Aztec burial of a sacrificed child at Tlatelolco. The exact ideologies behind child sacrifice in different pre-Columbian cultures are unknown but it is often thought to have been performed in order to placate certain gods.

The Aztecs believed that, if sacrifices were not given to Tlaloc (a rain god), the rain would not come and their crops would not grow. Archaeologists have found the remains of 42 children sacrificed to Tlaloc. In every case, the 42 children, mostly males aged around six, were suffering from serious cavities, abscesses or bone infections that would have been painful enough to make them cry continually. Tlaloc required the tears of the young so their tears would wet the earth. As a result, if children did not cry, the priests would sometimes tear off the children’s nails before the ritual sacrifice. (Source)


Getting to help stitch up a cheetah @ethicaltaxidermy is mounting for the Booth Museum! This cheetah died of abscess in her spine and jaw back in 1980, and has been sitting in a barrel in the museum ever since. Her skin is tough and brittle, as she is been in formaldehyde for 30 years - but she is looking good. So very soft too.


PLEASE make sure to regularly check your pet’s toenails! This dog’s owner had not realized that the dewclaw was curling around and growing into the paw pad. It embedded a full centimeter into the pad, causing an abscess and severe pain in the area. It would have taken weeks to get to that point. Antibiotics and pain medication are the mainstays of therapy.

Nail trims are especially important in any dog with dewclaws, cats with extra toes, and senior pets whose nails do not get worn down as quickly anymore. I see this problem most often in ancient cats.

Just some friendly tips for future vet techs.....

1. Lunch will become a distant memory.
2. Your vet will throw you under the bus with clients…deal with it.
3. You will stab yourself with a needle. (Bonus points if it has lidocaine in it)
4. You will accidentally skin glue yourself to at least one animal.
5. Don’t lock your knees.
6. Keep your mouth closed when helping with an abscess.
7. Rubbing alcohol gets ink out of scrubs, hydrogen peroxide gets blood out.
8. Wear comfortable shoes.
9. Have a sense of humor…if you can’t laugh about it you will get an ulcer from it.
10. Clients are crazy…resist the urge to roll your eyes when taking history.
11. Your receptionists can make your day…or make your day hell.
12. Christmas is a magical time filled with sugary gifts from clients.
13. Those sugary gifts will disappear in ten seconds flat so get yours fast.
14. Never say the Q word (quiet) or slow.
15. Guard your pen like your life depends upon it.
16. People will ask for vet advice at the grocery store, the restaurant, Walmart…if you run into a client outside of work they will ask you vet advice.
17. Take responsibility for your mistakes.
18. There is the very real possibility your mistake will kill at least one animal during your career…learn from it and never do it again.
19. Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands.
20. Become friends with the clinic cat.
21. You will have days when you can’t hit a vein, intibate a cat or place a catheter. We have all had those days. All of us.
22. Try to not cry during every euthanasia, it’s hard and sometimes certain ones hit us harder than others. But, your pain is not as acute as the owner. Sometimes they appreciate the tears…sometimes they don’t.
23. Have fun. Laugh. Tell dirty jokes (not around clients), get drunk (after work), vent, cry, and make memories.

I took SuperHusband into the ER last night and at first they thought it was appendicitis, but it looks more like an abscess, probably on his colon. Just as sexy as it sounds, people. He's in a lot of pain. I was being stupid and shy and reserved for a while, but I've seen beautiful things happen around here, so reserve goes out the window. Please pray for SuperHusband!
Is Anyone Else-

Okay with bodily fluids but finds soggy dishes/food DISGUSTING? Plucking maggots out of a crusty wounds? No problem. Lancing a juicy pus-filled abscess? Sure! Cleaning up diarrhea or vomit with worms in it? I can do that. Getting splattered with blood during surgery? Not an issue. But touching soggy food in my kitchen sink? Noooooooooo no no no no. EWWWWWWWWW

Am I a complete weirdo or what?

trapped-in-chaos  asked:

Wait can you elaborate with chihuahuas?

If by ‘elaborate’ you want me to talk about them the same way I did dachshunds and started (really, I only touched on one issue) discussing pugs, then sure. I can start an incomplete list of concerns I see in the breed. Lets start going from nose to tail.

Nose: The snoot itself is fine. They generally only have mild brachycephalic issues (elongated soft palate, secondary collapsing trachea), but it’s what’s under the nose that will get you.

