Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard cub (7 mos old) - Cape May County Zoo

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What You Don't Know ....

....can hurt you.  Yesterday was a prime example. Well, today this case bled into two days. No,  not literally but the case came to me yesterday and my wonderful friend and boss had to deal with it today. 

So this particular case illustrates that often times as good as WE think we are as pet owners, we aren't. We think we know what our pets do and don't do. But I can tell you all - and I am guilty here too - no, we don't. I,  personally, had a cat that was obsessed with string like objects that found them no matter what I did! He even destroyed a few pieces of clothing with appropriately sized string (one a robe, the other a sweater) and CONSUMED these things! Yes. Fortunately for him and me, we didn't have to take him to surgery.  Here is a prime example of unknowns happening....

So this dog ate some foreign bodies and developed what we call an intussception ( telescoping of intestines)  as well as having some intestine that was dying, and the owner truly had no idea.  None. Never saw it happen, etc. This was a puppy...which is often the worst offender. Puppies - cute but good at subterfuge! Until....they get sick. Sadly, this dog, despite the best medicine, did not make it and makes us realize, we are often clueless to reality. 

We  - meaning those in veterinary medicine and those that are pet owners - learn the most from the things that hurt us all the most. Sweet girl pictured here had more than enough love to save her but sometimes it's beyond even that. 

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