Surgery can be a scary thing. We panic, our bodies shake, we may worry we won’t wake from the anesthesia. But what’s it like for pets? While they don’t know they’re about to have surgery, they do feel the aftereffects of it, including pain or discomfort or the odd feeling of coming off the anesthesia. As veterinary professionals, what do you do in those situations?
If you’re Dennis Moses, a surgical assistant at the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS), you take the dog in your arms and comfort her.
“Baby Meesha was coming off her anesthesia and was a little scared because her body felt so weird,” BARCS posted on Facebook. Moses took Meesha in the hallway, where it was quiet. As the pit bull mix puppy whimpered, Moses rocked her, sang to her and kissed her head. The sweet, touching moment was captured on video by a BARCS volunteer. Watch:
Baby Meesha was coming off her anesthesia and was a little scared because her body felt so weird. BARCS Surgical Assistant Dennis Moses took her out into the quiet hallway to comfort her. One of our awesome volunteers just happened to be walking by to capture this sweet moment. Thank you to Dennis and all the staff who work long, tireless hours in the background of our shelter—saving lives and loving the animals. (Turn on the sound, it will melt your heart!)
Posted by BARCS Animal Shelter on Thursday, February 25, 2016
Meesha, now named Maddie by her new family, has since been adopted. She looks pretty happy with her new family.
What techniques have you used to comfort a patient?