Pinning a baby hamster’s leg

Photo by Frenjamin Benklin on Unsplash

“Little Johnny is so upset.”

“Can you mend it?” she asked. “Little Johnny is so upset. He is a sensitive boy at the best of times and, if the hamster has to be put down, it will take months for him to get over his guilt.”

I went in deeper with the Castroviejo ophthalmic scissors

My partner soon had it fast asleep by playing the hose of the anaesthetic machine over its face and I set about clipping the fur from the operating site. Once the area was dressed in Hibitane antiseptic — a violent deep brown colour — and covered in a sterile drape, I took a deep breath and picked up the tiny scalpel making the first incision down the outside of the thigh. I went in deeper with the Castroviejo ophthalmic scissors and eyelid forceps.

14 letters of thanks from members of the class.

The final payment came two weeks later when a large manila envelope dropped, with a thud,through the letter book. Inside were 14 letters of thanks from members of the class.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained — and we both gained a lot that day.

You will find more ‘teaching’ cases from veterinary practice here.

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Adrian Arnold

Adrian Arnold

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Retired veterinary surgeon now a collector of trivia. Married to a wonderful wife, four children and four grandchildren. Author of A Veterinary Life on Amazon.