pet and vet

Nigel did so well at the vet yesterday!

The person examining him called him a very pretty boy, did a full checkup, said he’s very healthy! We are very proud. He wasn’t so happy to be having Mom 1 & Mom 2 putting him in a cloth bag at first, but then he decided it was okay. AND the vet said that his husbandry sounds spot on, but gave us a care pamphlet anyway with ACTUALLY accurate information! I’m used to being immediately suspicious of guidlines for reptiles, but this passed the test. The vet asked all the right questions. Very pleased.

TL;DR if you keep reptiles in or near Salt Lake City, Wasatch Exotic Pet Care in Cottonwood Heights is phenomenal.

I need help I really need help I'm freaking the fuck out please help me

My cat who’s been missing for 3 months just showed up out of nowhere I comometly gave up hope of finding him and tbh thought the worse by now

But I need help I really fucking need help both his eyes are just messed up he can’t see anything they look like they’re at that stage where they will rot and cause him more problems I’m fuckijg freaking we don’t have money I need help

Just god please reblig this please if you have any spare money just donate please I don’t even know how Mich this will cost but god I’m scared I don’t want him to sit here and rot

Can't afford the vet, can't afford the pet.

When we in the veterinary industry defiantly cry “If you can’t afford the vet then you can’t afford the pet,” please try to understand what we’re talking about.

We’re not talking about people that have a pet for years, fall on hard times and can’t find the $3000 it needs for surgery or intensive care. Life happens. Goodness knows most of us don’t have that kind of money lying around either.

We’re talking about people who spend $1000’s on a new puppy… But can’t afford vaccines, desexing or heartworm preventative.

We’re talking about people who ‘rescue’ an animal but fail to provide it with basic care.

Or 'rescues’ that aren’t treating the issues of animals they acquire, especially if they delay treatment to beg for donations online.

And the people that haven’t wanted to spend money on preventative care for their senior pet for the last three years because “she’s old and will die soon.”

Or the ones that spend hundreds of dollars on doggy fashion accessories but accuse you of price gouging on antibiotics.

Who can’t borrow $50 from all the people they know, but want a payment plan from you. And a discount because they 'rescued’ it as a puppy.

For whom $20 of take home pain relief is 'just too much’.

Who keep acquiring more and more animals with problems that need extensive treatment that they can’t pay for.

Look, we don’t want to see anything suffer and will help out when we can, and try to tailor things to your budget…

But if you can’t afford BASIC veterinary care, then you cannot afford the pet. Don’t get it.

I see too many people on facebook go into snake groups, post a picture of their obviously sick snake, and say “The vet is not an option, how do I cure this”
You do NOT get a pet and say the vet is not an option. You chose to get an animal, and animal does not get to chose its owner. As such YOU are responsible for the life of that animal and you NEED to get it vet treatment whether you like it or not.

Currently volunteering a 3hr shift to the Pet Loss Support Hotline at MSU CVM. I am a firm believer that our ‘pets’ are a part of our family and if you are grieving, struggling to cope with their loss, then there should be someone there to help you. Tonight, that might be me!

If you or anyone you know is struggling with the loss of a pet and feels like they need someone to talk to, there are options!

  • The Listening Ear 24-hour Crisis Hotline: (517) 337-1717
  • The Iams Pet Loss Support Resource Center: (888) 332 7738 [M-F 8-5]
  • WSU Hotline: (886) 266-8635 
  • Until April 20th, 2017 MSU Pet Loss Support Hotline: (517) 432-2696
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST [T,W,Th]
Origin stories are heralds of doom

Working as a veterinarian means you end up doing a lot of work with people. This gives you a lot of opportunity for people watching, and you notice patterns of behaviour. This is useful because it helps you realise what these clients need, but don’t want to ask you.

I’ve noticed that when people start to tell you about their pet’s life story, particularly their origin story, they’re already grappling with the idea that they’re about to lose their pet, even if they don’t know it yet. It’s like they know they’re about to be devastated, it’s a fast attempt to make me, the veterinarian, understand why their pet in particular is so very special to them. It’s a cry for validation that the grief that is about to wash over them is valid and justified.

I already know their grief is real and justified, even if it’s the first time I’ve met the animal and family. You can see it. It might be the family pet, but most of the time that pet has one special human that is their favourite, one human that loves them just a little bit more than the others, and I can see it on their faces.

The origin stories are all the same, and all unique.

“He was the runt of the litter and had to be put on a table so the other pups would stop bullying him while I was there. I went back and had to have him.”

“She was my daughter’s dog, but we started dog sitting when she had her first baby and then she just never left.”

“I’ve had him since he was three weeks old, a tiny scrap of fluff we found under the tomato bush and bottle fed.”

“The cat just walked into our new house like she owned the place, terrorised the dog and never wanted to leave.”

“She had kittens under the chair on my veranda, so I took her inside to make her comfortable.”

They’re all heartfelt stories of beautiful, ordinary moments that make life special, but they’re always told around the time of euthanasia. Some tell them before they’ve accepted the fact that they need to say goodbye, some say it afterwards as they’re composing themselves.

