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Re: Traverse City Ice Princess
« Reply #140 on: January 17, 2011, 12:17:24 PM »
It just feels WRONG around here today.  Icey had started to limp off and on the last couple weeks, this last weekend she went to only walking on 3 legs, carrying her right front. I got her into the vet this morning, and after she nipped at the vets face for trying to prod her foot, (I warned him her lip was curling)  he decided he needed to keep her and sedate her so he could figure out what is going on.  The only time she has ever been away from home with out Tammy or I was when she was a pup and got fixed. When I am home, she is always right here near me.  It just don't feel right not having her here. I hope they call to come get her today, but they said it might be over night. :-\
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« Reply #141 on: January 17, 2011, 01:53:07 PM »
pits for a family member to leave home, our dog is an inherited grand dog that I turned down for a month.  Now I look forward to seeing him in the evening, and really don't like leaving him when we travel.

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« Reply #142 on: January 17, 2011, 02:08:18 PM »
They said I can come and get her at 3:00. No answer to what is wrong. They are going to give her pain meds and antibiotics to try.   :-\
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« Reply #143 on: January 17, 2011, 02:34:23 PM »
Sounds like joint trouble possibly. Hope she recovers soon.
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« Reply #144 on: January 17, 2011, 02:55:12 PM »
It would be a wierd time of year for her to get it, but did they test her for Lyme's disease?
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« Reply #145 on: January 17, 2011, 05:28:53 PM »
Pretty sure its something to do with her paw. The foot is a bit swollen, and they said the pads are warmer then they should be. I think there could actually be a small bit of glass in it from somewhere.  The vet said that was very possible, and it would either work out, or abscess.  All I know is that it cost $163 today to give her a nap, shave her paw, and send me home with 12 antibiotic pills and 12 pain killers.   She came out of the vet walking normally, but she was still groggy. Now that she is back home, shes limping again.

Pretty sure they didn't doc, or they would have said.
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« Reply #146 on: January 17, 2011, 05:31:23 PM »
I hope it isn't psychosomatic!! 
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« Reply #147 on: January 17, 2011, 06:02:50 PM »
In my next life, I am gonna be a vet!  

Things are different in Canada.  My dog Buzz comes north with us every summer.  Loves the lake.  He's a stupid lovable stereotypical yellow lab.  One afternoon he came back with a face full of quills.  Nothing to do but take him to the vet.

Drove 30 miles.  Saw us right away.  Anesthetized Buzz.  Shaved his face.  Pulled out the porcupine quills.  Gave us some topical stuff for the wounds.  Bill: $68.00 (Canadian).  Back to the cabin.  Total time: 2 hours, 45 minutes.  Got back in time for the evening fish.   Unbelievable.

Jeff.  You know they didn't test for Lymes becasue you weren't billed for it!   Probablity of Lymes this time of year, given the pics of your place you sent me, is about nil.  Hope Icey feels better.

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« Reply #148 on: January 18, 2011, 09:45:45 AM »
Maybe it's her gallbladder  :D :D :D
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« Reply #149 on: January 18, 2011, 10:16:05 AM »
In my next life, I am gonna be a vet!  


Are you longing to get bit by one of your patients?  :D

Or do a house call and surgery for $125?

And have to catch and hog tie your patient first.

And give a "dead cow discount" if it does not work?   :)

And the most fun is the rectal palpation and learning to not stand directly behind a cow when they cough.

Course most of that is large animal practice, small animal practice is already very overcrowded.

Oh, and no nurses!  :)
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« Reply #150 on: January 18, 2011, 10:50:54 AM »
Oh, and no nurses!  :)

Oh yes there are!  Well, maybe they are not called Nurses, but they have em.

I always thought that when I would hear "They could not make it as a Dr., so they became a Vet" that that was balderdash.  An M.D. only had to learn one species while a vet must become intimately familiar with many different physiologies.
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« Reply #151 on: January 18, 2011, 11:00:00 AM »
Oh, and no nurses!  :)

Oh yes there are!  Well, maybe they are not called Nurses, but they have em.

