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Articles by Michael A. Obenski, DVM

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.

The kind of people who spare all costs

May 1, 2007

Any office call involving Mr. and Mrs. Flipflop can be quite a challenge. They truly seem to love their pets, or maybe they don't. And nothing is too much trouble when it comes to their animal's welfare, or maybe nothing is all they are willing to do. It is hard to tell. The truth is, though, they usually are all talk and no action.

Pamered pooch: Enough to make a real dog growl

Mar 1, 2007

Serena is one of my favorite patients. She is a big, old country dog who came into this world two months after her mother — a dog of unknown ancestry – hooked up with her father, a dog of unknown whereabouts.

Focused on the problem at hand: tracking down a stray doughnut

Feb 1, 2007

An office call with Mr. Sidetrack is always a little frustrating. So, since he was 10 minutes early for last week's office call, I decided to postpone my grief as long as possible.

A little 'no-how' helps deliver the cold hard facts

Jan 1, 2007

I finished the surgery with feelings of pride and accomplishment. There were enterotomies in four places. The abdomen was closed, the skin was closed, and the drain was in place.

Piddle's wee wee lagoon rescue rife with danger, diagnostic intrigue

Dec 1, 2006

At her last office visit, Mrs. Dimbulb was very anxious to share her latest theory concerning her cat's behavior. "You know, Doctor," she said. "I think I know why Pierce misbehaves when he's here. It's those heavy gloves you people wear when handling him. Those gloves scare him. My sister, Mrs. Tranquil, brings her cat here, and she told me that her cat, Honey Pie, behaves just fine. I think it's because you don't use those scary gloves on her cat."

Mr. Punster's wit strong as old concrete; he just cracked himself up

Nov 1, 2006

Will Dawdle was a great veterinarian in the 1970s. In fact, he still is.

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