Thursday, August 25, 2011

A tiny toy poodle. He had been in the hospital for a couple days due to anemia caused by a flea infestation so severe the fleas were literally crawling out of his eye sockets and other orifices. His red blood cell count was 12% (normal is ~37-55%). We got rid of the fleas and stabilized him and sent him home but he had a stroke the next day and lost the use of his hind legs.

The whole thing was especially frustrating because it could have so easily been prevented with the application flea medicine.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A guinea pig who was trying to die on its own. The girl said it was fine the night before and when she woke up it was not moving.

Monday, August 01, 2011

An 8 year old Lhasa Apso that seemed perfectly healthy. I asked the doctor why it was being euthanized and he said he didn't know. He seemed totally unphased by having someone come in and say they want to euthanize their pet. He's been practicing longer than I've been alive (and I'm not particularly young). I hope to never reach that point. It was still bothering me later so I went back and read the patient's history. Nothing was really listed except the adoption papers from the animal shelter were in there. It had been returned to the shelter several times. I'm guessing it had an insurmountable behavioral issue going on.