Meet Callie, a 10 yr. domestic short hair who recently presented for her routine nail trim at her veterinary clinic. The technician noticed a tiny growth just proximal to her nail bed during her nail trim. The growth was biopsied and diagnosed as a basosquamous cell carcinoma. The affected digit required amputation and Callie is considered cured of her disease at this time.
I have experienced many situations such as this, in which the technician played a crucial role in early detection of life threatening diseases that may have otherwise gone un-noticed. This case is a good reminder to always be on the look-out and notify the veterinarian with any of your concerns. Thanks to all veterinary technicians! You truly make a difference in the lives and care of pet patients.