Friday, October 26, 2012

REALLY low blood sugar, Or...

I, sadly, was not at work the day this occurred. I heard about it from the girls at work when I got back.

A woman called and exclaimed that her dog was having a hypoglycemic crisis.

"Her sugars are low, she's cold and she's acting strange and I don't know what to do!"

Receptionist: "Ok, well you need to bring her in right away."

"I don't know what to do, she has low blood sugar!"

Receptionist: "Ma'am, you need to bring your dog here right now!"

"Ok." »click»

Ten minutes later the woman rushes in with the dog over her shoulder. We grab it and rush it to the back.

She was right about one thing: it was cold. And stiff. That's right people, it was in RIGOR!!!!

The doctor noticed that there was a ton of food stuffed in the dog's mouth between its stiff jaws. He went out and said to the owner:

"I'm very sorry to have to tell you this, but your dog has passed."

Here is where it gets really interesting. The woman says:

"No she hasn't! She's diabetic and she just has low blood sugar!"


Dr.: "Um, yes she's gone, actually, she must have died at home."

"No, I'm telling you she's not dead! She just has low blood sugar! I'm getting a second opinion!"

She demands to have her dog back, swings it with a thump over her shoulder, and rushes out the door.

You CANNOT make this shit up. Thanks to KL for relaying the story.

All names and identifying details have been changed to protect the idiotic. Any resemblance to actual persons or events is purely coincidental. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Does Comfortis kill bed bugs? And other thoughtful questions

Bedbug ... ewwwwwwww
Client to Receptionist: "Does Comfortis kill bed bugs?"
Receptionist to me: "Does Comfortis kill bed bugs?"
Me: "OMG WTF who cares!!! Just ditch the mattress, call an exterminator and get rid of them for good, freaks!!!"

I thought about this for awhile, and although it may be a silly question (not because comfortis may or may not kill bed bugs, because that is actually a very thoughtful question, but because if you have bed bugs just hire a professional right off the bat, I mean gross....but I digress) it is actually a very significant question. 

This person actually chose to call their vet, who is presumably well versed on all things dog and pesky parasite, so it makes sense right? Now of course I don't know who or where they looked first, still though, they did call us. But I think that is the rarity... I have actually had clients tell me, "Well, I searched online, talked to the guy at the pet store, called the groomer, and asked the neighbor's pet parrot what to do before calling you."


What is it that makes people believe the high school kid at the pet store over their vet? I honestly want to know.  If anyone reading this is not involved in the veterinary world and has any insight at all - please share.

Is it just because they believe whatever they heard first? And anything after feels false? Is it that they really don't trust their vet (still begs the question why they trust the pet store more)? Is it that they don't understand how much education their vet has had? (I have had people ask me, "What is that, like a 2 year degree or something?" Uh no, asshole.      Sorry.)

For some reason this is really bugging me. Ha, bugs.

Incidentally, we do not know if Comfortis does in fact kill bed bugs. Bed bugs prefer humans as their blood source, much as fleas prefer animals as theirs, which means no one is going to undertake a huge study to find out, so I doubt we shall ever know.