About Me

I’m a married, mid-forties, mother of two teen boys living in the Dallas, Texas area. In case you’re not from here and have pre-conceived notions:  I am born and raised Texan (although my parents are Cuban). I love Texas, but I’m not a crazy right wing lunatic. Although, some of my best friends are, and I still love them, because I’m a good person.

I graduated Cum Laude from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. After graduation I worked for a corporate veterinary practice for all of two years. Corporate medicine wasn’t for me, so I left and went to the Animal Medical Center of Plano, a small animal clinic in an affluent Dallas suburb. I worked there for 18 years, watching clients’ kids, puppies and kittens grow up. The kids went off to college and got married. The puppies and kittens grew old and died. That cycle of life, that human docs don’t often get to experience, wears on you. After 20 years of practice, I needed a change.

So now I work at Mazie’s Mission Rescue Hospital, one of the only hospitals in the country that specializes in treating homeless animals. There are plenty of well-care and spay/neuter clinics out there, but what sets us apart is that we are a full service animal hospital; we just don’t see any privately owned pets. Our patients all come from rescue groups or shelters. We are purely in the business of  saving animals and I LOVE it.

So I spent the first half of my career serving pet owners, now the second half is dedicated to serving pets.

This blog is mostly about my new adventure (with some random rants thrown in, just because).


11 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I just discovered your blog and i think your my BFF..lol…Im a mom and an L.V.T.and live in nyc. I go down to san antonio tx at least once a year as my in laws live there (we might actually be moving out to houston in about a year). I just recently left one of those big corporate hospitals, I finally had the guts to just get out of there. I have worked in emergency medicine for about 5 years now, while i love it I think I’m ready (and my family) for something wth more normal hours and a decent schedule, :-). Anyway, Im so glad i discovered your blog…you have got yourself another devoted reader…..keep it up!

    1. THANKS!!! Fyi I also have a weekly blog (every Tuesday under “The Daily Vet” and Wednesday under “Purely Puppy” at http://www.petMD.com ) Altough my Cone of Uncertainty readers tend to be a much nicer bunch (or at least the mean ones are more vocal at PetMD ;). Thanks for the kind words you made my afternoon 😉 Good luck getting a nice quiet bloat-free day job 🙂

  2. Hi – is this blog still active? I stumbled upon it while searching on Cushings? I have a 6 year old (we think) bully-breed mix that was diagnosed a few months ago, after over a year of testing and issues. Problem is, he also has IBD. Trying to learn about Cushings and then explain it to my husband is hard. I’d love to pick your brain, please!

    1. Ha. Blog is still occasionally active. That Cushings post is probably by far my most popular. I had to close comments on it, because it’s illegal for me to give specific veterinary advice regarding patients I haven’t examined. Happy to answer general questions though.

  3. Hi there, I know you can’t give medical advice but I was wondering if you have heard anything related to Cushings and tumors on the spleen. My jack Russell was diagnosed with adrenal specific cushings about 3 years ago and he is 11 years old. I was told he had a small mass on his spleen and I asked if his cushings tumor or spleen should be operated on, and then they said no. Three years later – the mass on his spleen has grown and needs to be removed. They don’t think it’s cancerous but it is very large. Feel free to delete this and email me if you need to.
    Thank you
    Maddy Yates from Oregon

    1. Hi, adrenal specific Cushings is a surgical disease, (as opposed to pituitary, which isn’t). There is no link between the splenic mass and the adrenal one unless one is a metastasis of the other. No way to know if the one in the spleen is benign or malignant unless it’s biopsied (ideally through surgical removal).

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