6 days ago
Friday, November 30, 2012
I did it again. My OCD-ness about spelling took over and I simply couldn't ignore it. Especially after sitting in the waiting room so long. I even had a book in an attempt to avoid my obsession... It is a good book I've never read before yet still, by the end of the day I had read every single written word on the lobby walls as well as most of the book. And I had to point out that cardiologist was misspelled - the "d" was missing... They thanked me but I'm not sure they really meant it.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Sorry, I intended to also make a quick comment regarding the pig with polycystic kidneys. The point was never really made that while the condition is "pathologic" the reason the carcass does not require condemnation is that the etiology is genetic / inherited rather than an infectious process that would be harmful if allowed in the food chain. Obviously the kidney is removed but the remainder of the pig is used as it would be normally. To the best of my knowledge, polycystic kidney disease is genetic / inherited in all species in which it occurs including humans and cats (Persians for those of you about to take boards) and, while the condition does result in renal failure, it is usually fairly slow in progression. Both humans and cats can be successfully treated with a kidney transplant. Can't Spell said that disease is not seen in pigs but I imagine that is simply because of the typically short lifespan of the pigs she sees...
I'm a little later than planned with answers / explanations. The dog is a Pug but I'm afraid the exact difference between a true hermaphrodite versus a pseudohermaphrodite still confuses me a little. I think it would be considered a pseudo but I'll describe the findings for you and maybe someone with more interest / knowledge of repro stuff can clarify. Outwardly, she had a vulva with a hyper-developed clitoris including an os clitoris protruding from the vulva. Inside there was a normal bifurcated uterus, complete with cervix, but instead of ovaries, testicles were attached. We did not send in any tissues or do further testing as this was a rescue dog so...some things must be left in the dark. It was a fun case, however, and a nice little deviation from the "routine spay."