How to Spot and Handle Client Diversion of their Pets’ Drugs

We all have a story to tell. I clearly remember the client who presented his two cockers to our practice for chronic coughing.  Upon examination, our doctors determined that both dogs had collapsing trachea and the drug hycodan was prescribed.  We all thought – how unusual that two dogs in one home had the same issue.  Then the frequent visits began.  The client “dropped” his pet’s pills.  The one dog got worse and he gave more doses.  He was going out of town and needed his refills early.  This started to become suspicious yet not enough to really red flag
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Are We Thinking Ourselves SICK?

  I have had this nagging feeling for awhile now.  As more and more negative is written about the veterinary profession, everything I know about how people tick was sending up red flags.  First of all, I am NOT talking about true mental illness – it is legitimate and requires professional care.  What I AM talking about is our brain and its tendency to manifest what it is fed. I recently stumbled upon a TED talk that confirmed my suspicions.  Allison Ledgerwood, Professor of Psychology at UC Davis ran a series of experiments.  She “primed” the subject with either a
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The Canoe Lesson

My husband doesn’t want me to tell this story, but I am going to break the “wife code” and do it anyway. You see it is one of those stories that makes you look foolish. Still I it believe it is worth sharing. One day we decided to explore the salt march in the back of our house. We had been looking at the water longingly for several months but had no boat to take advantage of the easy access. The marsh behind our yard is highly affected by the tides. We go from high water of about 6 feet
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