The owner of a dog who recently had her collar taken by a vet said the ordeal was the first time she’s ever had to think about putting the collar back on.
“It was a little hard at first,” she said.
“But the vet was very helpful.
We were just very relieved.”
Dana Flemming is a veterinarian and the owner of the Calgary, Alta., dog, Dolly, who is currently undergoing a medical checkup and microchip replacement.
“She’s got a collar on her right side.
I just thought, ‘OK, that’s what I need.'”
Flemming said she thought the vet’s explanation was simple: the collar’s supposed to protect her dog from predators.
But she said that day it felt like she had been hit by a car.
“I was on the phone with my boyfriend when I got the phone call, and I got a call back, and it was like a phone call and a text message from my vet saying, ‘Dolly is doing great.
She’s on a CT scan, but she’s not feeling well,'” Flemmer said.
Dolly, a two-year-old border collie, had been diagnosed with rabies two months ago.
Flemmer has a two year old Labrador named Puck who has also been diagnosed, and she said she was worried that her two-legged companion was getting worse.
“When I was putting the collie in the crate, I noticed Puck had a big, white mark on his paw, and he was just shaking uncontrollably,” Flemingsaid.
“He was like, ‘What is wrong with me?
What is wrong in me?’
I had to tell him that the collar wasn’t going to do anything for me.”
Puck, who lives in Calgary, is now getting a microchip implant in his paw to prevent rabies from spreading.
“The microchip will let me know when he’s feeling better and when he might need to be put in the cage,” she added.
“Puck is doing really well.
He’s a very playful dog, but he has been in a lot of trouble.
He was a bit aggressive with us, so I was scared that maybe he was going to bite someone.”
Flemmers said she tried to keep her dog comfortable with the collar.
“If he gets really, really, crazy and doesn’t want to be taken off of me, he’ll have to be left with me.
I had a lot to think of and thought about, and the collar just felt like a big no-brainer,” she explained.”
My boyfriend was on my mind as well.
I don’t think it would have been a good idea for him to have to think through that before we had a pet.”
But the owner said she’s grateful to have been able to get her dog back on her feet.
“Dolly was very happy when she got back home,” she told CTV’s Calgary Eyeopener.
“That’s the first dog that I’ve ever had.
I’ve been on my knees for three years.
It’s a miracle, really.”