not in public!

lillieisabllagrace  asked:

I have a fun question! Do you have any patients that have become like legends in your office? For example, my vet tells people who bring their dog in for eating non food items about my dog, who frequently eats things and poop them that seem to be physically impossible for her little body to pass. All the receptionists remember about my Polly Pockets being her favorite thing to eat when I was little years ago, and always joke and ask what she's been eating when I bring her in

There are certainly patients that become special favorites, often because they’ve survived something extra-dramatic. We don’t often tell other clients about them in detail though, because of client confidentiality. It’s usually more of a general statement, like “Look at what this patient had, it’s much worse than Bella’s so I’m reasonably confident Bella will respond to treatment.”

An example of this is our diabetic patients. Partly because they’re in hospital regularly for blood tests, we get to know them fairly well. Also because when a pet is newly diagnosed as a diabetic it often takes owners some convincing to actually treat them.

Diabetics need insulin injections once or twice a day. They need routine. They need strict dietary control and regularity. All of this can be intimidating to owners.

The best way to convince them that yes, you can actually do this, it gets easier as you go, is to have examples of healthy, happy diabetics.

The best example of this was on a day when the clinic was busy, and two clients in the waiting room were having a casual chat. One had a little black dog who’d been diagnosed as a diabetic the day before and was coming in to discuss treatment versus euthanasia. The other had a goofy dalmatian named Brooke.

I’m rushing around the clinic when I hear “Oh! Brooke’s been a diabetic for nearly five years now. Hasn’t slowed her down a bit.” To this day I am pretty sure it was the pep talk from a fellow diabetic dog owner that resulted in that little black dog being treated instead of put to sleep.

Then of course there are the legends that every vet has heard about at some point in their studies.

Our Rebellion
Kevin Kiner
Our Rebellion

“I don’t mean about the Force. I mean about life. About being a good person. That’s what you’ve taught me.”

A sweeping, hopeful musical cue from the Star Wars: Rebels Season 3 finale. Composed by Kevin Kiner, using a beautiful orchestral rendition of the Star Wars main theme by John Williams.