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Articles by Michael A. Obenski, DVM

Proof that there's variation within the species

Mar 1, 2008

Mrs. Dizzy is one of my best clients. However, when you first meet her it doesn't take long to figure out that she doesn't have both oars in the water. Each and every office visit with her is a bit time-consuming because explanations must be simplified and then repeated several times. We don't mind. She's cooperative, loves her pets and, most important of all, pays her bills. (Everyone can't be a rocket scientist, you know.)

Money is no object, until you ask for it

Feb 1, 2008

Sometimes this gift of prophecy seems like a curse.

Honey Sweets might 'not hurt a fly,' just me

Jan 1, 2008

Meanwhile, Honey Sweets growled, barked and snapped repeatedly at imaginary veterinarians.

An outbreak of client sanity could be disastrous

Dec 1, 2007

It was Feb. 14, Valentine's Day. Because of a raging snowstorm, appointments were being cancelled left and right. With the slow schedule, I was entertaining thoughts of enjoying a second jelly doughnut. Unfortunately, a telephone call interrupted me.

More curious, spurious ways to transport a cat

Oct 1, 2007

Strange noises were coming from my examination room.

The art of extracting cat from carrier

Forget tilting, tipping and shaking: Outboard-motor method usually works best
Sep 1, 2007

It took three of us to help Mr. Hamerswing bring his cats in from the car. That's because Porky and Jumbo were riding in their brand-new, homemade cat carrier.

What part of 'No' doesn't he understand?

Aug 1, 2007

One day last month, I made a stupid mistake: I looked at the appointment calendar first thing in the morning. As a general rule, I don't do that because it might cause me to read a name like the one I saw that day – one you remember for all the wrong reasons. I spent the next two hours suffering anticipation anxiety as I waited for a confrontation with Mr. Kenny B. Worthit.

Series of strange events too much for wise guy

Jul 1, 2007

Arnie is one of those people who believes he knows everything. What irritates me is that I think he may be right. In our 30-plus years of friendship, he has remained unfailingly one step ahead of me.

Just follow the bouncing ball

Some clients want a second opinion – then a third, and perhaps a fourth – before they come back
Jun 1, 2007

Over my four decades as a veterinarian, I have been privileged to meet and retain many fine clients. You know the type – those who seem more like close friends than a source of practice revenue. I feel a loyalty to those pet owners, and have a notion that the feeling is mutual.

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