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Doc Smith's Blog

Journaling about veterinary medicine, life in Cumberland Valley, pet care, and other topics.
Dec
04

A Vet's Life Is A Daily Surprise

Veterinary Medicine provides vast opportunities to see many strange and wonderful things. This profession also provides daily possibilities to make you look like an idiot. These stories give rise to the romantic ideas and dreams that everyone believes life as a modern veterinarian must be. I can’t deny that I have seen my fair share of crazy over the last three decades, but it’s the routine stuff that will drive you mad.

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Nov
27

What Would You Do?

Clients ask me all the time, “If this were your pet, what would you do?”

I appreciate your question, and yes I hear what you are asking of me. However, it is an unfair question and I sweat a little each time someone asks me. I do not want you to be offended in any way by my saying it makes me nervous because I truly am flattered that you have that much confidence in me to ask.

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Feb
21

Handling Bonnie's Tumor

Bonnie is a sweet Great Pyrenees dog that about a year ago developed a small, soft lump on her left side. It was about the size of a small corn nuggett, and was freely moveable when you grabbed hold of it. In expected fashion, it pretty much stayed the same. It didn't grow or change in any way for nearly a year. And then, about a month ago, the small spot, became a huge problem. It began to rapidly grow. Without delay, we at Cumberland Valley removed the tumor. 

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Dec
08

Holy MAT-rimony.

I know that the holiday season is upon us, and with the cold snap coming on strong it's easy to forget about grooming issues. However, you can never let your guard down, especially on those "haired" breed dogs like Poodles and Cocker Spaniels. These guys, even in winter, need special grooming care. There is nothing wrong with having long hair, but the more length, the more care it needs. Damp, dirty, long, matted hair spells trouble for our canine companions. It's important that you maintain the hair or trim it to the appropriate length to avoid problems. 

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Dec
01

Turducken: A Grave Enemy To Your Pet

It's that time of year again where we enjoy family, snow and a host of banquets. Inevitably, there will be food that won't get eaten. We hate to see food go to waste so a grand idea pops in our head, "I'll bet the dogs will enjoy this left-over turkey!"

I know it's tempting, but you need to slow down and think for a minute. Is feeding that entire turkey carcass really good for your pet? The answer is no. 

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Sep
28

The Craziest Day of My Life!

A few weeks ago, the Bob and Sheri Show took calls for people who had life experiences where things got out of hand. They described it as, "A day where you needed to blow a whistle and have everything stop!" I had one of those days nearly 16 years ago. Yes, I know that there are similar days, events, hard hours to trudge through since, but nothing like this day. (I called in to the show and got on! But, I wanted to tell you the rest of the story.)

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Sep
06

Crossed Wires

Dr. Smith wrote about advice he gets from clients so I wanted to share some of the things we hear before clients ever make it to the office.

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Aug
04

The Valley Vet: So WHY Would You SHOOT a Dog?

Over the past two decades as a veterinarian, I have seen many terrible things. Death, disease, and neglect are enemies of all creatures and humanity alike. However, when the pure insensitivity and evil of this world strikes a blow to the innocent, it leaves a scar on my heart. I am sad to say these scars never really heal—they just make you more numb and less hopeful for our world. So why would anyone shoot a dog?

Oh sure now, I can hear the voices screaming in my brain, “It’s just a dog." "It was mean." "It was suffering." "I did it a favor." "No one wanted that dog anyway.”

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Jun
23

The Valley Vet: Hot! Hot! Hot!

No, I’m not talking about swimsuits and movie stars. I’m talking about the weather. We went straight from winter to the dog days of summer. Here in the great Commonwealth of Kentucky, we have been dealing with high humidity, and smoldering afternoon heats. I mean, I’m not complaining because it is much better than the snow.

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Jun
02

The Valley Vet: Summer is Quickly Upon Us!

