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Out our window: the wildlife of Day Pond . . .


Check out this little guy sunning himself on an old tire in Day Pond next to our hospital! We’re privy to an ongoing parade of turtles,  ducks, muskrats and other critters right outside our window. Below is are pictures of an otter we spotted swimming around as he searched for some lunch. It’s a nice escape when we need to take a minute to recharge 🙂

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April 7th, 2012

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Back to the flock: the hope of a resilient seagull . . .


He came to us dehydrated, weak and underweight with a severely injured leg and a hole in his beak where a fish hook had just been removed. That’s a tough day by any standard. And yet, this this gull had no intention of giving up. We took an x-ray out of concern that he might have have air trapped beneath his skin (aka subcutaneous emphysema) secondary to a ruptured air sac. Fortunately, his radiographs showed no sign of it, so off he went to a local rehabber for hydration, nutritional support and the nursing care he’ll need to help get him back to the flock.

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April 6th, 2012

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Our secret weapon against rising pharmacy costs . . .


If you’ve been to our hospital, you’ve undoubtedly met Erin. She’s been a vet tech for well over a decade, and she hates this picture, not to mention the fact that I’m blogging about her! (That’s her sweet dog Nakoma next to her.)

That notwithstanding, Erin has been charged with the task of keeping our inventory up to date and at an affordable price for our clients. She makes it look easy, but when I see how much research she routinely does to make sure we’re getting the best prices on our pharmacy items, I’m repeatedly impressed.

For example, just yesterday, Erin let me know that she found a compounding pharmacy that will formulate special eye medications that we commonly use for half the price we were routinely paying. I then had the pleasure of adjusting down the price on those items. After all, who doesn’t want to save nine bucks on a tube of eye ointment?!

Erin and the rest of us will continue to look for ways to keep trips to our hospital less expensive than they have to be. And in this world of ever increasing medication prices, every bit helps.

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April 5th, 2012

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