Saturday , 25 November 2017

All Creatures Great and Small (blog)

Dr. Amanda Glew: Eye For An Eye

Eye for an eye – by Dr. Amanda Glew  If there is an organ that makes people shiver when dealing with it, it is the eye. I have had experienced technicians become nauseated when I perform surgery on the eye. I have seen vets go green at the sight of an enucleation (removal of the eye).  Fortunately for me, I …

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Dr. Amanda Glew: A Dog Will Be A Dog

A dog will be a dog – by Dr. Amanda Glew  Every once in a while, something completely out of the ordinary occurs while working in a vet clinic.  A few months back, I was thrown into a situation which was confusing and uncomfortable – but needed to be addressed. While seeing regular clients, I was pulled out of consultation …

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Shish Kebabs: Dr. Amanda Glew

Shish Kebabs – by Dr.Amanda Glew  One of the challenges when doing low cost spay/neuters is when things out of the ordinary arise. Sometimes owners have no idea when we find a problem prior to going into surgery. Sometimes the problem is only found during the surgery.  Common examples would be finding parasites (my animal does not fleas – he …

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Dr. Amanda Glew: The Senator

The Senator  – by Dr. Amanda Glew  Around Thanksgiving last year, on an annual exam, a client of mine from 20 years told me that she was selling her dog facility, the VIP canine center. Louise had been operating her center since she built it, with an open concept of boarding. We had always spoken together, because I had done …

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Dr. Amanda Glew: What Comes Around…

What Comes Around – Dr. Amanda Glew It has been a year since my first mentor Dr. Floyd approached me on behalf of his wife, to use our clinic when needed while doing house calls. Dr. Floyd was an owner of the infamous Baker Animal Hospital for over 40 years, and that day ended up being a great opportunity for …

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Dr. Amanda Glew: Pet Insurance and Bogart’s Legacy

Pet Insurance and Bogart’s Legacy – by Dr. Amanda Glew  For many years, we have suggested that owners consider taking pet insurance.  My take on pet insurance is the following – you will likely claim on it, much more than we usually do on car or home insurance. Your animal is likely to have a major medical condition in his/her lifetime …

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Dr. Amanda Glew: House Calls with Benefits

House Calls with Benefits – by Dr. Amanda Glew  There are some advantages to doing house calls. You can set your own time, you need to give yourself ample time to provide for travel as well as delays, you get to visit people and their animals in their home environment. Most of these calls can be sad – often we are asked …

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Tinkerbelle, the Blind Cat – Dr. Amanda Glew

Tinkerbelle, the Blind Cat  – Dr. Amanda Glew  As a veterinarian, I have had the pleasure and privilege of vetting animals with many disabilities – the 3 legged labrador, the paraplegic daschund, and numerous vision impaired dogs and cats. However, there is a difference when dealing with an animal who goes blind, versus one who is born blind.  This is the …

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Dr. Amanda Glew: Breed Bans, Act Now

Breed Bans – by Dr. Amanda Glew “Can Copper come in today? We are doing a blood drive,” my technician asks the client. We like it when Copper comes in to give blood. He is big, he has huge veins, and with only a few bribes of biscuits, Copper hardly needs to be held when we poke his jugular to draw …

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Dr. Amanda Glew: Unsocial Media

Social or more likely, unsocial media. In our fast-paced digital world, we expect immediate answers, prompt attention, and personable client services.  In the veterinary field, add the component of anxiousness and worry, and our clients become venomous.  No longer will our clients come to us directly to lodge a complaint – they go to social media to do so.  Relatively …

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