Teeth: Look at this mouth. Just look at it.

This is severe dental and peridontal disease. It’s infection and puss and rot stuck around the teeth, down to their roots. Terminal teeth. Trash mouth. Sewer mouth. It smells like you’d expect it to. Half of those teeth would have come out with a good sneeze, but they’re all causing pain and inflammation in that poor dog’s head.

Infections of the tooth roots can become so severe that the result in abscesses behind the eyeball, or osteomyelitis, weakening the bone so much that spontaneous jaw fractures can occur.

Interestingly she was much less inclined to bite when examining her mouth later, after almost all her teeth were removed due to severe pathology. I think pain was a factor more than fear.

Head & Brain: A deer-head chihuahua has a fairly sensible head. I would consider it a good head if not for the dental situation. Apple-head chihuahuas are problematic, with frequency and severity of problems increasing with the extremeness of anatomy. The desired ‘apple’ shape is achieved by breeding for mild hydrocephalus, fluid retention within the brain, causing the skull to bulge. Breeding for this trait results is some dogs being more extreme than others and you can find heartbreaking pictures of your own of severely affected pups on google images.

Some are so badly affected that their eyes can’t focus on the same spot, some can’t feed properly, and the skull deformity leaves their brain with reduced protection. My partner has hydrocephalus, and because of it he started having migraines when he was 18 months old, and is currently suffering a 9 month long migraine. Now I can’t exactly tell if a dog is having a migraine or a headache like we understand them, bit I know that his condition is linked to his chronic pain, so I would not be at all surprised to find out that hydrocephalic dogs endure something similar.

Spine: These tiny creatures are unsurprisingly fragile and end up under the surgeon’s knife for spinal issues more often than expected for a breed without a long back.

Heart: Whether this is an inherent weakness, or whether it’s just a fact of life that something is going to go wrong in a breed that often reaches eighteen years of life. Everyone dies of something, eventually. Many elderly chihuahuas (and their mixes) develop some sort of heart valve problem during their life. Most of the time it’s a mitral valve issue, which will get worse with time and required medication to control symptoms. This is where being able to give the little dog becomes a huge advantage.

Trachea: Although a cough is a classic symptom of heart disease it is also a symptom of collapsing trachea, and these little dogs often get both at the same time. The trachea (wind pipe) can be so badly affected that it collapses in on itself. This is typically worse with excitement. It should be obvious why this is a problem.

Knees: Oh my goodness gracious, the knees on these things are shocking. Almost all of these dogs have at least one luxating patella (Medially Luxating Patella = MPL) to some degree. Usually a low-grade one isn’t a huge deal to a lightweight dog, but chihuahuas don’t just throw low-grade MPLs. The last one my poor boss had to do had its patella sitting out of joint by 90 degrees around the leg. In a dog under 2kg he struggled to find implants of an appropriate size to improve this deformity and let the dog walk normally.

He swore so much during that surgery, those tiny bones were so soft, and the implants needed to be so delicate, it was not a surgery he looked forward to doing again. He will though.

Anal glands: While not a breed specific issue, smaller dogs often have more problems expressing their anal glands. Some chihuahuas suffer from frequent anal gland abscesses, and rectally expressing these glands on such tiny dogs is something owners rarely choose to attempt at home.

Medicating & Feeding: Being so little owners have a tendency to let these dogs get away with bad or anxious behavior that wouldn’t be tolerated in a larger dog. Being so small in a big world is probably a bit scary anyway, but dogs often feed off their owner’s emotional reactions. If an owner always acts as though their dog might get hurt and should be scared, the chihuahua learns from it.

People also have difficulty understanding how much food is ‘enough’ for a dog that weighs less than a human newborn. Consequently they are often either overfed or become spoiled. So many owners insist their chihuahuas wont eat anything except freshly cooked human food, and treats. They were accidentally trained this way by their owners.

Difficulties with training and spoiling means it’s often difficult to medicate a chihuahua, and given that they suffer a variety of long-term medical conditions that benefit from daily medication, being able to actually give the dog it’s tablets makes a big difference to their quality of life.

They can be happy, confident, charming little dogs if handled confidently and understood.

Honestly, I wouldn’t mind owning a chihuahua, but one on the larger side (2.5-3kg) and with the deer head phenotype. This variation seems to have far less problems than the tiny, dome head versions. As with most things, you encounter more problems with more extremes of anatomy.

