Caring about patients: Sadie's story



Table 1: How to deal with drug shortages
In the last Diagnote, we discussed caring about patients in the context of drug shortages. In the final part of this series, we provide some suggestions to minimize the consequences of drug shortages in Table 1. Another aspect of caring about patient is illustrated by looking at Sadie's story.

Sadie's story begins


Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM and Eugene E. Nwaokorie, DVM, MS
Sadie, a 110-lb spayed female blood hound, entered the Osborne home after being rescued from a pound when she was about 5 years old. She was a magnificent-looking dog. However, she had severe leg-hold trap scars a few centimeters proximal to her left hock joint. She also was missing a huge section of auricular cartilage shaped like an adult grey wolf's mouth. In light of the evidence of severe trauma and pain in her past, I promised Sadie that, to the best of my ability, she would not be subjected to such severe pain again.

Sadie loved everybody. She was indifferent to the presence of the wild and domesticated animals commonly found in urban-suburban cities. She was afraid of loud noises such as firecrackers, thunder, backfires from automobiles and gunshots. If she was at home when a loud clap of thunder occurred, she would immediately head for the closet of our second-story bedroom, apparently because she felt safe there.