In December, Pepper was purchased from a kennel as a 2-year-old. She wasn’t a family pet, but she seemed friendly enough. Her new family took her home and she was fine on the ride. Then they opened the car door and she bolted away. They couldn’t get within six feet of her, and she disappeared. […]
This is one of those posts that could easily stray from the warm-fuzzy image we’d like to project. Sometimes a patient is not in a life-threatening situation, yet you feel that his condition is something that just can’t wait. I’m not even going to define paraphimosis (much less post a picture), but that’s what the […]
No snow all winter, beautiful weather last weekend, and global warming… and six inches of snow fell last night. Actually, it started yesterday afternoon, and by five PM, it was really accumulating. As the snow increased, the client traffic decreased. The phones got quiet as people who don’t know snow became immersed in it, some […]
As I said, goats are not our specialty. We rarely see one and don’t pretend to any expertise in that department. Many veterinarians don’t care to see anything but the dogs and cats that they feel most comfortable with. I mean, if you only see a goat once every five years, how good are you […]
It’s always nice to have a chance to give back. Today was a good day for me in that regard. One of my colleagues in a near-by town was the victim of a fire which totally destroyed his clinic. He is practicing out of a house in which he has improvised a temporary clinic. You […]
I wrote about Bugsy’s surgery in July. He was in today for a check-up and the owner told me, "He is really seeing better. He goes up and down the stairs now. He was afraid to do that before." Also, his eyes don’t look painful anymore. Both are good things. Yay.
This is Coco. She doesn’t look very remarkable, but she is. If you were reading here last August, you may remember when I wrote about performing my first pericardiocentesis. Coco had developed a huge accumulation of fluid around her heart, and this was interfering with it’s ability to keep her going. I felt at the […]
Old Yeller Alert It never ceases to amaze me that folks will acquire a new pet without making any attempt whatever to learn about proper care for the animal. Puppies and kittens should start preventive de-worming even before weaning, at 3 weeks of age. Physical exam and stool exam at six weeks of age, and […]
The Missouri Veterinary Medical Association held its annual convention and continuing education seminars this weekend. Our Docs-A-Cyclin veterinary motorcycle gang was given special recognition, though most of the attendees were unsure why. Among other things, I listened to eight hours of presentations on gastro-intestinal problems (vomiting and diarrhea). Thus, I was well prepared for the […]
I haven’t given up on blogging, but I’ve had a lot of other things going on after hours. Sometimes I just don’t feel like sitting at the old computer for an extra hour. If folks e-mail me the pictures they promised, I’ll have a little side-bar on some of my extra-curricular activities.