What ARE the anal sacs and why do we care?
Once upon a time, there was a very talented young artist named Em Naughton. Em had a lot more talent than she did money for veterinary services, and so we worked out a deal. She did these for me more than 30 years ago, but they’re still good. At that time, I was trying to […]
Hayti had a zoo? Improbable as that seems today, it really did. When I was a kid, I loved nothing better than going to a zoo. I was always fascinated by animals and loved seeing them. It didn’t occur to me then what their life in a cage must be like, and my enjoyment was […]
We used to call these FORLs – Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions. The dental specialists decided to drop "feline" because they started finding them in dogs, too. Odontoclastic referred to cells that work at reabsorbing the roots of baby teeth so that the permanent teeth can come in. Since we now realize that we don't actually […]
Several months ago, Oliver broke his left front leg, both bones, and right above his wrist. With both bones broken, a splint or cast was unlikely to give good results, so we felt he needed orthopedic surgery. The problem was, the lower fragments were so small, there wasn't much to grab onto. The other problem […]
This could be about Father’s Day or my birthday or science or all three. That' s my Dad on the left, and that good-looking, fair-haired boy at Mom's shoulder is me, back in 1962. Somewhere (somewhen?) down the line I skewed a lot more toward Dad. In the second photo, you see him a few […]
This is one of those crazy things. We’ve seen lots of dogs with severe wounds that needed help, lots of nasty messes. Officer Petix has posted pictures of a lot of damaged animals. What is it that makes a particular case “speak” to people? Why does this guy generate 300,000 shares and an outpouring of […]
For some time now, I’ve been thinking about a series of blog entries that would profile people who have really enriched my life. While I have been very fortunate to enjoy the support and friendship of many people, there are some who stand out as giving me something I couldn’t (or didn’t) find anywhere else. […]