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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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The case of the injured tortoise


Meet Hermann! He’s a 15 year old tortoise that was rescued years ago and is currently having trouble with his back end. One of his hind legs apparently got caught in something as he was wandering around the house recently, so we were questioning if that had anything to do with his symptoms.

We took an x-ray to check for causes such as constipation, stones in his urinary system, and abnormalities in his skeleton. Lo and behold, something was afoot (literally).

Can you see what the arrow is pointing at? Compare it to the opposite leg. . .

There is a break in one of the bones of his right hind leg. The broken ends of bone are not clean and crisp, so we’re not sure if this represents a traumatic fracture that is healing/remodeling or if there is a tumor that is eating away the bone : (

Since the other bone in that part of the injured leg is intact, it’s acting like an internal splint. (This is particularly convenient since putting a splint on a tortoise is very difficult, especially considering that the bandage would need to stay dry, and tortoises soak to hydrate themselves and therefore keep fairly wet.)

We put him on medication for pain and inflammation and will recheck an x-ray in a couple of weeks. If the lesion is worse, we will assume the bone is diseased and that he has a fracture that won’t heal. However, if this was a traumatic injury, the bone should look much improved on his next set of x-rays.

Stay tuned for more on Hermann. . .

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April 3rd, 2012

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It’s getting cozy in the SeaPort Vet lobby : )


Our clients and patients are getting to warm their bones on these chilly days!

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March 31st, 2012

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A visit from “YaYa” and Jodi from Cape Ann Wild Bird Rescue.


We got to meet “YaYa” today and watch her dance and sing to New York, New York. Great fun having the private performance, and we think Ol’ Blue Eyes would be proud!

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March 30th, 2012

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