Heartworms

Heartworms

The recent rains have produced swarms of mosquitos. Getting the pups out of the truck, I paused and slapped my arm. Three mosquitoes died from the single slap with two that had fresh blood. As I removed them from my arm, I thought it would be a banner year for...

Ticks

Ticks

After doing a bit of yard work, I am reminded that while ticks are not my favorite animal, they certainly are amazing. Like many animals, ticks start as an egg. The tick that hatches from the egg is a larva and only has six legs. Counting legs is one of the ways to...

Cat Friendly

Cat Friendly

I have been working with a new software to create new exam room videos. While I think the animation adds something to it, this is the text of one that I have been working on for the last few weeks. Cats are amazing creatures and they make wonderful pets, but there are...

Falconry

Falconry

I have a falcon on my head. It is training time for the birds of prey. Focus is an American Kestrel or sparrow hawk. It is her turn in my office and she is flying from the perch to the window and detoured to the top of my head. I think she is annoyed at me. Falconry...

We Need to Talk

We Need to Talk

We need to talk. Nobody ever likes to hear an conversation that starts with that phrase, but sometimes we really do need to talk. Veterinary medicine is changing. It started several years ago. Sophia Yin was a brilliant veterinarian. She spoke at many conferences...

Long Day at the E.R.

Long Day at the E.R.

I got caught by a stoplight so I was parking as my shift began Sunday morning. I was in the building by 8:02AM. The doctor I was relieving seemed happy to seem me. She quickly went through the cases. She had done two enterotomies (for a gunshot and a eaten towel), had...

Technology

Technology

COVID 19 has certainly changed our world. Things that we used to take for granted are now different. Simple things, like moving animals through the hospital or communicating with clients are now more difficult. But through all of this, I have had the knowledge that...

Stress Relief

Stress Relief

Sometimes it feels like it still should be May. Sometimes it feels like it should be 2021 or maybe 2022. Even practiced introverts like me are starting to feel the stress of social distancing, uncomfortable masks and this parking lot thing we have called curbside...

Circle of Life

Circle of Life

COVID 19 has probably changed the rest of our lives. Everyone who is alive now will change in some way. While I am quick to point out the ways these changes have not been ideal (just ask my best friend), not everything that is COVID 19 related has been bad. I must...

Special Patients

Special Patients

It had been a rough week! In addition to the COVID inefficiencies and the rising temperatures of the weather and clients, I had to put two of my favorite patients to sleep. While I love all animals, I don’t think there is any question that Labrador Retrievers are near...