Adventures in Vet Techin'

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cruelfeline asked: Question regarding the goatsmilk: I kind of understand how people might (incorrectly) think it okay to feed to mammalian neonates, but what sort of explanations have people given you for the birds and reptiles? That just seems like an odd leap of logic to make :/


"Because it is easy for them to digest" is honestly the most common answer I get. I have no clue how that idea got so firmly entrenched in the public mind but it did. It is easy to forget (and I work very hard to remind myself of it often) but basic science understanding in the USA is very poor. People not in some kind of science based field just simply do not understand how their own body works and many assume a lizard works the same as a bird works the same as a dog. Quite a few people believe all babies require milk regardless of their species or at least feel since babies can eat it, it must be good for everything.

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The road to hell is paved with good intentions and the river that runs alongside is filled with goat’s milk.

Vast numbers of neonatal wildlife have died with bellies full to bloating and faces covered with goat milk. Deer, mice, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, ducklings, starlings, porcupines,…

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Dr. — has worked all over the US, and she said the only place she’s heard “vet” used as a verb is in Virginia. For example, people around here say things like “I’d like to make an appointment for Dr. Bossman to come vet my cattle” or “the breeder said this puppy was fully vetted.” It usually means a vet has examined, dewormed, and vaccinated the animal in question.

Is this really just a Virginia thing? I didn’t notice one way or the other up at school in Pennsylvania lol

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