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  •  Can we take the canine test as humans? (7+ / 0-)

    Like buy it over the web?  Would it work for humans, at least to show that we deserve Western blot if we're having trouble getting a doc to order it?

    'Give away to the rich and punish the poor for the extravagance.....crazy' --LaFeminista

    by MsGrin on Thu May 19, 2011 at 08:48:56 AM PDT

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    •  I imagine it would but I don't know if your vet (10+ / 0-)

      would be willing to do it.  Any level-headed physician would be happy you have clinical proof of what was wrong with you but there are a lot of MDs out there who would get all pissy about it.  He could start a turf war and your vet could lose his license.

      It's ridiculous, really.  Vets sometimes treat people, and quite competently.  I once saw one old coot, at least 85 years old, walk into my vet's exam room with a bleeding raccoon bite.  She excused herself for a moment and took him into her operating room.  I know she gave him a rabies shot.    

      Another vet told me a woman once came to see him (with her dog, of course) with a slam-dunk case of pneumonia.  She said she was in the ER that morning and they gave her a script for Xanax.  My vet had a listen with his stethoscope and said, "I don't know how he could have missed that."  The woman told him the ER doc didn't listen to her chest.  Aaarrrgggh!!!

      Then there was my uncle.  He went through vet school on an ROTC scholarship.  His first assignment?  Vietnam.  All I can tell you is not much meat was inspected during the Tet Offensive.


      Never meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer.--Bruce Graham

      by Ice Blue on Thu May 19, 2011 at 09:41:57 AM PDT

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      •  Sounds odd, but (9+ / 0-)

        I would think veterinarians would make good battlefield and pediatric docs. They're already used to dealing with patients who can't tell them where it hurts, what the symptoms are, etc. As a result, they've learned to watch and listen for other clues.

        Sometimes I wonder if any doc going into pediatrics should be required to a rotation in a veterinary situation for just that reason...

        On the whole, I prefer not to be lectured on patriotism by those who keep offshore maildrops in order to avoid paying their taxes. - Molly Ivins

        by Lashe on Thu May 19, 2011 at 10:14:02 AM PDT

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