Category Archives: Explanations

Specialists versus Renaissance Man versus Insect

You may wonder what this rant has to do with veterinary medicine, but be patient.  I’ll get there. “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take […]

Microchip Identification in Dogs

“So, on those microchips, what kind of range do they have?”   About three inches.  When people don’t really understand what microchip identification is, they can have some unrealistic expectations. Look at this little thing: do you see any room for a power supply?  I mean, I’ve heard of the “button battery”, but you’d have to […]

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 […]

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.  […]

Veterinary Medicine at the Career Fair

In a nearby small town, the counselor organizes a “career fair” every two years.  She doesn’t call on the same professions each time, as she presents the program to the entire body of middle school and high school students.  No point hearing about the same career twice, especially if you didn’t want to hear it […]

What else can I do with my itchy dog?

One of our readers writes: I have 2 Chihuahuas, one weighs 10 pounds and the other weighs 15 pounds.  They both have the same symptoms: scratching, biting and pulling out hair.  My vet gave them  both a long-acting cortisone injection June 1st,  and the symptoms stopped.   On July 2 they started again.  I waited until […]