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She Thought He Would Be Cheaper and Faster Than a Veterinarian

But he was having none of it.

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A PATIENT OF MINE comes in at closing time, 4 p.m. on Saturday. The lights are off and I’m literally walking out the door. She’s holding an old hairy dog and says his eye is red. Would I write an antibiotic Rx for him? I told her I don’t treat dogs. She said I could write the Rx for her and she would give it to the dog.

I told her no and asked how long the dog had the red eye. She told me one week. I looked at his eye. It was red and had dried mucus discharge around the area. I asked her why she didn’t take him to the veterinarian and she told me that the vet would charge a lot more for an office visit than me. I told her to forget it — and told her to take him to the vet. — Michael S., Coral Springs, FL

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One OD’s Encounter Gives A Whole New Meaning to ‘Tick of the Eye’

What she thought was a scab had legs.

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I had a patient call with “something irritating her left eye for the past day.” We brought her in right away. I initially thought it was a chalazion that she had been picking at until I looked under the slit lamp. What I thought was a scab actually had legs. It was a tick embedded in her lid margin! — Kimberly Riggs, OD, Ligonier, PA

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An Exception to the Cancellation Policy?

The no-show who showed … briefly.

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Had a patient come in the office five minutes before their appointment to tell us they will not be here for their appointment and then ran out. — Michael Davis, OD Opti-Care, Eldersburg, MD

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A California Doc’s Only Exception to the ‘No Dogs’ Rule

And no, it isn’t for service dogs.

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True tails! Our office policy is no pets, service dogs only. But there was one time we made an exception. A middle aged male patient arrived with his dog on a leash. He was talking very sweetly to his pet and bending over to pet him. As I approached him I looked down to greet the well-behaved animal. But behold, there was only a leash. This is when we implemented “the exception of the invisible dog.” — Dave Schultz, OD, Urban Optics, San Luis Obispo, CA

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