Dog Saved Moments Before Euthanasia When Tick Is Found

Nancy Bailey

A dog was close to drawing his last breath when a sharp-eyed intern at the animal hospital noticed a tick behind his ear.

The dog, a ten-year-old Sheltie named Ollie, had been lethargic since returning from a trip to the Umpqua River.

All the blood tests came back inconclusive.

— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 25, 2016

"Since there seemed to be no treatment to fix Ollie's condition and his quality of life was rapidly deteriorating, Al and Joelle made the extremely difficult decision to put Ollie to sleep at DoveLewis."
"He still had a little sparkle in his eyes so he didn't look really sick, he couldn't really move... but you know, his expressions were still lively and responsive, his ears were still perking up. It was almost unreal."

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"I had never seen a tick paralysis case. It's one of those things you learn about randomly in school; it's on one slide during one presentation."

So, instead of being put to sleep, Ollie received a complete body clip to make sure there were no more ticks hiding in his thick pelt.

About ten hours after the tick was removed, Ollie returned to his normal self. KATU News reported that his owners were very surprised.

"We were astounded by the quick turnaround."

"We were thinking it would take closer to three days for him to heal, if it did turn out to be tick paralysis."
"When we got the call from his owners that Ollie was doing fine, we all high-fived each other. That might be the one tick paralysis case I experience in my career. It was exciting that we could help."

— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) May 24, 2016

"His IV was in. We were in the room, the IV was in, the doctor was coming in to do this. It was, you know, the very last second."

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