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Hey there friends since it’s Endometriosis Awareness Month (and also Endo Awareness Week I’m pretty sure) here’s some important info about it:
  • Endometriosis affects one (1) in ten (10) people assigned female at birth
  • It’s when the lining of the uterus grows outside in other areas of the body
  • Its common symptoms are pelvic pain, abdominal pain, lower back pain, heavy/abnormal menstrual bleeding, painful intercourse, nausea, extreme fatigue, digestive problems, and sometimes fertility problems
  • You don’t need all those symptoms to have endometriosis
  • Anyone at any age, race, and identity can be affected as long as they’ve started their period
  • It doesn’t just affect you during your cycle (I’ve been wiped out from this for months now so trust me, I know.)
  • Many doctors, GP’s, and even gynaecologists don’t know much about it
  • Halsey, Whoopi Goldberg, Chaz Bono, Dolly Parton, Daisy Ridley, Marilyn Monroe, Cyndi Lauper, Yuki Murofushi, and even Hillary Clinton all have endo
  • Surgery isn’t the only solution, and birth control, acupuncture and natural medicines usually end up working better anyway
  • There currently isn’t a cure for it

And remember: heavy and painful periods aren’t normal, they’ve just been normalised. You aren’t making it up or overrreacting, and you don’t deserve to suffer like this.

Love n spoons 💕

Please help me pay for my kitty’s surgery

I hate making this sort of post but shit. Shit. I went from chill to desperate in such a short time that I am legit panicking. 

This is my cat. His name is Keith. He is the kindest, sweetest, softest and friendliest cat I’d ever met. He’s a charmer, everyone that meets him falls in love almost immediately, even my cousin that hates cats.

Today, I noticed a lump in his tummy and took him to a veterinary. They ran some exams on him and the lump was just one of a few tumors that developed on his stomach. 

The vet said it can be easily removed, and the surgery will take awhile, but the price is really way over my budget. 

He said the surgery will cost around 1500 reais (387,12 dollars on the day of 07/11/18, dang), but he made it sound like there are more things involved that has yet to be charged so who knows how much it will actually be. 

So, I’ll be accepting donations… My paypal is pelhahnu@gmail.com (it will show my deadname towards the end, so don’t be surprised. I also tried to use paypal.me to set up a donation link, but turns out it’s not available in Brasil.) 

Any help will be deeply appreciated, really… Even if it’s just by sharing. 

I’m also trying to contact my family for loans, but the more help the better and the sooner will I be able to pay. 

Thanks for your attention

Update on Monty

Turns out his lump was a tumor. I caught it very early and the vet said it shouldn’t come up again once all the cells are removed. He’s very healthy otherwise and should recover well. His surgery is scheduled for Thursday, so wish some luck to my little man. I love him so very much.

glassslippers-and-tinywhiskers  asked:

Could you discuss delayed desexing and the alternatives like an ovary sparing procedure? It seems clear that in breeds like the GSD it benefits their health, but do we know much in regard to smaller breeds? (I know this topic can be controversial so if you'd prefer not to delve into it, or already have I understand) Also I've been loving the breed posts, thank you for taking the time to write them up!

I don’t at all mind discussing the topic when everyone remains civil about it. It’s very interesting and an aspect of veterinary medicine that’s bound to change as we gather more information. I’m happy to discuss it as long as all participants refrain from making personal insults.

It’s a long discussion folks. I’d grab a cuppa tea if that’s your thing. Also, unfortunately I can’t hide it under a ‘read more’ because it’s an answer to an ask, and Tumblr will eat the hidden part if I do. I will try to make it look pretty if you’re not interested.

Traditionally in dogs we have performed desexing (spey) by performing an ovariohysterrectomy, removing both ovaries and the uterus. Some alternatives have been suggested including tubal ligation, hysterectomy (removing only the uterus), ovariectomy (removing only the ovaries) or doing nothing. This is good. Science as a process should periodically review data, question the knowledge base and make recommendations based on new research. Otherwise it’s just dogma.

