So, Branch the cat, just took the liberty of walking across my keyboard. I decided to go ahead and let the result of that stroll be the title of this blog entry because, why not?
After two months at Mazie’s I think the top 5 things I see so far are:
- Heartworm positive dogs*
- Crazy skin conditions
- Weird neurologic diseases
- Horrific bone fractures
- Nightmare dental cases
- (I added this as a bonus) Maybe 20% perfectly healthy pets just getting shots.
- (bonus #2) IHNFIDWGO cases, maybe 25-50% depending on the day. (IHNFIDWGO= “I Have No [adjective, bad word, starts with “F” and ends with “ing”] Idea What’s Going On) I think the staff particularly loves these, because, I generally spend a significant amount of time walking around telling myself to “focus” so I can conjure some kind of coherent plan out of thin air.
Anyhoo, kudos to you people who own pets and actually provide them with basic care. You get a gold star for pet responsibility, because when these pets lack your ministrations, they can become total train wrecks.
Interestingly, in private practice, the majority of patients I saw were terrified and utterly unhappy to see me. My theory is that these pets are out of their comfort zones. They’re scared, their owners are nervous, and nothing good ever happens at the vet’s office.
Conversely, the majority of Mazie’s patients I see seem kind of cautiously optimistic and strangely grateful that we’re taking care of them. I’m probably totally anthropomorphizing (Look it up, word of the day!), but I like to think they’ve had such a bad run that they’re just happy someone is being nice to them. Finally they get to be warm and fed and loved, even if it’s just by a temporary foster.
I’ve got to get better at taking photos at work, so I can share some of these crazy cases.
In the meantime, here are some pictures from the last couple weeks (caution: some are gory and might be traumatic for the weak of heart, but there are some painfully cute ones too).