Archive for May, 2011

Emergencies

Monday, May 16th, 2011

This past week, I have been the on call doc­tor for the clinic. This has been an inter­est­ing expe­ri­ence since I had to field calls for clients that own cats and dogs. The last time I dealt exclu­sively with cat and dog ques­tions was back in vet school and amaz­ingly it was like rid­ing a bike–it all starts to come back to you as you immerse in it. Most of the ques­tions per­tained to a cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of the pet and is this is some­thing that should be seen imme­di­ately at an emer­gency clinic…or can it wait until morn­ing. My biggest chal­lenge was feel­ing like I can tell some­one that some­thing can wait until morn­ing. I tend to always run on the side of cau­tion and feel it is bet­ter to be seen sooner rather than wait. In exotic and avian med­i­cine, time is cru­cial in the treat­ment process and there is almost never a sit­u­a­tion that I would sug­gest wait­ing. So I really had to sit back and con­sider, can this cat or dog wait until morn­ing. Truth­fully there was only a cou­ple of times that I really felt this was appro­pri­ate.  Mostly, the deci­sion needed to be ER clinic, ASAP. It was intrigu­ing how most of my con­ver­staions with clients were very sim­i­lar. Pretty much every client was already pre­pared for what I would say and they just needed that reas­sur­ance that it was the right deci­sion. I think most of us have really good instincts about a situation—something is not right and we feel it in our gut. But mak­ing the leap to the next step of action can be very scary some­times and we just need some­one with objec­tiv­ity to pro­vide that nudge. I hope all of the pets that needed addi­tional care are doing well this week. Being a fel­low pet owner, I know how dif­fi­cult it is to go through an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion and have to make a bunch of tough deci­sions. My thoughts are with you all.

Up and Running

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

It has been a few weeks since my last post. Between trav­el­ing and start­ing my new posi­tion, life has been keep­ing me busy. But now I am able to cre­ate a new rou­tine and things are going very well. I am lov­ing the new clinic and the staff is great. A few of the really nice attrib­utes at Car­ing Hands is a very com­puter savy prac­tice man­ager which is going to allow for very awe­some pet care sheets; a sys­tem which allows us to put the pet’s pic­ture in the record so it is printed on the paper­work; ECG and a pulse ox in surgery; and a staff that is moti­vated to learn and care for avian and exotic patients. The clinic is new and com­fort­able and we have space to devote a seper­ate area to hos­pi­tal­ized exotic pets. So come in with your furry, feath­ery, or scaly friend and I look for­ward to see­ing you :)