Thursday, February 26, 2009

Meanwhile, back at the clinic...

This week at work has been better than last week, when I had to euthanize 4 old patients in the space of two days. Three of them were gut wrenching: 14 and 15 year old dogs who were veritable family members. It was so sad to see them go. The other case was an old cat with painful cancer. It was tragic, too, but since the owners elected not to be present, not as emotionally straining.

This week I got to do one of my favorite things: save a broken tooth by doing a root canal. Here's the fractured tooth before:


And here it is after:

Aesthetically it looks nicer, but if I just covered it up with bonding material and made it look pretty, eventually it would rot. What you can't see from the outside is more important.

Here is an endodontic file in the long canal:

And here is the root canal finished. All the pulp inside the tooth is removed and replaced with an inert material.


Finally remember this?

I spayed a dog, and when she vomited after her preanesthetic injection, she brought up these panties. Last week, my colleague removed 6+ pair of panties from her -- unfortunately, surgically.

10 comments:

Miss Mandi said...

Oh dear...
I do recall certain friend's dogs who would eat the crotch out of panties..but never eat the whole thing..that poor poor dog...

EdamameMommy said...

All in a days work, huh, Jenn? Jees Louise, you have great stories to tell.

grandad says said...

That lady should buy nothing but edible panties, heh?

Or, go commando.........

peevish said...

Do people ever ask to have the panties returned?

Emily said...

First, great pictures and explanation on the root canal, and the final product looks great! I've had a root canal, too, and my x-rays looked very similar.

LOL on the panty-eating dog! Kinda gross and kinda funny. Wouldn't you think the owner would take more care in not leaving her underwear around?

Anonymous said...

I'll bet that owner will keep her panties under lock and key from now on. This case reminds me of a cat at our hospital last year. We surgically removed 50 of those potholder loops from the poor thing. (The kind children use on the looms.) Interestingly enough, those loops are quite color fast even after spending several days marinating in gastric juices! ha

mainlyclearskies said...

6 pairs of panties! Wow. Someone maybe needs to keep their laundry off the floor.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful pics ,Jenn,what a satisfying job you have and you even get to see other ladies panties! yuck!

Aunty Norma.x

Vetmommy said...

People never want the panties back, and are usually mortified that we have seen them. This woman does have a closed hamper but the dog is quite determined. I think she'll have to take my dad's suggestion -- go edible or commando. LOL!

Anonymous said...

The panty incident is hilarious, (Until they got the bill, huh?)

Miss Ruby cut her ear at Lake LBJ 2 days ago and is recovering from the surgery.

And I know how hard it must be to euthanize those family pets, but the families are very lucky you are their vet.
Jill H.