Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Product Highlight- ClearScope Smartphone Adapter

Have you heard about our
ClearScope Smartphone
Endoscopy Adapter?

"ClearScope is an endoscope video solution that connects any standard endoscope to the smartphone you already own. This innovative mobile medical technology creates a truly portable and cost effective alternative to the traditional video tower.

ClearScope makes it easy for medical professionals to securely capture, manage, and share HD quality video of endoscopic procedures.

No one can argue that access to video provides a valuable tool for diagnosing patients, teaching residents, and remotely consulting with other physicians. But traditional video capture equipment is expensive, not easy accessible, and can quickly become out-dated. While mobile technology offers a portable, and cost-effective alternative for endoscopy video capture, security of health information is a major concern. Until now."

The ClearScope Smartphone Endoscope Adapter is the only universal platform on the market that:

  • Is FDA, Health Canada and EU listed.
  • Can be used with virtually any smartphone, including the iPhone 6 Plus and Android Galaxy Note.
  • Connects to any standard Flexible or Rigid Endoscope.
  • Has full HD recording of endoscopy video.
  • Has an 8x optical magnification.
  • Set up in seconds and is easy to use.
  • Can share HD images via e-mail or SMS.
  • Stream to a laptop or TV monitor.
  • Integrates with the MODICA mobile camera app plus cloud storage service for secure image capture, management, and sharing.

The ClearScope features:

  • A cost effective, portable alternative to traditional video towers, which makes it possible to record ALL endoscopy procedures preformed.
  • It's small enough to carry in a lab coat pocket.
  • Easily consult and collaborate with colleagues by sending images for review by e-mail or SMS.
  • Use as a visual teaching aid by sharing videos with residents.
  • Image quality rivals those recorded on a video tower, and continues to improve with each new release of the owners smartphone.

Use your ClearScope Smartphone Adapter with the companion MODICA app and cloud backup for secure image capture, management, and sharing. The MODICA app is the first mobile medical photography solution.

MODICA is an intuitive, user-friendly iOS medical camera app that helps facilitate the secure and compliant capture, management, and sharing of clinical images.

The MODICA app features:

  • Encryption and password protection that locks images into a separate camera roll to ensure medical photos and videos NEVER mix with personal ones.
  • To ensure the best possible image quality, the app includes enhanced medical camera settings like:
    • Brightness and flash control
    • Zoom
    • Focus
    • White balance
  • Automatically offloads images from the mobile device to a HIPAA compliant cloud service, freeing up valuable data storage from the smartphone and reducing the risk of a lost or stolen smartphone.
  • The ability to text or e-mail images to colleagues, residents, and even patients for teaching and consulting purposes.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

These Cops Are So Proud Their Newest K9s Are Rescue Pit Bulls

By Stephen Messenger

"A pair of formally homeless dogs have been given a fresh start at a new life of service and new homes - all thanks to those who recognized their great potential in spite of negative stereotypes.

This week, North Carolina's Clay County Sheriff's Office announced, proudly, that two new narcotic detection dogs had joined the team. Their names are Phantom and Sarah - and both are pit bulls, rescued from shelters and trained to be key members of the force.

"What will be the most shocking to some will not be that Clay County Sheriff's has the new K-9 Deputies, but rather their breed," the department wrote online, adding: "even though pit bulls get a bad rap in the media, they aren't all bad dogs and can do great things for the communities they serve."

Prior to graduating from a training course with their new human deputy partners, Phantom and Sarah were just two of countless pit bulls languishing in shelters, unloved. Fortunately, each had an organization step in to give them purpose and a home to call their own.

Phantom was pulled from a Texas shelter by UniversalK9, a group that rescues and trains shelter pups for use in law enforcement. Sarah came from a shelter in New York, and got her second chance thanks to the Animal Farm Foundation.

Not only did this save Phantom and Sarah from their uncertain futures, according to the sheriff's office, it saved taxpayers money:

"The two foundations have taken on the mission to show that Departments do not need to spend $15-$20,000 for a purebred German shepherd or Belgian Malinois to search and find illegal drugs, at the same time giving dogs destined for a life in a shelter or euthanasia a second chance at life serving Law Enforcement Officers and Departments around the country."

