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]
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.
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 is solely filtered out of the blood by the kidneys.
INCREASED CREA - Impaired Kidney function
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.
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.
INCREASE CHOL - Inadequate Thyroid function
DECREASE CHOL - The animal has been through a period of starvation or is not having their nutritional requirements met.
SODIUM: POTASSIUM RATIO
These levels are almost always interpreted together. Their levels can be affected if there is a disease of the adrenal glands, heart, or kidneys.
shoutout to everyone going through a rough time right now if it’s to do with school, family, academics, friends, pets, people, the world or even yourself, it’s okay. it will be okay. you will be okay. remember this is only temporary. you will come through. you can do this. i believe in you.
Hello. I decided that I want to create a challenge for all the future polyglots here on tumblr. So choose a language and get read for it :)
1. Watch a youtube video in your language of choice 2. Read a book in your language of choice 3. Write a message to someone in your l.o.c 4. Make a list of 30 new words in l.o.c and learn the words. 5. Try to describe any image with your l.o.c 6. Watch a movie w/subtitles in your language of choice 7. Watch a movie in which your language of choice is used 8. Find a penpal from the country where your l.o.c is spoken and try not to use any other language. 9. Describe words - family, relationship, school, pet & dinner with your l.o.c 10. Write an essay (200w) in your l.o.c on the topic - Learning languages.
Feel free to tag people and make a post where you tag me so I can see your improvement :)
Did you have any pets when you were in vet school? Would you recommend a vet student have an animal?
I had the family pets back home, but I didn’t acquire a pet in vet school. I mean, sort of.
Vet school makes you very time poor. It’s hard to find time for any social activities, and keeping a pet on top of that can be a significant time commitment. Between traveling back home each weekend it wasn’t something I had time for, and they weren’t allowed in the on-campus accommodation anyway.
Some students that rented a house together ended up with a cat, but these cats were acquired ‘accidentally’ from people who didn’t want them, and vet students had a hard time saying no.
I wouldn’t go out of your way to look for a pet in vet school. If it’s going to happen, the pet will find you.
Vet clinics have a semi-steady supply of animals that for whatever reason need a home, if only they could find one. A vet student with no current pets is a prime candidate, and it’s not uncommon to see vet students adopt the abandoned whatever to get it the treatment it needs. Also things like the goldfish used to teach ornamental aquarium management need homes after the practical classes, so someone inevitably ends up with more goldfish than they ever planned for because if vet students have a weakness, it’s animals.
One year on an internal medicine rotation I accidentally ended up with a stray kitten, because the medicine nurse told us it would be put to sleep if we couldn’t find a home for it. So I took it to find it a home, even though I was living on campus and not allowed any pets.
I only had him there for a fortnight, but he was our Big SecretTM and the warden’s weren’t to know about him until I could smuggle him back home to find a real owner for him. My friends and I named him Evidence.
As in “The warden’s are coming. Quick! Hide the Evidence!”
hey so I’m trying my damndest to save money so I can go to school and not be stuck in retail forever but as it is they don’t pay me enough to save money and cover my own expenses (not to mention both my computer and phone are going to shit and I need money to fix and/or get new ones,,) also some extra money would be great so i could like,,, go to the doctors and stuff :’)
I’m in my first year of vet science and this question is something that I will always remember. When the lecturer asked this question, I started to compare the amount of small and large breed dogs to get an average life span. My classmates threw out answers from 8 to 14.
The answer had less to do with the potential lifespan of a dog, or the diseases that could prevent them from reaching their senior years. It has almost nothing to do with dogs at all.
The answer is 3. That is the average age that dogs (in Australia) live. This means for every 17, 18, 19, 20 year old dog that we see, there are many more who do not even make it to their first birthday.
People are the reason for this. People who get a puppy but do not know how to care for it. People who think they want a dog but hate that they dig, bark and chew. People who don’t know how to handle dogs. Or chose a breed unsuitable to their lifestyle. Or are just selfish. These dogs get euthanised when they are still young.
During my first dog dissection prac, I looked around the lab and noticed that every dog was a large breed, the kind that you see for sale on facebook, and none of them looked any older than 2 years old. Those dogs had all been surrendered and euthanised at the pound. And there are many, many more who are dumped every day.
Having worked with surrendered dogs (fostering them and doing behavioural work) I know that most dogs are not surrendered because they are aggressive but because they display undesirable behaviours. By that I mean, they act like a normal dog. If the owner had taken them to puppy pre-school and continued to work with them, the problem could have been fixed (the problem being the humans who did not bother to learn anything about their role as a puppy owner).
If the owners had done their research and realised that they were not in a position to take on that particular dog at that particular time, the problem could have been avoided. If you are considering getting a dog, please stop and think about it first. Do you have the time, knowledge and money to take them on right now?
I know that puppies are cute, but please remember that dogs deserve to be cared and loved for a lifetime - and that their lifetime should be far more than 3 years.