When an owner tells me their pet is sick, I assume it is sick. That may not seem revolutionary, but my point is that just because we don’t think the pet looks or acts sick, and because the patient history the pet owner provides doesn’t set off any particular warning signs, it doesn’t mean that patient hasn’t got something going on. And who would know better that a patient isn’t its normal self than its owner? After all, they’re living with that pet, and they know all their personality traits and habits. So when the owner says, “Max just isn’t himself,” I take their word for it—until I can prove otherwise. And I do that with diagnostics.
At the end of an appointment, when all is said and done, how much of what you said and did do you think most clients remember? All of it? Maybe half? Just a few highlights? Client education and communication can be especially challenging. There’s a lot going on during a visit, and clients are often stressed, worried, confused or distracted.
Leptospirosis is found worldwide in both wild and domestic animals, but in small animal practice we are most concerned with this disease in our canine patients. The number of cases has been increasing worldwide, and this may be due to the increased urbanization and contact with wildlife hosts, such as raccoons, skunks, opossums and rodents. As a result, small-animal practitioners across the world are learning to be on the lookout for this infection more and more.
Thanksgiving is just days away, and Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations are just around the corner. This time of year always reminds veterinarians of the dangers awaiting our patients in the guise of table treats, goodies stolen from party platters and well-meaning guests who can’t resist slipping an hors d’oeuvre to the begging pooch who’s giving them those sad doggy “nobody feeds me around here” eyes.