A few years ago, a woman brought her new dog in for an exam. She felt a bunch of tiny bumps all over the dogs body that she hadn’t noticed before adopting him. At first we thought they were little cysts, but they were much harder and too small to try and aspirated and get any cells out of them for a cytology. The doctor suggested an x-ray.
After the film was developed, myself and the other technician I was working with looked at the x-ray confused- all the areas where there were bumps were clear, which usually means there’s some sort of metal the the x-ray beam cannot penetrate. We showed it to the doctor, and he didn’t look shocked.
“I thought it might come out like this,” he said.
“What is it?” We asked
“Buckshot. Basically, someone probably used the dog as target practice at some point in its life. It must have been at a far enough distance from the dog to not severely injure him, but just get stuck under the subcutaneous skin layer.”
To this day, it still baffles my mind that someone could do something so cruel, so hurtful, so…so inhumane to a poor innocent animal.