I love watching surgeries on Youtube! Especially those concerning reptiles and large/exotic animals since I haven’t had the opportunity to observe them in person… YET :D
I’m currently subscribed to
and an Australian vet and a vet tech in the UK but I don’t remember their usernames
I OBVIOUSLY NEED MORE SO CAN YOU PLEASE LINK ME TO SOME?!
“World War I photograph of an injured horse in the process of being secured to the portable operating table, “The Simplicity Equine,” which was being used by the US Army Signal Corps. WWI was the last major war in which horses were utilized. Although their scale of recruitment was relatively small, they had to endure the more advanced fire power deployed in the war. Advances in medicine and surgery resulted in more available treatment options.”
Rushan, aka fourpawsandasyringe, is a second year vet tech student in Singapore. They, and many of their classmates, wish to use this diploma as a pathway into vet school. However they are finding it difficult to stay motivated, SO this is where you come in!
I’m sure many of you have had this issue in the past and found your own way of overcoming it (or at least attempted to haha), right? Well, Rushan is in the process of filming and interviewing vets and vet students to do just that. It would be great if you could lend a hand and film yourself answering the questions found under the cut :D
Please contact them for further information and also to obtain their email to send your video to.
Thank you so much!
Just a reminder
to anyone with a vet/vet tech/animal/whatever blog: if you want to be on this list please let me know and I’ll get right on it! :)
An extreme case of bloat in a 4 year old yellow lab.
We ended up running a tube down his throat to his stomach so that the air would have a proper path to escape.
Snake surgery by Lori Konar on Flickr.
This is a Burmese python that has just woken up from surgery. She still has her endotracheal tube in.
Cooper, a 3 year old munchkin cat, was brought in after vomiting a 20cm long ribbon, 13 elastic hair ties, and pieces of tape. The first image is one of the initial radiographs taken which showed several foreign bodies present in Cooper’s stomach. He showed no signs of distress or pain when his abdomen was palpated.
The vet administered 3 mL of a hairball laxative to help pass the hair ties through the intestines. After an hour, another set of radiographs showed that it was unsuccessful. Cooper soon vomited 3 hair ties, long pieces of string, a hairball, and some confetti. However, the foreign body was still lodged in the pylorus. The remaining hair ties and pieces of ribbon were removed during exploratory surgery.
Aging white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
Tendon repair on a cygnet
WARNING: graphic image.
Apparently, the owner left his 3 year old bulldog bitch with her 1 year old son in the same pen for 3 weeks. The owner finally realised she was pregnant one week before she went into labour - he stated that he dismissed this possibility because they were related (hah). In the end, she had 3 pups - 2 with cleft palates and 1 stillborn.
Approximately 20 hours after she passed the stillborn, she was taken to the ER because she was panting and extremely restless, but had no contractions. AND GUESS WHAT! The xray showed this pup was still inside! It was immediately removed via C-section and euthanised (yes, despite the state it was in and its broken neck, this pup still had a heartbeat!).
The owner was unable to be convinced that the 2 pups would need surgery for their cleft palates, but at least he got his bulldog spayed. If only this had been done earlier, right?!
Our failing society
Click the link to watch the video (it’s kind of gross- especially if you hate maggots)
I wanted to post this video for all the people out there who think our job is easy, who think we are overpaid, who think we don’t deserve what we get.
This was a neglect case that I saw a while back. This dog died. It broke my heart into a zillion pieces. This dog was entirely covered in ants and maggots when he presented, and what you are seeing is a huge hole in his back, filled with maggots. He had wounds over most of his body that were infected, and he was septic. But dammit he died without pain, in a world pumped full of morphine. Thank god we were there for him.
I wish I could pump the owner full of morphine. Too much morphine. Oh, and she was a PA. Yep, a physicians assistant.
What was even more sad, was that I TRIED to get this owner into trouble, to no avail.
You can judge the quality of a society by how well it’s animals are treated. I think our society is in trouble.
A little something I found on Facebook:
I’m still at work.
The last appointment left about 10 minutes ago.
My co-worker left 2 minutes ago.
I’m waiting for a discharge to come and get their cat so I can go home.
As I’m sitting here in the uber-quiet clinic, a single word keeps coming to mind: Compartmentalization.
It’s what I do.
I suppose it’s what we all do when we work in this line of work.
As much as I hate that I can just push things down and move on, it’s a necessary part of the job. Without it, I honestly don’t think we…I don’t think I could do what I do.
I got a phone call first thing this morning from a guy who has a 1 year old black lab mix named Max. He isn’t a regular client of ours, but he tried calling his own clinic and they’re too booked to see him, so he called us next. I asked what was going on with his dog, he tells me “He’s gravely ill. Seizures. Drooling.”
"Bring him in."
The guy shows up 25 minutes early for the appointment he had scheduled with me. Comes in, fills out paperwork, tells me the dog had started drooling at midnight, and by 3AM was having a seizure every 15 minutes that were lasting 1-2 minutes each time. I tell him to bring the dog in.
He was so mellow. So unbothered, or unemotional, I didn’t think that the dog was going to be as bad as it sounded.
I was wrong.
He comes in carrying this limp, drooling, tongue-hanging-out dog who is barely out of his puppyhood. We see him coming. My co-worker says, “Jesus Lisa….” and she runs to greet them at the door. I run to find the vet. By the time the vet meets us, the dog is in another seizure. Into the treatment area we all go..a grotesque parade of pain and frantic activity. The vet holds the dog down…my co-worker gets a temp…106.9….I pop an 18g catheter into the forelimb.
The vet is honest…”At this point, his brain is fried. Even if we can get the seizures stopped, he’s not going to be okay.”
The owner tells us to euthanize him.
His suffering is over before my 12cc syringe is empty.
His owner is upset in the way that tough guys are upset…shifting weight from foot to foot, trying not to meet our eyes…
"What do you think happened doc?"
Possible causes are discussed…epilepsy…ingestion of a toxin..trauma….head injury….the truth is we’ll never know.
I pat Max and stroke his fur as his owner goes to pay his bill. He comes back and carries his dog to the truck to take home and bury.
Before I even have time to finish cleaning up the treatment area, I hear my co-worker holler for someone to give her a hand. She’s got a standard poodle and border collie puppy who need some snuggles…and vaccines….
…so the day continues…and we keep doing what we do…taking care of the ones we can help, while silently grieving for the ones we can’t.
Here we have a 13 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, named Patch. He attempted to snatch a chicken kebab at a BBQ, but somehow managed to swallow a 15cm skewer instead. Although the blunt end was swallowed first, he suffered punture wounds to this oesophagus, shoulder, and rib cage. He recovered quite well, 80 stitches later, and his owner, Rosemary, made sure to throw out the skewer… just in case.
It was the second time this dog had been hit by a car, sadly he didn’t make it. His family also lost another dog in the same incident, unfortunately he was later put to sleep due to really bad breakages in his pelvis and both hind legs.