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2010-02-23 10:51:20 AM
Did the vet not put the dog under to do the dental work? When I have my collie's teeth cleaned, they give him a mild anesthetic. Sounds like the vet screwed up and paid the price...too bad the weinerdog might as well.
 
2010-02-23 11:00:24 AM
When I was growing up, the neighbors next door had a Dachsund. They used to let it out on a regular basis. This thing was like a Tasmanian Devil. It attacked everyone. One day I was minding my own business with my back turned to the damn thing and it sprints across my yard and bites the holy hell out of my heel...it bit through the shoe and drew blood. Then the little shiat runs away yipping as I tried to punt it across the street.

If the ticket was for something like that, I would agree. But a vet assistant getting bit? How in the world do you work that job and not expect an animal to try and bite you?
 
2010-02-23 11:02:05 AM
Let him among us who hasn't contemplated biting a tech during a dental procedure cast the first stone.
 
2010-02-23 11:16:07 AM
UberDave: If the ticket was for something like that, I would agree. But a vet assistant getting bit? How in the world do you work that job and not expect an animal to try and bite you?

exactly what I was thinking after reading the article. WTF?
 
2010-02-23 11:20:36 AM
You know, vets and vet techs are supposed to understand animals. We were in the midst of trapping and finding homes for semi-feral cats (they were becoming friendly and at least one became a wonderful housecat) and we took one to the vet to get checked before exposing any of our animals to it. During the exam the cat wiggled loose, caused havoc and actually bit one of the techs through the thumbnail.

Their response? No problem, happens all the time. We're used to it.

That's why they get our business.
 
2010-02-23 11:22:00 AM
TFA:
In August, the Walker's said Spork bit a veterinary technician during an exam at Jasper Animal Hospital in Lafayette. As a result of the attack, the Walker's said both the vet tech who was bit and the veterinarian of the animal hospital filed reports with animal control.

wtf? Who the fark are these people? A vet and a vet tech who file animal control reports when a dog they're treating bites? Do they really work in the veterinary field? Sounds like they shouldn't. Were I the dog owner I'd make sure everyone knows to stay the fark away from that vet.
 
2010-02-23 11:33:43 AM
If my dachshund bites you then you did something to deserve it. Like hurting him during dental surgery when he should have been completely out.
 
2010-02-23 11:36:20 AM
Those little dogs are usually the worst tempered farking animals on the planet. They get carried around by their owners, get treated like little babies, and aren't socialized with others. The guy we kennel with won't take most of them because of their temperament. Dachshunds are usually horrible farking things on top of it.

That said you're a god damn vet and a vet tech. You deal with animals all day. Animals are going to bite because they come to you in pain or are scared or both. If you don't farking understand this don't work with animals.

FTFA: "This speaks to the people of Lafayette," said Jennifer Edwards, of The Animal Law Center. "Be warned about going to vet care centers, groomers, because if your dog bites it could face euthanasia." AH great. That'll help lots. You basically told animal owners not to go go the vet or groomers.
 
2010-02-23 11:41:50 AM
Gwendolyn: Those little dogs are usually the worst tempered farking animals on the planet. They get carried around by their owners, get treated like little babies, and aren't socialized with others. The guy we kennel with won't take most of them because of their temperament. Dachshunds are usually horrible farking things on top of it.

That said you're a god damn vet and a vet tech. You deal with animals all day. Animals are going to bite because they come to you in pain or are scared or both. If you don't farking understand this don't work with animals.

FTFA: "This speaks to the people of Lafayette," said Jennifer Edwards, of The Animal Law Center. "Be warned about going to vet care centers, groomers, because if your dog bites it could face euthanasia." AH great. That'll help lots. You basically told animal owners not to go go the vet or groomers.


Hey! Our Dachshund is amazing. Not all of us treat them like dolls. There's quite a large community of Dachshund owners who treat them like the badger dogs they are. I've never met a Dachshund that is a "horrible farking thing" and it's that sort of broad generalization that hurts the breed.

I know you hate breed dogs but you need to watch your f*cking mouth sometimes.
 
2010-02-23 11:45:28 AM
Gwendolyn
AH great. That'll help lots. You basically told animal owners not to go go the vet or groomers.

Sounds like it's good advice for that city. Take your dog somewhere else for the vet visit.
 
