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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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