Friday, June 15, 2007

A Gallery of Craziness

Well, my external block is over and I had one helluva time. I will post a detailed description this weekend, however, I promised to post some pictures I took of my cases. Also, I failed to post a reply to comments on my previous posts because of my busy week, but I wanted to say thank you Elaine for reading my blog and for your comments. It reassures me to know there are others who feel the same way as I about birds :). Now, onto the pics! (Don't worry, I am refraining from showing the gross/graphic ones I took from either necropsies or surgeries)

This is an English Bulldog with a disease called "Seasonal Flank Alopecia": a disease where dogs will lose hair from their sides for reasons unknown (not allergies), and it does not itch. The hair usually grows back.



These are the remains of a corn cob that were taken out of a dog's stomach via exploratory gastrotomy. The owner's were not neglectful or anything, the dog rumaged through their trash while they were away. I (jokingly) wanted to say to the owners, "I hope you enjoyed the corn, because that was the most expensive corn cob you'll ever have."



Here is a leopard gecko that suffered some serious burns along its back. My initial thought was that the owner was using a heat lamp that was too strong, however the reptile expert at the hospital thinks it was potentially due to too much UV light.



For those of you who have never seen one of these, this is a Sphinx cat, a hairless breed. While their appearance may not appeal to everyone, they have fantastic personalities and (from what I've heard) good for people who are allergic to cats. However, they have a plethora of health problems, like difficulty developing a proper immune system. This one in particular had pneumonia.



This is a xanthoma (a common benign tumor of birds) on the wing of a parakeet. In this case, the tumor was so large that the bird not only couldn't fly, but it couldn't remain on perches because it would fall off from the weight. The bird went to surgery and the mass was removed, but because of extensive local invasion, it will likely recur.



Here is a young boxer dog that presented with a huge abscess (mentioned in my previous post) under his jaw. The abscess was not removed in its entirety because the post-operation care is rather intensive. We just lanced it open, drained it, and placed a drain in it to keep it as small as possible till the owners returned home to NC where the full procedure should take place. This dog was a really great patient and incredibly sweet.



This here is a tumor with a bird attached to it. We made a valiant effort to take this bird into surgery and have it taken out, but sadly, the bird did not make it through surgery. I will be taking a biopsy of the mass back to the vet school to find out what type of tumor it is.



I apologize for the quality of this picture, but here is a parakeet that was brought in from a Petsmart because its right leg was just a dead husk, and thus completely useless. We have no idea what the inciting incident was to injure the leg, but it had to go, so the leg was amputated.



This one is for Dave, who requested more cute pictures. I will leave it to The Foodist to insert appropriate and hilarious captions :). I hope you enjoyed the pics!

12 comments:

The Foodist said...

i clicked on the one of you holding the pug only to realize that you have a MASSIVE amount of animal hair on your shirt.... wth man l2hairroller kk?

as for captions.. I really wanted to use the legless bird one, but its not a good quality hence people wouldnt realize its legless unless they read your post.. boo so much for "Yarr Polly want a wooden leg" or some crap

The Foodist said...

Btw... I want your opinion on somethng...

Horse Fat

How do you feel about that?

oh and how do you feel about Foie Gras?

Eva Whitley said...

I'm with Dave. You do need to have more cute animal pictures.

It's good you can deal with animal tumors. I felt terrible that I hated petting Stoney when he got the tumor under his eye, because it was freaking me out.

My friend Jaisa, who used to groom dogs said that she had to use pliers to pull pet hairs out of her skin, so I'm happy that you're wearing long sleeves in these pictures.

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