Author: Introvets

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Introvets is a veterinary podcast by introverts with high-functioning anxiety. Co-hosts Lauren, a Veterinarian, and Jennifer, a Licensed Veterinary Technician, have over 40 years of combined experience in the veterinary field. In each episode, we present an anonymous case, work through differentials and testing, reveal the diagnosis, then relate disease and treatment info, along with various sidebars, fun facts, and new research. We talk frankly about our anxiety, going to therapy, and things like that. There is (hopefully) a strong humor element, as well as some philosophizing and opinion sharing. There is also the occasional moderately naughty word, but we try to not use the big guns. It's not really a formal environment - it's more of a veterinary hang, and we'd love to see you there!
27 Episodes
The Howloween Spooktacular episode is here! Lauren and JJ share spooky clinic stories and talk about all things Halloween.
Episode 13: Be-E Aggressive

Episode 13: Be-E Aggressive


Cats just tend to vomit, right? No big deal? No! It’s a big deal! In Episode 13, Lauren and JJ work up a chronically vomiting cat who is losing weight.
In this week’s episode, Lauren and JJ share stories of hero pets: a bomb-sniffing rat, a cat and dog who each saved their owners from potential disaster, and two cool penguins!
Lauren and JJ present a case of chronic GI illness in a dog. Are we really just dealing with chronic pancreatitis, or is something else going on?
In snack-sized episode 11, the advice column is back! A veterinary staff member is dissatisfied with the veterinary care of their own pet. Also, JJ tells the WOW cat story, and we hear a listener story about a voicemail fail.
In Episode 11, Lauren and JJ present a case from one of our veterinary technician friends. Cassie’s cat is losing weight and seems like a textbook case, but not everything is as it seems.
In Snackisode 10, Lauren and JJ tackle a tough listener question. What do you do if you encounter a lower standard of care than you feel comfortable with?
Lauren and JJ work up a case with some odd non-specific symptoms. This episode includes an in-depth discussion of pseudocyesis in the dog.
Lauren and JJ read some listener mail and give advice about dealing with grumpy clients, plus the Spicy Purrito Feline Chili Pepper Rating System is explained!
Lauren and JJ welcome special guest therapist Laurie Fonken to discuss the edge states and how they relate to veterinary medicine, including pathologic altruism, burnout, compassion fatigue, and more! Dr. Fonken, PhD, is a licensed professional counselor and the Director of DVM Counseling and Wellness Programs at Colorodo State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Fonken also provides counselling and consuling services for veterinarians and veterinary staff through her business, Whole Vets, LLC. Books mentioned in this episode: 1. Standing at the Edge: Joan Halifax, 2018 2. Banishing Burnout: Michael Leiter and Christina Maslach, 2005 Special Guest: Laurie Fonken.
In this Snackisode, Lauren and JJ reminisce about fundraising, talk podcast recommendations, and review the AAFP hyperthyroidism categories. What if a cat with classic symptoms has a normal thyroid level? What if a cat without symptoms has an abnormal thyroid level? What do we do when kitties have more than one problem? The ladies cover all of this and more! Sources: 1. 2016 AAFP Guidelines for the Management of Feline Hyperthyroidism, Harney, H. C. et al. May 3, 2016. 2. Ruiz-Drebbing, M. et al. Canine TSH Concentration (CTSH) as a Test for Feline Hyperthyroidism. Is It Useful? 22nd Congress of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine for Companion Animals. 2012.
Episode 8: F*cktion

Episode 8: F*cktion


Lauren and JJ work up weight loss and behavioral changes in a feline patient. This episode includes an overview of the diagnosis and treatment of feline hyperthyroidism. Sources: 1. 2016 AAFP Guidelines for the Management of Feline Hyperthyroidism, Harney, H. C. et al. May 3, 2016. 2. Hyperthyroidism in Animals. Peterson, M. E. Merck Veterinary Manual. July 2019. 3. Diagnosis and management of feline hyperthyroidism: current perspectives. Vaske, H. et al. Veterinary Medicine: Research and Reports. March 2014.
Storytime! Lauren and JJ read veterinary stories from listeners. This week’s episode features a dog with a special skin graft, kitties who find a home together, an owner communication fail, and an inspiring tripod dog.
Lauren and JJ welcome Veterinary Anesthesiologist Dr. Lydia Love to the podcast to discuss common anesthesia and analgesia myths. Which drugs are safest? Can pets be too old for anesthesia? What are the best choices for pain management? Hear all this and more in this week’s episode! Special Guest: Lydia Love.
Veterinary story time! Lauren and JJ share listener stories including an awesome written notice to clients, a clinic that is stepping outside the status quo to create an awesome clinic culture, and a story about a hero yorkie!
Episode 6: Drama Bus

