Practice Stories

Bailey

Filed Under: Dogs, Practice Stories

Bailey, a three year-old Shih tzu, was ordinarily a bundle of energy. This day, however, he was far from acting himself. We could only get a half-hearted wagging of the tail from him, and that took some coxing. We could tell simply from the expression on his face that he was not feeling at all well.

Saint Patrick's Day

Filed Under: Cats, Practice Stories

This year Saint Patrick’s Day was stormy - in fact the annual Irish parade was being postponed until Saturday. The employees at the clinic were catching up on some much needed spring cleaning and stocking. Rainy days often give you a chance to catch up on all the non-essential busy work you let slide when patients need your attention. Rainy weather outside usually means one of two things happen at the clinic: clients will bring their pets in for a bath or bring them in extremely sick.

Jiminy Crickets! (A Dehydrated Gecko)

Filed Under: Reptiles, Practice Stories

It was already late in the day and appointments at the clinic were winding down. The technician Debbie and I had just completed the evening treatments when the receptionist Rebecca burst forth through the swinging door to the treatment area: “Hey doc, will you see a dehydrated gecko?” she asked. “I have a client on the line who feels that they have a gecko emergency and would like you to see their pet this evening.”

Michael Vick and the Problem of Dog Fighting

Filed Under: Dogs, Practice Stories

Finally there is an issue that unanimously crosses partisan lines: the issue of dog fighting. Atlanta Falcons Quarterback, Michael Vick, has forced society to confront this sinister practice head on.

Too Much of a Good Thing

Filed Under: Cats, Practice Stories

Opening up my own veterinary clinic was a challenging proposition. One of the nicer aspects of being an associate was the availability of a second opinion—often whether you wanted it or not. When you are a single practitioner faced with a complicated case, it’s sometimes frustrating not having another colleague to bounce things off of.

The Itchy Patients

Filed Under: Dogs, Practice Stories

The slight woman moved into the exam room holding a small Maltese. You could tell from her appearance that she was in a struggle for life all her own. Mrs. Poole wore the characteristic turban of a cancer patient. The terry cloth turban that covered her head showed not a hint of any hair protruding from under its depth. Her eyes were sunken, with dark lines underneath and her skin was pale.

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