I had so much fun today. We took a bag full of very rotten rhino lung into the hospital to x-ray it (looking for shrapnel) and we were barely in the rad room (with an open door) for 2 seconds and we got sent out to the large animal rad room because apparently we "stink".
I couldn't smell anything weird even with my mask off. Anyway, took the rads and left, running into the nurse who specifically left the building because of us. She nearly yelled at us. Meanwhile, the production animal nurse who came to speak to us barely batted an eye.
I’ve been searching for my computer folder that contained all of my notes from university. I remember I was a bit silly with organising them and naming them per subject, and put them in a folder that doesn’t quite make sense.
Online classes are working for me, I’m starting to catch up on all the classes I missed earlier this semester and it’s getting easier for me. Spring has begun and the sun really energizes me! My plants also love it and my monstera is giving me a new leaf.
"Doctor, my puppy has tripled the amount she normally poops. That's ten times in the last 24 hours! And they are all large poops!!! She's been waking me up 3 times a night to poop even though she pooped 3 times before bed. Please please help me I'm at my wits end!"
"Hm. Are you still giving her the probiotic?"
"And you're still doing 1 teaspoon of psyllium husk per day?"
Honestly the thing that has helped my work life the most is to always tell my clients that things will take longer than I think they will. Like if I need to confirm a result and call them back, and I think I'll be able to do that by the same afternoon? I say I'll call them by tomorrow. If I can do it by the time I think I can, I look great, I'm early! I must have worked so hard to get that for them! Something holds me up? They're not mad until at least the next day. This has saved me so much stress and won me some really grateful clients
1. Don’t be stingy with toys. Expect to spend a minimum of about $14 USD per toy. A lower price often does mean lower quality. Just remember, its cheaper to replace toys every month than a single vet bill from ingested materials. ($1000-$5000 for emergency vet is common for ingested toy issues and you could have bought 50-100 $20 toys for that price)
2. Just because they haven’t done something before doesn’t mean they won’t. Often times changes in schedule or stress levels will cause a change in behavior. Last thing you need if you are having an acute illness or injury is to have your pup decide that is the day they are going to eat a toy, bedding, etc. INCREASE SUPERVISION AND LIMITATIONS DURING TIMES YOU ARE STRUGGLING!!! (And don’t trust other people to be as perceptive & concerned as you. It’s nice to have people help with your pup, but you still need to increase limitations to prevent unfortunate accidents)
3. Toy Hazards:
>> stuffing is difficult to pass because the GI tract has difficulty pushing against it
>> foam expands and can cause blockages
>> strings & fabric can get caught & tangled inside which pulls the GI tract inside out (NOT GOOD!) Thin strings can also wrap around teeth or tongue and cause necrosis
>> hard materials can break teeth or the shards can cut up insides
>> thin hard toys can impale when carried & played with
>> balls and similar shaped objects can be swallowed & choked on
>> things with holes/tunnel shapes can get stuck on teeth and/or jaws and need to be cut off
4. Toys should be supervised at all times for safety and for maintaining the value of toy play & engagement. Cycle through them to keep from getting bored. Allow the pup to choose between two toys for play sessions to satisfy desire for freedom/choices. When not in use, keep toys away in a safe place (be careful of where you store them because some dogs will be tempted to climb furniture or shelves to get to them which is dangerous)
5. I keep chew toys in a box next to my bed. She has full access to them at all times (and has really started to enjoy being able to go “shopping” for which chew she wants 😂). If I notice a chew toy being problematic I throw it away and buy something else. Which toys work for you depends on your dogs chew style. We like the pet qwerks brand. Playology is also good but expensive. The bark box have a tendency to be too soft for us. IMO, Gorilla Chew is the only wood I think is safe enough because it gets soft instead of splintering.
6. Modern chew toys are often designed to “shed” safely a little at a time. Even so, watch out for splintering, sharp pieces, larger chunks, no give and/or weird shapes which teeth slip off (both of which can lead to breaking teeth). If you notice any of those signs, throw it away. Even if it’s a good chew, throw away if it gets too small for them to “hold” or starts to look like it could impale them if they were running with it.
7. Teach your dog that when they bite off chunks they can exchange them for treats. This is my opinion, some may say it encourages them to destroy toys but I would rather them bring chunks to me for a treat instead of feeling like they “won” the chew toy by breaking it and can now swallow the chunks as their reward.
8. Safer Alternatives:
Dog bed ➡️ pile of blankets (fleece doesn’t fray like other materials)
Plush toys & rope toys ➡️ braided fleece tugs
Sticks ➡️ teak wood? (Gorilla Chew is brand name)
Antlers ➡️ yak chews (some brands are poorly stored & can cause sharp splinters. We use Himalayan Pet Supplies brand. I spoke to them personally about the issue and they said they recently made packaging changes to prevent this and I haven’t had any issues with the XL size since then. You can also microwave smaller pieces to prevent choking hazard just be sure the inside has cooled off completely)
Tennis balls ➡️ durable rubber balls with holes in them to prevent airway blockages (tennis balls can also collect sand/dirt and sand down teeth over time)
Hard Synthetic Chew Bones ➡️ I’ve had success with Playology and Pet Quirks (which does shave down but doesn’t crack into sharp pieces as much as some other brands)
9. DONT FORGET YOU CAN WASH DIRTY TOYS! (squeakers can hold water & get moldy so toys with squeakers usually have to be hand washed instead of submerged)