A Surprise Left on Our Doorstep
A few short years ago, a cat carrier was left on our door step with a note. The young owner had fallen on hard times and could no longer take care of her young cat. She asked us to please find her a good home. What else could we do but take in this young adult female cat, scared and shy initially. Our doctors examined her and found her to be in good condition. Sooooo…now what?
The first day or two was a bit rough for the kitty. Our new border hid most of the time and seemed out of sorts with the change in her life. Then, by day three or four, we started to see her true personality shine through. As a hospital, we were could not stop ourselves from falling helplessly in love with our new border. She quickly became our therapy kitty that we would turn to for hugs and cuddles if our day was stressed or overwhelming. This unexpected addition made us laugh and smile and we were hooked. Looks like we would have a new hospital cat to keep us company. We decided to name her Edna and from that day forward, she ruled the land of Haven Lake.
Settling in to Haven Lake Life
Edna quickly adapted to her new role as front office supervisor. Initially, she was quick and tended to roam all over if left to her own devices. A cat harness and long leash seemed to reel her roaming tendencies in and keep her settled. Well, then Edna moved on to her next favorite thing, eating. Munching away all day led to some growing and that led to needing a bigger harness (as in a dog sized harness to fit around her growing belly). Over the years, we have had to put Edna on a strict diet to manage her eat-all-day-long tendencies. We have been sort of successful, but admit to giving in to the snack fest here and there. I mean, who doesn’t like to eat, right? Continue…
The internet is an amazing world of unending information. You can shop at home for just about anything from the comfort of your couch. Need a recipe? Just search online and you will find several, complete with reviews and feedback on how to make it even better. When we are faced with ANYTHING that we need more information about, we turn to the internet which is accessible on our phones, tablets, computers, and even watches. This information highway is an awesome resource tool that, of course, can have its drawbacks as well.
Paging Dr. Google
One of the challenges of modern veterinary medicine is the daily competition with Dr. Google. Here is a perfect example. Butch the bulldog is presented for an exam to evaluate his smelly infected ears and skin. His owner, Mrs. Smith, is frustrated because the remedies that the internet suggested were not working. She has tried EVERYTHING from homemade sprays to natural diet supplements and topical oils, but the ears and skin still smell terrible. What can she do now?
“Well, Mrs. Smith, why don’t we culture the ears and then place Butch on a round of antibiotics and medicated ointment . We can recheck in a couple of weeks to determine if he is improving and if Butch will need any further treatment”
“No, the bulldog club said that I should not waste my money on that. What other natural organic treatments can I try? Maybe it’s a grain allergy. The Healthy Dog Society said that if I put my dog on this raw diet of A, B, and C his skin and health issues will go away. Let me go home and research this and I will get back to you.”
An Invitation for Rehabilitation
A few months ago, I extended an invitation to our local practices to take advantage of our rehabilitation therapy program as a professional courtesy if anyone in the field had a need. Out of the many invitations that I sent out, only there was only one response-Daphne. Yay! Here was an opportunity to “give back” a little to the awesome veterinary community that we are a part of.
Daphne- The Orthopedic Challenge
Daphne was a tiny 7 pound dog with an amazing collection of orthopedic issues for her 7 years. Congenital elbow luxations, surgically repaired but with significant arthritic changes that limited joint movement, healed broken toes on the right front foot, arthritis in multiple joints (front and hind legs), and hip dysplasia just to name the big issues. Daphne currently had a chronic lameness issue with her right front leg and her mom was interested in seeing if rehab therapy would be helpful in managing her symptoms.