Dr. His website is www.DrPhilZeltzman.com. He is the co-author of “Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound” (www.amazon.com).
AJ Debiasse, a veterinary technician in Stroudsburg, PA, contributed to this article.
Naomi and Noah are two 6 month old terrier littermates who love their guardians. After they run around, through the house or in the yard, their favorite thing to do is to nap on a cozy lap.
One day, Naomi geared up for her cuddle time by jumping into her gaurdians lap. This particular evening she misjudged, slipped and fell. She cried out and was unable to place any weight on her left back leg. Without delay, her guardian rushed her to the local emergency clinic. A full physical exam was performed and radiographs were taken. Naomi had a “tibial crest” fracture. The tibial crest is the top, front part of the shin bone or tibia. Surgical repair was recommended.
Surgery to repair the tibia
The morning of surgery, Naomi had pre-op blood work to make sure she was healthy enough to undergo anesthesia. After she got a clean bill of health, an IV catheter was placed and she was started on IV fluid and pain medication. General anesthesia was administered and Naomi was attached to several monitoring devices to make sure her vitals were stable throughout anesthesia.
Two pins were placed to reattach the small piece of bone to the main portion of the shin bone. Occasionally, a wire may also be used to secure the bone. Naomi spent the night at the hospital on IV fluids, antibiotics and pain medications. She was safely returned home the next day.
Pain medications and antibiotics were sent home, along with an E-collar (plastic cone) to keep her away from the incision. Naomi required 6 weeks of strict rest and leash walks and only to go outside to eliminate. Inside the house, she was confined to a play pen with no stairs, slippery floors or anything to jump onto. The guardians had to perform simple physical therapy exercises on the knee. After 6 weeks, Naomi returned for follow-up X-rays to confirm that the bone was healed and it was time to increase her activity.
Naomi recovered from surgery, but…
The X-rays showed nice healing of the bone. By that time, Naomi was doing very well: she could put weight on her leg and walked nicely. She clearly missed playing with her brother Noah, and he missed playing with her.
The owner had been walking them separately for 6 weeks: first Naomi, then Noah. One day, just around the end of Naomi’s confinement period, Noah became very excited to see his sister walking outside through the window. He started to run around the house. He went to jump up on the same chair that Naomi had fallen off of. As the guardian came back in to walk Noah, he noticed the dog limping and crying in pain.
Just to be safe, Noah was wisely taken back to the same emergency clinic. A physical exam was performed and radiographs were taken. Unbelievably, Noah had the same fracture in the same bone of the same leg!
What are the chances? Same litter, same chair, same leg, same bone, same fracture, same surgery! And so it was poor Noah's turn to require surgery.
This is why pet insurance is so great
Naomi and Noah’s guardian was clearly my unluckiest client last year, but he was a good sport about the whole situation. It was nobody’s fault. Fortunately, he was able to provide surgery for both dogs, and we reached a happy ending for all.
This is a good reminder that freak accidents can happen at any time. If you feel that you are not prepared financially for an unpredictable health issue with your pet (trauma, cancer, a sickness), you might want to consider getting pet insurance. Click here to learn more about pet insurance and its benefits.
What the story doesn’t tell, is what the owner did with the fateful chair…
If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
D on’t step on any sidewalk cracks, walk under any mirrors, or encounter any black cats, because it’s Friday the 13th, the unluckiest day of the year. Here are 13 things to know about why the day is considered so ominous.
1. Some superstitions about Friday the 13th are rooted in the guest list of the Last Supper. Judas was the 13th guest at the table, and Jesus was crucified on a Friday. Coincidence?
2. On Friday the 13th in 1307, thousands of Knights Templar were arrested on orders from King Philip IV of France because of suspicions that their secret initiation rituals made them “enemies of the faith.” After years of torture, they were burned at the stake. Dan Brown’s novel The DaVinci Code popularized the link between the Knights Templar and Friday the 13th.
3. Friday was considered an unlucky day as early as the 14th century. Geoffrey Chaucer wrote in The Canterbury Tales that “on a Friday fell all this mischance.”
4. The first specific written reference to Friday the 13th as an unlucky day was in an early-20th century novel by Thomas W. Lawson, called Friday, the 13th. Ironically, a ship named after Lawson was caught in a storm and shipwrecked on the night of Friday the 13th, 1907.
5. Not all cultures believe Friday the 13th is unlucky. In Greek and Hispanic cultures, Tuesday the 13th is considered far more ominous. In Italy, Friday the 17th is spookier than the 13th.
6. The bad luck on Friday the 13th may be a self-fulfilling prophecy. One 1993 study found that hospital admissions for traffic accidents were 52% higher on Friday the 13th than Friday the 6th.
