You just never know.
By the time he has thirty years of practice under his belt a veterinarian has a pretty good idea what to expect from certain cases.
Crisy Ann, for example, could just as easily be named “Prissy,” because she is quite prissy and lives the lap-dog life that fits what you might expect from her picture.
So, when we performed a fecal flotation test today and found hookworms, I was quite surprised. I thought to myself, “How did Crisy Ann’s little feet hit the ground long enough to pick up hookworms, much less step where another dog’s poop has been?”
Today’s stool test is just another example of why it can be dangerous to make assumptions. Especially considering that hookworms are zoonotic, or can infect people, it’s a good thing to always remember that even the most protected babies are subject to everyday diseases.
See you tomorrow, Dr. Randolph.