My dog is a weekend warrior

Most readers have probably heard of weekend warrior syndrome. That is when people (mostly guys one might speculate) who are largely sedentary and out of shape go out and do vigorous activity or contact sports, resulting is physical stress injuries of one sort or another.

Well, dogs are not immune. Last night, while playing with his buddy in a local yard, my dog caught his for in a wood lattice work while jumping around, and came up badly lame.

So, after a night in the living room with him, since he couldn’t climb the stair (yes, he is 85 pounds of spoiled Doberman), we were off to the vet this morning.

Now, if YOU had this injury in our fair Canadian city, you would languish in the emergency department for 4-10 hours waiting to be looked at. If would be free, but only if your time and pain are worth nothing.

The dog was seen by his first class doctor the next morning. We waited about 15 minutes. He received a more thorough exam than you would ever get at the emergency department. His treatment not only included conventional means, but also up-to-date naturopathic therapy that is used by Olympic atheletes.

Yes, it cost a few bucks, but if you were to work out the cost vs the time, it would be cheap at twice the price if you could get that level of treatment.

Now, I am not saying the medicare is bad, or that a completely private medical system is desireable. It isn’t. But there is something fundamentally wrong with our care system, which for all intents and purposes burns while the governments fiddle.


2 thoughts on “My dog is a weekend warrior

  1. Brent

    The problem is directly proportional to the number of movies in circulation that have desensitized us to human pain and suffering. Maim, torture and kill all the people in the world in TVdom, but for the love of all that is holy, don’t even remotely suggest the debasement or abuse of ANY animal. Erstwhile, stunt performers and the like are maimed and killed on a fairly frequent basis. Let’s not even broach the subject of the decidedly (NDP) lopsided doctor/patient ratio.

    No animals were harmed during the making of this blog, although there may be a few human (Bob Rae) fans, out there, if there are any such creatures still in existence, who are feeling just a tad slighted and unable to cope and will therefore be subsequently forced to while away the next 8-10 hrs in their local ER ward in search of an available practitioner capable of treating their anxiety.

  2. kwilson Post author

    I agree, to a point. I was not implying that my dog should not have such care available, assuming I have the resources to supply it. I think that it is great and I would defend that access. What I was pointing out was how the contrast brought the inadequacy of our public system sharply into focus. We have great medical people, very dedicated and caring, who simply aren’t given what they need to do the job we need them to do.

    Now, on the subject of people who ‘choose’ take patently stupid risks for monetary gain, I am much less sympathetic. Animals that are ‘used’ have no choice, and I am quite please to see an advocate appear on their behalf, within reason. The people ‘deciding’ to take risks as mentioned above, though, are not displaying the common sense they should be, and that is a different matter IMO. Their lack of sense should no, IMO, impact the rest of us unduly. It opens the whole topic of accountability. Now there is the subject for a protracted blog thread!
    One instance would be when people take stupid risks and then expect the system to bail them out for free. For example, to prove you are manly, you might decide to sail into an Atlantic storm. You subsequently have to be rescued by the Coast Guard. Should you have been rescued? Of course! Should you have been rescued at public expense? Absolutely not!!!

    So there you have it…

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