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Doc Smith's Blog

Journaling about veterinary medicine, life in Cumberland Valley, pet care, and other topics.
Operations, pathologies, veterinary medicine, interesting cases.
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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Jan
18

Video: Removing a Bladder Stone from a Bichon

This video I filmed is of a small, young four-year old Bichon Frise. It started having "accidents" more and more in the house. Commonly, we get calls like this and owners want us to call in antibiotics for them without seeing the dog. However, not only is this illegal, but it is also bad medicine for your pet and the world with these emerging super bacteria. If your dog, male or female, is having bloody urine, going more frequently, or going inappropriately, only about 40 percent of these incidents are due to a urinary tract infection. The other 60 percent can be due to a multitude of problems that need to be examined. All the antibiotics in the world would not have fixed this young dog's problem.

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Oct
12

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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Oct
03

Video: Stress Relief

There are lots of ways to reduce stress. However, I tend to look for healthy ways to devolve the days. Hard work, dogs, and getting dirty. Here's a little insight to my fall afternoons.

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Sep
21

Video: The Importance of Digital Imaging

Digital imaging is an important technology for diagnosing disease in animals. Taking an X-Ray that is developed on a computer allows the doctor to manipulate it, changing its size, lighting, color, and location to see more without taking additional films (which can be dangerous to both the doctor and the patient by exposing them to more radiation. The most important result of using Digital Radiology is that the pictures are developed instantly providing much faster diagnoses.

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Sep
21

Videos: What Is A Fecal Float?

Fecal floatation is a common in-house test run on samples of animal feces. By diluting the sample with special solutions, the veterinarian is able to see fetal parasites under a microscope. The doctor is seeking evidence of worm eggs since parasites reproduce within the animal and their resulting eggs are expelled with the animal's feces. Worms may be living in an animal's intestines, lungs, and liver and all these types of parasites will release eggs into the environment which can be spotted under a microscope and proper identification made. 

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Sep
21

Video: Kitten Battles

These are the two kittens we bottle-raised since last summer. Look at them now!

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Sep
10

Video: Common Parasites

Cumberland Valley Animal Hospital sees a lot of different types of parasites in the animals they treat. Here's a small picture gallery of these nasty creatures.

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Sep
10

Videos: Our Vaccination System

We feel that the vaccinations your animal receives are extremely important and we dedicate resources to ensuring that the medications your pet receives are up-to-date and viable.

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Sep
10

Videos: Pyometra Surgery

According to Wikipedia, Pyometra or pyometrea is a uterine infection. Though it is most commonly known as a disease of the unaltered female dog, it is also a notable human disease.

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Sep
10

Videos: CVAHKY's Parking Lot

Doctor Smith explains why the Animal Hospital's parking lot is a muddy mess that no one can park in.

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Jul
26

Videos: Ever Wonder How Vets Get Ready For Their Day?

Doc Smith has the same routine every morning as dictated by his cats, Petra and Max.

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Latest Blogs

17 November 2017
Veterinary Medicine
The Valley Vet

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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