A doctor’s appointment is probably not the most awaited thing on your schedule. Trust me, your four-legged friend is likely equally unimpressed. And “unimpressed” is a soft word to refer to many people's experience of feeling anxious, nauseated and simply in fear before knocking on a GP’s or a vet’s door.

Some of us fear that the doctor will find something seriously wrong with us or our pets, others dread the “uncertainty” of whatever it is they are going to find out in their office.

And while we fight our demons armed with “what if” scenarios, some doctors and veterinarians take an extra step to make sure not just our health but also our state of being is in a good place.

So as a tribute to them, Bored Panda compiled this list with heartwarming examples of doctors and vets making us feel less miserable and way brighter. Whether it’s a simple comforting gesture or some cute decor in their office that makes you smile, little things work wonders!

#1

Saw This Next To The Weighting Scale At The Hospital

Saw This Next To The Weighting Scale At The Hospital

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Caro Caro
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10 months ago

Haaaaahaha, upvote to heaven!

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#2

My Local Vet Has A Sign And Candle For When Someone’s Saying Goodbye To Their Pet

My Local Vet Has A Sign And Candle For When Someone’s Saying Goodbye To Their Pet

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Roy
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10 months ago

I wish pets to have same duration of life as their owners.

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#3

In Spanish-Speaking Countries, The Tooth Fairy Is A Mouse (Ratoncito Pérez). This Is My Dentist Office

In Spanish-Speaking Countries, The Tooth Fairy Is A Mouse (Ratoncito Pérez). This Is My Dentist Office

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Caro Caro
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10 months ago

Aaaaaw, this is lovely.

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To find out why so many of us feel that anxious about visiting a doctor or a vet, we spoke with Dr. Rory Lubold, the chief medical operations officer at Galaxy Vets. “A trip to the doctor is stressful for all of us, pets included. There is an added level of anxiety with a trip to the veterinarian because we can’t explain to our pets why we have taken them away from home.”

Moreover, for pets, the veterinary office is a place with unfamiliar smells, sounds and other pets they don’t know, Rory explained. “There is often something invasive done, such as a temperature being taken and their daily routine is interrupted by this car trip, which can be stressful as well. There are specific items and attire, such as scrubs, white coats, stethoscopes, and other equipment that pets can associate with it,” he told us.

#4

A Doctor Made A "Special Prescription" For An Illiterate Patient

A Doctor Made A "Special Prescription" For An Illiterate Patient

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Caro Caro
Community Member
10 months ago

Sweetheart doc!

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#5

A moving "Thank You" To a vet

A moving "Thank You" To a vet

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Miss Frankfurter
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10 months ago

So wonderful. If I were the vet that happened to I'd be crying

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#6

Found In My Doctor’s Office

Found In My Doctor’s Office

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Caro Caro
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10 months ago

Natural deaths.

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Rory explained that the stress with a doctor’s visit is often associated with the anticipation of unpleasant things, and the fear of the unknown. “For pet parents, it is the fear of learning that something is wrong with their pet or the unknown costs associated with treating the pet. There can also be a negative association with a veterinarian’s office because it is the place to go when your pet has an emergency, is very ill, or where you might have had to say goodbye to a pet.”

#7

Vet’s Mew Surgical Assistant

Vet’s Mew Surgical Assistant

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Raven Sheridan
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10 months ago

Cuteness overload!!! 🤯

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#8

This May Not Seem Like Much, But After 10 Years, I Am Stepping Down As A Practicing Veterinarian. This Is Every Thank You Card And Picture That I've Received Over The Last Decade

This May Not Seem Like Much, But After 10 Years, I Am Stepping Down As A Practicing Veterinarian. This Is Every Thank You Card And Picture That I've Received Over The Last Decade

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Walking On Sunshine
Community Member
10 months ago

Seems like a very difficult job. Bless you.