For Brad Croft, operations director for UniversalK9, seeing Phantom and Sarah put their sad pasts behind them to embark on their new career makes it all worthwhile.

"As always it makes me feel proud to be able to help find productive jobs for these dogs and at the same time provides them with a new home," Croft told The Dodo. "I visit shelters often and pit bulls fill them. The more I am able to place these dogs the more I can save. It's really a win, win, win for the dogs, law enforcement and tax payers."'

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Little Dog Is Welcomed As Monastery's Cutest New Friar

By Stephen Messenger

"In Catholic tradition, St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals - so perhaps it's only fitting that one of the newest followers to join his order is quite literally a dog.

The Franciscan monastery of Cochabamba, Bolivia, recently announced that a furry pup, named Carmelo, had joined their sacred fold, where he quickly distinguished himself as its cutest member.

In honor of his new position, the dog even earned a more formal title: Friar Bigaton (that's Spanish for "mustache").

He also got a tiny Franciscan habit to wear around his new home.

Prior to being adopted, Friar Bigoton lived as a stray. But now as the monastery's resident pet, things couldn't be better.

"Hi life is all about playing and running," fellow friar Jorge Fernandez told The Dodo. "Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God."

Apparently, running and playing aren't the dog's only duties.

"[Here's] Brother Carmelo preaching to the fish," wrote Franciscan Kasper Maruisz Kapron, who first posted these adorable photos online.

Most importantly, though, Friar Bigoton's biggest role is in helping other pups like him.

Carmelo's adoption was made possible by a local animal rescue group, Proyecto Narices Frias (Cold Nose Project), which hopes his story will serve as an inspiration for more monasteries to open their doors to needy pets.

"If only all the churches of our country adopt a dog and care for him like Friar Bigoton," the group wrote in a post on Facebook, "we are sure that the parishioners would follow his example."'

Click here for the original article from The Dodo.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Awkward Laser Photo Helps Lost Ferret Find His Way Home

By Stephen Messenger

"Frankie the ferret was brought to safety this week by Texas' Leander Police Department after being found wandering alone in a local park. Back at the station, the ferret quickly won over all the officers with his charming personality, but unfortunately, despite their best efforts, they were unable to find Frankie's rightful owner.

As is customary in such cases, officials wanted to alert the public on social media. Rather than just post a boring image of Frankie, however, they decided to get creative - with an intentionally awkward, '90's-style photo portrait, complete with a bodacious neon laser background so typical of the era.

The clever tribute isn't just adorable; it proved effective.

Less than a day after the photoshopped picture of Frankie (held by police chief Greg Minton) was shared to Facebook, the lucky ferret was back home where he belongs. Turns out, enough people had shared the funny photo online that his worry-stricken family eventually caught wind of it as well.

"His owner saw the post on social media," a spokesperson for the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter told The Dodo. "She came by, had photos and was able to identify a chipped tooth the ferret had!"

The extra effort to help Frankie be found clearly paid off.

"We are lucky to have a Chief that has a good sense of humor," assistant chief (and unofficial photographer) Jeff Hayes told The Dodo. "All the posts we do to return animals have a little humor mixed in, as it helps generate interest and spread the word."

Now that's some good police work!"

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Rescue Dogs Will Take Over For Ball Boys At Tennis Tournament

By Stephen Messenger

"When the job is chasing down tennis balls, really who better to hire than a dog?

For the second year in a row, organizers of the Brazil Tennis Open will be welcoming in a group of eager canines to serve as "ball boys" during next week's tournament. But rather than merely serve as mid-match entertainment for animal-loving spectators, their participation throughout the games is about so much more. All the pups involved have been rescued from abandonment - and now they're looking for new homes

"No matter their origin or age, when they are loved and fed properly [rescued dogs] can be wonderful companions. [They can] play, learn new things and accomplish great deeds," organizer Madalena Spinazzola said in a release. "They are dogs that have had difficulties in life, yes. But what we want to show is not the stories suffered in the past, rather to prove that, regardless of what they've experienced, they can be great companions today and in the future!"

