Coffee

Coffee

I am in on Sunday morning supervising kennels.  Nothing is more important than the animals getting taken care of. Because I am here, I can make sure the treatments are done and everyone is okay.  I can also write my article in peace and quiet. It also...

1000 Things To Do

1000 Things To Do

After work, it seems I have a thousand things to do. During work, I am highly focused. I am seeing clients and patients. I am teaching, checking for comprehension, rewording, and re-teaching as necessary. Long ago I learned that “traveling” was not...

Duncan’s Battle With Diabetes

Duncan’s Battle With Diabetes

Duncan is a diabetic. His owners brought him in because he had lost a lot of weight and was drinking and peeing lots. We did some blood work and a urinalysis to confirm that Duncan was a diabetic, but I was certain before we got the results. Diabetes...

Accounting

Accounting

It is Saturday afternoon. We stopped seeing appointments a while ago. Various rechecks had come and gone. Blossom and Storm were doing fine after their surgeries. Eight boarders were tucked into their run beds for the weekend. Bella’s pancreatitis was...

Sage’s Dislocated Hip

Sage’s Dislocated Hip

Sage came in on Monday afternoon. This two-year-old yellow lab had been hit by a car earlier in the day, but dad had to get home to help get her in the car. On first glance, she looked okay, but on closer inspection, she was a little shocky. Her gums were...

Vaccines

Vaccines

Last week, Matt drove me to Charleston to get a yellow fever vaccination. I need a booster vaccine, because this fall, I am going to northern Uganda in Africa to vaccinate and neuter village dogs, and yellow fever is one of the vaccines that I needed to...

Good Ideas, Or Not

I had a talk with a couple in the exam room. Their dog has a chronic disease and they were asking if they had caused it. My honesty made that a hard answer. Every time we do something we have a choice. We can choose to do something that is good for us or...

2018 AVMA Conference

2018 AVMA Conference

I woke up in Denver this week. Actually, I woke up Sunday morning at 6:18 a.m. to a series of texts from a client asking when I would be in the office that day. Even when I mentioned that it was six AM where I was, there were a couple more texts. Normally,...

Rabies And The One Health Initiative

Rabies And The One Health Initiative

The One Health Initiative is a movement to forge co-equal, all-inclusive collaborations between all healthcare providers. Veterinarians are used to taking treatments and medications from human medicine, but our important role as human health protectors is...

I Was Wrong

I Was Wrong

I am good at what I do. I have a keen intellect. I know when to trust my intuition and when to listen to what a client says or what they don’t say. I also have a good head for numbers and probabilities. That means that I usually know the chances of things...