I don’t think you can claim that it is ‘clear’ that leaving the ovaries benefits the health of breeds like the GSD. The practice is still controversial at best, with some veterinarians outright labeling it at malpractice. There is some breed variability in terms of what relative benefits and risks might be expected, but I really wouldn’t call it ‘clear’.

Originally posted by wolfyoubemyvalentine

Before I talk about various cancer risks, let’s talk about relative risks of non-cancerous conditions.

With an ovariohysterectomy (traditional spey)that is properly performed, there is zero risk of pyometra. Stump pyo can occur if remnants of the uterus or ovaries are left behind. Cruciate tears are affected by multiple factors, but desexed dogs seem more prone to them than entire dogs. Weight gain and obesity is more common in desexed dogs.

The relative risk of pyometra in non-desexed dogs is about 25%. Risks typically increase with age.

With an ovary sparing spey (hysterectomy), only the uterus is removed. Pregnancy is prevented. Pyometra can still occur if any uterine or cervix tissue remains (a stump pyo). With the apparent influence of oestrogen, these dogs may be less at risk of cruciate disease and are less at risk of obesity.

With an ovariectomy, only the ovaries are removed. This renders the dog infertile and removes the influence of oestrogen. The uterus will atrophy and shrink down without stimulation from female hormones, rendering the risk of pyometra basically zero. It may still increase the risk of obesity and cruciate disease like the traditional spey.

Considering that pyometra is often lethal, while cruciate disease is painful but treatable, personally I would err on the side of preventing pyometra. Also keep in mind that obesity in dogs can be moderated with owner control of the diet, and obesity will predispose to cruciate injury. I would recommend removing at least the ovaries.

Male dogs have less surgical options. Vasectomy can be considered, but these dogs are basically entire but infertile.

An entire male dog is more at risk of perineal hernia, benign prostatic hyperplasia, perianal adenoma and inter-male aggression. A castrated male dog is relatively more at risk of, again, obesity, cruciate ligament disease, and possibly diabetes.

With the information above, and I haven’t brought cancers into the equation yet, you might wonder of preventing obesity in desexed dogs might reduce the incidence of cruciate disease and subsequently other conditions that we know are more common in obese dogs, namely cruciate ligament disease and diabetes. You might conclude that there is little benefit to leaving a dog entire if you’re able to control its weight.

I think that’s a reasonable assumption so far, though it’s clear to me that the benefits of traditional desexing are more pronounced in females.

Originally posted by heartsnmagic

Now lets talk about cancers.

There are multiple types of cancer. Some are more devastating than others. Some are more common than others. In terms of highly malignant cancers that show up relatively commonly in dogs, the ones we talk most about, and of most interest in this topic, are mammary cancer, haemangiosarcoma (HSARC), Mast Cell Tumor (MCT) and osteosarcoma (OSC).

  • Mammary cancer is extremely common in entire female dogs. In European countries where prophylactic desexing is not routinely performed mammary tumours make up 50-70% of all cancers seen. They are relatively rare in countries with a high desexing rate but extremely predictable in dogs desexed late in life or not at all. Speying earlier appears more protective compared to being left entire: speying before the first heat reduces risk to 0.05%, before second heat to 8%, and before 3rd heat to 26%. after the third heat there is negligible reduction in risk of mammary cancer compared to intact dogs.
  • Osteosarcoma may be three times (3x) more common in desexed large breed dogs.
  • Mast Cell Tumors maybe up to three times (3x) more common in desexed dogs of certain breeds.
  • Lymphoma may be up to 10% more common in desexed dogs of certain breeds.
  • Haemangiosarcoma may be more common in neutered dogs of some breeds, but less common in neutered dogs of other breeds.

There isn’t much consensus across ALL dog breeds in ALL situations. There are numerous retrospective studies, and more coming out all the time (Science!) but more data needs to be analysed.

What is fairly clear is that there is a dramatic reduction in otherwise common mammary cancers by early desexing of females. There is probably some benefit in reducing other cancer risks to later desexng, or not desexing, dogs also.