I was working emergency yesterday, a gruelling twelve hour shift on a public holiday. I had several palliative care and complex medical cases on the go from the previous weeks, and because I hate to leave my clients and patients without a plan I had told them which emergency clinic I would be working at so they could contact me if they were unsure about anything. It’s better for your long term sanity than handing out your mobile number to clients, which I can’t answer in work hours anyway.

When I arrive at my emergency shift at midday I find one of my patients waiting for me in a cage, hooked up to pain relief and looking miserable. The hospital vet hands over responsibility for her to me, and I go through her blood results. Pancreatitis and massive inflammation, in addition to everything else she has going on.

The day goes on, crazy busy, and ten hours later she’s starting to look worse. Puffing, ventral oedema and a subtle bruise colour developing on her shaved abdomen.

At shift handover I explain the dog’s story to the night vet at the start of her shift.

“Her owner died a few months ago, and the day of his funeral the patient had her first seizure. Subsequently also diagnosed with heart disease. At 1 month recheck noted weight loss and identified abdominal mass. Wife wasn’t going to put her through surgery, then got an attack of the guilts because her husband would have done anything for this dog. Mass is single lobe of liver, hugely distended, while rest of liver appears normal. Results are most likely liver tumour at base of lobe, undefined. Patient nearly died under anaesthetic but has been recovering well these last ten days until presentation. She’s anxious in hospital and wont eat without her humans around, her favourite is chicken.”

I told her origin story. I really knew, but didn’t want to accept, that my patient wouldn’t be leaving ICU and I put her to sleep a few hours later. Since her owner’s death it seems like she’d been trying very hard to join him, between the seizures, heart disease, liver tumour, pancreatitis and DIC.

I don’t cry over many patients, but I did for her.

And I told her origin story.


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Conversations I have with my cats.
  • Why do you want into the shower? It’s dry, there’s not even any water there.
  • It’s not my fault your sunbeam has gone. No I cannot bring it back.
  • No you are not allowed to play with the raven outside. You will loose.
  • If you want to play fetch, you need to actually bring the toy back, not abandon it half way.
  • You are so full of food you can no longer jump onto the bench where your food is kept. You do not, in fact, require additional food.
  • It’s just a toilet, not a portal to Narnia.
  • Did you just forget how to cat?


Biochemistry blood test measures the levels of chemical substances carried in the blood. This type of test allows us to evaluate the how well the liver and kidneys are working and how much fat and sugar is circulating in the bloodstream.

Blood Glucose 

When carbohydrates are eaten they are broken down and stored in the Liver as Glycogen until the animal needs energy where it is then converted to glucose and transported around the body. We use blood glucose as a monitor of metabolism and physiology.

Normal BG (Canine) - 5.6 to 13.9mmol/L

Normal BG (Feline) - 5.6 to 16.7mmol/L

INCREASED BG - Diabetes Mellitus is indicated however it is recommended that the urine is also checked for Glucose as if present this means the kidneys have reached their threshold and Diabetes is very likely. Note that cats can have stress induced hyperglycemia and so a diagnosis of diabetes should not be made on a single BG reading.

DECREASED BG - Patients that are sick and deliberated often have hypoglycemia. but puppies who have been starved for procedures can also suffer from a low BG. In addition to this hunting breeds that have been working hard for a prolonged time can also suffer from a low BG.

Bun Urea Nitrogen (BUN)

BUN is the by product produced when Proteins are broken down and used within the body. This by-product is excreted by the Kidneys in the urine. 

INCREASED BUN - This would mean the kidneys are not working sufficiently and could be an indicator of kidney disease or kidney obstruction that is preventing urine reaching the bladder and therefore build up in the Kidney. Heart disease causing poor circulation to the kidneys could also be a cause of increased BUN.

DECREASED BUN - As the liver breaks down Protein a lower level of BUN could indicate that the liver is not working as well as it should and isn’t breaking down protein as well as it should.

Creatinine (CREA)

Creatinine is solely filtered out of the blood by the kidneys.

INCREASED CREA - Impaired Kidney function

Calcium (CAL)

Calcium is a mineral that is found at a consistent level within the blood. It’s needed for muscle and nerve function and without it death can occur.

INCREASED CAL - Some types of cancers and medications can cause an increase in Calcium.

DECREASED CAL - Some animals can experience low calcium levels during pregnancy, post partum and during lactation. This condition is called Eclampsia.

Total Protein (TP) 

The measurement of two blood protein molecules: Albumin and Globulins. Albumin is produced by the Liver and levels are often decreased when the animal is going through a period of poor nutrition. Chronic infectious disease will also cause low Albumin levels.

Globulins include immunoglobulins which are used by the body to fight infection. Certain diseases such as FIP can cause an increase in this.

Bilirubin (BIL)

Haemoglobin is found inside red blood cells, it carries oxygen to tissues around the body. When RBC’s die or are destroyed and the haemoglobin is broken down, bilirubin is a by product of this process which is then excreted by the Liver. 

INCREASED BIL -  An increase can be seen when the Liver is diseased and is can’t clear the bilirubin efficiently. A liver or bile duct obstruction can cause bilirubin to build up thus resulting in high levels in the blood so this should also be considered.

