Dr. Llera Answers Edie the Pug & You

Dr. Llera Answers Edie the Pug & You

Last week, I got the chance to interview the up and coming famous Edie the Pug (read it here).  Did you happen to catch her on “Animal House Calls” last night?  We learned a lot about pug life and her views on some things in the veterinary world last week.  This week I get in the hot seat and she asks the questions.

What’s your favourite part of being a vet?

I just removed this huge bladder stone

I just removed this huge bladder stone

Excellent question.  I really love surgery!!  A chance to cut is a chance to cure.  Whether it’s spaying/neutering, removing bladder stones, or saving a life because a silly pet ate something it shouldn’t have, I love it all!  In an almost too close to call second, I derive immense satisfaction from healing pets and reuniting them with their families.  Seeing the happiness on people’s faces when their beloved pets are sent home is a feeling I will never get tired of.

Do you (secretly) like giving us needles and taking our temperature?

Oh gosh no!  I hate needles myself!!  I always use the smallest needle possible and appropriate for each patient and whatever is being given (some medications are really thick!).  I do this for their comfort but also to try and make a visit to the vet less fearful.  As an added bonus, if somebody moves and I get poked too, the needle doesn’t hurt as much!  About the whole temperature thing, I’d like to say “let’s not go there” but it’s a necessary evil.  If there was a reliable safer way, I’d be all for it.

What about that scale – are you sure it’s set correctly?

I certainly hope so….I weigh myself on it!  Oftentimes, we’ll put one of the larger bags of food on it to see how accurate it is and usually it might only be off by 0.1 kg either way.  What I do suggest for smaller dogs and cats, is that your veterinarian get a baby scale which will be more accurate for lower weight pets.

horses at winterHow many pets do you have?

Currently living in our house we have 5 pets.  The two dogs are Charlie the border collie mix and Taylor the English Springer Spaniel.  The three cats Gremlin, Asia, & Louie all get along with each other for the most part and love snuggling the dogs as well.  We also have two horses, Willie a pony cross and Gus, our Hanoverian stallion that was part of my wedding gift to my wife – but they don’t live in our home!  I also have an iguana named Guida who is almost 24 and still lives with my mom in Florida.

If you weren’t a veterinarian, what would you be?

Wow…where to begin?  Being an astronaut would be cool but I’m not much of a risk taker….something about sitting on an explosive amount of fuel is unsettling let alone being isolated in outer space; they are truly braver than I am.  I always felt that I would probably enter into some kind of teaching field.  This pairs naturally with being a veterinarian and trying to help inform pet owners.  When all is said and done though, I don’t think I could be anything but a veterinarian because it’s the best job in the world!!

Why do you make me leave my humom to go into the “back room”?puppy patient

Oh it’s not such a scary place…it’s where keep the biggest treat jar!  But to answer your question, the treatment room is often where we do a lot of our work.  Taking blood, nail trims, and ear cleanings are some of the things we do there.  Oftentimes, we can also get second opinions from our colleagues who aren’t usually able to also come into the same exam room.  One of the main reasons we take pets to this room is to be able to safely get work done.  Pet parents really do love their fur-kids and we understand that but their well meaning attention to the patient sometimes gets in the way.  People have clutched on to their pets too tight and we can’t adequately examine them.  Another facet is that if the humom or hudad is anxious about things, the pet will often pick up on that and the visit will be more stressful for everyone.  Lastly, we have trained staff that are able to safely hold onto the patients and well intentioned parents can get bit if they try to hold their own pets.

Why do I have sit on the tall stainless steel table to be examined?

For small dogs like yourself, and cats, being up on the table is primarily to help the veterinarian out.  When a lot of patients are on the floor, they tend to move around and wiggle too much.  This can be a problem with larger dogs too but not as often.  Also, when you’re seeing 15-20 patients a day, your back can really hurt if you’re bending over all the time to do a thorough exam.  I’m in talks with our own practice manager at the Kingston Veterinary Clinic about trying to remove some of the fear from the vet visits and part of that will include covering up the cold steel tables.

Be honest – who is a better patient – dogs! Or those cats? LOL

Ah, trick question!  I love them both equally.  If I had to give preference, it would be to whoever doesn’t bite or scratch!


Well that’s all the time we have for this week.  Thank you Edie for some intriguing questions!  *paw shake*  And thank you everyone for joining us.  You can check Edie out on her blog.  Be sure to visit next time as we delve into the world of pet foods & labels…what do they really mean??

Disclaimer: All blog posts are personally written and my opinion (excluding Edie’s answers) and do not reflect those of current or former employers.

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  1. Aww, what a great interview! I think it’s wonderful that your love your job so much. It certainly always shows in your writing.

    • Dr. Ryan Llera

      February 25, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Thank you Natalie! My job is my passion, despite some of the sadder moments when losing a patient or when I can’t figure out a tough case. I’ll always keep working to make things better for people & their pets.

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