As a veterinarian, I am constantly faced with challenges that require creative thinking and adaptability. And I know better than most that bizarre accidents and illnesses can strike at anytime– which is why I’m a huge proponent of pet insurance. I’ve often been faced with circumstances that just can’t be made up… Here is my top 3 list of the most unexpected cases I’ve encountered to date:
1) Howling House Call
As a very recent graduate, I received a call from a very frantic elderly owner claiming that her 3-year -old Jack Russell Terrier was unable to move and was screaming in pain in her backyard. Ms. Barton requested a house call visit to assess her beloved pet and provide pain relief. Needless to say, as a new graduate, my mind was racing with a list of at least twenty different possibilities ranging from dog spinal injuries to dog seizures. To be prepared, I packed medications and supplies for all 20 possibilities. When I arrived at her home, the first thing I heard upon exiting my vehicle was a horrendous shrieking sound. It was unlike anything I’d heard before, high pitched and constant, it almost gave me the chills. Ms. Barton came rushing out of her home, panicked, and led me to the backyard. Sure enough, her pet was head down on her back deck, wailing. Upon examination I was able to not only quickly diagnose, but treat her companion as well.