It’s 3am and no one in the house is sleeping. Fluffy, your geriatric cat, has been up howling and screaming for the past hour. Fluffy never used to do this before, but it’s become a nightly ritual. Everyone is exhausted and you’re ready to put Fluffy out on the front porch. What could have prompted this nighttime opera?
I really, really like being a veterinarian. I like my patients, my clients, medicine in general and veterinary medicine in particular. I like routine puppy appointments and heart-pounding emergencies. I like surgery, gastroenterology, radiology, hematology and many other sub-specialities, all of which I get to practice on a daily basis. As is true of all vets, there are some things I like to do more than others. ‘Tis the season for favorite things; here is a list of my top 5 favorite veterinary activities.
Yesterday I performed an umbilical hernia repair on an incredibly cute French Bulldog. The surgery went smoothly, but it was more than a cosmetic repair in this case. This young dog was born with the hernia, but recently the hernia went from being small and soft, to large, firm and bright red. One of my colleagues saw Frenchie as an appointment since the hernia had changed in size, and strongly urged that the dog undergo surgery to repair the defect.
Dr. D VMD finally has a new Facebook page! Go to https://www.facebook.com and click “like” to have access to the latest blog posts, cool veterinary stories, warm and fuzzy animal photos and an occasional gross medical photo. (Hey! I love gross! And I can’t wait to share the gross!)
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And, sadly, no I am not an elephant doctor. But I’d like to be. And what’s cuter than a baby elephant with baby birds?