Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Veterinary Medical Terminology 101: What is ADR?

Title: Chapin at the vet.
Today, I'm bringing you a behind the scenes look at the jargon of veterinarians and technicians. Many of you may not have heard of the popular Veterinary Medical Term "ADR". It's a term that I've seen most often used for cats, but can really be used in any other pet. 

Anyways, what does ADR stand for you ask? ADR stands for "Ain't Doin' Right". Yep, you read that right. This super fancy term is something used to describe pets who are most likely vomiting, have diarrhea, not eating, losing weight, and/or lethargic. I wouldn't necessarily call it a diagnosis though.


When a pet comes into the hospital with symptoms like the ones noted above, technicians may notify the doctor that the patient is ADR - along with describing the symptoms more thoroughly of course. Veterinarians may even write this in their medical records. If the pet's condition is a little harder to diagnose, they might claim that it is ADR until the mystery is solved.

This acronym is probably used on a daily basis in many veterinary offices. There wasn't a day that went by where the hospital I worked in did not see an ADR pet. Next time you are the vet's office and they ask what is wrong with your pet and you don't know (Which I hope never happens!), just tell them he's ADR. They'll probably understand.

17 comments:

  1. Wow, I didn't know there were such a term "ADR"! Maybe mom'll try saying "ADR" to vets next time BOL thanks for sharing
    Cotton

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    1. I'd love to know if this is used in other countries!

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  2. That is hilarious! Having said that, I hope I never have to hear or say those letters as long as I live!

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    1. I hope the same! Thanks for reading.

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  3. What's the opposite to ADR? That will be me thank God. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  4. Oh I did laugh, I thought you were going to say it was something really serious..Have a great Tuesday :) xx0xx

    Mollie and Alfie

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  5. FaRADaY: Oh we're totally going to have to use this next time! (Next time ALLIE gets sick, that is - not one of us boyz, of course.)
    Allie: HEY! I HEARD THAT!

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  6. Thanks for sharing, I did not know that... Next time I am at the vet I am going to see if they use it here.

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    1. I would love to know if they use it in the UK.

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  7. I have an ADR right now and haven't taken her to the vet yet. Now I know what to tell them is wrong with her. She is not eating much, diarrhea and throwing up. She is only one and half years old. I have started her on some rice and getting some chicken tomorrow and mixing some chicken broth in. She eats that and hasn't thrown up yet. Sorry I shouldn't have written all this.

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    1. Don't be sorry Marg! I hope that your kitty starts to perk up soon... it sure does sound like an ADR. Best wishes to her and sorry she isn't feeling well right now :(

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  8. For some reason, our Mom is determined to learn all V-E-T things and hopes she can now impress her V-E-T friends with her new vocabulary. She says Thank YOU! We're skeptical as usual. Purrs...

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  9. Wow...we would have never guessed that. I'm pretty sure my Vet says I have ANR. Attitude Not Right.
    ; ) Katie

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    1. You? Sweet Katie? I'd never believe it! Hehe ;P

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  10. Boy, that's fancy medical jargon if I ever heard it. My vet wasn't doing right after I saw her last time. Her thumb was kinda bleeding profusely.

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    1. Well you know CK, a ghetto kitty like you gots to keep it gangsta.

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