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Vet Intern Saves Paralyzed Dog Scheduled to be Euthanized Due to Tick Paralysis

May 25, 2016 03:56 AM EDT
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A certain type of dog tick can cause paralysis in both pets and humans. Ollie a sheepdog was saved from being killed when a vet intern found a tick behind the dog's ear minutes before the scheduled euthanasia.
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Recently, a Shetland sheepdog named Ollie was set to be euthanized because he was paralyzed and was slowly dying due to unknown reasons. Acting as saviors, the veterinarians attending to the dog found the cause of its ailment, which turned out to be ticks.

Ollie and his family are from Portland, Oregon. The dog went completely paralyzed after a camping trip according to a report by Huffington Post. His condition appeared to be at its worse that is why despite their reluctance, the family decided to euthanize the dog to spare him from further agony.

Dr. Adam Stone, a veterinarian from the Dove Lewis Animal Hospital said that the family have reached their limit and decided it's Ollie's time to pass because their pet couldn't walk, urinate of defecate.

Ollie was suffering for days and as a result, his family finally decided to do the inevitable.

"When his mobility was shot and he was paralyzed, it was just weird seeing him just laying there on the floor, knowing he had so much more life in him," said Ollie's owner Falline Fate in an interview with KPTV.

But the surprising turn of events favored Ollie because at the animal hospital where he was supposed to be put to sleep, a veterinary intern found a tick behind his ear which was identified as the cause of Ollie's condition. Few hours after, the dog is back on his feet.

Vet inter,n Neena Golden, was helping Dr. Stone when she found the tick behind the dog's ear. After examining the tick, the doctors found out that the tick causes 'tick paralysis' in pets. The animal hospital explained that tick paralysis occurs when the saliva from the tick gets into the dog's system for a prolonged period of time, according to a press release by Dove Lewis. It targets the dog's neurological system which causes the paralysis. But despite that, they said it is a completely curable condition.

Reports say that the dog started moving around a few hours after the tick was removed and was able to go on a bathroom break, completely devoid of paralysis.

Thanks to the vet intern, a four-legged soul was saved.


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