About Me

Name: Vivian  Cardoso-Carroll

Personal:  Married, 2 kids (both boys, a pre teen and a teen), 3 dogs (Mia the terrible yet awesome lab,  and Nixon the terrier mix), a Figure 8 freshwater puffer fish named “Mrs. Puff”, and miscellaneous other fish in a different tank because Mrs. Puff will eat them.

Jobs: Carroll family logistics manager and Associate Veterinarian at Animal Medical Center of Plano, Plano Texas since 2000.Freelance (as in I work for free) blogger.

Website: www.planovets.com

College:  Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine class of 1998

Clinical Interests:  Internal Medicine

Dogs or Cats:  Don’t hate me, I like cats, but I love dogs

Best thing about being a vet:  the patients

Worst thing about being a vet:  The money thing.

Favorite Movies:  Garden State, Little Ms. Sunshine, 40 Year Old Virgin, Singles, Juno 2017 update: I think I filled this out about eight years ago. I still love all those movies, though. I’ll add Shawshank Redemption, Goonies and Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion. I suppose it’s a little concerning that the most recent movie on that list came out in what, 1998? I may be officially “old”.

Favorite TV Show: I don’t think I have a current fave.  I watched Breaking Bad and it almost killed me from sheer emotional turmoil.  Best show of all time, probably “Seinfeld”.  Follwed by a brilliant show that only lasted two seasons because I think I’m the only one who loved it called “Dead Like Me”. Update: 2017- after about 9:00PM, I like to turn my brain off and stream stuff on Amazon or Netflix. Currently watching: The Crown, Man in the High Castle, Fleabag, Catastrophe, and Season 1 of the Walking Dead. Other favorites:  Fargo, Game of Thrones, The Unbreakable Kimi Schmidt, and Blackish.

Favorite Color: Blue, particularly the color of the sky just after sunset.

Favorite Smell: Puppy Breath, Cilantro, Ginger

Favorite Food: most anything, no weird sea creatures

Favorite Bands:  Weezer, Beastie Boys, Vampire Weekend, Silversun Pickups, The Shins. 2017 update: Meh on Vampire Weekend, still love all those other bands though. The Shins just named their new album “Heartworms”, which makes them extra awesome.

Beatles or Stones: Beatles



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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