Sick coyotes' habits boost encounters with humans

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Jackson beer will benefit Jenny Lake improvements in Grand Teton
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The Big 5 of Vet Med: You know you’re a vet when….

If you have ever had the good fortune to go on safari, you know that everyone talks about the “Big 5″: rhino, lions, elephants, cape buffalo, and leopards. The term was coined by game hunters and refers to the difficulty in getting all 5 because of their ferocity when cornered, but now is mostly used by safari operators as a virtual checklist of animals one must see in order to consider it a successful outing.

When I was working on the book, I tried to pick out a combination of stories that laid the foundation for life in general practice. Along the way, I discovered some of the stories that I thought were so hysterical and weird has happened to EVERY SINGLE VET I know. Now that I’ve been out for a long enough period, my classmates and I can all nod our heads like the sage old people we’ve become and say yes, we’ve earned our stripes, done that.

So in honor of this, I present to you the Big 5: You know you’re a vet when edition. Once you’ve experienced the Big 5, you know you’ve made it.

1. The undercover detective dog

Dogs eating underwear is like the giraffe of the veterinary world: yeah, you see that everywhere. No big deal. The rare and treasured lion of the underwear eating world, on the other hand, is the dog who manages to not only eat something unpleasant, but bust a cheating boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse in the process. Dogs who poop out a red thong that doesn’t belong to the wife. Dogs who vomit up a condom wrapper. Interestingly enough, the dog is almost always the closer companion of the wronged party. They know. They always know.

Family picture of three lions. Taken in Masai Mara national park, southwest Kenya.

Family picture of three lions. Taken in Masai Mara national park, southwest Kenya.

Animal rating: lion. It’s messy, it gets your adrenaline going, and you are so glad you are in the car and not out there with the lion when they go in for the kill.

2. Involuntary nude client exam

No veterinarian wants to see a naked client. This is why we are veterinarians and not physicians. Nonetheless, with the MD shortage out there and the easy access to veterinarians, it is only a matter of time before a client tries to slip in a totally inappropriate question while you’re examining a pet, complete with stripping. In my case, it was a woman who pulled her shirt down and asked me to examine her breast. I consider myself lucky: a colleague once had a client ask her about hemorrhoids and was halfway to dropped trousers before she got him to stop.

Leopard-Kruger-SouthAfrica-2005

Animal rating: Leopard. It sneaks up on you. You can usually chase it away by yelling.

3. The accidental grope

Physical examinations are, by their nature, very hands on. Most clients get this, but on occasion there will come one who refuses to let their pet out of their protective embrace. Usually the pet in question is a small, heavily haired squirrelly dog. There is only so much you can do when a chihuahua is placed squarely in a woman’s bosom before getting an unintended handful of human. This can vary in embarrassment level from mildly mortifying to near criminal, depending on the client, the location of the pet, and their outfit. Lesson learned: any male clients in running shorts must place the pet on the table, no exceptions.

elephant

Animal rating: elephant. Fine from a distance, dangerous up close.

4. The client who makes ass-umptions

I don’t think we spend a disproportionate amount of time dealing with pet’s rear ends: anal glands, rectal exams, fecal exams are but a small part of the work we do- but for some reason some clients get it in their heads that 99% of our interactions with a pet is via their rectum. “Oh no!” they say, when we get the thermometer ready. “Gird yourself, Tommy!” etc etc. These same clients have a hard time believing that medications are administered in any manner other than per rectum. Here’s the kicker: You don’t get to check this item off your list until you’ve been asked about whether each of the following is administered in this manner: Advantage, dewormer, antibiotics, pills of any kind, chlorhexidine scrub.

African_Buffalo

Animal rating: cape buffalo. Comes in herds. You never know what they’re thinking.

5. Face full of anal glands

You are a seasoned practitioner. You know all the tricks about how to angle your thumbs and cover your target area with a paper towel. You know to evaluate glands by feel, how to note the tell-tale pressure of an impacted gland that is prone to blow. It will never happen to you, you say. You are careful.

It will happen to you.

It will happen to you in a moment you let your guard down, when you’re looking over your shoulder to answer a question and the glands sense an opening. You won’t see it coming. One minute you’re chatting about someone’s tapazole refill, the next moment you’re standing over the eye flush station screaming for Altoids and crying. Two hours later, you will relay the story to your family at dinner with great relish, laughing while the waiter makes a moue of horror and rushes away as quickly as possible. Because that is how vets roll.

rhino

Animal rating: rhino. A rare and memorable interaction you are unlikely to repeat but will talk about forever and ever.

How long does it take the average vet to complete the Big 5 Vet Safari? Did I miss any? I’m sure I did.