2010-02-23 12:04:28 PM
If you stick your fingers in a dog's mouth for a living then expect to get bit now and then. It's just part of the job.
 
2010-02-23 12:13:41 PM
cksewell: If you stick your fingers in a dog's mouth for a living then expect to get bit now and then. It's just part of the job.

What if it's just a hobby?
 
2010-02-23 12:14:11 PM
I'd love to see the size of the cajones required to separate me from MY dog.
 
2010-02-23 12:14:46 PM
Look..the technician was used to working with patriotic people who proudly served their country in the military. I don't think it's unreasonable to be upset if they are asked to work on a dog and get bit.
 
2010-02-23 12:15:57 PM
cksewell: If you stick your fingers in a dog's mouth for a living then expect to get bit now and then. It's just part of the job.

I think the same thing is written in big bold red letters on page 1 of the vet tech training manual

/if not it should be
 
2010-02-23 12:16:04 PM
But city of Lafayette is asserting home-rule exception, which means they do not have to follow state law.

Is this for real? This would be a good time for the people of Lafayette to threaten their leaders with recall and ALL animal lovers to find another vet. Drive the vet out of business and scare the pants off of the town leaders. Oh, and while I'm on my soapbox, maybe the Walker family should get their dog out of the jurisdiction.
 
2010-02-23 12:17:04 PM
PITBULLS!



Scare ya?
 
2010-02-23 12:18:27 PM
Only two times I've ever been bitten were by dachshunds.

Nasty little things.
 
2010-02-23 12:18:36 PM
cksewell: If you stick your fingers in a dog's mouth for a living then expect to get bit now and then. It's just part of the job.

My ex was a vet tech. She'd come home with scratches, bites, covered in anal gland discharge, shiat ... you name it. Eventually her back went out from wrestling rottweilers and mastiffs to the ground.

It's a dirty, dangerous, thankless, low-paying job considering the amount of education you need in order to do it.

That said, she would have NEVER complained about something as picayune as a wiener-dog bite.
 
2010-02-23 12:19:27 PM
Subby should have used the 'Weeners' tag...
 
2010-02-23 12:19:52 PM
Farking Colorado...
 
2010-02-23 12:19:53 PM
They should see what my tomcat did to the last vet tech that tried to take his temperature without somebody else holding him down.

He got a big orange sticker on his chart for that one.
 
2010-02-23 12:20:04 PM
I'm all for calling the vet tech and the vet dumbasses, but nowhere in the article does it say anything this being about, or during the course of, dental surgery.
 
2010-02-23 12:20:30 PM
FTFA: It's even earned him his own fan page on Facebook where as of Monday evening he had 677 friends.

I'm pretty sure I'd never get that many friends, if I had a FB account. So that means you could put me down for anything and nobody would make a fuss. I need a hug.

Ranger Joe
Did the vet not put the dog under to do the dental work?

I wondered that too; it's standard procedure, AFAIK.
 
2010-02-23 12:20:39 PM
Stupid vet clinic. This publicity is going to lose them paying customers.

Who is going to take their pet to a clinic when the vet could put out a death order on them? Sometimes, animals get scared when roughly handled by strangers and they bite. I put claw caps on my cats before they go to the vet, but still. And what sort of vet doesnt put the animal under for dentals?

If I were the dog's owners, I would picket outside the clinic and hand out leaflets. Also, I'd hide the dog with a relative, just in case.

Any vet which/groomer who files claims against its customers should be prepared to lose a lot of business.
 
2010-02-23 12:21:09 PM
It's unfortunate that this breed has become the domain of cute little rat dog loving women.
These bastards were actually bred to go down a hole and fight a farkin' badger.


/unfortunately no pic of a farkin' badger
 
2010-02-23 12:22:22 PM
doubled99: It's unfortunate that this breed has become the domain of cute little rat dog loving women.
These bastards were actually bred to go down a hole and fight a farkin' badger.


/unfortunately no pic of a farkin' badger


THIS kill it.
 
2010-02-23 12:23:04 PM
patrick767: A vet and a vet tech who file animal control reports when a dog they're treating bites?

One possible complication: When I was attacked by the neighbor's dog, Animal Control pointed out that it was the _law_ that all blood-drawing bites had to be reported. Don't know (obviously) if it's the same where those vets are, nor if the vets around here are exempt, but might explain something?

