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Journaling about veterinary medicine, life in Cumberland Valley, pet care, and other topics.
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Oct
12

Videos: Electrocautery

Videos: Electrocautery

Electrocautery is used exactly like a scalpel. Anywhere a surgeon might find a need to cut, the electrocautery is used, but the benefits are tremendous over traditional knife cuts. Such as less bleeding, trauma, swelling, and pain. This equates to a more comfortable surgery for your animal. We use the electrocautery unit for everything! including spays and neuters.

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Jul
27

Maybe we just need a 'stronger' antibiotic, Doc.

Maybe we just need a 'stronger' antibiotic, Doc.
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There are so many misconceptions about antibiotics and their use in animals. There are now literally thousands of different formulas, chemicals, and strengths available providing a variety of treatment options to help our creature friends. So how do we choose the right one? What are our responsibilities to our patients? How about bacterial resistance considerations? What part do we play on the world's stage? I'm glad you asked. These are tough questions to answer in our very busy world, so let's you and I spend a few minutes together here learning and growing.

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Feb
23

The Most Boring Veterinary Blog Ever.

The Most Boring Veterinary Blog Ever.

I own quite several small treasures that I have saved up over the last 20 years of veterinary life. I thought it would be cool to share a few of those images with you and share some stories. I know that many people are totally turned off by history, but not me. I love looking back on how things were for my forefathers. The lessons I learn from these men and women of my past, teach me how to be grateful for the more modern era I am privileged to work. I invite you to take a stroll with me. I mean it’s just a blog…how long could it take?

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Oct
13

Those Nasty Ears Part II

Those Nasty Ears Part II

Last week, we talked about different primary reasons your Feline Friend or your Canine Companion would develop an ear infection, and we talked about some simple signs of what might be going on inside that ear. Today I'd like to tell you about the aftermath: the end result if left untreated, the daunting task of curing a chronic disease, and the frustration that we see so many time with our patients.

For the record, I am talking about the EXTERNAL EAR CANAL, defined as the eardrum to the pinna. Again, I must emphasize that many illnesses have a specific regional application. What we see here in Kentucky, may not be the same for furry friends in Wisconsin.

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