73rd STERILIZATION CLINIC IN VOLCÁN
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June 8, 2014 - 36 animals were sterilized by
Dr. Tello sterilized 21 dogs and 15 cats. Of the sterilized dogs, 17 were female and 4 were male. Of the cats, 8 were female and 7 were male.
Dr. Tello left on the 9th for Jekyll Island, Georgia to attend a marine biology seminar, with focus on turtle rescue. He wants to get involved with turtle rescue in Costa Rica. Because of his travel commitment, we had the June clinic much earlier in the month than usual. Even though we thought we would not have many animals and would finish early, it turned out to be a very long day. Two of the tumor removals took over an hour each, and removal of a dog's eye took extra time.
A long time ago some veterinarian had merely tied the tubes of a female dog without removing her uterus and ovaries. This eventually caused mammary tumors in a line down each side of her body. Dr. Tello spayed her properly and removed the tumors on one side. It required 49 stitches to close the long incision. He will remove the tumors from the other side at our July 20 clinic.
An indio brought his dog with a huge tumor (picture in the Picasa web album). The tumor weighed 2 lbs. 4 ounces. Dr. Tello removed the tumor and also spayed her. The indio had only $25 toward the entire procedures. Normally Dr. Tello would charge $50 at our clinics for the tumor removal alone (much less than in his private practice) and the spaying would be $25. Since the indio didn't have but $25, Dr. Tello didn't even let me pay him the $50 myself.
The young man brought her to the clinic with a wire wrapped around her neck. I sent Jose to buy a collar and leash for her. After she was awake, we asked the indio how he would get the dog home. He didn't know, and he didn't know how to call a taxi. I had Jose take him and the dog home in my car. He got a lot of extra service and help for only $25.
Be sure to click the link below for the Picasa web album of pictures taken during this clinic. In the Picasa web album, I did not include the extremely graphic pictures of the tumors being removed, but if you want to see them, click HERE. These were major surgery.
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For several months, Lee and India Sorenson (Las Tablas) have donated $25 for each clinic. This month will be their final donation, though. They have to return to the US for health reasons, and the cost of living in the US is much higher. We wish them the very best, and I am grateful for their financial contributions. I wish I had had the opportunity to meet them.