9.4.2016 Emergency, South Bay, CA

Case Count: 12

When I arrived at work, my colleague was managing a large wound on the rear end of a cat that had been mauled by a raccoon. The wound was close enough to the scrotum that the owner approved a neuter while we had the cat under anesthesia. Cats do surprisingly well with wounds, so this may end up better than you might think. Wounds can go any which way, though, and complications can arise up to a week later. Not to mention the rabies risk. In the picture, the cat is lying on his left side with his tail pointing toward the bottom of the frame. My colleague is pulling on the right-hand edge of the torn scrotum under the tail. 

Favorite Quotes

  • "Be careful, she thinks you're a dragon. Or that you have squirrels coming out of your eyes." 

  • "A dog got attacked by a raccoon." "Is there a raccoon release program I don't know about? Why is everyone getting attacked by raccoons this weekend?"

Case of the Day:

2-month-old female intact Toy Poodle
Cannabis intoxication
     It takes a very small oral dose to cause symptoms of cannabis intoxication in dogs and cats. This tin little dog ate a fair chunk of a cannabis brownie and was highly affected, presenting nearly unresponsive. The owners only had a small amount of money, but they approved overnight care and the little dog ended up bouncing back really well. When the receptionist asked if it was ok to pet her, one of the technicians said, "Be careful, she thinks you're a dragon. Or that you have squirrels coming out of your eyes."