So do you? Or don’t you?

There’s certainly more incentive to desex female dogs, as even pyometra on its own is a sneaky, life threatening condition. I recommend desexing most female dogs in their senior years if they haven’t already been done for this reason alone.

Assuming you do chose to desex, and I’m talking about procedures that involve at least removal of the gonads, it becomes a matter of when. If you don’t remove the ovaries then you have no benefits from desexing other than infertility. There’s no significant benefit in leaving the ovaries compared to leaving the dog entire.

For a small dog, OSC is incredibly rare. HSARC is rare. MCT can happen to anything. We weight up those relatively low risks compared to the very high risk of mammary cancer and pyometra, and I would advise speying before the first heat. With males timing is not as critical unless behavioural factors are involved.

For a larger dog, I personally think it’s worth delaying desexing to between the first and second heat. I would get too nervous about mammary cancers to wait beyond the second heat but there may be some benefit in preventing osteosarcoma by delaying surgery until more skeletal maturity, and same for cruciate injuries.

(I have a theory that osteosarcoma occurs in its predilection sites due to increased bio-mechanical forces in these areas, so waiting for skeletal maturity before removing the gonads might be helpful.)

On the other hand, screening for hip dysplasia and desexing if the dog definitely has it so you can perform a JPS also has benefits, because you’re addressing pathology the dog definitely has right now.

There are so many unknowns in these hypothetical scenarios. This makes it a challenge to make recommendations when clients just want the ‘right’ answer.

The best plan for the individual dog may depend on breed or breed mix (genetic testing would be ideal, but an added cost) or any known predispositions within the family or bloodlines.

So, this explanation is getting rather long, but there’s so much interesting information on this topic and it’s growing all the time.

Originally posted by mensweardog

TL:DR there is probably a benefit to delayed desexing in dogs prone to OSC, cruciate injury and HSARC. Some of the other risks may be mitigated by weight control. There is minimal if any benefit, and definitely some risk, in delaying desexing for small breeds.

But this field may change as more information is gathered. It will be worth watching over the next decade.

NB: shelters and rescues will always desex as young as possible, because their primary aim is population control. They are justified in doing this and their cases shouldn’t be considered in these scenarios.

(Majority of these statistics come from ‘The spay/neuter controversy’ presented at the OVMA by John Berg, DVM, DACVS and ‘ Long-term health effects of neutering dogs: comparison of Labrador Retrievers with Golden Retrievers‘ by Hart, Hart, et al)

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anonymous asked:

hi, do you have a post about binding safely? I want to show my mom so she can see that it's not unsafe if you do it right. thanks!

I did try my best to make a comprehensive but not too long Binding 101 post here - and one that can hopefully be read and understood by people who don’t bind & have no desire to bind themselves, at that!

Of course this post won’t include everything, but it should hopefully cover most of the basics. It may not be exactly what you were looking for though, because even when done safely, binding is not ever completely danger-free.


Why do people bind their chest?

There’s more than one reason to bind, of course, but the most common one among trans people is physical gender dysphoria.

The feeling of disconnect or dislike towards a part of your body can be hard to explain in word sometimes, especially since many people experience it in very different ways. But it is a feeling that is draining, that is painful, and that can do tremendous harm to a person’s mental well-being.

So, binding one’s chest in order to hide these parts of our bodies, both from ourselves and from others, can be a hugely relieving and freeing thing. And something that makes life so much more bearable and enjoyable.

How do people bind their chest?

There are many different ways to bind your chest, some more dangerous than others.

Ace bandages (and any other brand of similar bandages) and tape are a no-go if you want to keep yourself safe while binding. They are capable of messing you up pretty seriously even if you only bind with them for a very short time.

Some safer DIY options could be [sewing your own binder from scratch], [making one out of a camisole], [making one out of a pair of tights] or making one of out shapewear underwear [link 1] + [link 2].

