Archive for the ‘dogs’ Category

My dog’s recent surgery has been eye opening for me in many ways- some of which are totally unexpected.  For example, my experience (well Kane’s too) has led me to create mental parallels between the treatment Kane and I received from the NC State vet school (and vets in general) with the treatment I received from “people doctors” when I encountered health difficulties.

Note: My own past health problems include and appendectomy and severe (and undiagnosed) intestinal problem that caused me to lose almost 35 pounds in about 30 or so days- this was due to a combination of throwing up everything I ate and pretty much not eating a single thing except for a few small handfuls of cheerios occasionally.  During these two significant events in my life I dealt with about 7 doctors, a surgeon, and two hospitals.

The only reason I thought about this is because there is a stark difference in the way I was treated by people doctors and the way Kane was treated by his doctors at the vet school.

The Animal Hospital Experience

Ever since I first brought Kane to the NC State vet school I have been treated with respect, kindness, genuine concern, and patience. (more…)

Sasha and our cat Joel

Since I’ve already received some odd looks over my choice to spend almost $4,000 to fix my dog Kane, I figured I would pose a related question.  This question came to mind as my wife reminded me that our cat Joel is almost 14 years old.  The question is simple:

Assuming you owned both a dog and cat, hypothetically of course, and both needed expensive medical treatment to prolong their lives, where would you draw the line?  Can you define an objective amount, say $10,000, for each?  If not, would you be more likely to spend more on keeping your dog alive than your cat?  If so, why?

When answering the above questions please, if you feel comfortable, also state whether you own a dog, cat, or other pet. (more…)

Today my wife and daughter got a chance to go visit Kane at the hospital- I am quite jealous.  Judging by the pictures all three of them had a lot of fun.

My wife got to meet Kane’s doctors- who are by the way totally awesome!  You couldn’t imagine kinder, more knowledgeable, nicer, more considerate and patient doctors than the three doctors (one is a professor and the other two are residents).

They were even nice enough to answer my question about whether life in a vet hospital is anything like Scrubs.  Their answer.  It is more like Scrubs than Grey’s Anatomy.

Well without further adieu, here are tow videos of Sasha and Kane playing around.  Well mostly it is her playing around and Kane tolerating her.

And this…

I know, I know, that is probably too much cuteness to handle at one time so take a second, take a deep breath and click the read more bottom… (more…)

We made our first trip to the hospital today.  We discussed the issue of our payment plan, received the unfortunate news that it appeared we might not be able to get any grants to cover the surgery (keep praying about this), and we paid off part of the bill.  [BTW: If you do want to help defray some of the costs of Kane’s surgery just click this sentence.]

On a more positive note we saw Kane for about an hour.  We walked outside with Kane and the doctors and learned how to help him pee by squeezing on his bladder- fun times.  We saw some improvement in him placing a small amount of weight on his hind legs- YEAH!

Then we went into a comfy visiting room where Sasha prayed for Kane and we hung out together for a while.  Here are some of the pictures and video from our visit.

How about the cutest thing first?  Here is a video of Sasha and Kane together- sorry for the no sound, our digital cam stinks.

Next, the surgery scars

I told him that he was lucky in a way since chicks dig scars. (more…)

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