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#9

Hospital T-Rex Has A Reminder For You

Hospital T-Rex Has A Reminder For You

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Eric Law
Community Member
10 months ago

But you might get charged $700 for waiting, even if they do nothing else: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2021/11/02/atlanta-woman-billed-700-after-waiting-er-seven-hours/6246610001/

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The chief medical operations office at Galaxy Vets added that pets are also very intuitive and will pick up on the stress and anxiety from their parents, which can add to their own discomfort.

When asked whether there’s anything to be done to make the patients feel less stressed, Rory said that veterinary clinics have indeed many ways to make this experience less stressful and still provide excellent medicine. “There are simple things such as keeping the clinic very clean to reduce smells, adding pheromones to lower pet stress, and creating positive associations, such as treats and visits where nothing bad happens.”

#10

This Coffee Mug In My Doctor's Office Telling It Like It Is

This Coffee Mug In My Doctor's Office Telling It Like It Is

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Quaumsy
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10 months ago

*cough* antivaxxers *cough*

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#11

At The Local Vet's

At The Local Vet's

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Ember
Community Member
10 months ago

I laughed way too hard at this...

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#12

We Really Take Post-Op Care Seriously At My Job. Cuddles Is The Best Medicine

We Really Take Post-Op Care Seriously At My Job. Cuddles Is The Best Medicine

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Caro Caro
Community Member
10 months ago

I want that job! Hey Caro, what's your job? "I'm a puppy cuddler".

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“The most effective way to comfort patients is to change how veterinary practices approach delivering care. Veterinary clinics may add virtual care to help answer questions and treat minor conditions without a stressful trip. If a relationship with a pet and its family exists, many questions can be answered and conditions treated with a low-stress video or phone call,” Rory explained.

#13

This Was Outside My Local Vet's Office. It Made My Day And I Hope It Makes Yours

This Was Outside My Local Vet's Office. It Made My Day And I Hope It Makes Yours

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
10 months ago

BLACK LABS!!!! look at that boopy snoot....

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#14

Always Choose The Doctor With A Sense Of Humor

Always Choose The Doctor With A Sense Of Humor

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Zena Marsh
Community Member
10 months ago

Love it.

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#15

Friend's Daughter Is Afraid Of Monsters In Her Closet. The Doctor Had The Pharmacy Fill This For Her

Friend's Daughter Is Afraid Of Monsters In Her Closet. The Doctor Had The Pharmacy Fill This For Her

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Izzy Curer
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10 months ago

Placebos are proven to work.

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Another way to comfort pets is to help their parents better understand the cost expectations for care. It turns out that “financial stress is one of the most significant issues in treating pets and both pet parents and veterinary teams feel this stress.” Rory said that “we can help with the addition of clear payment options, pet insurance, and wellness programs that distribute the costs for care over a longer period of time.”

#16

My Cousin's Costume. He's A Dentist. And Yes, He's At Work

My Cousin's Costume. He's A Dentist. And Yes, He's At Work

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Raven Sheridan
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10 months ago (edited)

The Molarnater!

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#17

I Saw This At The Doctor’s Office Today

I Saw This At The Doctor’s Office Today

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Roy
Community Member
10 months ago

You have to be a medical shop owner to read that. lol

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#18

Dropped Her Off At The Vet As A Dog. Picked Her Up From The Vet As A Taco

Dropped Her Off At The Vet As A Dog. Picked Her Up From The Vet As A Taco

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
10 months ago

Taco reassignment surgery, eh? 🤔

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#19

The Teddy Bear Is Taken Care Of

The Teddy Bear Is Taken Care Of

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Zena Marsh
Community Member
10 months ago

Neatly done. Hope Teddy is feeling better, now.

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#20

My Outdoor Cat Is So Fat The Vet Added A New Category In The Diagram Just For Charlie

My Outdoor Cat Is So Fat The Vet Added A New Category In The Diagram Just For Charlie

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
10 months ago

Not good.

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#21

My Friend's Work Requires A Doctor's Note If You Call In Sick

My Friend's Work Requires A Doctor's Note If You Call In Sick

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Hollysmom
Community Member
10 months ago

Brilliant!

