A summary of my day at work yesterday. It was a Wednesday so I’m the only vet.
Start warming up fluids for a hospitalized parvo puppy.
Fluids aren’t warming very fast. Put puppy away and leave fluids to soak and warm up. Say we’ll come back in 15 minutes to give warm fluids.
See puppy in exam room 1 that is limping. Take x-rays.
While waiting for x-rays diagnose parvo in puppy in room 2. Leave owners to ponder finances for various treatment options.
Find out puppy in room 1 has broken femur. Call practice owner who does orthopedic surgery to see if he can fit in a repair tomorrow.
Go talk to owner in room 1. Send office manager to talk to people in room 2.
Make puppy with broken leg comfy in cage.
Run back to start outpatient treatment on parvo puppy in room 2.
Client comes to pick up pet from surgery the day before. Since he was coming he brings a small snake to see if I think it is a copperhead.
Remind staff that since I am afraid of wild snakes I don’t get that close to a garter snake let alone anything I think might be poisonous. Peer at it through it’s tupperware container as this 4 inch snake strikes at the sides. Have no idea what a copperhead looks like. Formerly hillbilly staff members ID snake.
Vaguely think about the fluids that are supposed to be warming.
Dog comes in that was in a car accident on Saturday. Both dog and owner were thrown out of the cab of a pickup. Owner was lifeflighted and has been in hospital until the day before. Dog seems relatively ok considering.
Ask staff what ever happened to people scheduling vaccines and easy things like that.
The hot water I’m using to warm the fluids is now cold. Start over on warming fluids for hospitalized parvo puppy…
And that was just the first hour and a half.