Tuesday, March 15, 2016
THE CASE OF THE COLLAR, OR, ROSIE'S COLLAR, OR SHERLOCK HOLMES AS A VETERINARIAN.
Rosie is an amazing dog, tender, loving, intelligent and within the first few hours bonded with her new family.
Rosie’s owners called me very concerned the day following her arrival because Rosie has developed what they thought were severe orthopedic and possible neurological problems. Rosie every few steps would pull one of her hind legs forward, trying, and at times reaching her body with her paws. “The owners conducted extensive research consulting Dr. Google,” and it was clear and obvious that poor Rosie had something severely wrong with her.
Upon presentation Rosie appeared happy and content and an amazing Puppy. Rosie whispered in my ears as I was examining her, that she thinks her new family thinks there is something wrong with her, but she senses that she is doing very well, and with a lick on my face asked me to tell her family that she is just fine, and that she would love to be a member of the family for many years to come.
Rosie was right! Her physical exam revealed no abnormalities at all, but when we went to the lobby and let her run with her owners, she definitely would stop every now and then and presented the above mentioned symptoms. As Rosie is still a little puppy, and a little klutzy, she would sometimes trip over and it was a little humorous, but not to offend Rosie, I kept a stoic expression.
It appeared that Rosie was trying to itch her body, but no skin lesions were seen. Why Rosie would be itchy? I asked myself, and mainly while running and playing? I further pondered, then, like in all great mysteries, the truth become apparent to me: it was her collar. Rosie received her new collar yesterday evening, and she was trying to remove it, as it was mainly bothering her while running and playing.
I removed Rosie’s collar, and all symptoms were resolved, no more neurological, orthopedic, or skin problems.
As good old Sherlock Holmes would have concluded the case, he would have called it not the “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” but The Case of Rosie’s Collar.
One final note: upon leaving the office content with all her problems resolved, Rosie told me that if the collar had diamonds, she might consider it in a much more positive light.
Dr. Ehud Sela, the Gentle Vet
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