just a point of interest.
Vets need to be diverse individuals, using many different techniques throughout practice to assess conditions, make a diagnosis and consequently a course of action and prognosis.
When doing work experience, I have particularly noticed how vets can effectively put their olfactory organs to use by smelling their way through a problem.
Here are some uses to which a vet can put their nose:
- bad breath – indicates bad teeth and gums, possible gingivitis, can also suggest diseases such as kidney disease or diabetes
- anal glands – the pungent, fishy smell of anal glands is a clear indicator for when they need emptying
- infection – if a wound has a foul odour, it suggests a bacterial infection
- flatulence – excessive gas/wind can indicate intestinal problems
- skin condition – a poorly kept coat will begin to smell, this could be because of conditions such as seborrhoea or cheyletiella
- welfare – welfare issues could become apparent very quickly through the pungent smell of stale urine, suggesting a problem with care