How Does He Not Understand This?

I walk into the TV room to find that DynaPapa is watching Ghostbusters with the boys. When I ask, “Why?” his response is, “It’s rated PG.”

Yes, it’s rated 1984 PG. That was before the advent of the newest rating system which introduced PG-13. 

DynaPapa points out that Common Sense Media rates it an age 11 movie. I point out that the twins are 10, not 11, and a young 10 at that. 

When the doctor found the bone infection in my ear yesterday he said it could lead to “brain abscess, facial paralysis, deafness, meningitis, and bone infection of the base of the skull” if it spreads, hence the high dose antibiotic. 

Should any of those happen, I’m thinking that at this rate my children will be watching Midnight Cowboy before my body is even cold and buried. 

What? It starts with Sigourney Weaver in Ghostbusters and the next thing you know your kids are singing, “Everybody’s Talkin at me….” and wanting to take Greyhound down to Florida. 

Or maybe this is all just the infection talking. Hard to know. 


A tabby called Nutmeg is thought to be the world’s oldest cat. He turned up on his owners’ doorstep as a stray 26 years ago, where they took him to the vets to treat an infected abscess on his neck. The vets determined that he was at least 5 years old. His owners, Liz and Ian Finlay said: “We celebrate his birthday in March every year, because that’s the month we found him in 1990.” In order to qualify for the Guinness Records, owners have to be able to verify their cats’ ages with documentation…which may prove impossible considering Nutmeg was a stray.

However, it can be verified that Nutmeg was a fully matured adult (18 months old) when he was found, making him at least 28 years old- enough to claim the title of the worlds oldest cat.

Oh, and his secret to longevity? A Sunday roast with his owners every week.

forest of forest
noon spins through
bright ether 

the flame of the other shore

I have stayed
here too long
stood too long
looked long into the
abscess of being

lunar landscape of
Eros’s great wounding 

A poem contrived by @maya-doolali, @purplemonkeysexgod69, and myself
based off the painting “Bitten Awake” by @ryanlowrie

Wahooga & cheers to everyone.

“Bitten Awake”

at night you pose
above my body

& in the silence
your lifeless jaw
a holy mastication
with the passion
of a pistol

I hear it now,

a puckered rouge, its crowning
stain, and that rush

of sovereign glory:

puffy pulp - for an abscess
yawning between the crests these
cuspids spike so horny

yet these pearly whites have
ushered shinier bites, and the
first premolars calcify, gory.

bite me awake
with your mouth

grind me with your grimace

gnarl me with your acrylic smile

wake me at two a.m.
dream screaming

Trap Home 3/21/17

So I’ve been homeless for a bit now and a couple of days ago I was told that I’m welcome to stay at this place that’s essentially a trap house. Only it’s different than I expected. It’s like 3 apartments in one and everyone has a chore they do to keep the place clean, there’s running water and electricity, the bathroom and kitchen is fairly clean. Everyone has something they’re good at that they bring to the table to help the household out. Every one fills the fridge with food and this one lady here cooks meals for everyone because she loves to cook and it’s like having a 5 star meal! When someone gets an abscess or needs to go to the hospital we encourage each other to go or offer to take them or go along with them for support. When my neck was sore from the miss I got in it everyone asked if I was ok, brought me warm wet towels to apply on it, and asked me over the hours how it was healing.
Basically, it feels nice to feel like I’m apart of a family or like I have some place I belong for once.

Why didn’t I know about the danger zone on my face???

Like why didn’t anybody tell me what could happen if I pop a zit and get it infected when it’s in the danger zone???

Why am I just learning about this in medical school???

Like adults always say “Don’t pop zits it’s bad” but like they never give a specific reason.

Let me educate you if you do not know (because I had no clue) on what I have gathered so far (by no means am I an expert).

The danger zone is the triangle from the bridge of your nose down to the corners of your mouth. If you pop a zit there and it gets infected/abscesses, you could potentially end up with cavernous sinus thrombosis, meningitis or a brain abscess!! 

Just thank your cavernous sinus and the veins that run through it for making it able to spread easily. Also a bunch of the cranial nerves run through it which can also be messed up by an infection (cranial nerves III, IV, and VI and V1 and V2 of cranial nerve V). 

Here’s a little about cavernous sinus thrombosis if you are curious  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavernous_sinus_thrombosis

Looks like anatomy is turning out to be useful already! Think twice about popping a zit!