However, the best option is to get a binder that is professionally made. [gc2b] is a company that makes binders specifically for trans people and it is where I have got my binders from, but [Underworks] is another popular place that a lot of people buy from. And of course there are many more aside from those two.

Wearing one (1) high compression sports bra in your right size can also be one way to bind you chest. Although keep in mind that they are not designed to be work for longer periods of time and that the lower band of it will put a lot of focused preassure on your ribs (while a binder will distibute it more evenly). Wearing multiple sports bras on top of each other, or wearing ones that are too small for you, is not safe.

When should you not bind your chest?

There are numerous medical conditions that could make binding very unsafe, so if you worry binding may trouble you for those reasons, it could be a good idea to talk to your doctor about it.

I personally have asthma and that makes binding a bit more dangerous for me than for non-asthmatic people, as my breathing is already a bit worse than it should be. So further restricting it by binding is something I would like to avoid doing, which is part of the reason I am working towards getting top surgery to have my breasts removed. Still, the possible dangers of binding are still worth it for me when I weigh them against the certain mental suffering that comes from not binding.

Even for people without medical issues though, there are times when you should not be wearing your binder:

  • When you sleep.
  • When you exercise*.
  • When you have already worn it for 8 hours**.
  • If you’re new to binding: when you are alone***.

*Some companies like Underworks sell [binders specifically made for swimming] and [gc2b have said that their binders are ok to swim in too]. You should still be very careful when swimming in a binder though, as it does restrict your breathing and movment a bit. And be sure to wash the binder you swim in regularly, as having chlorine left in it can irritate your skin.

**The given maximum of binding hours per day in one go is 8. But everybody’s body is different, so not everyone can safely bind for that long. Personally I can usually only manage 6 hours before my ribs start to hurt pretty bad. And it’s best to not start with trying to go for the 8 hours limit right away when you get your first binder; it’s better to start binding for a smaller amount of time in the beginning and the gradually increase it over time, to allow your body time to adapt to it.

***Binders can be difficult to get out of on your own sometimes, especially in the beginning when you haven’t yet figured out the best way to do it. So in the beginning, it is best to only bind when you have other people around that can help you out of your binder in case you would need help getting it off.

How do you take care of your binder?

Binders will get worn out over time, just like any other piece of clothing. However, it may be more noticable in binders than in regular clothes, as their compression ability will visibly get worse and worse the more worn out it gets. Getting a new binder about once a year is usually recommended, but it really depends on how much you wear it.

You should wash your binder regularly. Doing this might actually help it last longer, depending on the style of it.

Some have tags that say they are machine-wash safe, in which case you could absolutely wash them that way. But personally I always handwash mine, just to make sure they’re not unnecessarily damaged.

I use a small amount of mild detergent and cold water. Spend a lot of time rinsing it out afterwards with just water, to make sure there is no, or at least no big amount of, detergent left in it. Then I carefully scrunch it up into a ball to get as much water out as possible (don’t twist, because you don’t want to stretch the fabric) and then hang it on a hanger over the bathtub to let it drip and dry completely overnight.

For the style of binder I have (the gc2b ones), washing it regularly in cold water helps the fabric retain some of its elasticity. Which is something that can help it bind better for longer.

It may be ideal to wash it after everytime you’ve worn it and sweated in it, to prevent it from irritating your skin, but washing it just once a week is enough if you can’t do it more often than that.

What are the dangers of binding your chest?

Binding will inevetably wear out the elasticity of your skin and the breast tissue in your chest area after a while. How long it takes varies from person to person, as everybody’s body is different. But you will likely notice some difference within the first year if you bind a lot. This has little to no known actual dangerous side-effects in itself, but it will make your chest sag more and may affect how the result of top surgery looks if you plan on getting that in the future, as well as affect what types of surgeries you can get.

Even safe binding will likely give you some aches in your ribs, back and shoulders. But it is still best to take your binder off and give your body a break once you start feeling pain.