This is a great time of the year. Dogwoods are blooming, flowers are bearing their beautiful bounty, and everywhere we hear the humming of those stinging, biting, flying insects! Yes, I know you are thinking, why did you have to ruin such a beautiful thought of summer? Oh hush your whining! You could be under a foot of snow! (which, by the way, was only 3 1/2 months ago.) Besides, we've all had the unpleasant experience of being stung by something. Too many times I have had the personal honor of being the victim of a brutal dive-bombing attack by a hornet, wasp, bee, or even a horsefly.  Even my poor dogs have had to fend off the vile nature of this evil as it exists in the world around us!

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May
12

The Valley Vet: Mosquitoes

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It’s that time of year again. Time for the 100°F days and the warm comfortable nights. Time for tornadoes and budding flowers. Time for the sweet smell of spring and summer and the last dying memories of winter past. (Yah know, the back-to-back one-foot snows and a month out of school for the kids.) It’s also time for the arrival of Mosquitoes.

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Apr
07

The Valley Vet: Puppy Diarrhea

 If the title doesn’t scare you, the picture will! So you can finally walk through your house in your fine Angora socks with no worries of finding those “wet” landmines in the carpet. It would appear that potty training is finally taking hold. The kids are picking up their toys before Princes has time to chew them up, (yeah, right!) and they are keeping up with the watering and the feeding.

GREAT JOB!

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Mar
02

The Valley Vet's Advice: Kittens

Dawn is breaking, the coffee is percolating, and the alarm is screaming. A new, glorious day has arrived! As you pry open your eyes from the night’s dreams, you ponder the day, how much there is to do, and how many places you have to go. So with the force of sheer will, you sling away the covers only to feel the Goosebumps springing up on every square inch of exposed skin.

Turning down the thermostat to 50 seemed like a good idea because it’s cheaper to burn gold than gas these days, but I digress.

Stunned by the cold, you struggled to find the off button on the alarm clock and accidentally turn up the volume to the ‘jet plane’ setting. Now deaf and cold, you stumble to the hall. In this dream-like state you have missed something. Someone, or something has been stalking you. Yes, that little nudge in the back of your head you chose to ignore.  The the question creeps up through the fog of your mind, “Where is Tiger?”

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Latest Blogs

17 November 2017
The Valley Vet
Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Medicine provides vast opportunities to see many strange and wonderful things. This profession also provides daily possibilities to make you look like an idiot. These stories give rise to the romantic ideas and dreams that everyone believes life as a modern veterinarian must be. I can’t deny that I have seen my fair share of crazy over the last three decades, but it’s the routine stuff that will drive you mad.

17 November 2017
The Valley Vet
Pet Care

Clients ask me all the time, “If this were your pet, what would you do?”

I appreciate your question, and yes I hear what you are asking of me. However, it is an unfair question and I sweat a little each time someone asks me. I do not want you to be offended in any way by my saying it makes me nervous because I truly am flattered that you have that much confidence in me to ask.

02 November 2017
Pet Care

Pet Obesity is a problem. We know this.  The question is, why are our animals so stricken with obesity? I mean dogs can’t open the fridge and make a sandwich nor remove the top of the soda-pop can. If one ever shows that talent, I'm buying him!!!

02 November 2017
Family Life

I heard the first crack followed by a loud pop. My hands tightened around the tree branches hoping that would save me in the event that things decided to go south, literally. I clung to the snow-covered limb not moving a muscle. So far things seemed to be holding. I could see the ground some 60 to 70 foot below me all covered in snowy powder from the night before, and I knew it would be of little cushion if I fell out of this tree.

02 November 2017
Dogs
Pet Care

So, yesterday I was looking at a dog in my exam room when I made a horrible statement that got me in a lot of trouble. After I said it, I got “The Look.”

31 October 2017
Pet Care

I find it very interesting when reading The Bible that there are two famous parables related to the same subject: that of something that was of value that was lost and then found.

10 July 2017
Tough Cases

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.

05 April 2017
Tough Cases

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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