Weirdest (but not gross) vet/medical story you have.

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  1. Dona Worry

    Dona Worry Senior Member

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    This is a lot harder than I expected because 99% of my interesting vet/ doctor stories are really, really gross.
     
  2. Dona Worry

    Dona Worry Senior Member

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    Oh, my old dog, Skye, was paralyzed in the line of duty several years ago. She was kicked in the neck.
    Our local small animal vet we rushed her to took x-rays and said it was permanent. Wanted to put her to sleep right then and there. Nope, screw that. We insisted on some decent painkillers and anti-inflammatories and took her and her x-rays to a different vet. He gave a similar dismal prognosis.
    Nope, screw that X2. Took her home and called our large animal vet. He suggested giving her 48 hours with the painkillers and reassess.
    She was showing a small amount of improvement in that time, so we started her on bi-weekly acupuncture (wih our cow vet lol, he loved it) and aggressive pt.
    She was staggering around with help in about 2 weeks, it was over a month before she could walk unaided.

    Exactly 3 months after her accident, my grandmother hd an uncannily similar injury. Same vertebrae, everything. Completely paralyzed. She was in mental and physical agony, in a NURSING HOME, and not improving. She had completely given up.
    I packed up my little dog and her x-rays and we marched in and took gram out into the garden. Showed her how weirdly similar the x-rays were. Showed her the wonky dog playing fetch and eating popcorn.

    She still credits that visit as the reason she was able to walk again. She had no hope of recovery before that, and even the doctors weren't overly optimistic.

    To this day, the small animal vets and the doctors think both their injuries and recoveries are small miracles.
     
  3. bellalou

    bellalou Senior Member

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    Kind of along those lines ^ ...

    When I was 14, we had our two horses pastured at a neighbor's. He had big fields and we didn't. One day, my dad came screaming up to the barn where I worked in his car and hollered for me to get in - he'd gotten a call from the neighbor that his mare was badly injured (and kudos to dad for coming to get me - he knew I was the nascent vet of the family).

    When we got there, she was in bad shape. She'd found some old barbed wire in the pasture and got it wrapped right around her fetlock. The neighbor had pressure on it but she kept moving and every time he lost his grip, blood spurted like mad. My dad had called out vet, a well known and highly respected horse specialist. But he was out on a call so he called another guy who was fresh out of vet school.

    That guy arrived and got to work. The cut was very deep, the tendons were stripped, it was impossible to tell if the nerves were severed. But the vet stopped the bleeding and was stitching when our regular vet arrived.

    "Put her down," he said. "She'll never make it and even if she does, she'll be dead lame for life."

    We thought about it but she was carrying a foal so we decided to take a chance. It was an ordeal getting her home - the neighbor's place was at the top of a steep hill so we had to trailer her down it and she couldn't keep her hind legs under her. My brother-in-law and I rode in the trailer and he literally held her up by shoving his shoulder against her chest and planting his feet against the front of the trailer.

    Every morning and afternoon, for the next couple of months (maybe longer, can't fully recall), I unwrapped, soaked the leg, medicated, and rewrapped. By the time our filly was born, it was healed. By the time she was weaned, my dad was riding again.

    Mare was perfectly sound. Her hoof grew oddly after that but she was solid as a rock and could still beat anything in the county for a quarter mile.

    Just goes to show that sometimes it's not an advantage to know what you're doing.
     
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    lucky_pine Senior Member

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    You asked for weird.

    My grandpa bred and raised breeding quality red Angus cattle. He would spend tens of thousands of dollars on a single bull. His bull he bought from states away broke his penis when he tried to mount the cow. Being my grandpa's favorite bull, he got him ran into a doctoring pen and called the vet. Vet basically told him this "Sure, it'll heal. He won't die from this. Just keep him penned up for (Whatever time it takes a penis to heal?) and call me back." Oh, it healed. But the thing about a broken penis is, is that it HURTS. It hurt bad enough it didn't matter how deeply in heat a cow was, the bull refused to mount.
    Long story short, we had $20,000 steaks that year .
     
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    I was doing work experience at a vet clinic and this beautiful cat was in due to tumours and no appetite. Vet reckoned tumours benign and a toothache, goes to biopsy a tumour and found it was a mat in fact they all were.
    The owner was called and she requested the cat shaved as he hated grooming. So the vet's had me groom him while he was knocked out. When he came to I was still brushing and he began purring and smooching enjoying himself. Yes the vet told the owner off and said if she didn't want to brush him she should hire someone or give him to me.
     
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    MysticRealm Senior Member

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    I had a vet out to do an insurance health check on my mare one time.
    My mom calls me and tells me the vet found a TUMOUR in my horse's eye! I was completely freaked out. This horse had had cancer in her third eyelid before I got her and had had it removed and now the cancer was back!!
    I RACED to the barn, pulled her out of her stall and....
    it was an eye goober, easily plucked out with a finger.
     
  7. AmyK

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    My cat was diagnosed with feline acne once. Google it- it's a thing.

    Had a dog that ate a bee and had to be rush to the vet because his face swelled like crazy.

    That's as good as it gets... I have tons of human medical oddities, but they are all too gross, too morbid, too, um, adult, or too specific (possible HIPAA violations) to probably share here.
     
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    barrel_racer64 Senior Member

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    Not a personal experience, but one I read about quite a few years ago. There was an old TB gelding that had been retired and was babysitting on the breeding farm that had him. They decided it was time to put him down, he was pretty old and I can't remember the other exact ailment. The vet gave him the shot, he eased down on the trailer they had him on, and they left him there to do some other things before they buried him. Well, a few hours later, the old gelding came stumbling down off the trailer and started wandering around. According to the story he lived for several more years before (I think) passing away peacefully in his pasture.
     
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    bellalou Senior Member

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    That would be trippy!

    When I worked for my friend, the vet, we had two horses to geld one day, a 15-year-old stallion and a 2-year-old colt. The stallion was a pretty big guy who'd been used as a stud and we just expected more difficulty with him. Instead, he lay right down like a saint with light anesthetic, slept blissfully through the whole procedure and got up with no complications. Easy peasy.

    The 2-year-old was a little Paint, weighed maybe 800 pounds. He was pretty calm and we gave him the drugs and expected him to go down. He didn't. We gave more. He wobbled a lot but would. not. go. down.

    We ended up giving that horse enough drugs to knock out an elephant and he never went down, never went out. We ended up doing a standing castration, which we did not like to do for many reasons, but in this case the biggest reason was because the patient was so drugged that he was staggering and wobbling like crazy. It didn't help that the place was a lesson barn so there was a gaggle of 13-year-old girls in the hayloft door watching as the two of us dodged about, me at the head trying now to keep the darn horse up and my friend underneath to cut then darting away as he staggered.

    Not our best moment. :p
     
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    reicheru Senior Member

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    I've heard of that happening actually! Vet euthanized 2 horses and covered them with tarps for burial the next morning. Wake up and there's only 1 dead horse out there... the other one was out grazing. Pretty sure I'd have had a heart atack.
     
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