I have so much shit to do.

Three Exams this week:

Chem 112

Bio 152

Animal Welfare

I was just studying Welfare outside near the lake, it is beauuuutiful out. Unfortunately I had to come back in to start Chemistry. I’m in the library right now and I’m going to try to bang out as many OWL Chem problems as I can before I got to class at 4. *Sigh* My stress level is so ridiculous right now. 

I haven’t even started studying for Biology. I’m going to the review tonight and then maybe going over the Action Potential graph once before I got to bed. Welfare and Chem are my priorities right now.

Gotta make shit tons of coffee, because I am NOT compromising on my grades this year!

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aliveagaintoday asked:

Hi there, as a long time exotic owner, I absolutely love your blog! I have a non-exotic question for you. Our trainer suggested some type of anxiety treatment for our German Shepherd. He is 10 months old, chases his tail non stop, paces outside, and needs to suck on a stuffed animal to fall asleep. Are there any OTC treatments we can try or do you recommend going for a prescription medication through our vet? He was seen 3 months back at the vet but they didn't want to start meds yet. Thanks!

theexoticvet answered:

Thank you for the kind words about the blog, I appreciate it. I applaud you for seeking out a trainer, that is really excellent and is one of the very first things I recommend to owners of pets with behavioral problems.

There some OTC things you can try, I honestly am not sure how well they work but I have clients with animals on these products and they swear by them. One thing you can try is the Calm diet by Royal Canin. Honestly I am not certain it works and it seems a bit of a stretch to me but I have a few clients with pets on it and I have some friends that have animals on it and they really say it has helped out. It cannot hurt and if it helps, I say why not?

There are also some room sprays and plug in diffusers under various names that release Dog Appeasing Pheromone (D.A.P.). Again, it could be witchcraft but some pets really do seem to respond to it.

Thundershirts are more for anxiety related to storms but do have a calming effect on some animals.

Again, you can try all or some of these products and they may help out a lot or you may notice absolutely nothing. Can’t hurt anything but your pocket book.

If training, behavioral modification, exercise, toys, OTC remedies, and all other avenues have been explored medication can be tried as long as a few factors are kept in mind:

  1. Medication cannot and will not take the place of training and behavioral modification, they are simply extra tools to use.
  2. It can take weeks to months of trying different dosages and combinations of medicines until you and your veterinarian find the right one that works for your pet
  3. You will likely need biannual checkups and blood work to make sure that the medication is not affecting your pet’s liver, kidneys or other organs. Some drugs require testing to ensure they are maintaining proper serum blood levels.

If that is all kept in mind I think you will find a solution that works for you and your dog.

ENOUGH DEPRESSING STUFF. Now that that’s over with……HERE’S A PICTURE OF MY KITTY. I’m going to miss him a shit ton now that I won’t see him until summer!
I have decided to do case studies and special research on this blog to kind of get me motivated and to motivate you guys! (Because I now have a lot more followers than I expected!!) So in my ansci 101 class, my awesome professor did interesting case studies on real cases that she had assessed. So after all the boring-but necessary- notes, she would have the students participate in a case study. It helped keep me focused and motivated me, so I thought that I will continue with that here on my blog. If you have any conditions you want me to cover or research please send them to me by reblogging this post or sending me a message.

And even the older, more experienced blogs, PLEASE please please send me something to research even if you already know what it is!! I would greatly appreciate it and it would keep me motivated! 

So examples of conditions would be: (I will probably cover these soon)
Mast cell tumors
-what are they?
-in Dogs vs. Cats
-Stages and what biopsies can indicate

Unilateral/Bilateral Cryptorchid
-What it is, how it occurs
-If/Why the animal should need surgery
-Unilateral vs. Bilateral

You guys get the point! So help me out!

ENOUGH DEPRESSING STUFF. Now that that’s over with……HERE’S A PICTURE OF MY KITTY. I’m going to miss him a shit ton now that I won’t see him until summer!

I have decided to do case studies and special research on this blog to kind of get me motivated and to motivate you guys! (Because I now have a lot more followers than I expected!!) So in my ansci 101 class, my awesome professor did interesting case studies on real cases that she had assessed. So after all the boring-but necessary- notes, she would have the students participate in a case study. It helped keep me focused and motivated me, so I thought that I will continue with that here on my blog. If you have any conditions you want me to cover or research please send them to me by reblogging this post or sending me a message.

And even the older, more experienced blogs, PLEASE please please send me something to research even if you already know what it is!! I would greatly appreciate it and it would keep me motivated! 

So examples of conditions would be: (I will probably cover these soon)

Mast cell tumors

-what are they?

-in Dogs vs. Cats

-Stages and what biopsies can indicate

Unilateral/Bilateral Cryptorchid

-What it is, how it occurs

-If/Why the animal should need surgery

-Unilateral vs. Bilateral

You guys get the point! So help me out!

Alrighty so I’m on the train ride back to UMass, and I couldn’t be more excited. My academic probation has allowed me to really see what I need to do in order to do well and get good grades. I am retaking Biology and Chemistry with different professors this semester and taking a required writing course. I can take one more class, and although I would LOVE to take Ansci 103 after I took 101 last sem, I need to realize that I can’t juggle three science courses again just yet. So I am really going to focus on not JUST doing well but going above and beyond my academic requirements and capabilities. Im just scared that I will resort to my old ways and SAY but not DO. 

Sometimes, these are the sacrifices you have to make as an AnSci major. It’s hard. There are people in rougher positions than I am in, I know that. But right not I just need to focus on myself and my future. 

As for inspiration, I think I might take up volunteering at the barn in Hadley. I would have to wake up fairly early on the weekends, yes, but I think that doing so would keep me focused on the major and my future. I am also going to shadow a vet (if I can find a ride) and hopefully try to get a job there once something opens up.

I already have a lot on my plate, I know!! But this blog is really helping me get my shit together and get my future together so thanks for following!