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What Happens When An Animal Dies In An Animal Shelter? Does anyone care? Does Anyone Cry?

As veterinarians, it is only a matter of time before we lose a patient. Some patients we can see are heading on their way out and we may be able to relieve their struggle, while others take us by surprise and we fight tooth and nail to bring them back. Sometimes we are successful, sometimes we are not.

I have been successful at reviving every patient that has “taken me by surprise.” That is, until today.

Today a juvenile rabbit started fading on me while recovering from anesthesia. The CPR we tried didn’t revive him.

How do I feel, you may wonder? I am a shelter vet after all…

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Before & After – Struggling with Paraphimosis

Paraphimosis Before Phallopexy

Paraphimosis Before Phallopexy

It’s an awkward problem. It’s also often misunderstood. Many people see a dog with paraphimosis (par′ă-fī-mō′sis) and think the dog is sexually aroused. While any male dog may normally (even without sexual arousal) extend his penis beyond the sheath or prepuce that normally covers his penis, the penis should be able to retract back within the prepuce and out of sight without any difficulty. When that doesn’t happen, we have a problem. Paraphimosis is the term we use when a dog’s penis is unable to fully retract back within the prepuce. The first paraphimosis case I cared for was a chihuahua. His penis was stuck outside of the prepuce, but fortunately it simply appeared dry. Some dogs with paraphimosis  may develop swelling, strangulation of the tissue, infection or necrosis. This dog was lucky. Read the rest of this entry

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