Your Questions Answered: Part 2

Most difficult class in vet school?That’s a toss-up. Clinical pathology was a bear, but so was neurology. The first because of the topic, the second because of the teacher.

Did the dogs get any of the cat litter chicken breast?

Nope. It was immediately tossed, much to Koa’s chagrin. She really wanted it (as you could see, I didn’t realize until watching the video that she was pacing like Jaws!)

What was the biggest animal you have treated & what for? And the smallest & what for?

I see you sneaking in 2 questions there! Biggest I have personally treated was a horse, but I watched someone else work on an elephant in school). I was treating it for, I don’t know, some horse thing. It was over 10 years ago so my memory is fuzzy.

The smallest was a mouse with an upper respiratory infection.

The most exotic was a chimpanzee.

Have you ever met a dog that truly watches television? ;0)

Just yours! :D

I had a family vet growing up who always remembered our family’s pets (and later mine) and remembered us. I never figured out how he did it, but he always said the most soothing things and knew exactly what memory to bring up to make me feel better…Do you experience this kind of connection with any of your regular clients? Is it rewarding to you?

I do with several of my regular clients. It is a wonderful experience. It’s few and far between, though- a lot of people simply aren’t looking for that depth of relationship with their veterinarian.

Do people ever ask you what type of dog (or pet) to get? How do you answer such a question?

I would actually like that if more people did ask! They usually don’t and end up getting something that is a terrible match for their lifestyle (like the couple in a tiny but immaculate apartment who got a Weimaraner and then got upset that the dog was destructive when he got bored.)

I would ask them what their lifestyle is like, and what they are looking for in a pet. Then I would give them some suggestions and maybe a list of some rescues to talk to.

What is your grossest exam room story?

Hmm, probably the severely matted Chow who was in for a “skin infection”. Once we started cutting off the mats, we found infection all right. Secondary to the fleas and maggots. Handfuls of them.

Filed: Ask Dr. V, Blogathon, Blogathon 2010
  • Diana Reed

    I work for a Vet and the hardest thing people ask me is when do you know it’s time to let them go. Do you have anything (printed) like a peom or a letter that can help out with people trying to find the right “time” to let go of their pets when they are sick or suffering. Anything that might help them feel better abut making this difficult decision…and less guilty?

  • silvergrey

    Just catching up on the blogathon here. And I have to say “HEY!” wrt clin path! Which is only the best field EVER. :P And here’s a helpful tidbit I picked up in anatomic path: If you don’t know what’s wrong with an elephant, think tuberculosis.