Here's footage from last year's Brazil Tennis Open showing the dogs in action.

Best of all, the exposure has helped change the lives of these pups for the better.

Last time around, every dog who participated was ultimately adopted into a forever home - and with any luck, this year will be no different."

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Can You Feel Pride When Your Clients are Sad?

By Emily Williams, DVM

"I had to tell an owner that his best friend was dying last week. He brought his 11 year old dog to see me for coughing after exercise. Prior to going into the room, I reviewed his history and noted a murmur was diagnosed over a year ago. I walked into that room with congestive heart failure on the top of my list. I was greeted by a happy Aussie and a bright eyed owner.

While I listened to the heart, I immediately knew this was not a cardiac issue. The murmur was no louder than it was when it first was diagnosed and lungs sounded clear. I knew this had to be a respiratory problem and to be honest, I thought it was a URI. Something didn't add up, so I suggested chest x-rays. The owner authorized the images and as I held down the pedal to take the x-ray, I said out loud, "Please don't break my heart." The image came up on the screen and the chest was full of metastatic cancer.

I remember feeling an instance of pride. Pride for trusting my instinct. And pride because for the first time in my four years being out of veterinary school, I felt "experienced." Experienced enough to recognize the unlikeliness that this was a cardiac issue and most likely a respiratory condition. And further experience to be concerned that this was more than an upper respiratory infection.

But the short instance of pride was quickly replaced by shame. I thought to myself, how can I feel pride when I see an x-ray full of cancer? How did I almost talk myself into thinking this was a URI and almost let the owner not take the radiograph? Why do I deserve to feel "good" when this man is filled with so much sadness and grief?

This case shows my internal struggle with black and white thinking and perfectionism. this is a classic example of just how destructive these though processes are to my sense of self and confidence. Instead of recognizing in the moment that I could in fact feel pride and sadness at the same time, I quickly went to the emotion that made the most sense. Cancer is "bad" so I must feel an emotion that is "bad." Pride is not a "bad" emotion, so shame seems more appropriate.

I am not suggesting that I would have paraded around the owner with a giant smile on my face saying, "See, this is exactly why I wanted to take an x-ray! Aren't I just amazing for recognizing that your dog didn't have a URI. Instead he is dying!" That insanely invalidating and insensitive approach would be the same as sitting alone in my shame.

Empathizing with the owner's grief was extremely important and necessary at that time. I truly did feel sadness and my heart did break when I saw the tears in his eyes. At the same time, I recognized that for my own sense of self and sanity, I had to come back to the emotion of pride. So I came home that evening and I wrote. I went through the thought process to see why I pushed the pride far away. And as I outlined above it was because that feeling didn't seem appropriate.

A similar situation to the case above and one that I think most veterinarians can relate to is when we have a puppy exam following a euthanasia. The dichotomy of these appointment types leads to even more conflicting thoughts. At one moment we are asked to humanely end life, while owners see their family member take their last breath. While the next moment we are laughing in a room, getting puppy kisses. And exactly how many of us stop in between those two appointments and take a breath and recognize our grief? We may not have the time right then and there to reflect but we MUST come back to that emotion or eventually the feelings we avoid will destroy us.

I attribute the high suicide rate in our field because most of us avoid feeling or more appropriately we choose what to feel and ignore other uncomfortable feelings. Avoiding the feelings doesn't erase them. We owe it to ourselves to learn to live in the grey area; to experience two conflicting emotions at the same time and to be okay with the discomfort of the dichotomy.

So I look back on that day I diagnosed metastatic lung cancer in that sweet dog, and I think "Good job Emily for taking radiographs and finding the answer to why he was coughing. The diagnosis sucks! With that simple diagnostic though that YOU recommended, the family can enjoy the last few weeks of his life to the fullest." Now I can comfortably say during the moment I felt both sadness AND pride. That is the power of AND: it does not minimize one emotion in order to validate another. Instead it allows both opposing emotions to be true."