I really wish this was the reaction to my incident. Instead, I got attacked, blood drawn, by a completely out-of-control lab mix thing with useless, incompetent, farmer's-market-crash-bound older unapologetic owners. Filed all the paperwork, had to spend half a day appearing before the Animal Control commission making a clear case that the dog was a danger. End result? $50 fine. Not even a slap on the wrist. Owner never did even try to apologize.

Then, a month later, the dog got loose again and sent a full-grown-male neighbor to the _hospital_. Somehow, "I told you so," doesn't really help.

ToxicMunkee: I've never met a Dachshund that is a "horrible farking thing" and it's that sort of broad generalization that hurts the breed.

I've never met a Dachsund that wasn't a horrible, bitey, barkey, uncontrolled monster, and I've met, oh, 5 or 6 of them with several different owners. Maybe it's your sort of broad generalization that gets these dogs in the hands of owners who can't properly train them?

/ still don't get a vet tech reporting a bite, though... the vets and vet techs I know laugh 'em off as a cost of doing business
 
2010-02-23 12:23:18 PM
MorePeasPlease: cksewell: If you stick your fingers in a dog's mouth for a living then expect to get bit now and then. It's just part of the job.

What if it's just a hobby?


And what if it's not your finger?
 
2010-02-23 12:23:22 PM
We fostered a dachshund when I was growing up, and he bit every member of our family, except me. My little brother tried to pick him up and coddle him, and bam, right on the arm. God, I loved that dog. Put up with being put in a cupboard during a tornado like a champ. A tiny, growly champ.

/Currently has a deaf chihuahua that gets treated like a real dog, too.
//It gets its feet off the coffee table, or else it gets the hose again.
 
2010-02-23 12:23:27 PM
The Facebook page (currently at 1,821 members) (new window).

Click...now 1,822.
 
2010-02-23 12:23:30 PM
dumpstergirl: I put claw caps on my cats before they go to the vet, but still.

That's a very cool idea. I'll have to try that next time.
 
2010-02-23 12:23:40 PM
My sister is a vet tech. Bites are part of the work.
 
2010-02-23 12:24:08 PM
Calmamity: Let him among us who hasn't contemplated biting a tech during a dental procedure cast the first stone.

I was reading about some guy telling people to go to school to be an xray or dental tech. He said that he likes to troll the patients when they annoy him by deliberately hurting the patient to keep them afraid and quiet.

/People are farked up in the head.
 
2010-02-23 12:24:59 PM
Was the dog black?
 
2010-02-23 12:25:20 PM
But city of Lafayette is asserting home-rule exception, which means they do not have to follow state law.

1. Take the dog out of LaFayette to a place where the State law is enforced.

2. Never go to a veterinarian or groomer in LaFayette and do your best to make the municipal laws well known and encourage people to frequent out of town pet businesses.

/owns 4 Dachshunds.
 
2010-02-23 12:25:25 PM
I'm going to guess that in that town, where there are laws beyond the state laws, if an animal care worker gets bitten, he or she HAS to report that bite. The vets and vet techs aren't stupid; I'm sure they expect to get bit. It just seems like an inherent part of the job.

This confuses me a little. FTFA: According to state law in Colorado, a dog owner is not liable for a dog bite if the person bitten is a vet, groomer or anyone who works closely with animals.

But city of Lafayette is asserting home-rule exception, which means they do not have to follow state law.


I'm no lawyer, but I thought state law superseded local law, just as Federal law supersedes state law. Any lawyering types wanna explain this?
 
2010-02-23 12:25:50 PM
Nogale: My sister is a vet tech. Bites are part of the work.

As is cleaning yapper dog remains off the wall.
 
2010-02-23 12:25:51 PM
The Facebook page is easily fetchable as a search for "Save Spork."
 
2010-02-23 12:26:42 PM
ToxicMunkee: Gwendolyn: Those little dogs are usually the worst tempered farking animals on the planet. They get carried around by their owners, get treated like little babies, and aren't socialized with others. The guy we kennel with won't take most of them because of their temperament. Dachshunds are usually horrible farking things on top of it.

