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Interests: Scouting, veterinary dermatology, music (especially close harmony quartetting), proficient motorcycling, personal fitness, Dianetics
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Three days post-op. Very little nasal discharge now, most of the swelling has gone down, and he's running and playing. Ah, to be young and growing. It really has your healing powers in high gear. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Your Pet's Best Friend
This little guy evidently did something to antagonize his adult buddy in the home. Apparently, the big guy bit down on his head - ouch. He didn't crack it like an egg, but close. His owners found him with a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at Your Pet's Best Friend
At this holiday time of year, we think about giving and receiving gifts, and about helping those in need. Kennett’s Humane Officer, Tena Petix, has been going above the call of duty in helping the animals in her care. Dr.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Your Pet's Best Friend
I was a little surprised to find my last post about our animal control situation printed in the Daily Dunklin Democrat newspaper as a letter to the editor. I'm not upset, just surprised, as they didn't talk to me about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at Your Pet's Best Friend
You may be aware that there are some upsets and disagreements over the handling of our city’s animal control department. This is a complex issue, and I fear that it is being oversimplified in a polarizing way. When people of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Your Pet's Best Friend
Eating non-food items is a big problem in pets. It happens so often that I am amazed at how seldom I have to do surgery to remedy the situation. Frequently the animal vomits up the item. Sometimes it passes all... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2014 at Your Pet's Best Friend
What is wrong with this kitten? How did she get this classic "Roman Nose" profile? She wasn't born with it. She has an infection called Histoplasmosis, a systemic fungus. Most folks have heard of "toe-nail fungus" or "athlete's foot" or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at Your Pet's Best Friend
Well, I wish I had known this a long time ago. I tried to reply to someone's question yesterday and could NOT get it to show up. Comments are moderated, which means that I get an email to approve them... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Your Pet's Best Friend
I don't usually put these things in the form of a post, but the comments don't seem to be working as they should on the Aural Hematoma post, so I am re-posting this lady's question, along with my answer. Hello... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2014 at Your Pet's Best Friend
Ken writes: I adopted my dog from a shelter 2 years ago. She was estimated to be 1 year old at the time. She is a mix of Chihuahua and Terrier. She weighs approx. 11 pounds and is 12 inches... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Your Pet's Best Friend
You may wonder what this rant has to do with veterinary medicine, but be patient. I’ll get there. “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at Your Pet's Best Friend
Here's a note from Pat: I've read so much I am sick. Rescued my shih tzu mix 7 months ago. He was tested negative for heartworms by agency's vet. My vet did not retest (though he did health exam) until... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2013 at Your Pet's Best Friend
Dogs tend to be good-natured and stoic, and often conceal their pain. Many times we find older patients who have really painful arthritis, and the owner describes the problem, as: “Well, he’s slowing down some. Just getting old.” A short... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2013 at Your Pet's Best Friend
My uncle used to be in the law enforcement profession. He told me stories of prisoners being stabbed with a “shiv” and not even being aware of it until they weakened due to internal bleeding. Something like an ice pick... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2013 at Your Pet's Best Friend
When I was in high school and college, there was a certain time when it was considered "mandatory" to take a foreign language class. I'm sure that in some schools you could have taken German or Japanese. In Kennett it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2013 at Your Pet's Best Friend
It is very common to have a problem with a dog that jumps up on you. It is the natural greeting behavior of dogs to lick one another in the face. [ See “Super Puppy” by Peter Vollmer] How could... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2013 at Your Pet's Best Friend
I’ve posted a case like this in the past, but it never ceases to amaze me. This dog doesn’t look like she feels very happy, and that’s accurate. “She doesn’t feel very good. She has to go out a lot,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2013 at Your Pet's Best Friend
Some animals wear crazy costumes. Some wear bandannas, and some wear harnesses, and some wear halters like the “Gentle Leader”, but a collar is still the most popular item of pet apparel. I had an interesting case this morning that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at Your Pet's Best Friend
I've posted before about why we don't feed bones to dogs. They really don't get any nutrition out of them, and they can certainly cause some problems. Today we have another example. This guy looks pretty calm and snoozy, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2013 at Your Pet's Best Friend
“So, on those microchips, what kind of range do they have?” About three inches. When people don’t really understand what microchip identification is, they can have some unrealistic expectations. Look at this little thing: do you see any room for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2013 at Your Pet's Best Friend
I was at a veterinary convention and heard a report from our state licensing board. They told us that the vast majority of complaints they receive don’t involve actual bad medical care. The complaints almost always arise from poor communication.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2013 at Your Pet's Best Friend
You’ve probably seen the TV ad where the doctor rushes across the ball field trying to make a catch. “You wouldn’t want your doctor doing your job, so why try to do his?” It’s about folks trying to diagnose themselves... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2013 at Your Pet's Best Friend
"Now why is there two sets of directions on this bottle?” What do you mean? “It says on this label, give one pill twice daily, every 12 hours. Now, which is it?” That is a true story. I knew that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2012 at Your Pet's Best Friend
Today a lady arrived at our door with a drooling, twitching puppy, and around a half-gallon of insecticide. It had been a full gallon when she left the house. When she returned home from her errand, she found the puppy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2012 at Your Pet's Best Friend
We can do so many wonderful things with medicine and surgery that we begin to think we can fix anything. If we just do the right thing, make the right choices, do the right tests, perform the right treatments, we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2012 at Your Pet's Best Friend