Asked by fiercedeityimpa
Thankfully, when it comes to owned pets, I generally know well before my first cut that it is a pregnant spay. Usually a good history is all that takes to prevent these surprises.
If I am suspicious, I will discuss this with the owner before surgery, and explain the possibility of babies, and ask what they would want me to do.
I will generally recommend aborting the embryos, because if the owner did not know the cat was pregnant, it’s unlikely there are homes lined up for the kittens.
In the pregnant spay that I performed, I did not know she was pregnant beforehand (I thought they were faecal balls…*stupid*). Again, in this situation, I had no doubt in my mind to abort them. This was because of the abovementioned reason, and also due to the anaesthetic protocol that I had used would have deeply anaesthetised the foetuses as well, and potentially negatively affect the rest of the pregnancy anyway.
Asked by maviacomic
If a physical examination can’t find anything, you generally have two different directions. Further diagnostic work can be done in the form of spinal radiographs or a full body CT scan to see if there are any orthopaedic or neurological reasons behind the unexplained pain. The second route would be to trial medications such as opioids, gabapentin, NSAIDs.
Asked by woah-there-someone
I practice in Australia, so I didn’t have to write a personal statement to get into vet school!
Is anyone able to help out?
Asked by octopussiour
I personally don’t like doing them, but it’s the lesser of two evils. Hopefully, the OVH is performed in early pregnancy, but I would rather euthanise foetuses than place even more pressure on the overcrowded shelters, and potentially euthanising them when someone has already formed an emotional bond with them, but unable to find them a home (shelter staff, vet nurses, etc).
Unfortunately, the reality of this industry is that I have to perform procedures despite my personal feelings; due to legal, ethical, or societal reasons.
Asked by Anonymous
Thank you anon!
There are so many ways to help animals, I’m sure you will find the path that suits you best =]
Asked by princessoflazinesss
It sounds really good! I like that you’ve chosen a well-balanced group of subjects which will all help with being a vet.
Yes, even Drama. It’ll help with pretending you’re not wanting to punch a client throughout a whole 20 minute consult!
Poor Lex is getting worse as far as the crate goes. When I’m home I’ve taken to just keeping him leashed beside me, and he’s mostly OK with that, but he can’t go everywhere with me. Today I left for 2 hours to go to Mass, and while I was gone, he busted his nose up real bad. Blood everywhere. Plus urine and stress diarrhea smeared all over him and the crate. And as far as I can tell he was barking the whole time.
And that’s with gabapentin, benadryl (for allergies), and ace on board, btw. He’s so out of it that Duo literally knocked a lamp on him, and he didn’t even lift his head. But as soon as that crate door shuts suddenly it’s like he’s not sedated at all and he goes nuts. Which defeats the purpose of cage rest, since his symptoms worsen after thrashing around in the crate vs resting quietly on the leash.
This is also not usual for him. While I haven’t crated him since puppyhood, I have had to leave him at work on occasion over the years, and my coworkers say he settles down in the cage as soon as I leave. I dunno what the difference is being in the crate at home or how to make it better since sedation isn’t working and it’s all very frustrating!
Will be taking him with me to work tomorrow so I can clean him up. He looks (and smells) like a nasty shelter dog, but I’m afraid to put him in my sink or bathtub lest he slip and completely ruin his back; at work we have mats to prevent that.
Ugh, between this, family problems, my own health issues, and general life b.s. I’m running on empty as far as emotional reserves go. Prayers would be most appreciated.
Acepromazine can have a hyperactive reaction in dogs who break the stress threshold. I would be giving him diazepam instead. As with crate training long term, try adding fluoxetine (prozac) for longer term control of his anxiety issues.
Crates are different to cages to a lot of dogs, and my dog has the opposite issue, lol. Instead of keeping him leashed next to you when you’re at home, I would train him by feeding him in his crate, play with him in his crate, and get him to sleep in his crate at night. This way, it might reduce the massive over-reaction he’s having with being in a crate and ‘Mummy’ leaving forever.
Good luck, hope the tips help!
Asked by Anonymous
That would be a difficult question for me to answer, since I’m not a veterinary assistant! Any of my followers want to help contribute to this ask?
Asked by loveofvetnursing
This is my second time having a pregnant OVH, both of which have been stray cats brought in by good samaritans who have planned to adopt the cats after all the vet-work was done.
Asked by Anonymous
I’m assuming you’re referring to the photoset I most recently posted.
1. They’re not testicles.
2. Even if they were, what’s wrong with taking photos of testicles?
3. A vet would take photo of cat testicles, that’s who the fuck would do that.
4. Get off anon, I’d like to put a name to the person who’s swearing at me with capslock :)