7. But it also might be hogwash: A German study found no spike in hospital admissions or procedures on Friday the 13th.
8. Superstition can result in an economic dip. Donald Dossey, founder of the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute, says U.S. businesses lose millions of dollars on Friday the 13th, because some people are reluctant to leave their homes.
9. Any month that starts with a Sunday will contain a Friday the 13th, and there can be as many as three of them a year 2015 will have two more Fridays like this one.
10. Mary Kate and Ashley Olson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Steve Buscemi were all born on Friday the 13th.
11. There are two tough-to-pronounce names for the fear of Friday the 13th: “paraskevidekatriaphobia,” and “friggatriskaidekaphobia.”
12. Twenty-five percent of Americans said they were “very” or “somewhat” superstitious in a 1996 Gallup poll, and 9% said they were wary of the number 13. Interestingly, young people were more likely to be superstitious than older people.
13. But Taylor Swift isn’t one of them. The pop star turned 13 on Friday the 13th, which is one of many reasons she says 13 is her lucky number.
For all those people out there that do not own a pet, you should. Pets are the greatest. I am lucky and have two dogs – Penny, a beautiful yellow lab and Mars, a big strapping English Mastiff. As a child, my parents would not allow pets in the house – not even fish. I grew up in a house – sans pets and use to make friends with all the neighborhood pets. When I was finally on my own I inherited a dog (my boyfriend who now is my husband) had the same no-pet rule in his house so he also wanted to have pets once he was older. Therefore, I inherited my dog because he purchased Penny and a couple of years later, we moved in together and Penny joined us. Then we wanted another dog – so we got Mars.
For me having dogs is great. It has shown me what it means to be responsible. I don’t have children so at this moment in my life – my dogs are my biggest responsibility. I have to feed them, bathe them, walk them and play with them. In return they give me unconditional love. They wag their tails whenever I am around, hang out with me on the sofa when I am watching tv and are always willing to watch the floor for any food that might fall when I am preparing dinner. Sure sometimes they are a pain in the butt but in the end they are the greatest…and I couldn’t imagine life without them.
So, here are the Best 3…Things About Having Pets:
1. They love you unconditionally
2. They make you laugh
3. They become part of your family
For those that have a pet, think back to times when you are having an awful day (and I mean awful). You are in no mood to see anyone, you just want to get into comfty clothing, eat your comfort food and tune the world out. Then you open your front door and there is your pet to greet you (this might not always be the case for cats – but some do), just happy to see you , wagging their tails, eyes bright and happy. It makes me smile because you realize they have been waiting for you and that they love you no matter what. That isjust a great feeling that they can provide you.
As for making you laugh, that is so true. I have never laughed so much as I do because of my dogs. They do crazy things and you just cant help but laugh. I have added a crazy pet video from YouTube – watch the video and you will understand what I mean.
Pets really do become part of your family and that is great. We bring our dogs everywhere – when we are on vacation (they are there – you have to love hotels that allow dogs – it’s great). When we go camping – Penny has her own camp chair. Also, usually when people ask how we are doing, they also ask about the dogs. They are part of our family and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Well, it has been a long time since I’ve posted anything. In large part that had to due with it being summer. I have to say it was hard for me to actually sit in front of a computer and write when the sun was shining and the warm weather was calling my name. That is why I wanted to devote this post to the Best 3…Things about Summer!
No matter where you are in the world, the fact that summer has a power over people. A way to make us feel better. I don’t know whether it is the weather (and all the warm days and nights), the longer days (that is always a bonus) or could it be the fact that we are able to get away from our day to day lives and take vacations or just extra long weekends.
So, here are the Best 3…Things about Summer!
2. Just Being Outdoors
Yes, BBQ is my number one choice as the best thing of summer. For me, I don’t think I turned on my oven all summer. All that meal planning that needs to take place during the year – out the door when summetime arrives. I always know what I’m having for dinner – BBQ! It’s great, easy and tastes so amazing. Aaaahhhh my mouth is watering as I write this.
My second choice is the ability to just be outdoors. The warm weather allows you to do so much things outside and that is what summer is meant for. Road trips, camping, lounging on the beach, going for a swim and whatever else you like to do. That is why it is my number two choice.
My last choice could have easily been number one. Summer and sandals go together like salt and pepper. Being able to always wear them, never having your feet confined to shoes and sox, getting pedicures…thanks to summer for the sandal! Whatever preference of sandal you have (and yes, as many other women, I have a large amount of sandals that are in my closet and I’m not going to feel guilty because I wear them all!)
A pitbull will always do it’s best to make you happy, as long as you are clear about what you expect from them. Many people will mention the fact that this breed is notoriously stubborn, but once they realize that you are the boss, they will work hard to ensure that you were happy with them.
This breed can be challenging, and is not recommended for first time dog owners as you need to be comfortable and confident that you can handle the breed, otherwise they will pick upon the fact that you are less than sure of yourself.