World vets in SJdS...........Day 3 !!

Trip Start May 04, 2012
Trip End Jun 22, 2012

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

So far it has been a very interesting couple days here in Las Delicias ! Today is our final free spay and neuter clinic on the outskirts of San Juan del Sur. It will be a couple more days until I have the final numbers, however I'm pretty sure we have performed well over 100 surgeries already.

In addition to the routine spay & neuters, we were also challenged with a couple more unusual procedures this week. One of our patients was a 15 year old female dog named Osa. Her owner brought her to our clinic in the hopes of having a very large mass removed from her abdomen.Upon examination it was discovered that the mass was a mammary gland which had enlarged, and was causing Osa a lot of discomfort. Dr. Melissa Meile performed the delicate surgery, with vet student Tomasina & I assisting. It took considerable time to excise completely, as the mass had it's own blood supply. (WARNING: SOME GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

After a rather lengthy surgery (1 & 1/2 hours) the mass was safely removed and Osa recovered fully from the procedure :-) Her owner was very gratefull, and happy he was able to bring her to our clinic in Las Delicias !

In addition to the above story, we also had a young male Dalmation who was brought into the clinic. The poor guy had not been able to urinate for 5 days!! This is a true medical emergency which requires immediate intervention. Our team traveled all over SJdS in search of a catheter to help empty the urine in his bladder. It took some doing, however Dr. Winnie Nuenzig finally managed to find a suitable sized catheter. Dr. Melissa tried first to flush the bladder, and then had to surgically remove dozens of stones. This was also a very long surgery, however the end results were very good and "Rocky" has made a complete recovery.Bladder stones are a very common occurence in this particular breed of dog. It is very lucky for him that we happened to be in SJdS when this happened, as left untreated......he most likely would have died !

During the course of our spay & neuter clinic we had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful volunteers from the surrounding area. Special thanks go out to Veronica from the Spanish School.She was instrumental in coordinating our site, arranging local volunteers, and helping out with pretty much everything in between!!

A HUGE thanks also to Heather "Blue" Van Doornick for finding Belkys(sp?) on such short notice!!
Belkys gave up her day job at he local school to help with translating for 3 days. Muchas gracias amiga :-)
Lastly, I have to also thank Jonathan for his help during the 3 day clinic. Such a nice young man, always willing to do what ever he could!!

I can't speak for everyone involved, however I must say I had another outstanding World Vets experience. I met so many talented individuals from all over North America.....and New Zealand!
Hope we meet again :-)

**UPDATE*From Dr. Winnie :

Winifred Neunzig It was a very productive week for the World Vets San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua team. Altogether we performed 117 small animal spays and neuters, one cystotomy, one very large mammary gland tumor removal, 295 small animal consultations ; 275 cows, 30 pigs, 11 goats, 36 horses treated (most all horses also had their feet trimmed and teeth floated) and about a dozen total large animal castrations - bulls, horses and pigs.
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