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#22

This Veterinarian

This Veterinarian

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Caro Caro
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

He's cute. So is the dog :D

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#23

Babies Born In The Festive Period Are Wrapped Up In Christmas Stockings

Babies Born In The Festive Period Are Wrapped Up In Christmas Stockings

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Quaumsy
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10 months ago

This is so sweet!

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#24

The Was On The Whiteboard Outside Of Radiology At My Vet Hospital

The Was On The Whiteboard Outside Of Radiology At My Vet Hospital

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Leo Domitrix
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10 months ago

*snort-laugh*

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#25

Kitty Got A Boo Boo And The Vet Made His Body Cast Look Like A Little Shirt And Tie

Kitty Got A Boo Boo And The Vet Made His Body Cast Look Like A Little Shirt And Tie

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Ember
Community Member
10 months ago

Adorable!

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#26

Saw This At My Doctor's Office, Definitely Neat With The New Covid Vaccine Coming Out

Saw This At My Doctor's Office, Definitely Neat With The New Covid Vaccine Coming Out

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Eric Law
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10 months ago

If only there was a vaccine against stupidity.

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#27

A Client At My Friend's Vet Clinic Told Them It Was Their Dogs B-Day Today So Post-Op They Did This

A Client At My Friend's Vet Clinic Told Them It Was Their Dogs B-Day Today So Post-Op They Did This

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Caro Caro
Community Member
10 months ago

Haaaahaha these people at the vet's are brilliant.

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#28

This Vet With A Kitty In Her Pocket

This Vet With A Kitty In Her Pocket

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glowworm2
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10 months ago

The second picture is my favorite!

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#29

Had To Take My Cat To The Vet. Ridiculously Handsome

Had To Take My Cat To The Vet. Ridiculously Handsome

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
10 months ago

My Vet report described our Lab as "bouncy"...

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#30

Had To Get My Blood Drawn Today. This Was On The Wall At The Lab

Had To Get My Blood Drawn Today. This Was On The Wall At The Lab

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Zena Marsh
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10 months ago

Love it.

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#31

My Vet Has An Empty Cabinet In The Exam Rooms Specifically For Cats To Hide In When They’re Not Being Examined

My Vet Has An Empty Cabinet In The Exam Rooms Specifically For Cats To Hide In When They’re Not Being Examined

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Zena Marsh
Community Member
10 months ago

Nice one.

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#32

This Was In My Dentist's Waiting Room

This Was In My Dentist's Waiting Room

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Caro Caro
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10 months ago

OMG my dentist would love this.

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#33

Best Pain Scale Ever. Found At My Wife's Doctor's Office

Best Pain Scale Ever. Found At My Wife's Doctor's Office

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Raven Sheridan
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10 months ago

Bees! 🏃‍♀️🐝🐝🐝🐝

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#34

My Doctor Has Kept All The Pictures Kids Have Drawn Of Him

My Doctor Has Kept All The Pictures Kids Have Drawn Of Him

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Miss Frankfurter
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10 months ago

Not only a wonderful doctor. Also a wonderful man.

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#35

My Doctor's Office Has A Legitimate Stool Sample

My Doctor's Office Has A Legitimate Stool Sample

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Zena Marsh
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10 months ago

Great sense of humour.

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#36

Doctors Paint The MRI Machine In The Children's Clinic To Look Like A Submarine

Doctors Paint The MRI Machine In The Children's Clinic To Look Like A Submarine

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Isaac Harvey
Community Member
10 months ago

Every hospital should do this. I'm 18, but I will admit that the white color on MRI machines isn't exactly appealing.

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#37

I Noticed A New Sign At My Doctor's Office

I Noticed A New Sign At My Doctor's Office

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Miss Frankfurter
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10 months ago

Wait!! I didn't get a lollipop.

