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Microchips

Not long ago I had a very nice couple come in with one of the most beautiful Australian shepherds I had ever seen.  He was as well mannered and pleasant as he was good looking.  The people said they had been camping for the past week and this dog just showed up and their campsite and hung around the whole time they were there.  He had no collar, tags, or identification of any sort.  He was in good health and well groomed and he obviously belonged to someone.  They had talked to everyone they could find in the area and had put up signs, but there had been no response by the end of the week when they were getting ready to leave.  They couldn’t just leave the dog out there so they brought him home with them, and then brought him to me to see if we couldn’t identify him and get him back to his real owners.  Our last hope for finding out who this dog belonged to rested on scanning him for a microchip that might tell us who he is

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Non Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs--NSAIDS

Mrs. Smith called in the other day and reported that her dog Max has been slowing down and seems to be having a hard time getting around.  He had gotten some pain medication from us before after he had injured his leg on a hike, but that stuff was awfully expensive.  She just wanted to know how much Advil to give him to ease his apparent arthritis.   We were all very grateful that she had called to ask instead of just giving her dog a random dose of medication because it gave us the chance to talk with her and to save Max from some medical problems that could have ranged from simply misery inducing to life threatening.

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Online Pharmacies

Our receptionist was in with her own dog who had become suddenly mysteriously ill with severe muscle cramping, nausea, and fever.  She had just given all of her dogs their monthly heartworm preventative, the same type they had been taking for years,  and because they were all the same size she gave each dog a dose out of the same box.  Within hours she found that all of her dogs were showing the same symptoms.  Clearly there was something wrong with the medication, so I called the manufacturer to discuss the adverse reaction.  The first thing they asked was where the medication was purchased.  Because our receptionist prefers to use a brand of heartworm preventative that we don’t generally keep in stock we have her order it from a reputable online pharmacy.  As soon as the manufacturer discovered the medication had been ordered online they lost all interest in pursuing it any further.  I thought they would have wanted to investigate whether there could have been a glitch in the manufacturing process or if somebody may be making counterfeit medication and passing it off as theirs, but the only response I could get was "Talk to the Hand."  It made me start to wonder how often this sort of thing happens when medication is purchased online.

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Pain

Until the late 1970s it was generally accepted as scientific fact that animals (and small children) do not feel pain.  Of course the idea is not only inaccurate, it is completely ridiculous to just about anyone who has ever interacted with an animal.  I think the idea that animals don’t feel pain came about primarily because pain is a very subjective experience, and beings that have no way to verbally communicate what they are feeling can be easily assumed to not be feeling anything at all.  The idea also served to sooth the consciences of those who performed barbarically painful procedures on animals in the quest for scientific enlightenment.  But even when we acknowledge that animals feel pain it can be tricky to know what is going on with them and what to do about it.

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Rabies

Mountain lions, and cattle, and skunks, oh my! These are some of the species in this area that have recently been confirmed to be infected with rabies. We all know we are required to vaccinate our dogs, cats and ferrets against rabies, but we see the disease so infrequently in this part of the country that we probably don’t give it much thought otherwise.

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