Veterinary medicine is a career that runs a gamut of different facets and has many intricate parts. One of the largest points that pre-veterinary students don’t realize is the significant amount of time spent interacting with the pet owners. And let me tell you, perception by pet owners counts for a lot towards their trust in the veterinary team. But what happens when that perception becomes a misconception??
Another summer has arrived! And with it comes the scorching heat. While many of us enjoy this time of year, there are some who don’t. I can’t blame them for hating it. It’s hot, humid, and it makes it more difficult for them to breathe. That’s right, I’m talking about brachycephalic dogs including my friends #1 pug pals, Miss Edie the Pug and her sister Edna (fortunately, they’re good!).
Brachycephalic dogs are affectionately known by many other names including “smooshy face dogs.” While many of them have been glamorized and idolized by Hollywood, years of poor breeding have led to numerous problems particularly in the breathing department. This is not to say that all breeders have contributed to the problem but random matings have worsened the problem known as Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (or BOAS) which has 5 components.
Clients have often asked me if I have kids, and the answer has always been, “yes, furry and four (or 3 legged).” Yeah, I’m talking about my pets. But exciting news on the way, a human baby will soon be arriving in my home! Whereas I’m really proficient at taking care of pets, a baby is a whole other experience that my wife and I are feverishly reading books to prepare for this momentous life change, as well as stocking up on the essentials so we don’t have to worry running about running out of things. While we’ve been trying to prepare ourselves for this baby, some people have asked, “what about your pets?” Babies and pets can be a cute combination but it takes some practice.