As a vet, you are likely to encounter a number of clients who want to breed their dogs. There are a variety of possible motivations behind breeding: financial gain, wanting a puppy similar to their own adult dog, the desire to provide an educational experience for their children, and many others.
Have you ever heard of Delusional Parasitosis? It isn't very common, but is a very real issue that you may come across in vet practice.
This is a human disease or syndrome, where an owner believes that they or their pets are infested with a parasite or organism that isn't there.
As veterinarians and pet owners, we are fortunate to live in a time where the understanding of animal diseases and options for diagnosis and treatment are far more advanced than ever before. As a result, we also live in a time where the cost to provide the new gold-standard care is also higher.
By now you have probably figured out that veterinary medicine is a combination of medical science and detective work! With experience, your ability to diagnose based on clinical signs, presenting complaints, and owner information alone will improve.
But don't be fooled, Vet Student! Below are two examples of medical conditions that can be misdiagnosed if diagnostic work-ups are skipped and the "likely choices" are assumed!