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About the Author

"Dr. Emily Williams is a small animal veterinarian in Denver, Colorado. She enjoys writing, crafting, and watching TV curled up on the couch. Her current aspiration is to master mindfulness to that she can fully be present and accepting in everything she does in and out of the veterinary field."

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Guy Makes Incredible Nametags Revealing Shelter Cats’ Secret Opinions

By Hilary Hanson
The Huffington Post

"Face it: It can be a little difficult to tell what a cat is thinking.

But thanks to comedian Jeff Wysaski, better known by his online persona Obvious Plant, you don't have to - at least when it comes to the kitties up for adoption at the Sante D'Or Adoption Center in Los Angeles.

Wysaski made name tags for numerous cats, explaining their quirky "likes" and "dislikes" - with "likes" including cuddling and staring out the window and "dislikes" including "90's garage rock," "Badminton" and "the warlock's curse that transformed her into a cat."

Wysaski wrote on Facebook that he "stealthily left" the labels at the shelter, but clarified that "All these cats are real and need a home!"

While the shelter was appreciative of the gesture, staff members did have one minor quibble.

"Thanks for the shout out," Sante D'Or wrote in a Facebook comment under Wysaski's post. "Please stop by and see the cats in person. We'd love to chat. However, Obi is a huge fan of improv comedy..."

You can purrrrsue the name-tags below, and learn more about the cats up for adoption here."

Click here for the original article 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Closed for President's Day!

Endoscopy Support Services will be closed
Monday, February 20th in observance of the holiday.

We will re-open Tuesday, February 21st at normal business time.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cops Build Cozy 'Condo' For A Friendly Stray Cat

By Stephen Messenger

"For the last four years or so, the area outside of the Boston Police Department's SWAT team headquarters has been home to their unofficial mascot - a sweet-natured calico kitty who just showed up one day and decided to stay.

The officers named her SWAT Cat, naturally.

It didn't take long for the SWAT team to fall in love with their new self-appointed feline colleague, who'd always run to greet them as they returned from a call, or cozy up beside them when they sat outside. In return, the SWAT team has made sure she's stayed healthy and safe.

One thing they couldn't do, however, was make SWAT Cat an indoor cat.

"The men and women of BPD SWAT Team have tried numerous tactics over the years to convince her to come in from the elements but she is set in her ways," a department spokesperson wrote online.

While the team has provided her with a variety of shelters in the past, they decided it was time SWAT Cat had an abode befitting of her place in their hearts.

What resulted is an insulated architectural masterpiece of pet-sized proportions.

"Officer Jamie Pietroski, a 15-year veteran of the Boston Police Department, stayed late after work for several nights painstakingly preparing SWAT Cat's new home," writes the department. "The condo features a spacious studio interior layout, a large deck for outdoor dining and glass sliding doors offering panoramic city views."

The insistently outdoor kitty would now be living in style.

And sure enough, she seemed to appreciate the gesture.

"SWAT Cat moved right in and looks very happy with her new custom kitty accommodations," wrote the department.

While we would love to see SWAT Cat decide to put her free-spirited days as a stray behind her, and opt instead for the comfort and security of domestic life inside with the team, we're happy to know that the door for her is always open.

In the meantime, it's nice to know she'll be cozy in a cat condo all her own."

Click here for the original article.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

20-Year-Old Goldfish Gets Surgery To Remove Lump On His Fin

By Caitlin Jill Anders

"Bob the goldfish is 20 years old, and has been with his parents his whole life. He's even older than his human siblings, and is a beloved family pet. So when Bob's parents noticed a small lump on one of his fins, they were incredibly worried, and immediately took him to get checked out.

Bob's parents took him to the Toll Barn Veterinary Centre Limited to get checked out by Dr. Faye Bethell, who determined that the lump was a tumor, and Bob would need to have it removed.

"We first met Bob on the day of his surgery and he was in good health apart from his tumor," Dr. Bethell told The Dodo.