Alkaline Phophatese (ALKP)

This is an enzyme used to assist with various chemical reactions within the body. The normal levels vary from animal to animal but in dogs, an increase could indicate some forms of cancer or Liver disease.

Atanine Amino Transferase (ALT)

This is an important enzyme for adequate Liver function. An increase in this enzyme would indicate that Liver cells are breaking down, this could be because of cancer, cirrhosis, or liver congestion due to heart failure.

Cholesterol (CHOL)

INCREASE CHOL - Inadequate Thyroid function

DECREASE CHOL - The animal has been through a period of starvation or is not having their nutritional requirements met.


These levels are almost always interpreted together. Their levels can be affected if there is a disease of the adrenal glands, heart, or kidneys. 

INCREASED RATIO - Not clinically significant

DECREASED RATIO - Primary Hypoadrenocorticism

When evaluated on their own: 

INCREASED K+ -  Acute kidney failure, Chronic kidney disease or Addisons disease.

DECREASED K+ - Chronic kidney disease, or lost through vomiting and diarrhoea.

INCREASED SODIUM - Dehydration through vomiting and diarrhoea

DECREASED SODIUM - caused by severe vomiting and diarrhoea or can be seen if the patient has been on diuretics. 

I’m sorry this has taken so long to do and that it’s so rushed :( 

As promised, plants poisonous for common pets

Hello, witchies! Earlier today, I said that I was going to make a post about plants that are REALLY bad for your pets. I know a lot of us have familiars, animals we feel connections to, or even just a beloved furry friend. I also know that a lot of us incorporate plants into our craft. However, that can turn deadly quickly. Here are some poisonous plants, according to the pet poison hotline.

This is autumn crocus, which should not be confused for spring crocus. Spring crocus, however, should not be ingested because it can cause vomiting and diarrhea. But, autumn crocus is SO MUCH worse. It is highly toxic and can cause things such as kidney and respiratory failure.

Azalea is such a beautiful plant and is a common favorite among those who favor flowers. Don’t have it your yard, though, if you have pets who love to much on plants. Signs of initial ingestion consist of vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive drooling. If you see these signs and azalea is within the area, take your pet to the vet immediately, because your furry friend can enter a coma and possibly die.

This is Kalanchoe. Avoid this plant unless you want your friend to vomit excessively and obtain heart arrhythmia. 

I’ve mentioned these in the past before, but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t have these anywhere near you if you have pets, especially cats. Even a few leaves can cause kidney failure.  Some are benign, but DON’T TAKE THE RISK!! If you notice that your cat has eaten any lilies, take it to the vet IMMEDIATELY. The sooner you do, the higher chance you have of saving them.

Some of you may be surprised, but Daffodils are indeed on the list. The worst of the side effects can include vomiting, respiratory depression and heart arrhythmia.

Sago palm can induce bloody stool, liver failure, and death in some occasions. It’s more dangerous because these are indoor plants, making them more accessible for your furry buddies.

Here are some other common ones, including some vegetables:

  • alcohol 
  • apple seeds
  • onions
  • candy
  • coffee
  • tulips
  • garlic
  • gum
  • mushrooms
  • any kind of fruit pit
  • tea
  • tomato fruit and stems
  • walnuts
  • salt
  • Oleander
  • Lily of the Valley
  • yeast dough
  • artificial sweeteners
  • walnuts
  • grapes


Getting the message across

This is an old tale from my early years as a Veterinarian. I was in my first job, and the senior vet who mentored me was not a patient woman. She was a good vet, compassionate, clever and understanding, but she would always call a spade a spade, and if something was shit she wouldn’t call it fertilizer.

We had a patient in hospital that had a number of medical issues. To summarize, this middle aged dog:

  • Had been clipped 3 years ago and the fur never grew back
  • Was owned by a human physician and nurse who honestly believed dog fur didn’t grow back after it was cut in their special breed
  • Was subsequently diagnosed with hypothyroidism
  • Was obese, and getting lots of human food and ‘home remedies’
  • Had stopped eating, then defecating, three days ago.

When he came to us he was quickly diagnosed with a severe case of pancreatitis, which for those readers who don’t know is potentially life threatening and is often triggered by fatty food in dogs. The senior vet had been trying to explain this to his owners, medical people themselves who should have a basic level of understanding, and I saw her storming out of the consult room they were visiting their dog in. She was shaking her head and looked about ready to scream.

“They just don’t get it. They just don’t. The silly woman just thinks he’s constipated and wants to take him home. She’s been force feeding him olive oil for the last three days! They don’t understand that he could die. I can’t deal with them anymore,” she said.

“That’s ok,” I replied, “Give me his blood results and I’ll give it a go.”

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Updated: July 22, 2017


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*Reminder: Do not neglect taking your pet to the vet for a cheaper, magical solution; spells should be used as a boost, not as a replacement, to proper medical treatment for any animal. Be very careful with any flames or small objects around animals. Ensure that you are researching any herbs you will be using to guarantee they will not poison or harm your pet.*

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