 

Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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12 Cute Non-Maternity Dresses That Also Work for Pregnancy

12 Stylish Non-Maternity Dresses That Also Work for Pregnancy, via Bubby and Bean
1. Pink City Dress, Free People  //  2. Textured Stripe Swing Dress, Loft  // 3. Amaya Dress, Anthropologie  //  4. Crochet Bell-Sleeve Frock Dress, Ecote //  5. Swingout Shirtdress, Madewell  // 6. Striped Maxi Tank Dress, J.Crew  //  7. Printed Dress, Zara  //  8. Striped Dress, H&M  //  9. Organic Chunky Cowl Kaftan Dress, Gaia Conceptions  // 10. Hungarian Dress, Tree of Life  //  11. Striped Shift Dress, Gap //  12. Gypsiana Maxi Dress, Spell Designs

Little did I know while pregnant with Essley in the summer 2013 that I’d be back in pregnancy clothing just two summers later. I say ‘pregnancy clothing’ rather than maternity because I only had two actual maternity items last time (a pair of jeans and a striped top that I rarely wore), and I’m fairly confident that the same will hold true this time around. Clothing labeled ‘maternity’ is expensive man, and for me, I found that regular clothing items in larger sizes and/or more generous cuts were generally more flattering anyway. I lived in oversized tunics and leggings last time, and although I’ve worn my fair share of this combo already this time too (it turns out that what they say about showing earlier after your first is 100% true, y’all), I’ve been aching for some pieces that are different from this uniform of mine – mainly some cute dresses. I’ve also been playing around with new ways to wear the dresses that I already own to work for my growing bump (and growing butt, and growing boobs). After doing some digging online for inspiration, I realized that there are a lot of really lovely dresses that would work just as well for us pregnant ladies as for those who aren’t pregnant. The dresses you see above are some of my favorites. #3 (the Amaya Dress) is majorly calling my name – and it’s a piece that I could wear well beyond pregnancy. Win-win.

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Hector

Weirmaraners are SO expressive. Just love this breed. So of course it was great to welcome Hector and his slaves for a stroll around Gorbio village.  In the main photo, Hector is tucked into a niche at the super Restaurant Beausejour in the village.

Hector’s owners are good friends who live in Marseille – a city I hope to visit one day.

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Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter: Addressing ticks and fleas this summer
Well, it looks like summer is officially here and with it comes one of my favorite topics of discussion: fleas and ticks. Man, we have seen a lot of animals just covered in the blood suckers recently, and ticks bring the additional issue of Lyme
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#NotMyPresidentDay

It’s president’s day but I’m in no mood for celebration.  
Oh it’s not because I’m not a patriot as I believe in values like freedom and equality – all of the things that we’ve fought for as a country. That I’ve walked for.
But we have a fight of a different kind now and we’ve been abandoned by our leaders.     
This blog is about the funding for the National Cancer Institute (NCI), this government’s, our government’s, decade long disregardment of, what the World Health Organization called the deadliest disease in 2010 and nothing else.   
Let’s take a look at the numbers.  They represent the total budget of NCI in billions of dollars.
2000 $ 3.3
2001 $ 3.8
2002 $ 4.2
2003 $ 4.6
2004 $ 4.7
2005 $ 4.8
2006 $ 4.8
2007 $ 4.8
2008 $ 4.8
2009 $ 5.0
2010 $ 5.1
2011 $ 5.1
2012 $ 5.1
2013 $ 4.8  
Let me give you some context.  This past fiscal year, the current administration earmarked $ 6.3 billion for Ebola virus research, a disease that affected, what, 1 or 2 people in the US and yet 1/2 of all men and 1/3 of women will be diagnosed with cancer. Nevermind the 2-4 million dogs that develop the same types of cancer every year. Why?
But I get it – it’s politically expedient. Ebola grabs headlines.  
On my first walk, I met with a few legislators and lobbyists and what they said was, ‘Great cause, just get a spokesperson and a celebrity around it and then we’ll listen.’ And so I walked the entire expanse of the West Coast in search of someone who would stand up. No one did.  
Even though celebrities talk about how devoted they are to animal causes.  
In my little world of walking 4k miles for this cause, you get tired of those that just talk and talk
which is why I’ve walked the walk. No one has the right to present themselves as a dog lover unless they stand up to the number one killer of dogs. Cancer.  
I return to DC in June without a celebrity or a spokesperson.   I am no longer a naif.  Having witnessed all of the death I have from cancer I will stand up and be heard.

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES

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Fido’s Freebie Friday Prepares for Love Your Rescue Pet Day!

We’re preparing for Love Your Rescue Pet Day, a Saturday celebration hosted by Austin Pets Alive! We’re so excited that our PawZaar gift store will be a partner in this day in which many…



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Cuba … from Cuba

This cute pup with amazing eyes is called Cuba, which is no surprise because she comes from Guantanamo, Cuba.  She’s a 4 month old hunting dog and lives in Dolceacqua, Italy. She was in Gorbio recently with her owners for the ‘vernissage’ of art (from Dolceacqua) held in the Chateau Lascaris.

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USDA inspection report for Natural Bridge Zoo cites repeat violations

USDA inspection report for Natural Bridge Zoo cites repeat violations
An adult goat had multiple areas of hair loss, dry skin, and lice. She was seen scratching her sides, chewing on her skin. and rubbing her body against the fence. An adult muntjac was only partially able to bear weight on her left front leg due to
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Nominate Your Favorite Rescue or Shelter for our #PawPromise Program!

What’s your favorite shelter or rescue? The one where you adopted your dog? The place where you volunteer or foster? The location where you drop off goodies for the homeless pups? We’d…



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