Dr. Dan at The Happy Healthy Horse catches an amusing AP story about an RUI: riding under the influence.

Another horse doc, Dr. Alan Weldon, shares his recent experience working on a zebra and elephant at the Jacksonville Zoo.

Tasmiya compares the respect physicians get with the attitudes veterinarians sometimes face.

Patients waiting for their G.P. can often wait for over an hour and nobody complains. It’s just expected that they will have to wait. If vets are running 15 minutes behind, we must apologise profusely and placate many an angry client. I know everyone has busy lives and things to do and nobody wants to sit around for longer than they absolutely have to but sometimes we will have an emergency or urgent case to attend to and so normal vaccinations and ear cleans will have to wait.

As Tasmiya acknowledges, most people understand this—but the ones who don’t sure can make for an interesting day. Actually, I think it’s a credit to the profession that most veterinarians are so conscious of their clients’ time. Just one more way the veterinary community rises above our human medicine counterparts!

A (human) surgeon comments on the environmental impact of surgery. Not pretty. All but One Species, who found this interesting post, notes that the reality in vet med isn’t much different. Catmanager concurs.

Forbes has a great commentary on the response of pet food manufacturers to the recall crisis (thanks PetConnection!).

The home pages of Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Del Monte Foods and Nestlé Purina PetCare offered links to press releases that sound like the product of a chemist, a lawyer and a publicist huddled around a conference table.

From the article’s list of recommendations:

Third, stop being defensive. Simply reassuring people your other products are safe isn’t very reassuring. After all, a few weeks ago, you were de facto assuring that all your products were safe. Do you trust the guy who says “just trust me” right after he messed up? Probably not. To regain consumers’ trust, pet food brands have to give consumers reasons to trust that their food is safe.

Dr. Zwingenberger offers another installment of her Journal Club and answers more questions about peritoneal detail.

Dr. Khuly thinks pet food companies have left veterinarians out to dry. She speculates on the impact the food recall might have on veterinary professional liability.


The latest issue of the Journal of Small Animal Practice (Vol. 48, Issue 4, April 2007) is now available online. Of note in this issue:

  • A comparison (188–192; abstract) of radiographic, ultrasonographic, and computed tomography evaluations of the middle ear finds that “A combination of radiography and ultrasound can provide a more accurate assessment of the bulla than either of them alone.” The authors caution, however, that because the results are dependent on the skill of the ultrasonographer, this might not be a useful diagnostic modality for all practitioners. In lieu of a combination approach, radiographs are the superior diagnostic tool.
  • A retrospective study (194–200; abstract) evaluates the use of circular external fixators in dogs.
  • A study (202–208; abstract) concludes that aldosterone is a dead end for the study of feline hypertension.
  • A retrospective study (211–217; abstract) investigates the epidemiology (including breed distribution, age of onset, severity of symptoms) of canine keratoconjunctivitis sicca.

Dr. Zwingenberger at Veterinary Radiology blog offers some preliminary findings about the “ultrasonographic signs of Aminopterin in dogs and cats.”

Update: From this Washington Post story:

At Suburban Animal Hospital in Arlington County, veterinarian Gary Schrader said that after learning rat poison could have sickened pets, he reexamined the ultrasounds of four cats brought in with renal failure in recent days. The records on all four showed a strange brightness around the kidney — usually an indication of poisoning, Schrader said.