Meter Reader Mishap

D. E. Larsen, DVM “Dale is waiting on the phone for you,” Judy said. “He is the manager of PP&L.” I knew Dale from the Rotary Club, but I wasn’t aware that he had any animals. I put the little pup back in the kennel. Dale was lucky. Another few minutes, and we would haveContinue reading “Meter Reader Mishap”

Agroceryosis, The Lack of Groceries

D. E. Larsen, DVM “What do you think, Doc,” Al asked as we stood at the fence watching a skinny cow in the corral. “It doesn’t look like she has any diarrhea. When did you deworm last?” “I gave her some pills I got at the feed store a couple of weeks ago,” Al said.Continue reading “Agroceryosis, The Lack of Groceries”

Over-sized and Pocket-sized, A Spay is a Spay

D. E. Larsen, DVM I pushed my left arm deeper into the birth canal of the young heifer, sweeping my hand left to right, trying to decide as to what was wrong here.  Then I encountered intestines, this was not good. They were too large to be from the calf. This uterus was ruptured. IContinue reading “Over-sized and Pocket-sized, A Spay is a Spay”

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

D. E. Larsen, DVM My first experience with a sick pig occurred during my senior year in vet school. At Colorado State University, we would only see an occasional pig. If you were not in a midwestern school, your swine medicine instruction came mostly from the book. During one of my weeks on night duty,Continue reading “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”

Grandpa’s Hog Snare

D. E. Larsen, DVM    The first large boar I castrated was quite an event for me. I had been told of a good anesthesia technique that sounded pretty simple. “Inject 5 grams of Surital (Thiamylal) into one testicle. When the boar falls over, open the scrotum and clamp the cord of the injected testicle.Continue reading “Grandpa’s Hog Snare”