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  Our theme for the clinic last month was “NO ELECTRICITY”.   Yes, the electricity went off shortly before I arrived that morning and did not return all day.  Luckily we realized that the only thing we really needed electricity for was the electric clippers.  Manissa, being the classic resourceful Peace Corps volunteer, borrowed a small generator with just enough juice to run our clippers.  Manissa is also becoming quite the experienced veterinary technician.  As you can see below, she has the technique down for prepping patients for surgery all by herself now. 



This was our first time to attempt to perform five surgeries in one day, including set-up and pack-up, and we did it with just the two of us.  What sounded impossible at our first clinic 4 months ago went off without a hitch!  We were actually ahead of schedule at lunch time and enjoyed a real lunch break.  Here are some pictures of our surgery patients:


"Bisbee", a 46 pound 2 year old shepherd mix, sedated prior to her spay surgery.


"Winto", one year old, pictured here before his neuter surgery.

"Nica" and "Raton" - kitty spay and neuter


Manissa with "Peanut", an adorable nine month-old small shepherd mix for spay

After completing our surgeries we had a couple of housecalls to do.  Sonia, our vet assistant/translator, volunteered her time for us once again.



Sonia and I riding around in style for housecalls


Our first stop was a post-op check on our patient Cazar, from our September clinic.  He had a little post-op scar tissue but was doing fine.  This is his owner.  We asked her to show us who her favorite pet was.







Our last house call was to see a sweet ten year-old doberman mix named Cheeta.  The owners thought they may need to euthanize her, so I was expecting the worst.  However, what we found was an old dog with advanced chronic illnesses that may respond to treatment.





The owners had managed to get some veterinary advice for her skin, but it was not improving on the current therapy.  Possibilities include chronic generalized mange, yeast or bacterial skin disease.  She may even have all three.  Without the benefit of analysis of skin samples I recommended treatment for mange first.  Cheeta was also not eating well, and had lost a lot of weight.  The most common cause of this in Belize is ehrlichia, the disease commonly transmitted by ticks.  We started her on a new treatment regimen and as of early November she has shown some improvement.  If her owners are dedicated to treating her she has a good chance to recover a good quality of life for the remainder of her senior years.


Thank you again to all who have donated – we have received donations from all over the world!  From Colorado, Texas, Virginia, Massechussets and California… to Israel.. to Belize. 

A special thanks to my friends and family – your generous donations and messages of support help keep me going! 

If you are reading this and you have a pampered pooch by your side, ask him if he would like to make a small donation to his less fortunate friends in Sartenenja, Belize for the holidays  🙂

A report from our November clinic will be coming soon…

Laurie Droke, DVM

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