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Demodex mite alive and wriggling
under the microscope! Ew!

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My very first pyometra case! This was in a 3-year-old unspayed cat. She weighed under six pounds and her pus-filled uterus weighed 140 grams, or 0.3 lbs. The clothespin in this photo is for scale.
Pyometra, an infection of the uterus, occurs in cats and dogs when their ovaries produce hormones at an inappropriate time in their cycle. This causes the cervix to open when it shouldn’t. Bacteria from the outside, such as E. coli from the nearby anus, may travel into the vagina and then into the uterus. The uterus has little in the way of natural defense, and will fill up with inflammatory cells and bacteria. This is usually fatal if untreated, as the uterus can close up and create a ticking time bomb - if it ruptures, it’s septic peritonitis and game over. Cats are usually less systemically ill than dogs, but both can die. Medical treatment with hormones and antibiotics can be attempted in valuable breeding animals, but immediate spay surgery is the best option.
Of course, when you’re cutting the uterus out you do have to take care not to explode that whole thing, which feels like a turgid, angry sausage… It was rather nerve-wracking! Especially the initial incision into the abdomen, which was a WHOOP THERE IT IS moment.
So please, if you know you aren’t breeding your female pets, spay them!

veterinaryrambles:

My very first pyometra case! This was in a 3-year-old unspayed cat. She weighed under six pounds and her pus-filled uterus weighed 140 grams, or 0.3 lbs. The clothespin in this photo is for scale.

Pyometra, an infection of the uterus, occurs in cats and dogs when their ovaries produce hormones at an inappropriate time in their cycle. This causes the cervix to open when it shouldn’t. Bacteria from the outside, such as E. coli from the nearby anus, may travel into the vagina and then into the uterus. The uterus has little in the way of natural defense, and will fill up with inflammatory cells and bacteria. This is usually fatal if untreated, as the uterus can close up and create a ticking time bomb - if it ruptures, it’s septic peritonitis and game over. Cats are usually less systemically ill than dogs, but both can die. Medical treatment with hormones and antibiotics can be attempted in valuable breeding animals, but immediate spay surgery is the best option.

Of course, when you’re cutting the uterus out you do have to take care not to explode that whole thing, which feels like a turgid, angry sausage… It was rather nerve-wracking! Especially the initial incision into the abdomen, which was a WHOOP THERE IT IS moment.

So please, if you know you aren’t breeding your female pets, spay them!

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A deceased dog exhibiting complete rot of the three-rooted carnassial tooth. Many small dogs especially are predisposed to more severe dental disease from the get-go. Tooth brushing, dental chews and intermittent professional dental cleanings are needed from a young age to prevent this kind of rot and tooth decay. A mouth like this has been untouched for many years in order to produce this level of bone loss and ligament loss from bacterial infection.

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fanfoolishness:

Otodectes cynotis, the common ear mite of cats and dogs. Mites are related to ticks and spiders, and can cause intense itchiness. Topical treatments like Revolution can cure most mite infestations, but they are contagious between other pets in the household, so they should all be treated.

Accidentally posted this at my fandom account, whoops!

veterinaryrambles:

fanfoolishness:

Otodectes cynotis, the common ear mite of cats and dogs. Mites are related to ticks and spiders, and can cause intense itchiness. Topical treatments like Revolution can cure most mite infestations, but they are contagious between other pets in the household, so they should all be treated.

Accidentally posted this at my fandom account, whoops!

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Do you see the incredible amount of gum recession on these teeth? Do you see the visible furcations, the splits where the individual roots are showing? Do you see how you could drive a truck through those holes? How about the way the white part of the tooth is visible, with several millimeters of gray root that was supposed to be covered by gum is visible too?
3-year-old Pomeranian, blessed with horrendous genetics. She was missing many teeth already and I removed another 21. She has only 9 teeth left now, and wagged her tail when she left the clinic, poor thing!
The teeth were cleaned before these photos but the tartar was very thick; however, not thick enough to cover the furcations, which happens sometimes.

veterinaryrambles:

Do you see the incredible amount of gum recession on these teeth? Do you see the visible furcations, the splits where the individual roots are showing? Do you see how you could drive a truck through those holes? How about the way the white part of the tooth is visible, with several millimeters of gray root that was supposed to be covered by gum is visible too?

3-year-old Pomeranian, blessed with horrendous genetics. She was missing many teeth already and I removed another 21. She has only 9 teeth left now, and wagged her tail when she left the clinic, poor thing!

The teeth were cleaned before these photos but the tartar was very thick; however, not thick enough to cover the furcations, which happens sometimes.
dowewannaknow:

Veterinary school and hospital, interior; surgeons and students in horse operating area; 1908; Haeseler, photographer.

dowewannaknow:

Veterinary school and hospital, interior; surgeons and students in horse operating area; 1908; Haeseler, photographer.

One of our vet techs at my clinic put this up, and it kind of made me think. There are already two people on what appears to be a small dog. This guy would just be in the way if he bopped his blue scrubbed butt up there. >.>

One of our vet techs at my clinic put this up, and it kind of made me think. There are already two people on what appears to be a small dog. This guy would just be in the way if he bopped his blue scrubbed butt up there. >.>

Our Clinic cat likes to perch on shoulders. If she tries to perch on you and you won’t let her, she resorts to biting until you bend to her will.

Our Clinic cat likes to perch on shoulders. If she tries to perch on you and you won’t let her, she resorts to biting until you bend to her will.

One of the radiographs we took on a 72 pound German short haired pointer last February. He had been in a fight with his 82 pound brother, I’d say its obvious who won this time.

His open fracture required multiple surgeries, pins, and visits to specialists.

One of the radiographs we took on a 72 pound German short haired pointer last February. He had been in a fight with his 82 pound brother, I’d say its obvious who won this time.

His open fracture required multiple surgeries, pins, and visits to specialists.

How did you become a veterinarians assistant?

I’ve always wanted to be a veterinarian, so as soon as I graduated from highschool I set out and applied at every clinic in town! I wound up being hired as a veterinarian assistant for the night shifts, 1am to 8am. They weren’t the best hours in the world but it got my foot in the door! :)