A Saturday Afternoon Outbreak

D. E. Larsen, DVM It was almost a perfect Saturday afternoon. Late August in the Willamette Valley provides a short stretch of weather that acts as an interlude between the summer heat and the fall’s rains. We were still getting settled into our newly purchased house. We had the kids outside, working in the garden,Continue reading “A Saturday Afternoon Outbreak”

The Dart’s Glance

D. E. Larsen, DVM Fred Briggs waited patiently while I was finishing up on my office calls. He always came at the end of the day, maybe because we were close to his home in Albany, but I liked to think because he knew he would have more time to talk with me. Fred wasContinue reading “The Dart’s Glance”

Blood Please, Fill Her Up

D. E. Larsen, DVM She came through the door in a rush, a young girl, probably in her early twenties, with a very limp, pale orange tabby cat in her arms.  She stopped at the counter. “I need to see the vet. This is an emergency,” she said, visibly trying to maintain her self control.Continue reading “Blood Please, Fill Her Up”

The Turpentine Compress

D. E. Larsen, DVM I carefully started removing the wrap on the hindfoot of Lady, a large Golden Retriever. This wrap was composed of a couple of rags and what looked like an old tee shirt.  I recoiled from the odor. “When did this happen,” I asked Ralph. “She got ran over yesterday afternoon. TheContinue reading “The Turpentine Compress”

The Salamander’s Tale

D. E. Larsen, DVM Jake lifted his young son out of the pickup and handed him off to Sue as he opened the tailgate and let Bruiser jump out of the pickup bed. They could already feel the cooling breeze coming from the river and providing some welcome relief from the Mid Willamette Valley’s AugustContinue reading “The Salamander’s Tale”