need a hand…

By June 25, 2015Blog

Prince

Prince and Dr. Ashby at Old Orchard Farms

pardon the lack of formatting but I am typing one-handed after falling off a horse last week.  i’ve broken a metacarpal bone in my right hand, not much worse than a broken finger in my opinion.  i have proven i can still take blood, examine patients and sign forms but am not doing surgery for a couple weeks.

i fell off my horse turning left when he turned right, a bit of a misunderstanding while jumping. my horse prince is just like a Labrador Retriever, he enjoys positive training and having his ears scratched. we just need to work on our communication.

to encourage myself to rest i have moved up a planned trip to visit family in nova scotia.  our regular staff will be performing nail trims and weight rechecks and medication refills by appointment, and i will be only an email or phone call away.  i want all our patients’ families to know we will still be there for your pets while i heal.  we have always had an excellent back up network of technicians and doctors and will continue to rely on their support for any emergencies while i am “short-handed.”

here are some “handy facts”:

dr. erica heim lost her left arm to cancer as a final year vet student‎ and says she does not do surgery but has learned to practice one-handed, i am humbled

prehensile thumbs were evolved by primates descended from tree shrews

dogs and cats walk on their fingers, not their palms.

teach your dog to shake a paw and make nail trims fun by using “target training” to shape the behavior

six-toed cats are called hemingway cats because ernest hemingway was given a white six-toed cat by a ship’s captain and many polydactyl cats now inhabit the island of key west where he lived

cats and dogs only sweat through their paw pads

paw

how many toes do you count?

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