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Thermography and Veterinary Medicine

Monday, January 17th, 2011

It is funny how often I do things like take pictures of hamsters in costumes…


or show pictures of my glowing cat…

…or do equally silly things, and friends will be reminded of Super Awesome Medical Information they have to share.

I know I am supposed to be the veterinary professional here, but I am going to let my friends (vets and non-vets alike) continue to provide the Super Awesome Medical Information, and keep doing what I do best – promote preventative care by being random and celebrating pets (and, of course, providing links to the Super Awesome Medical Information, like this article on dysplasia by Jana Rade).

I do put medical information out there, but usually more in a conversational, story-telling sort of way.  (This one time, my dog got arthritis and my cat got arthritis and they both had arthritis…) Writing the technical, detailed stuff and case studies and research and the like is not my strong suit.  I promise I keep up with it and understand it, and most importantly, know where to find the experts in the things I am not an expert in!

Still, I was a bit disappointed in myself that I did not know anything about thermography before Tom came to our house to assess it for heat loss and electrical problems.  In a roundabout way, we came to discuss the applications of his profession to mine.

At first (Sorry if you read this Tom, but it’s true) I was worried since I had not heard of it before, that thermography in veterinary medicine was probably not a valid science.  I am one of those veterinary nerds who reads every small animal article in JAVMA and every horse article that includes a great picture and every large animal article pertaining to herd health. (You would be surprised how many parallels there are between cattle and guinea pig medicine).  And I NEVER EVER miss the synopsis of the artist who created the cover art.

I suck those bimonthly journals dry, and every other one I can get my hands on.

However, as much as I love to read and love veterinary medicine, I cannot read every important thing about everything without some direction from you all.  So I was very grateful Tom pointed me to these articles about thermography in veterinary medicine…


My second impression, after researching and reading a bit, was this makes sense.  One of the five hallmarks of inflammation is heat.  Another is pain.  Pain (as every veterinarian and pediatrician knows) can be very difficult to localize without some direction from the patient.

Thermography, which detects heat differences, seems to be a very promising tool in the detection of inflammation.  If we can better localize pain, we can better manage it.

It is kind of new, it is kind of different.  The scientist in me is cautiously optimisitic.  The optimist in me is really excited.  The art lover in me is really, really hoping Mom and Dad send me the pictures Tom took of Ernie Dog so I can post them here.  The blogger in me promises that as I learn more about thermography and veterinary medicine, I will pass on what I learn to you.  I have learned so much from you, it is the least I can do!

If you have information on thermography as it pertains to medicine or otherwise, or would like to weigh in with your impressions of its potential applications in Real Life, I would love to hear!  And if you have Ham-Rabbit or glowing pet pictures…I am going to need those too.

Max Glows

Friday, January 14th, 2011

I know I ask you this at least once a month (I would apologize if I thought I could stop), but…HOW GORGEOUS IS MY CAT?? My Dad had a thermography assessment of our house done by thermographer Tom Fauble as a gift (Thanks Dad!  Thanks Tom!).  The goal of the assessment was to identify areas of inappropriate heat loss and any dangerous electrical situations.  My layperson interpretation of the very detailed report:  Not bad for an old house.

Tom came while Russ was at work and I was home, so as cool as I thought the assessment was, I did not fully appreciate it as Russ would have.  For you veterinary types, it was probably as disappointing to Russ as it would be to us if our spouse were invited to watch a limb sparing osteosarcoma surgery on a big beautiful dog, while we were stuck at the laundromat.

I tried to keep up, but I lost focus when I saw this GORGEOUS cat!  “Can you see Max through that lens?” I asked.  Not only did Tom show me, he photographed him and sent me the photo with the rest of the report, let me use the picture here AND offered to track down information he has about applications of infrared thermography in veterinary medicine!

So I meant to just show you this awesome picture of Max in all his (now confirmed) cozy warmth, but it seems the next thermography post may be even better…than this post, I mean, not better than Max, because that, of course, is impossible.

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Coming Monday to Riley and James!

Thermography and Veterinary Medicine