Satchmo has made a couple of appearances on this instagram account, and if you’ve listened to the podcast lately, you might recall that this past few months has been a rough time for him. Satchmo lost his left eye in November, after it ruptured due to an infected melting corneal ulcer. He already had a cataract in his right eye, so this left him completely blind and at 13 years old, this was a very stressful change for him. Devin and I have had Satchmo since he was 9 months old, and his official title of Best Pug Ever is pretty much set in stone. We love this kid so much, so to see him with so much stress and not himself at all was very stressful for us, too. . Satchmo had phacoemulsification surgery to remove the cataract in his right eye on Tuesday. There has been a whole process leading up to this surgery, and we are still in the delicate post operative healing period, but so far, things are looking good. Satchmo is getting about a half million eye drops a day, multiple oral medications, and is stuck in the cone without a break for a good long while. But his surgery was routine and boring. And I’m going to full on agree with Satchmo’s ophthalmologist Dr Sarah Blackwood at MVMC- we like boring. Satchmo is now more than 72 hours post op, and he is doing great so far. . (more in comments)

Last Saturday, I was invited to speak at the Southern Maine Dairy Goat Association’s Fall Education Day. We spent the day talking about GI parasites in goats and had some great conversation (and cheese!) . Getting together with goat people always makes me (even more) excited about goats and happy about being part of the goat community. 🐐💙🤗 . #goatvet #goatmed #vetmed #vetlife #goat #parasitecontrol #adga #smdga #dvm #veterinarian #education #knowledgeispower #smallruminants #ruminant #buildabettergoat #promotethegoat

A hard truth about vet med: Sometimes you can’t fix it. . I’m a problem solver. It’s what I love about what I do. I can identify a problem and help implement a solution. Sometimes it’s immediate and gratifying. Sometimes it takes weeks or months of work and follow up and communication, money and diagnostics and interpretation, involving owners, technicians, staff, referrals, specialists, diagnostic labs, and second opinions. Sometimes you can do all of those things, and no matter what you do, you can’t help that patient. Sometimes you can’t fix it. . There have been a handful of patients so far in my career as a veterinarian that I will always remember for that reason. Nature is cruel and biology is cold. It doesn’t care that that Jersey heifer was the absolute center of that little girl’s world, or that that cat, barely even a year old, was like a human child for that young couple, or that the heartache of losing those animals was so deep. It doesn’t take any notice of the handful of people in an exam room, people who just met, and who are trying to piece together what happened to their beloved pet that declined so quickly in such a short amount of time. Those patients and those situations and those memories leave a real and lasting impact. It could be very easy to become numb to this, to think, “Why should I even bother trying? Entropy is real, the world is uncaring, and none of us is getting out of here alive.” . Life is a beautiful and mysterious and delicate thing. To think that we, as humans, have all the answers or could ever hope to fully understand it, or think that that we could always fix all the things is a pretty arrogant assumption. The more you learn about something, the more you realize that you know so little about it. But I’ll keep trying to learn more, and keep trying to help solve problems. To try to make my patients’ and their humans’ short time we share as good as I possibly can. Because, even if I can’t fix everything, I can help some things. And I’d like to think that makes a difference. . #vetmed #vetlife #vettech #dvm #vetstudent #veterinarian #veterinarymedicine