Get inside your vet’s mind…

So you think being a vet is all fun and games, right? Cute puppies and purring kittens all day, right?

Sadly, our profession is riddled with problems (like any other): an obscene student debt load (often hundreds of thousands of dollars), low income compared to most healthcare professions, difficulty providing excellent pet care while keeping fees affordable, rising costs etc. Therefore, vets face an enormous amount of stress.

What could possibly make vets stressed out? After agonizing for several weeks over my choice, I decided to share openly some the challenges vets face on a daily basis.

When is it time to say goodbye?

When your pet’s health is declining, the toughest question to answer is: “When is it time to say goodbye?

It may be easy for others, including your vet. But it is most difficult for you, the pet owner, not only for emotional reasons, but also because you see your pet every single day. Others don’t. So it’s difficult to be objective about the situation.

Here is a nice little trick that can help you make the most difficult decision of your life. I just read about it in a recent issue of Veterinary Medicine, a professional magazine.*

Can you afford surgery on your pet?

Pets commonly get into things they shouldn’t. When they swallow something, we call that a foreign body.

Recent foreign bodies we have removed from cats and dogs include, from memory: pieces of a belt, of an electric cord, of floss, of a yoga matt, of a basketball; a chicken bone, a sock, a rubber toy, an acorn, a squeaky toy, a sewing needle, hair ties, a giant hairball and an ear plug.

How to prevent bite wounds

Have you heard about the poor guy who was awarded $100 million yesterday after losing most of his left arm, most of his left leg, and his left ear, in an attack by a pack of dogs outside a Detroit home?

This week is “National Dog Bite Prevention Week.” It’s a time to learn how you can avoid getting bitten by a dog.

First, I also would like to share some tips about how to prevent your pet from getting bitten.

Craziest foreign body contest

Has your pet ever swallowed something he or she shouldn’t have?

You won’t believe what other vets have removed from pets’ stomachs and intestines!

Veterinary Practice News, a magazine for vets (in which I write monthly), published the amazing results of the 2014 foreign body competition. Vets from the entire Nation submitted X-rays that show some pretty incredible objects swallowed by pets. Continue…