Mae came to us by a good Samaritan last week near the end of a slow afternoon. She had been hit by a car and left on the side of the road to die. Her back end was banged up the worst. There was a large bruise on the inside of her thighs and on her tail. She seemed friendly enough, but her tail hung limp and her head was down.
When I looked at her, she could still move her front and back legs. However, she did not wag her tail because she could not wag her tail. It had no feeling in it whatsoever. She also had no anal tone. Her gums were pale pink and her heart was beating rapidly.
Since her biggest concern immediately was shock, I gave her a bolus of fluids and pain medication. Her gums got pinker and her heart rate slowed before we left for the night.
The next morning, she was still very quiet and she had not urinated at all overnight. She still had no anal tone and no feeling in the tail. We talked to the very kind individual who brought her in and was funding her care about quality of life.
Mae’s problem was simple, but ultimately was a very bad condition with a very bad prognosis. The nerves to her tail and urinary and fecal “control muscles” were torn. The loss of these meant that she could not release her bladder or control her bowels on her own. This most likely was a permanent condition. Not only that, but care for this condition is VERY difficult and time consuming, with infection and other complications right around the corner.
Out of concern for Mae and with a great deal of thought, our compassionate stranger elected to do the best thing for her and elected humane euthanasia.
The kindness of strangers and their compassion for animals is always very touching. In this case, a dog who was abandoned with very little hope of comfort and may have taken a long time to die on her own. If shock did not take her, she would have suffered for who knows how long. Our good Samaritan accomplished two outcomes: First, he made every effort to save Mae if possible. Second, he made every effort to make sure she was comfortable, loved, and cared for.
– Doc Cleland