Bethell and her team had operated on many fish before, but Bob was by far the oldest one. An anesthetic powder was added to the water Bob was in so that he wouldn't feel a thing during the surgery, and his heart rate was monitored the entire time.

"Our nurses kept him wet throughout to prevent damage to his scales and provided anesthetic infused water through a tube in his mouth to keep him oxygenated and anesthetized," Bethell said.

The surgery went well, and the vets were able to remove the tumor from Bob's fin without harming him in any way. His loving family took him home, hoping for many more years with the fish they love.

"Bob is now doing well and back to his normal self," Bethell said."

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Friday, February 10, 2017

You Get Knocked Down, But You Get Up Again

By Lauren Smith, DVM

"That's life and as funny as it may seem, some people get their kicks, stomping on a dream."
~Frank Sinatra

"It was the summer before vet school. Like any good, future vet, I had taken a summer job as an assistant at a local animal hospital. It was a small hospital in a strip mall. The owner, let's call him Dr. O for short, was currently the only vet working there as his associate had recently left; not that two vets were needed. The case load was small, some days only seeing three or four patients. Dr. O spent much of his day doing Shutzhund training with his German Shepard.

In between the few appointments that we did see, I would sweep, organize cabinets, stock shelves and sweep some more. After sweeping for the third or fourth time in a single morning, I would get bored and go up front to chat with the lovely ladies at the front desk, much to Dr. O's chagrin.

"I don't pay you to socialize," he would say. Honestly, I wasn't sure what he paid me for, since there was hardly any work to be done. Not that I was there for the pay check; I was there for the experience working with animals.

Of course, neither of us were getting what we wanted out of this gig. With such a small case load you'd think perhaps Dr. O might be able to take some time to teach me a thing or two, but you'd be wrong. He seemed eternally vexed by my restraining technique. He would complain every time I held an animal for him, but never once showed me a preferred way to restrain.

One time, after having me wrangle a particularly frightened and understandably uncooperative dog down on the exam table, I must have let up for a second. I can't remember if it was because I just couldn't physically hold the dog, or because I felt bad for torturing the poor creature. Either way, the dog got his head free. No one got bit, or hurt in any way. Dr. O went off on me.

"Never let go of a dog when you're holding for me. I don't know where they taught you how to restrain a dog, but you have no idea what you're doing. This is a dangerous job and you're not cut out for it. You should seriously consider doing something else."

I was devastated. I was already enrolled at Ross. My deposit was paid. This was my dream; one I was ready to leave my family, friends and country to achieve. And here was someone telling me I wasn't cut out for it.

Of course, it was ridiculous to let this man get to me like that. There wasn't one thing about him I respected. He didn't show respect for his clients or his patients, he treated his staff like crap. I knew that in my head, but my heart was still hurt. My nagging voice of self-doubt was suddenly manifest out of someone else's mouth.

I kept the job, knowing that it was only for a couple more months and all the other summer jobs at vet clinics had undoubtedly been filled. Dr. O's words stuck with me as he continued to berate my performance, but I soldiered on; determined not to let a small, unhappy man and a toxic work environment dull my excitement for my dream.

I survived the toxicity and went on to succeed in vet school. After a very short stint in another toxic work environment after I graduated, I found my place at first one, then another supportive clinic where I found mentors who helped me grow into the vet I am today - one who strives to offer not just excellent medical care to her patients, but kindness, compassion and empathy to her clients and who tries to always remember to respect and support others that she works with.

A few years ago, when a new graduate joined our practice, we got to talking about our experiences and lo and behold, I learned that he too had spent a few months working for Dr. O. He too had been told by Dr. O that he shouldn't be a veterinarian.

Mr. Sinatra was right - some people will always get their kicks, stomping on a dream. If they try to stomp on yours, pick it up, dust it off and dream."

About the Author
"Dr. Lauren Smith graduated in 2008 from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical year at Cornell University. Her professional interests include internal medicine, preventative medicine and client education. Dr. Smith lives and practices on Long Island with her cat, Charlie and dog, Frankie and loves to read, write, and run in her free time. You can check out more of her writing at LaurenSmithDVM.com"

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