I have set up this blog for a number of different reasons. The first is boredom. Seriously. Though there is much to do in Toronto, I rarely avail myself of these opportunities. I am therefore quite bored. The second reason for which I am writing this blog is to share some aspects of my life with those who may or may not give a shit about it, plain and simple. For those who do: great, enjoy. For those who do not, kindly open up another web page. Yes, there are others. Another reason may be a tad more commendable: teaching. I have always enjoyed teaching others in a less formal, dynamic, and well, fun way. I am hoping that with this blog I can teach those that are not vets something about the profession. In addition, I invite all medical professionals to enjoy the site - to all those physicians who have naively asked me, "animals get that disease?", this site is definitely for you. It will show you that while veterinarians (particularly specialists) know much about human medicine, rarely, if ever, is the reverse true.
I have professional relationships with my clients and foremost, these must be protected. This does not bar me from writing about details of medical cases while protecting the names of those involved. Names of clients and their pets will not be mentioned here.
I'm less bored now as I'm in Arizona right now. Scottsdale to be precise. Lots of desert and home of the almighty SUV. The smallest car I've seen thus far is a plane. The cars are huge here. I like to imagine a Cadillac Escalade pulling up to a Mini Cooper at a traffic light, pointing, and laughing hysterically. I'd take the Mini Cooper any day.... There's nary a compact car to be seen - it's nauseating.
I'm thinking about the dog I treated right before leaving on vacation. Prostatitis with secondary pyelonephritis. This dog had an infection of the prostate gland (men get this) and it secondarily caused an infection of the kidneys. The image above is a radiograph of a dog with a severely enlarged prostate gland (cyst). This x-ray is similar to what I found in my patient except his prostate was the size of my head. It was pretty severe. He was doing well after a month of Cipro and neutering but I discovered he was mildly anemic (lack of blood, essentially) right before leaving on vacation. Why the anemia? I think there's much more going on. I'll find out soon.
In an unrelated story, I'm drinking a very nice wine right now.