It’s a relatively quiet night on your first shift as an emergency veterinarian. You’re seeing the normal rotation of skin, ears, and diarrhea cases, with just a few hospitalized patients to monitor through the night. One of those patients is Rex, a 20 kg MN mixed breed dog who presented to the day shift after being hit by a car.
The daytime veterinarian determined that Rex was in pretty good shape, overall, except for a tibial fracture, which she stabilized with a Robert-Jones bandage until a surgeon can repair the fracture (which will likely happen in one to two days). She started Rex on some pain medication, but mentioned that he may need a change in his pain management protocol as his sedation wears off.