Excessive and unsafe binding comes with a lot of dangers:

  • Difficulty breathing, which can lead to fainting and, if binder is not removed, suffocating.
  • Extremely irritated skin.
  • Damaged (bruised, sprained, brokwn) ribs.
  • Damaged ribcage.
  • Damaged lungs (if punctured by a broken rib).
  • Damaged spine.

These things can usually be avoided as long as you bind safely, however.

How do you know if the pain/side-effects you get from binding is normal or not? When should you be worried?

Listen to your body and learn to interpret its signals. Everyone has different pain thresholds and everybody’s body has different limits, after all. So you will need to learn your own.

But some general signs and side-effects, normal and not, are as follows:

Normal:

  • Sore arms, shoulders, neck and/or back. This soreness may linger for a a couple of hours after you take the binder off, or not show up until the day after. It should go away completely after 2 days without binding.
  • Getting a bit out of breathe after having climbed a set of stairs or similar. Although you should still be able to catch your breathe again without too much difficulty.
  • Some chafting under your arms.
  • Increased chest and back acne.
  • Slight anxiety caused by feeling restricted.

Not normal, take the binder off as soon as you can and see a doctor if the symptoms don’t go away within a couple of days:

  • Difficulty breathing, especially if even after you’ve taken the binder off.
  • Not able to take deep breathes, cough or sneeze.
  • Sharp pain in chest or ribs.
  • Lightheadedness, feeling like you’re about to faint.
  • Losing vision, having your ears ringing or getting a tingling sensation in your fingers, even if just for a moment. (Often signs that you are about to faint.)
  • Feeling too sore/too restricted/too tired to do everyday activities that you could do without problems before you started binding.
  • Numbness in arms.
  • Bruising.
  • Skin rashes.
  • Nausea during or after binding.

Not normal, go see a doctor as soon as you can, could be signs of a serious injury:

  • Any of the symptoms from the list above, if you are feeling very worried about them. Better safe than sorry.
  • Not able to breathe at all.
  • Blueness in your libs or fingertips.
  • Fainting.
  • Sudden intense bursts of claustrophobia and/or panick attacks, especially if you do no get those when not binding.
  • Noticable change in ribcage shape.

Wow, that’s a lot of dangers. Is it really worth it?

For many people, including me: yes.

Like I said in the beginning, there are many reasons for why people bind. But mine is dysphoria, so that is the only thing I can talk about here.

Dysphoria is not a joking matter. It is often a very intense and painful kind of suffering. And taking these risks is often still better than having to deal with the dysphoria that we have when we are not binding.

This may be difficult to understand if you are not dysphoric yourself. But please try to understand that people would not knowingly be taking these risks if we didn’t feel like we needed to.

Your local mod is getting top surgery very soon! I’m extremely excited and this has also opened up the opportunity for me to pass on my binder to someone who needs it.

The binder is a beige half binder, size medium (fits a 32-34 inch chest), with some minor discoloration just from being washed and worn. I have not had it for long or worn it excessively and it’s in good shape.

All you have to do to enter is like and/or reblog this post. Please only enter once, multiple reblogs will not increase your chances of winning. The winner will be chosen using a random number generator.

If you’re just signal boosting this, please say so in the tags!

I will pay for all US shipping costs, but if you enter the give away and are not inside the US, I may ask you to help with the cost of shipping if you win.

This give away is for trans men and nonbinary people only, please. No cosplayers.

I will contact the winner on August 31st and will ship within the following week. For privacy, I will not publish the winner’s url. You will need to have your messages and/or ask box open. If I do not hear from the winner within three days, I will choose a new winner.

I don’t think I’m ever going to get over my son???? He’s the most beautiful thing in the world.

It has, however, occurred to me that I never shared the story of his birth like I intended! I know a lot of my followers were curious about how everything went, so here’s a brief summary - tiny bit TMI, but here we go;

On the 15th October we went out for dinner with friends at around 7:00PM, at our favourite restaurant. I was two days overdue and totally sick of being pregnant. I got to have a starter, main AND dessert before I felt a bit weird. Went to the bathroom and my waters started to go, so we excused ourselves and went home, excited that something was FINALLY happening.

