*Imagine your sweet animal gets sick and there is absolutely nothing you can do. It happens. You go on a camping trip. You take the family dog. A good time is had by all. But when you come home you notice something just ain’t right with your pooch.
According to his owner, Al, who asked that his last name not be used, 10-year-old Ollie, a Shetland sheep dog aka Sheltie, became paralyzed after a family camping trip. Al said Ollie is generally active, but he noticed that was not the case once they returned home.
After taking the dog to the vet and having tests conducted, blood work and X-rays done, no one could figure out what was wrong with Ollie, according to the DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital.
No dog owner wants to see their pet suffering, so on May 4, two weeks after the trip, Al and his family made the difficult decision to euthanize Ollie.
But then the strangest thing happened.
In a video, Falline Fate and veterinarian Adam Stone explain how everything unfolded.
“He couldn’t stand. He couldn’t walk. He couldn’t urinate. He couldn’t defecate,” Dr. Stone said of the beautiful sheltie.
But then, when a visiting vet student named Neena Golden began to prepare the beloved pet to be euthanized, and began to caress and comfort him, she made what turned out to be a life-saving discovery…right behind the dog’s ear.
The Daily Mail reports, it was neurotoxins in the insect’s saliva that flowed into Ollie’s bloodstream over a period of days, causing ‘tick paralysis’ – which has the potential to be fatal.
Dr. Adam Stone said this is very rare.
‘The doctor walked in and remembered that he heard about this in school,’ Al said.
‘He told me it was just one little thing, one slide, and they mentioned it and [that] it was rare, and that was it.
‘He had never seen a case before in his career.’
Thank goodness for that caring and attentive vet student!
The insect was removed, and Ollie was sent home with only a loss of hair (shaven to ensure no more ticks were hiding within).
Al says his pup is ‘…bright-eyed, active, and chasing the squirrels around.’
‘He has a spring in his step that he hasn’t had in quite a while.’