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Saturday, July 19, 2014

TO Vet in New York!

Sometimes a break is necessary. A looong break from writing! It has been one year since I've blogged - I'm embarrassed.
Last October, I returned to the Rockaways in Queens, NYC. I'm living on the beach and practicing at the Animal Hospital of the Rockaways. Not bad, eh (as I ask in my Canadese)?
The profession continues to be both challenging and frustrating. I remain passionate, yet pessimistic about remaining in this career long-term.  I STILL LOVE THE DOGS AND CATS and care tremendously for their health and well-being.
So many of you have left comments and questions in the past year, to which I have sadly not replied. And I apologize! However, I encourage you to continue reading and asking.
Here are a few answers to your queries:
*To anonymous: yes, Benadryl can be given for the itching associated with puppy strangles at 2 mg/kg up to 3 times daily. Consult with your vet before doing this.
*To anonymous with the 7 week-old lab: your dog is now an adult! Please do not try to make diagnoses online. That's what the vet is for!
*To T. Petersen: immunizations do not cause puppy strangles. Failing to give the proper vaccines to a puppy is called negligence.
*Anonymous with the Great Dane puppy with strangles: high doses of steroids are needed in some cases of strangles. Either that or the original diagnosis was incorrect.
*Anonymous with the 5 year-old Chihuahua: I'm so sorry to hear this.
*Marsha del Sol: thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story.
*Anonymous with the 6 year-old Rottweiler: good thoughts on the steroids causing low thyroid levels. However, most cases of Horner's in dogs are idiopathic (no underlying cause can be found). COPD, however, is not a common diagnosis in dogs. Perhaps you mean allergic bronchitis?
*To Anonymous with kitten with small eye: this is likely a congenital defect or the kitten was affected with a severe eye infection that caused the eye to rupture.
*Robert Tatman: this large growth on the dog's leg should be looked at and biopsied in order to determine what type of mass it is. If it's a fatty mass, it will not cause Horner's syndrome. If this is a malignant mass, it has the potential of spreading which could, theoretically, cause Horner's syndrome.
*Anonymous with the 14 year-old Dalmatian: thank you for sharing your story.
*Tory: thank you for your words of advice and encouragement!
*To Anonymous: a dam who has whelped a puppy with strangles can safely have future litters. That said, we don't know what causes strangles so future litters are at risk.
Thanks everyone!


OldMorgans said...

Welcome back. I hope that you can stay in this profession as you are a solid & caring vet.

Angus said...

Congratulations and welcome back.

Stephen Macdonald said...

1499Awwww how cute!
You haven't changed a bit.
(Oh, you thought I was talking about the cat). Nope.
Don't know if you remember Poncho and Pepsi (black Cocker and blond Cocker). Lost Poncho 2 years ago and just lost Pepsi in July. Both just shy of 17 years old! Guess I did something right.

Dr V said...

Glad to learn you've found a new lease on veterinary life! (I am much worse than you at keeping up with my blog and its followers, hence the time lag in reading your posts.) Becoming a locum saved my career and allowed me to stay in this profession. Be well and happy.