We settled down to watch a movie and my mother came over. By this point I was having regular contractions (which aren’t fun) and so we called the midwives and waited for them to arrive.

They showed up and everything seemed to be going great. My blood pressure was good, I was doing well, the contractions were decent. Then it turned out baby was in distress, and I was told I’d have to be transferred to hospital to monitor him. I was devastated, partly because I was sure I’d be misgendered left and right and also because I have a LOT of trauma surrounding hospitals, so it was literally my worst nightmare.

We get to the hospital at around midnight and I’m lying there as they try to put the monitors on my stomach. It took them a whole five minutes to find Julian’s heartbeat, which was the most terrifying experience of my whole life. Eventually they get it, but he keeps moving, and they soon realise that whenever I have a contraction his heartrate is dropping DRAMATICALLY.

They don’t know what’s wrong but decide they need to speed up my labour, so I’m induced - which makes the contractions even worse.

So then I’m given an epidural that sadly doesn’t work, and I spend the next 13 hours in labour, worrying about why my son’s heartrate is going all over the place.

Finally at around 2:00PM on the 16th of October the doctors come in and tell me that since Julian’s heartrate isn’t improving and is actually getting more erratic I need to go in for an emergency c-section. I’m wheeled through the surgery, given a spinal tap (which at that point was heaven) and at 3:26PM Julian is born, weighing 7 pounds and 4 ounces.

It turns out his cord was wrapped around his neck TWICE, and small bean had a pretty close call.

Throughout all this the nurses, midwives and doctors were AMAZING about my situation; I was barely misgendered, and the few times I was they corrected themselves. The staff were all incredible - I owe them my son’s life.

Anyway, I was discharged after just 24 hours because I am a stubborn person and refused to stay any longer, even after major surgery.

xxjazzzy  asked:

I'm against cosmetic surgeries but I'm hoping for clarification Google can't provide. Are any lifetime complications to be expected from cosmetic ear surgery even when properly done? Or tail docking? I see clinics only do the tails at 3-5 days old before it's considered an amputation as cartilage isn't fully formed, what difference does this make to the pet? Thank you

Even if you somehow manage to avoid all pain associated with ear cropping, a procedure which has absolutely zero benefit for the dog, you have affected its ability to communicate with body language for the rest of its life. Those ears that are desired to make the dog look more alert and aggressive do make the dog look more alert and aggressive.

Tail docking hinders body language even more, but also has a risk of developing a neuroma. A neuroma is a growth consisting of nerves where they have been severed, in this case the end of the spine in the tail, and they are associated with dogs that don’t like to have their stumps touched, don’t like to sit down, or actively self traumatise themselves. Humans describe neuromas as sharp, stabbing or catching pain. It doesn’t matter what age the amputation is done. It was historically done at 3-5 days of age because it was thought that such young pups don’t feel pain - they do - and it was acceptable in many jurisdictions.

I am obviously not a fan of unnecessary surgery or amputation of a limb.

I don’t understand how anyone can think that children owe something to their parents. I had my child for my own selfish reasons. We were settling down in our marriage, happy and comfortable but no longer buzzed. The house was too quiet, and we wanted laughter and joy and a bit of commotion. I was on my way to getting my degree, and I thought it was time. I was approaching a fertility dropoff, and I didn’t want to miss my chance and be left wondering about the what-ifs.

I brought a helpless tiny being into this terrifying world because I wanted it. He had no say in the matter. He brings me joy every day just by existing, and yeah, for being a happy healthy goofy kid that bubbles over with laughter and odd and wonderful mannerisms. My life has been made immeasurably better because of him, even if it’s hard sometimes. I made the choice that he was worth the sacrifices, from laboring for three days before an emergency C-section to the nightly feedings to the daily care he requires. I am grateful every day that he came to me.

So how can my child owe anything to me? I had him because I wanted him, not because he wanted to be or was even capable of wanting to be born. He has given me so much more than I have given him or could ever give him, since everything I do is just my basic obligation even if I do it with joy.

