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  • Foundling - A woman showed up with a dog she had found on the streets. This is frequent as the shelter next door has limited hours, the city budget being what it is. So we scan the pet for a microchip – two were identified! This is not as unusual as you might think. Rarely as many…

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  • Quote of the Day - “My dog doesn’t like men, he gets upset when my husband gets friendly with me” This is such an interesting concept on so many levels. I often get the “dog hates men” deal which I used to take as a personal challenge then realized I didn’t have to address it at all as I worked…

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  • Go Yelp Yourself - Social/Media scrutiny is always a double edged sword for us veterinarians. It’s the 80/20 rule all over again. Most of the great people clients of ours write glowing reviews which of course we skim over then live and die over the relatively few “bad” comments which of course our version is going to be somewhat…

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  • Bites to the Face - This week has brought two incidents of dog bites to the face intimately to my awareness. One was a child in the care of my employee. Many dogs frolicking and the 5yo was in the middle of it when the oldest pet who had never shown indication of this before with no provocation bit her…

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  • Cat Named After Me - Clients do funny things. From the little old lady who would bring in a street wasteling and when asked its name, says the name of the person helping her hoping to gain favor to the appreciative client who names their next pet after you in some way when they get the new replacement pet for…

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  • Referrals - As a veterinarian, I am a creative problem solver. Our relationship with local hospitals means that both the perceived lower cost humane society sends patients when they are too busy or the clearly more expensive specialty 24 hour emergency hospital sends patients when clients don’t have enough funds to fix and very sick or badly…

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  • Quote of the Day (Part III) - Haven’t been around lately. The search for the ultimate web site (bogged down) has taken precedence. Recent activity has reinspired with the added insight of not needing to make a super long daunting entry. This is the first of many simpler additions, where I ask  my married for a long long time clients their secrets…

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  • Death Is Coming - There are some terrible diagnoses in veterinary medicine. Rabies. Bad prognosis, inevitably grave meaning fatal meaning the patient IS going to die. There is not much you can do, just try palliative measures which you know won’t do much to change anything. The *HARDEST* conversations to have with a client. Much sadness all around. One…

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  • It Takes A Lot of Heart - Sometimes we do things just because they are the right thing to do. Orion was a young puppy German Shepherd when I met him, very sick with a huge abscess (pocket of pus) around his neck and a big fever and a substantial heart murmur which represented bad heart disease. The family that brought him…

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  • Ouch - Pain is not a lot of fun for anyone, especially the animals. But they are adapted to live with pain, not show that they have pain, go about their day as if nothing is wrong. So here is the problem. The people who take care of pets don’t realize they are in pain in the…

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