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Doc Smith's Blog

Journaling about veterinary medicine, life in Cumberland Valley, pet care, and other topics.
Case studies and fascinating discoveries.
Jul
10

Roscoe's Tumor

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Every day at Cumberland Valley we are asked to deal with dermal tumors of some nature. Of course, as a rule of thumb, the sooner you identify and remove a potentially life-threatening lesion or mass, the better the outcome would be expected. Still, sometimes factors get in the way of early identification and we are presented with much larger growths that prove hard to remove.

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Apr
05

The Cookie Monster

The Cookie Monster

I believe it was Lord Byron that penned the phrase, “Truth is stranger than fiction,” which of course I have been saying wrong all along as, “Life is stranger than fiction.” Whichever saying you hold nearest and dearest to your heart, I would enjoy reinforcing your philosophy with one of the craziest veterinary stories I have had the pleasure and awe in dealing with lately. This is the story of Cookie, or as we like to call him, Zombie Dog.

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May
26

Baskerville: Not a Place You Want To Get Stuck.

Baskerville: Not a Place You Want To Get Stuck.

Warning! Graphic Pictures in this post!


I was presented with a beautiful older Basset Hound with a great disposition. He was happy-go-lucky with a tongue made for licking. When I walked into the room, he was there immediately to greet me (he must not have heard the rumors about me) with his tail wagging and the saliva ready to go. I had never met the Grant family either and was a bit surprised when they asked for me by name. (Obviously they hadn’t heard all the rumors either). Here was this wonderful pet who seemed healthy, except he was thin. The owners were quick to inform me that he wanted to eat but kept regurgitating everything he had eaten, to the point where now he didn’t want to eat at all. They had sought help, and believed the problem had been corrected because the dog had responded to initial therapy, but then things quickly escalated out of control.

I petted “Big-B,” as I called him, and then placed him on the examination table. His gums looked good. His temperature was normal. He didn’t howl in pain when I felt around on his stomach. His eyes were goopy, but nothing serious. I was a bit taken aback by this thin feller. After discussing options with the Grant family, I proceeded with radiographs (X-rays) of his belly and bloodwork.

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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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