He doesn’t owe me. I owe him.

I know that it doesn’t work out for everyone. My heart goes out to people who were not ready to be parents or never wanted to be, who were pressured, who had no choice. It’s why I am pro-choice, pro-contraception and pro-sex ed, why I staunchly support child-free people. My dream would be a nightmare for people who did not want it, or got too much more than they bargained for.

That doesn’t mean a child who had no choice in the matter owes their parents anything. At worst the child was a victim trapped in a bad situation along with the parent or parents. It was not their fault.

If you are told you owe this or that to your parents, please don’t believe it. Your parents made the choice to have you, or, if they unfortunately did not, you did not cause their unhappiness. You owe it to yourself to be as healthy and whole as you can be, to have integrity, to get what joy you can in the world. If that requires going against your parents’ wishes or cutting them out of your life, so be it. It’s your life to live, and your life is not a debt to be repaid.

anonymous asked:

Does it ever impress you that our animals can survive the medical procedures they go through? Like, the vet just had a very controlled knife fight with a sleeping cat, and won, and the cat's perfectly fine 2 months after. It sure does amaze me!

In its own way all medicine and surgery is amazing. It would look like magic if you didn’t understand how it works, and sometimes even with that knowledge it still does. It is a persistent fascination.

Cats in particular are remarkable healers. They just seem to want to live. They are light weight, well muscled and do well with just about everything, provided they don’t have a nasty viral infection.

I have seen cats put back together that I did not think could be put back together, the unfortunate result of allowing them to free roam. And I have seen cats have multiple, major surgeries to attempt removal of soft tissue sarcomas, including parts of their vertebrae and ribs, and they still pull through.

We don’t often push our veterinary patients to the limit. Euthanasia is an option we can employ when all those involved in the animal’s care has decided it’s gone far enough.And of course, sometimes treatments don’t work.

But when it does work, it’s amazing. I wouldn’t call it a miracle because it’s the result of science and hard work as much or more than it is luck, but still amazing.

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I can’t post about transitioning without some creep chaser messaging me for nudes damn. There was more where this came from, but I didn’t want to submit a million pictures. And just to clarify, he did say he was looking for nudes after I sent that reply

anonymous asked:

hiya! I was wondering why in surgery vets shave the hair so far out from the actual surgery site? I know shaving it nearby would probably make it cleaner/easier to see but I don't know why it gets shaved so much farther than idk, an inch?

Hair and fur is super irritating, both in terms of getting into the surgical site where it shouldn’t be, and also being a severe tissue irritant. If you get hair in your surgical wound, then healing will be delayed, it’s less comfortable and you increase your infection risk.

Not just getting hair in the wound, but touching the hair with your gloves can contaminate your surgical site. It’s just bad news all round, which is why we shave our patients.

The distance we shave from our planned surgical site depends on a few factors:

  • Expected surgery plan
  • Backup surgery plan
  • Extend of subcutaneous manipulation
  • Where the surgeon has to touch during the procedure.

For example, if I’m speying a dog then I expect to make a reasonably small incision on the abdomen. However, I plan for the worst and shave higher up the abdomen, so that if I get an ovarian pedicle bleed I can open that puppy up from sternum to pubis and save it. So the dog is shaved a little more, big deal.

When there’s a lot of subcutaneous trauma, like in a puncture wound for example, or dissecting out a mass, we are often moving more skin around in order to close the wound. The skin incisions is relatively small compared to everything we did on the inside.

Knee and joint surgery is another good example. When performing cruciate surgery we clip the whole leg, even though there’s only a small incision on one side, because we often are holding the leg elsewhere, pulling the skin incision over the knee or having implants go through somewhere else.

Sometimes, like for pediatrics and pocket pets, we do attempt a minimum clip, to minimize heat loss, but we still have to clip enough to do our job well, otherwise what’s the point? That said, the relative amount shaved is similar between a tiny animal and a larger one.

If we’re doing surgery, we’re going to do it properly. Fur grows back, while an infected surgical site…