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Dog Bone Danger
Earlier this year, the FDA concluded a report about the dangers of dog bone treats. Coby Richter, DVM, DACVS, blogs about an example of why dog bones can cause fatal complications.
Every time I walk by the bulk bins in certain...
That's Not My Name
Tell me about a time that you faced a challenge or obstacle in your career. What happened? (Maybe this challenge had to do with running your business, working with a client, or a side of veterinary care that you found particularly difficult —...
Powdered Glove Ban
While I am not excited about transitioning away from gloves that work really well for me in surgery, this shift away from powdered gloves gets my full support. Honestly, I’m surprised it took until 2017 for the FDA to make it official. I can...
Word to Your Mother
"Word to Your Mother" - Vanilla Ice
Monday was a big day for me. For the first time in over three months I was able to collect my mail from my Post Office box. Read along for a bit of context…
During the first weekend of...
Late Night Phone Call
Several weeks ago I had a late phone call from one of my colleagues at DoveLewis. I almost didn’t answer the phone as I was not on...
Check Your 'Tude at the Door
Who you aim to be Who you claim to be Do you aim to be Insane bane with me Can you hang with me Man claim strange with me Dangerously Then tell me who you came to seeTech N9ne (Anghellic)
Recently a staff member asked me during a...
You may be wondering, whatever happened with my new manager role? Funny story… Earlier this year I was excited about adding managerial responsibilities to my plate. Things actually went okay (with my single reporting employee), and I thoroughly...
Back Pain and Veterinary Surgery
Ergonomic (adj): intended to provide optimum comfort and to avoid stress or injury.
There is absolutely nothing ergonomic about the veterinary surgical setting. Until they figure out how to suspend me Mission Impossible style over the...
Didja hear? I’ve been made a DoveLewis manager. I know! I can hardly believe it myself. Manager of what, you ask? Um, well, manager of one person. Perhaps when you sum my safety manager title with my new one-person-managership... I...
How To Give Veterinary Staff Kudos
I admit it; I’m a sucker for kudos. Probably related to self-confidence or lack thereof, or maybe just being a “pleaser” at my core. No doubt there is a Myers Briggs abbreviation for that personality type. EENT? IMHA? Doesn’t matter, I know I’m...
Holidays in Veterinary Hospitals
It's holiday time at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital… My belly aches at the mere thought of how much chocolate and cookies I will consume in the next month....
Veterinary Professionals and Grief Resilience
Last night I lost sleep over a dog I never knew when he was alive. We all have those cases where the pet was awesome or the clients were stellar or some combination of those attributes. Then when the case “ended” for the pet, you carry your own...
The Little Things Matter. Be Proud of Your Work!
When I read the topic suggestion for this month’s atdove.org blogs (...
I don’t feel like a particularly superstitious person. Cracks in the sidewalk get stepped on, black cats walk around me all the time, and I don’t generally notice that any given Friday was the 13th day of a month until a couple of days later. I...
Licking Our Wounds: E-Collars and Client Compliance
Recently I’ve had a few cases of "E-collar failure" in post-op. Sure, the E-collar was sent home. ON the pet. Yes, its use was explained and justified. Yes, instructions were typed in clear fashion, read to the clients and a signed copy filed....
I won't fail, I won't flop, Stall or stutter yes I won't stop, It takes hard work, to be like this, (You should know) cause I'm a perfectionistRun DMC (Perfection)
Negative can be a great thing in veterinary medicine. Negative Parvo...
Random Surgeon Tips #2
Last week during surgery I commented that pre-placing interrupted mattress sutures around opposing ribs allows for excellent apposition while maintaining just the right amount of tension along the length of the ribs. However, it also uses a bunch...
Random Surgeon Tips #1
When ligating a vessel in preparation for transection, it is ideal to place a clamp on the side that will be removed to save you the time of tying a ligature that will ultimately end up in the trash.
However, sometimes it is inconvenient...
Take That Syringe Out of Your Mouth!
Some habits are tough to quit. Chewing your fingernails, picking the olives off your pizza, incessant channel surfing - they can be challenging to stop. As safety manager for our hospital, I can now recognize how tough it is to stop the habit of...
Did You See This Headline Recently?
NYC veterinarian busted for allegedly dumping dead pets along road.
Full disclosure – I don’t know all of details. I am willing to presume innocence until proven guilty. This headline mostly made me think about what truly is the...