Monthly Archives: December 2012

Following Directions

"Now why is there two sets of directions on this bottle?”  What do you mean? “It says on this label, give one pill twice daily, every 12 hours.  Now, which is it?”  That is a true story.  I knew that we had experienced some communication difficulties with this client while he was still in the […]

First Aid for the Poisoned Pet

Today a lady arrived at our door with a drooling, twitching puppy, and around a half-gallon of insecticide.  It had been a full gallon when she left the house. When she returned home from her errand, she found the puppy in considerable distress.  He had chewed on the spray-tube apparatus, and managed to drain half […]

Sometimes the very best care is not enough.

We can do so many wonderful things with medicine and surgery that we begin to think we can fix anything.  If we just do the right thing, make the right choices, do the right tests, perform the right treatments, we can make the patient well again. Well, doing the right thing is certainly better than […]

Internet Sources for Veterinary Advice

People are searching the internet for information on how to care for their pets.  Some veterinarians hate this.  Not me.  It would be pretty hypocritical for me to rant about "Dr. Internet" when I sort of am "Dr. Internet".  The thing is, I try to confine my advice to subjects that I personally know well.  […]

Consulting a Specialist

My tag-line that follows my signature on Veterinary Information Network is “I’m lost, but I’m making good time.” When I am putting a puzzling case up for consultation, I have already done one of two things.  One is, I’ve done everything I know how to do, and I’m still stumped.  The second is, I’ve reached […]