That said you're a god damn vet and a vet tech. You deal with animals all day. Animals are going to bite because they come to you in pain or are scared or both. If you don't farking understand this don't work with animals.

FTFA: "This speaks to the people of Lafayette," said Jennifer Edwards, of The Animal Law Center. "Be warned about going to vet care centers, groomers, because if your dog bites it could face euthanasia." AH great. That'll help lots. You basically told animal owners not to go go the vet or groomers.

Hey! Our Dachshund is amazing. Not all of us treat them like dolls. There's quite a large community of Dachshund owners who treat them like the badger dogs they are. I've never met a Dachshund that is a "horrible farking thing" and it's that sort of broad generalization that hurts the breed.

I know you hate breed dogs but you need to watch your f*cking mouth sometimes.


Come to think of it, my grandpa's town must of been visited by Darwin. When I was much younger, I met a lady with a dachshund there, and it was the nicest little dog you could imagine. Fast forward a few years, and some old people living near my aunt's house in the same town had a dachshund, who would start harassing you as soon as it saw you, and would run across the road to get at you. It was very fun to tease.
 
2010-02-23 12:26:53 PM
My old man's Dachsund.

farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2010-02-23 12:27:16 PM
I had moved into a new area awhile back. I needed a new vet closer to me, so I went to one of two in the area. While there, mentioned that I'd rescued all my animals and if they ever found a german shepherd, to let me know.

Several months later, i got a call, "we have a german shepherd that is scheduled to be put down in 30 minutes". Knowing it would take me 45 minutes, i told them to hold out, i'll speed the whole way there.

As I get in (34 minutes later), they took me to the back room and showed me to a cage and opened it. I looked at the vet and asked, "this is the shepherd?". Vet beamed, "Sure is". I took the animal with me and never went back to that vet.

I was the proud step daddy to a hybrid wolf. Looks NOTHING like a shepherd. Lesson learned, not all vets care or know anything about animals.

/best rescue i've ever had.
 
2010-02-23 12:27:27 PM
Lame. I grew up around horses. Talk about some injured vets...Even a good tempered horse can be dangerous when startled. What's the law considering larger animals? If my 100,000 show horse steps on someone are they going to have him shot?

Had a situation like this happen with a friends ancient poodle who bit my kid (kid fell on the dog). Kid ended up with a welt (dog barely had any teeth left) but my wife and her friend panicked and took the kid to the doc (bite was on the face) and started this epic chain of suspicious animal control people assessing the dangerous dog potential of a poodle who could barely walk.

What a fricking society.
 
2010-02-23 12:28:07 PM
Gwendolyn: FTFA: "This speaks to the people of Lafayette," said Jennifer Edwards, of The Animal Law Center. "Be warned about going to vet care centers, groomers, because if your dog bites it could face euthanasia." AH great. That'll help lots. You basically told animal owners not to go go the vet or groomers.

No, it doesn't. It says don't go to a vet in Lafayette. As a Colorado resident, I can tell you that means drive less than 5-10 miles in any direction and you'll be in another city.

If I was a pet owner, I'd avoid the area if this was their legal standard. Simple enough.
 
2010-02-23 12:28:53 PM
We had a dog many years ago we took to the vet's office for a flea dip. During it the tech got a scratch from one of her claws--the tech claimed she was bitten. Fortunately we only had to deal with paying for a mandatory rabies quarantine period (ironically at the same vet's office) and the issue was settled.

The point is still that if you work in a veterinarian office this sort of thing should be expected. You're dealing with animals under duress, and no matter how domesticated they may be they are still animals.
 
2010-02-23 12:28:54 PM
I love sporks! They wouldn't have to worry if they had the titanium one instead of the dog one!
 
2010-02-23 12:29:02 PM
doubled99: It's unfortunate that this breed has become the domain of cute little rat dog loving women.
These bastards were actually bred to go down a hole and fight a farkin' badger.


/unfortunately no pic of a farkin' badger


Say wut?
screamingbadger.files.wordpress.com
 
2010-02-23 12:30:09 PM
weiners RULE. more pics, please...

farm1.static.flickr.com

/hot like a dog!
//oh and save the puppy.
 
2010-02-23 12:30:15 PM
We can has dachshund thread?
 
2010-02-23 12:30:45 PM
Where's the facebook page?
 
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