tell us what to do with this, rather large, dog. She could not come help and she could not see the state that the dog was in.

Finally, we called a twenty-four hour pick-up service, and asked him to come help us. We had to bring the dog to the clinic and he was way to heavy for me to lift alone, and he would not have fit in the backseat of Denai’s car. This “pick-up” man came and helped me bag the, now clearly deceased, pooch. We lifted him into the van, and followed him to the clinic. It was a long, stressful and emotional night.

I would like to suggest a new type of blog/online service.

I recently commented on the ASPCA’s blog: Chat About Your Dog’s Health With ASPCA Vet–Today. The article announced that there was an animal specialist available online, at the ASPCA’s blog website, for concerned dog owners to consult with from noon to 2 p.m.. This two-hour event sparked my interest. I got a load of ideas flowing into my mind on how there can be help for dog owner’s constantly.

I think the ASPCA should open a 24-hour chat room focusing on pet health. I think that once the word got out, the website would be very successful. I know in my case with Toby, and Meg’s event with Otis, this online service would have been very helpful.

The website could have Frequently Asked Questions, and an Instant Messaging system, for urgent messages. With this website, all pet owners, experienced and new, that have the internet, would know for certain that help is available when needed. If the veterinarian on call needs to see the animal. Pictures are able to be downloaded to computers and assist the pet owner with that.

I hope this can be done. If anyone is interested, please comment me, and we can try to make this idea a reality!

For your information, it was later found that both of Meg’s dogs died from the nationwide food poisoning that happened the spring of 2007.

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