“If You Only Knew” Allows Vets to Share Their Most Disgusting Stories!

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A few months back, Rescue® Disinfectants, alongside The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) launched an exciting contest called, #IfYouOnlyKnew. #IfYouOnlyKnew gives veterinary technicians the chance to share their most disgusting stories, showing that caring for our fuzzy friends isn’t always a pleasant experience!

A client brought their Labrador in for an appointment, and asked to have the anal glands expressed. I am behind the dog to express the glands while 2 fellow technicians were holding and distracting. As I am expressing the first gland I squirt it all over myself. Almost simultaneously the dog has explosive diarrhea on me and the floor. (Finger still in, waiting to do the second gland, still crouched behind the dog) While waiting for a towel so the dog doesn’t get dirty I pass gas and in between laughs I say sorry but at least it’s not a smelly one! (I am currently 7 months pregnant so it just slipped out.) Turns out they thought it came from the dog!! Next time I’ll just keep laughing.- Stacie

We have had veterinary technicians from across the county submit their most uncomfortable, nauseating, outrageous stories, showing that they are truly a pet’s hero/heroine when it comes to ensuring that they stay happy and healthy!

I feel we all should have this story at one point in time in our career. Working on a feline with an area on their back that is hot to the touch and ready to pop. Yes an abscess! Once ruptured the infected smelly fluid comes up over our heads soaking our hair like a nice heavy rain. Needless to say it was hair washing time. – Natalie

From veterinary technicians who have been in the business for years, to those who have only been practicing for a short while, it is safe to say that they have seen it all!

I was restraining for a rookie vet assistant who was getting ready to express the anal glands of a 40 # dog. VA knelt down behind the dog and started expressing the right gland. The dog seemed very uncomfortable and began to whine and tense her abdomen. When the VA moved her hand to switch to the other anal gland the dog had an explosion of diarrhea and anal glands that covered the VA from mid chest down to her knees. There was little I could do to help as I had to continue to hold the dog so she would not end up in the mess as well. The VA was barely able to hold herself together at this point and asked if anyone could stop laughing long enough to get her a towel. The best part is at that exact time “oh that smell” by Leonard skynard came on the radio. To this day I cannot hear that song without this memory.- Teri

Whether it’s to perform surgeries, routine check-ups or handle emergencies, veterinary technicians are relied upon by pets to have them feeling as good as new whenever possible. Abscesses, stomach illnesses, diseases, diarrhea, inflamed anal glands; we are sure that pet owners are grateful for the work that their veterinary technicians do, no matter how messy it gets. We would like to show our gratitude, however, by awarding eight winners with a Rescue prize pack! It includes;

  • 1 x Rescue® Concentrate 1 Gallon
  • 1 x Pump for 1 Gallon Concentrate
  • 1 x Rescue® 160 count 6×7 Ready to Use Wipes
  • 1 x Peroxiwash Concentrated Animal Shampoo 1 Gallon

Three of our eight winners will also win an all-expenses-paid trip to Fetch!, taking place from December 13-16, 2018 in San Diego.

Several years ago, when I worked at another specialty hospital we had been preparing for weeks for our state inspection. Everything was ready, the hospital sparkled and shined. 

Then an emergency walked in the door. A client had a fish fry the night before and had not gotten rid of the oil. Their 50-pound labrador mix could not resist the temptation of the fishy smelling oiling goodness, consuming a large quantity during the night. As we tried to quickly contain the impending catastrophe, the dog began to pour fish oil from his back end from the front door of the hospital all the way through to the treatment area. 

No matter what we did, an oil slick remained on the floor and the smell of fried fish hung in the air the rest of the day. Luckily, our state inspector was an old school vet who had seen his share. Luckily, after several floor scrubbings with Dawn dish detergent, lot of Febreze, and some IV fluids the floor and the air cleared and the dog recovered.  Oh and our inspection went without any more hiccups. – Magan

Imagine how much easier it would have been for these veterinary technicians if they had access to a disinfectant that could easily handle it all! Visit our website to see how Rescue® Disinfectants can help your veterinary practice glisten and shine, no matter how messy your appointments get.

If you have a revolting yet hilarious story to share with us, click here! We will be announcing winners on the Rescue® Disinfectants Facebook page. Looking forward to reading more of your stories!