Veterinary Magic


By Cyndi Haas, My Dog Ate What Producer

I am constantly amazed by the quick thinking and pure talent of the vet techs on these shoots. Moreover, their expertise is not limited to veterinary medicine. No, many of these experts would make fantastic props people or special effects technicians. Willie was a dachshund who ate rat poison. Much of his treatment involved blood testing and blood transfusions. I knew right away our stand by blood which is a mixture of corn syrup, red food coloring and sometimes water would never work. It’s way too viscous to flow through all the tubes we needed it to go through, so I splurged on stage blood. You can get stage blood in different thicknesses and colors. I got the “fresh blood” look which meant dark red and less viscous. But what I failed to consider was the fact that the blood would have to flow through the various tubes in specific directions and sometimes that wasn’t going to happen on its own. Our quick thinking veterinary technician rigged up a serious of saline drips and syringes so that with a quick squeeze on a bag or slight push on a plunger the blood would flow any way we wanted it to AND there would be no giant bowl of blood in the shot. Perfect!

My Dog Ate What? Rat Poison, a Zipper, and Tennis Balls premieres Wednesday November 10 at 9P et/pt.

Video Preview: Willie the dog’s chest is filling up with blood — but why? Will the vet solve this mystery before it’s too late?

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