This is Lucy the Landshark. She was rescued from death row at the pound, and upon rescue, we found that not only did she have terrible teeth, there was a massive mammary mass! She was in a lot of pain, and reacted to any form of touch by biting (hence the name), so we anaesthetised her to get radiographs and assess the mass. Its difficult to see on these photos, but poor Lucy had an osteolytic lesion at her thoracolumbar vertebrae, and alongside the mammary mass, we suspected metastasis of the cancer to the bone.
We pulled out 18 teeth in total, and took biopsies of the mass, which turned out to be as we suspected, a mammary adenocarcinoma. Seeing as there was spread to her spine already, we did not remove the mass to avoid causing her undue pain.
Lucy is doing so much better after removing the teeth, and even let me put a jumper on her without crying! She’s now on a comprehensive pain relief plan, and will be living out the rest of her life at a palliative care home where she’s being spoilt rotten!
The black liquid was aspirated from a growing mass on the shoulder of a 2y.o. male neutered crossbreed dog. After sending the sample to the labs, it was suspected to be a pigmented basal cell carcinoma, so we made the quick decision to book him in for surgical excision.
After removing the mass, we sent the mass to the labs again for histopathology analysis, which came back and said it was a benign follicular cyst!
This highlights the importance to always perform histopathology on masses you remove!
Asked by queen-savanah-111
I don’t know what an A and B average equates to, and what it means to the universities you want to apply to, so it’s best to talk to your school counsellor and to the university admission officers for more advice.
If you have your mind set on being a marine veterinarian, it would be a good idea to research which universities have an emphasis on marine biology, as the marine field is significantly smaller than the domestic animal fields.
If you are able to find work experience in a marine park or sanctuary, that will most likely increase your application desirability!
Asked by Anonymous
It sounds like the cat needs veterinary attention immediately, and be given some pain relief at the bare minimum. I would catch this cat and bring it to your local vet clinic to scan for a microchip first, it is possible that this cat has an owner. Then, depending on where you are located, most vets have a duty of care to relieve pain and suffering for the cat. Unfortunately, if you are unable to afford treatment that is recommended by the vet, it is up to the vet clinic then to decide how much treatment they will provide to this cat. Sometimes, we do feel sorry for these strays, and if we feel that they can be rehomed, or if a nurse falls in love with it, there’s a chance that the clinic may fork out the expenses to treat the cat. If not, at least the cat will be relieved of his/her suffering, instead of being run over by a car, starving to death, or chased down by predators.
Asked by Anonymous
If both dogs are de-wormed regularly with an all-wormer as advised by your veterinarian, there should not be a concern. Since your puppy is 6 weeks old, he/she should be due for a vaccination consult with your local vet soon, and that would be an opportune time to get your vet to test for worms and provide you with the correct veterinary advice You can also call your local vet clinic to see if you need to bring your puppy in for a checkup. In the meanwhile, quarantining your puppy would not be a bad idea.
Asked by vilereptile
If your pet is sick, please do not ask for veterinary advice on the internet. Bring your puppy to the vet as soon as possible, and your questions will undoubtedly be answered there.
Asked by jambansoak
With a WBC of 30,000/uL, infection is on the top of the differential list. However, without seeing the cat, I cannot provide any veterinary advice or diagnostic plan. I assume that since you’ve been able to provide a WBC count, a vet has seen this cat, so if possible, please refer to the advice that vet has provided.
Asked by thehappinessofpursuit
Sorry it took me so long to reply, life’s been a little hard on me recently, and I kind of got side-tracked.
I would most definitely pick subjects that relate to vet medicine, it’ll make your life so much easier when you get into vet school, and also shows dedication. While you’ve got four years as an undergrad, spend some time shadowing vets at vet clinics, and volunteering at rescue groups. Research is also highly valued in many vet schools, so if you’re interested in that area, it will make you stand out from all the other people who want to be clinicians.
At the same time, I would definitely pursue one or two hobbies that are completely different to vet, because that shows versatility and diversity. Vet schools are increasingly more aware of the burnout rate amongst vets, and it helps to show that you’re not throwing your entire life into one area.
Asked by Anonymous
Vet school is quite competitive, and it’s great that you know what your strengths and weaknesses are. Grades are important, and I would advise you to speak to your teachers about how to improve your grades, and what different pathways are available for you. Besides working on your weaknesses, beef up your strengths! Vet schools do look at your passion, and a good way to demonstrate that is through work experience and volunteering. It will also help you get really good references for future use.
