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Volunteering with World Vets: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Sweeping the floor, assisting with registration, replenishing cold drinks and snacks along with crowd control were some of the tasks I performed as a volunteer at the recent World Vet clinic that was held here in San Juan del Sur. 

A total of six veterinarians participated in the program. Three from Nicaragua, two from the United States and one from England.  There were fifteen volunteers in total.

Over the course of three clinic days  – in two different communities – the team performed 119 sterilization surgeries. 344 consultations and preventative health treatments (including flea and tick application, vitamins and deworming) were also administered.

All at NO CHARGE to the pet owners.

As I helped with clinic tear down at the end of an exhausting day I felt a complete sense of satisfaction. What an honor it was to be a part of such a worthy cause while helping make a difference in my community.

Thanks to World Vets and their amazing team of volunteers these animals will live happier, healthier lives.

MUCHISIMAS GRACIAS to you all!

To learn more about World Vets click hereTo make a one-time or recurring donation that will help animals around the world that would otherwise have no access to life-saving care click here.

A Medical Emergency with Maggie Mae

When our miniature schnauzer puppy Maggie refused chicken and bacon we knew something was wrong. Two days later when she still wouldn’t eat or drink we became extremely concerned. We knew it was time to get her to a vet…ASAP!

There are a couple of veterinarians in San Juan del Sur, but sadly we are not confident in their abilities. After a desperate plea on Facebook for a recommendation on a trusted and skilled vet we were on our way to Multivet in Granada.

We were barely out of town when Maggie started to vomit. Things were going from bad to worse.  

Over the course of the 1 1/2 hour drive Gordon and I hardly spoke to one another.  We were fearful that we’d be making the trip back home to San Juan del Sur without our sweet little Maggie Mae.

After what seemed like an eternity we pulled up to the Multivet clinic. As I walked through the doors towards the reception desk with Maggie in my arms I felt a sense of relief. Somehow I knew we were in the right place.

Dr. Jose Antonio and his assistant Stephen escorted us back to the examining room. They examined Maggie with the utmost care. They conducted a blood test that ruled out Lyme Disease, Heartworm, tick parasites, etc.

Vomiting and diarrhea in dogs can be linked to a number of different things so the question now was,

“What exactly is wrong with Maggie?”

Thankfully three of the five vets at Multivet speak English. We have passable consumer Spanish, but our terms for veterinarian Spanish are severely lacking.

Over the course of the next two days we made an additional four trips to clinic, two of which were after hours. Veterinarians Jose Antonio, Stephen, Claudio and Faran worked in shifts administering IV fluids, nausea medication, antiprotozoal medication and antibiotics. At one point we had to leave Maggie at the clinic for observation for a period of four hours.

The veterinarian team concluded that Maggie had an intestinal protozoan parasite called giardia. They treated her with an medication called metronidazole.

Bit by bit we saw steady improvement in Maggie’s condition. We nearly jumped for joy when she finally accepted a piece of chicken and drank a bit of water on her own.

After spending three days and two nights in Granada we got the green light that it was safe to bring Maggie home. We felt like a huge weight had been lifted from our shoulders.

Total cost for treatment and medications was only $122.39 USD. We were blown away! Had we required this treatment in Canada I’m sure we would have paid upwards of $1000. 

Words cannot express how grateful we are for the excellent care and attention Maggie received at Multivet. It is with the utmost confidence we are recommending each and every one of the doctors there.

A Medical Emergency with Maggie Mae

– Maggie and Mama feeling better and ready to head home!

The Multivet clinic is located in Granada on Calle La Islita near Hotel La Mar Dulce. Services provided include emergency and critical care, hospice and euthanasia services,  surgery, x-rays, nutritional counseling, spay and neuter surgeries and dental care. Exotic animal care is also available.

To make an appointment call (505) 2552-1890 or send an email to multivetgranada@gmail.com. They also accept walk-ins.

To learn more about Multivet visit their website.

Photo Disclaimer: In our haste to get Maggie to a vet I did not pack my digital SLR that I normally shoot with. This extremely grainy photo was taken with our iPad. 

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