Posts Tagged ‘favorite patients’

Just keep an eye on it? The unseen raises questions about what is fair in life.

November 14th, 2011
The following story is about one of my favorite patients ever: Jake

“My other vet told me to just keep an eye on it”

“It’s been there for a year and hasn’t changed so I have just been keeping an eye on it”

“I don’t have the money to do that microscope thing, I’ll just keep an eye on it”

Veterinarians and pet owners alike have been keeping a keen eye on lots of terrible things.  I personally have, against my will, kept an eye on torturous allergies, Cushing’s disease, probable mast cell tumors, ear infections, and a myriad of horrible and curable, illnesses, conditions, and cancers. But I can’t spend people’s money for them.  I can only educate them and hope (and often pray) that they make the move and the sacrifice.

The Egyptian Papyrus of Kahun (from approximately 1900 BCE) offered the first written record of veterinary medicine.  Ironically, The Eye of Horus (the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol) is the symbol of protection, royal power, and good health.  Maybe that’s where vets and pet owners got the expression, “keep an eye on it.”

But there are those pet owners that I really feel sorry for – the ones that wanted to do something and were told to keep an eye on it.  I have to change his name, but lets talk about the most wonderful Boxer I ever met, Jake.

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Household Substances Can Be Dangerous Not Only to Your Pet, But Also to Your Relationship

March 23rd, 2011
The entertaining chronicles of life as a veterinarian

It was several years ago but I remember that night well.  It was 3 AM on a Saturday morning when I was handed a chart for a three-year-old snorting Bulldog name Bennie that was having problems eating and holding down his chow. The confident rascal was known to eat garbage and the owners, a young bickering couple, reported that he had been left unattended the night before and had made a mess of the apartment.Cute dog chewing slipper

The x-ray showed something large in his stomach displacing food that in all probability was not going to pass. I showed the couple the x-rays and recommended removal through the use of an endoscopic camera. They couldn’t afford that so I told them that there was a small chance that if I made him vomit, I mean, really vomit, that the object may come out the way it came in. They agreed, so I administered the drug and waited.

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The Dog who ate a glass ornament

December 24th, 2010
ask a vet, at home pet remedy, vet 24/7I love “eves.” I like birthday eves, anniversary eves, New Years Eve, and my favorite is Christmas Even. In honor of Christmas Eve, I want to share a cute pet story to remind everyone to keep their pets safe so we can all enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.

It was several years ago and it was Christmas Eve. I was working at the hospital when a frantic pet owner brought in Charlie, her rather portly golden retriever.

Luckily, his pet parent had given us a call on her way into the hospital, and in doing so, had given me some time to do a bit of veterinary research for something I had never seen (it was my first Christmas as a veterinarian after all).

Charlie had eaten a glass tree ornament.

There are many times the diagnostic tests that a vet recommends are so confusing that the pet owner needs a background in medicine to understand it’s purpose.  This was not one of those times.

The solution?

The super-fancy and medical treatment for having eaten a broken Christmas ornament?

ask a vet, dog health problems, 24/7 vetCotton balls covered in peanut butter.

Feeding Charlie lots of cotton balls covered in peanut butter. As many as he would willingly eat. His nonselective palate this time was both a blessing and a curse, as Charlie would eat most anything, from cotton balls to glass ornaments. Read the rest of this entry »