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#38

Went To My Local Vet Clinic To Drop Off My Dog For Surgery And Was Surprised To See This Awesome Fish Tank/Dog House

Went To My Local Vet Clinic To Drop Off My Dog For Surgery And Was Surprised To See This Awesome Fish Tank/Dog House

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Ember
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10 months ago

Wow! That’s amazing!

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#39

Doctor’s Office Got Jokes... But Seriously, Vaccinate

Doctor’s Office Got Jokes... But Seriously, Vaccinate

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Zena Marsh
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10 months ago

Maybe time to add Covid to the list.

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#40

Back At The Very Start Of The Pandemic, I Had To Take My Mom To Urgent Care For A Non-Covid Issue, And This Was The Doctor That Entered The Room

Back At The Very Start Of The Pandemic, I Had To Take My Mom To Urgent Care For A Non-Covid Issue, And This Was The Doctor That Entered The Room

I still can't get it out of my head.

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glowworm2
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10 months ago

That’s both hilarious and creepy!

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#41

My Wife Took Our Cat To The Vet's, And My Son Told The Vet His Toy Dinosaur Was Feeling Poorly So The Vet Gave It An X-Ray

My Wife Took Our Cat To The Vet's, And My Son Told The Vet His Toy Dinosaur Was Feeling Poorly So The Vet Gave It An X-Ray

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
10 months ago

Of course his T-Rex was feeling poorly. He's only been dead for the past 65 million years!

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#42

This Sign At My Doctor's Office

This Sign At My Doctor's Office

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Linda HS
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10 months ago

Love it!

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#43

Girlfriend's Eye Doctor Hit Her With A Good Ol' Dad Joke Today

Girlfriend's Eye Doctor Hit Her With A Good Ol' Dad Joke Today

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
10 months ago

I'd actually give this too my boss. "I just want you to know that I am so dedicated to my job that I'm willing to not follow doctor's orders to be here today"

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#44

IV Bag Plant Watering Thing I Saw At My Doctor's Office

IV Bag Plant Watering Thing I Saw At My Doctor's Office

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Miss Frankfurter
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10 months ago

We once had a goldfish in our staff lounge. Just so they would not get over fed we put a Medication Administration Record beside the bowl for people to sign off on feeding at listed times. One day when someone was cleaning the bowl they dropped the fish and it spent a bit if time on the floor. Put it back in the bowl. It could still swim, but it didn't look good. Our lounge used to be an exam room so it had a connection for oxygen. We rigged up an O2 nasal cannula into the water. It didn't help. It eventually died. We held a little funeral in the dirty utility room across the hall. Yep. We really did. Flushed him down the Rainbow Drain. We kept it secret because we didn't want to scare the patients that we couldn't even keep a goldfish alive.😳

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#45

So My Dad Got His Hip Replaced And Had The Doctor Save It So He Could Turn It Into A Cane

So My Dad Got His Hip Replaced And Had The Doctor Save It So He Could Turn It Into A Cane

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Quaumsy
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10 months ago

Cool….but disgusting

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#46

Toilet Lid At The Eye Doctor's Office

Toilet Lid At The Eye Doctor's Office

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MellonCollie
Community Member
10 months ago

That's hilarious

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#47

At My Local Vet's Office

At My Local Vet's Office

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
10 months ago

Dang!

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#48

My Local Dentist Has A Ceiling "Where's Wally?" For Patients During Appointments

My Local Dentist Has A Ceiling "Where's Wally?" For Patients During Appointments

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Caro Caro
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10 months ago

My old dentist in the Netherlands had Escher to my husband's delight!

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#49

My Coworker Got His Wisdom Teeth Removed The Other Day, The Doctor Said He Would Take A Funny Picture While He Was Under Anesthesia

My Coworker Got His Wisdom Teeth Removed The Other Day, The Doctor Said He Would Take A Funny Picture While He Was Under Anesthesia

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
10 months ago

By the look on your friend's face he was getting some pretty good "laughing gas" too.

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#50

The Ceiling At My Vet Had Paws On It

The Ceiling At My Vet Had Paws On It

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Quaumsy
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10 months ago

Spider cat

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