Getting through school is a different type of difficulty. There is a lot of material to learn, and a lot of time spent studying. I found vet school to really take up my entire life for that while! Saying that though, there are a whole bunch of people in the same boat as you, so there was always a bit of a comradery spirit between us, which got us through the degree together!
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Note: raw salmon is safe to give to your dogs if they’re not caught from the Pacific Northwest of USA! They’re dangerous because they can carry a rickettsial organism-infected parasite within them, and cause fatalities in dogs when ingested.
So I waited until I was sure I hadn’t had any asks in a while before making this post, because I don’t want anyone to think that I am accusing them of this. None of my askers have been anything but polite—although a couple have stopped following me. No, I’m preparing this post as a back-up for those people who could get snarky. Because believe me—I’ve seen my fair share of it happening by watching other veterinarians.
So what’s the post about, you ask?
It’s about the Valid Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR) how it pertains to Tumblr, and how words are not the same thing.
From the AVMA website:
A VCPR is established only when your veterinarian examines your animal in person, and is maintained by regular veterinary visits as needed to monitor your animal’s health.
Bold is my emphasis. Most VCPRs are invalidated if we haven’t seen your pet in over a year, but that’s not my point. My point is that as much as we would LOVE to help you and your pet with any illness they have, and as much as we HATE that we can’t help you… there is usually very little advice that we as veterinarians can give over the internet. This is because… and yes, it’s selfish… we like our jobs. We like doing veterinary work. And if we got sued because we gave advice out on a pet we hadn’t seen, it’s our jobs on the line.
Example (totally made up):
Someone messages a Tumblr vet, asking for advice on a dog that’s vomiting. This vet figures what’s the harm, they probably just ate something gross, and recommends some bland food and a little bit of an antacid. Well, this dog DID eat something—a big old corn cob. But because the owner didn’t go to a vet and have an exam in person (thinking the tumblr vet’s advice was perfect), there was no way to know that and the dog got very sick, and the eventual bill was much worse because of all the supportive care that was needed. So this owner now has the right to sue that veterinarian because their pet was very poorly taken care of based on the advice of a professional.
Not saying this would happen but have you seen some of the social justice posts out there? People get angry quickly and it COULD happen, and as I said… we like our jobs.
You might think “well if I describe it all really well, surely they will know what’s going on.” Maaaaaaybe—but likely not. Do you know what the difference between firm and hard is on a body? Do you know what marijuana toxicities look like? How about what it means to smell ammonia on breath, or the many different reasons an abdomen can be swollen, or how to test for those reasons. How to interpret those tests.
It’s one thing to tell us to try and do all of this over the internet, and another to have us there, in person, able to feel/see/smell/taste (in horrible instances) what is going on. And when an owner declines diagnostics of any kind while the pet is there in the office, that is the owner’s decision and they are the ones failing the VCPR, not the doctor. Whatever the reason may be.
So. My point is this… please don’t think we don’t want to help. Don’t think that when we say “I can’t help you” that we aren’t wishing we COULD do something. We can offer up hypotheticals on what the problem might be (and some of the hypotheticals can be dire) but we cannot tell you which one is most likely or what to do other than to go see your veterinarian as soon as possible.
I know that I personally would love to hear what happens, though. Tell me they got better! Tell me what the vet said! I am rooting for your kiddo and for you.
Asked by whalewithamustache
I feel like I answer this sort of question quite a bit, probably should make an FAQ page for everyone!
Number one advice: exposure. Get work experience at a vet clinic, volunteer at animal shelters, shadow a local vet. It’ll give you an idea of whether this is the right road for you, and also shows commitment and planning to your future school of choice.
Expect lots of time and dedication to the field. Vet school is time-consuming and strenuous, with lots of physical and mental work. Expect lots of fun, because what could be better than being chased across the field by a cow, and laughing about it in the pub with your friends afterwards? Expect to build strong relationships with fellow vet people, because we all have to stick together to make it through together. Expect lots of tears, happy and sad, when animals live or die, despite or because of your efforts.
Ultimately, this field is stressful and can be daunting, but oh-so worth it! Put in the hard yards and you’ll find that this career can give you a lot of job satisfaction.
Asked by Anonymous
It would depend on the vet school that you are planning to apply to. I would recommend contacting the vet schools that you are intending to apply to, and ask them whether a pre-vet course is needed.
Asked by loveofvetnursing
Hi there! Sorry it took me so long to reply.
It sounds like the owner is a little paranoid, did you notice anything while you were fostering the kitten? Assuming she’s had all her vet work done, I can’t really see anything wrong with a kitten who meows a lot…