Tails from the ER

UT-VMC emergency room tails:Overboard

UT-VMC emergency room tails:Overboard

Tails from the ER January 19, 2016 at 5:19 pm 0 comments

By Dr. Amanda Rainey Working in emergency medicine has its way of keeping you on your toes.  The day can be going along with little excitement, and in an instance become something entirely different depending on what comes through the receiving doors.  I was reminded of this very recently duringRead More

UT-VMC emergency room tails:Popcorn

UT-VMC emergency room tails:Popcorn

Tails from the ER January 12, 2016 at 4:32 pm 0 comments

By Dr. Amanda Rainey One Monday evening not too long ago we received a call that a gentleman was bringing in his Cockatoo, which had been attacked by two dogs.  It still amazes me how much damage animals can do to each other, and dog attacks are some of theRead More

UT-VMC emergency room tails: Too Close for Comfort

UT-VMC emergency room tails: Too Close for Comfort

Tails from the ER December 29, 2015 at 3:45 pm 0 comments

By Dr. Amanda Rainey It had been a quiet Saturday so far when our ER technician’s phone rang signaling that a patient may be on its way in.  After speaking to the reception staff, she turned to discuss the call with a very concerned expression. “It’s a cattle dog thatRead More

UT-VMC emergency room tails: Jingle

UT-VMC emergency room tails: Jingle

Tails from the ER December 22, 2015 at 6:13 pm 0 comments

By Dr. Amanda Rainey Sundays are usually one of the busiest days for our ER service, which makes complete sense.  Most general practices are closed on Sunday, and although the veterinarians may take calls they often don’t have the staff or capability to hospitalize patients.  It came as no surpriseRead More

UT-VMC emergency room tails:Oscar’s Heart

UT-VMC emergency room tails:Oscar’s Heart

Tails from the ER December 19, 2015 at 5:52 pm 0 comments

By Dr. Amanda Rainey A very common emergency situation for us to encounter and treat in both cats and dogs is heart failure.  Certain breeds are more prone to developing this, but any can be susceptible although the inciting cause may be different.  During one of my recent weekend shiftsRead More

UT-VMC emergency room tails:Cats Don’t Always Land on Their Feet

UT-VMC emergency room tails:Cats Don’t Always Land on Their Feet

Tails from the ER December 11, 2015 at 1:59 am 0 comments

By Dr. Amanda Rainey It was a busy Sunday afternoon when we heard the overhead page ring out, again signaling the arrival of another emergency case.  One of my students immediately set off up front to check on our new patient.  About ten minutes later she returned, a large carrierRead More

UT-VMC emergency room tails: The barn owl escape

UT-VMC emergency room tails: The barn owl escape

Tails from the ER December 1, 2015 at 6:27 pm 0 comments

By Dr. Amanda Rainey It was a quiet Sunday evening in mid November at the UTVMC Emergency Service.  I had just finished rounding with the fourth year veterinary students assigned to emergency duty concerning a topic of their choice, and it was time to do a scheduled check of theRead More

UT-VMC emergency room tails: Just another Friday night

UT-VMC emergency room tails: Just another Friday night

Tails from the ER November 24, 2015 at 5:45 pm 0 comments

By Dr. Amanda Rainey Friday nights seem to go one of two ways for our ER service.  Things will either be very quiet with few emergencies and phone calls or we will be very busy with many cases sent in from regular veterinarians and owners finishing a long week atRead More

UT-VMC emergency room tails: The joy of Jambo

UT-VMC emergency room tails: The joy of Jambo

Tails from the ER November 17, 2015 at 4:41 pm 0 comments

By Dr. Amanda Rainey When I think about why I wanted to be a veterinarian, the reason is very simple. It’s the reason that most pre-veterinary advisors tell young students applying for veterinary school not to discuss in their letters of intent, because I suppose it’s a very obvious one.Read More

UT-VMC emergency room tails: Down

UT-VMC emergency room tails: Down

Tails from the ER November 10, 2015 at 8:18 pm 0 comments

By Dr. Amanda Rainey Maggie, a beautiful, long-haired miniature dachshund, was admitted to the ER after having difficulty moving her back two legs. The owners had noticed her reluctance to use the stairs a few days prior. She had been to her regular veterinarian soon after symptoms began and wasRead More