Episode 6: Drama Bus


Lauren and JJ sit down to talk with office manager Christine Wood about conflict between veterinary staff members. The ladies discuss several common situations that most long- term veterinary staff have either experienced or fallen into themselves. Christine gives tips on how to cope with interpersonal conflict and improve hospital culture. Special Guest: Christine Wood.
In Snack-Sized Episode 5, Lauren and JJ discuss outpatient therapy options for the management of canine parvo virus and they have questions. What is considered outpatient therapy? What level of treatment is involved? Is it less expensive? Why are there cupcakes? The outpatient study referenced in this episode is: Evaluation of an Outpatient Protocol in the Treatment of Canine Parvoviral Enteritis from the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, January 2017: Another good resrouce is this FAQ from Colorado State University about their standard outpatient treatment for canine parvovirus: The Australian study referenced in this episode is: Socioeconomic, geographic, and climatic risk factors for canine parvovirus infection and euthansia in Australia from Preventative Veterinary Medicine, January 2020: A link to_ Frequently asked questions about SNAP Parvo Test_: The episode of the Hidden Brain podcast about memory that is referenced in this episode is: Did That Really Happen? How Our Memories Betray Us, which was released on December 16, 2019:
We’ve been presented with a very sick puppy and an unexpected test result. Lauren and JJ are on the case! The ladies review differentials for gastroenteritis in puppies and discuss the pathophysiology and treatment of canine parvo virus. Sources for this episode include: Greene, C.E. and Decaro, N. “Canine Viral Enteritis.” Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat, 4th Edition. Elsevier 2012, pp. 67-75. Goddard, A., Leisewitz, A. L., Christopher, M. M., Duncan, N. M., and Becker, P. J. “Prognostic usefulness of blood leukocyte changes in canine parvoviral enteritis.” Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Mar-Apr 2008. Volume 22, pp. 309-316. Rothrock, K. and Shell, L.G. “Canine Parvovirus Infection.” Vincyclopedia of Diseases. Veterinary Information Network: Sullivan, L. A. “Canine Parvovirus.” 2016. Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Spring Symposium Proceedings. “Frequently asked questions about SNAP parvo text.” Idexx: Schultz, R. D., Larson, L. J., and Lorentzen, L. P. “Effects of modified live canine parvovirus vaccine on the SNAP ELISA antigen assay.” 2008. International Veterinary Emergency Critical Symposium Proceedings. Mohr, A. J., Leisewitz, A. L., Jacobson, L. S., Steiner, J. M., Ruaux, C. G., Williams, D. A. “Effect of early enteral nutrition on intestinal permeability, intestinal protein loss, and outcome in dogs with severe parvoviral enteritis. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 2003. Volume 17, pp. 791-798.
On today's snackisode Lauren and JJ talk with Dr. Bree Montana about the Vets4Vets program and how it can be beneficial for veterinarians. Vets4Vets is a free program that offers a variety of mental health services and mentorships. The benefits provided by this program can be life saving. If you or anyone you know needs help, please don't hesitate to contact these wonderful people. Veterinarians Email: Phone: (530) 794-8094 Veterinary Support Staff Email: For more information, visit the program’s website at Special Guest: Bree Montana.
Episode 4: Anxiety Castle

Episode 4: Anxiety Castle


Get ready for real talk! Lauren and JJ chat with therapist Dana Hampson about the pressures veterinary professionals face, the importance of creating boundaries, and how to say “no.” Dana Hampson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and owner of The Balanced Life, LLC in Madison, AL. The book mentioned in this episode is “Not Nice” by Aziz Gazipura: Special Guest: Dana Hampson.
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