I always thought that when I would hear "They could not make it as a Dr., so they became a Vet" that that was balderdash.  An M.D. only had to learn one species while a vet must become intimately familiar with many different physiologies.
Around here it's (or at least was) pretty much the opposite, a lot of very smart kids tried getting into vet school and ended up in med school because the openings were so few.  Hope Icey is getting better everyday, our little phantom poodle is expecting her first litter of pups anyday, the wifes already nervous hope it goes ok.

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« Reply #152 on: January 18, 2011, 11:05:35 AM »
She's walking on all fours today, with very little limp, not sure if that's because of the medicine numbing her down, or if she's getting better.  She spent an hour outside with us as we cleared snow from last nights storm and seemed to be pretty normal.
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« Reply #153 on: January 18, 2011, 11:09:37 AM »
They are called Vet Techs.

And yes, they always said that anyone that flunked anatomy classes in Vet school went on to become a people doctor cause it was easier.

Actually there are more similiarities in species than differences. Course there are reptiles but who cares about them anyway.  :D

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« Reply #154 on: January 18, 2011, 11:18:05 AM »
My understanding is that its very hard to get into vet school now.  Very competitive. 

The reason I  was poking fun at vets is because their fees have gone through the roof, and there's little or no insurance coverage for the pets, so it's out of pocket cash.  Do you know that a vet gets more money performing a ligament reconstruction on a labradors knee that your doctor gets for doing yours?  True!  Any emergency visit for your pet is very expensive, except in Canada!

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« Reply #155 on: January 18, 2011, 11:30:00 AM »
 My sister and Sarah's sister are both Vet Techs. It sure is like being nurses for animals, both the good and the bad. :D
 Doctorb is right--Vet school is very hard to get into. It is almost at the point you need to know the right people to make it at the most desired schools. The amount they charge can be staggering, and I have seen very few times there was a "dead cow discount". More likely a disposal fee on the top of everything else :-\
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« Reply #156 on: January 18, 2011, 11:39:56 AM »
Likely the staff filling out the tons of paperwork are not as necessary for the vet either.  ::) ::)
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« Reply #157 on: January 18, 2011, 11:52:54 AM »
 Now a short story on this topic ;D
 
  I shoe a horse named Bayley, one of a few trail horses and mules a family here in Trinity County owns. They took him in to a Redding vet for, if I remember right, what turned out to be a case of colic. He had to stay overnight.
 
  At the time they picked Bayley back up, they were presented with a bill, and it included several charges for things that were not discussed before, nor where there any phone calls after they left him. The vet suspected melanoma on Bayley's hip, and they took a biopsy and sent it to be tested. The overall bill was a couple of thousand dollars, only half of that was for the problem they brought him down there for. 

Sandy, the wife, said "What are these other charges, we never authorized any of this, and you never talked to us about it first."
 
The vet's reply was "We are in the business of saving lives, it isn't about the money."
 
Dick, the husband said "Well if it's not about the money, I guess you don't mind that we won't be paying that part of the bill"

 He did mind, but they left it at that anyway. They never got the lab results of course.
 
 Fast forward about a year. They were keeping an eye on the old horse, wondering if there was ever going to be a problem, and worrying a bit over it. On an overnight trip in the wilderness with their horses, another horseman came by their camp, whose father had been an outfitter in the county for years. They all knew each other, and were visiting and what-not quite a while, when this fellow says-

"Hey, look at that. You got one of my dad's old horses." 

"How do you know that?", they asked.

"Well that's my dad's old brand right there on his hip"

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« Reply #158 on: January 18, 2011, 12:53:40 PM »
Grandmother used to call the local MD's horse doctors. :D
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« Reply #159 on: January 18, 2011, 01:15:32 PM »
Our vet was out this morning and preg checked about 20 cows.  We are about 20 miles from his office and it took him about an hour.  His bill was $127.50.  He left here to go to stuff a prolapsed uterus back in a cow and will probably get a similar fee for that as he charges by the hour.  His wife is also a vet and does small animal work.  He says she makes several times what he makes,  but he doesn't have to mess with little yapping dogs or their big yapping own ers :D :D :D
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