When it comes to taking care of injured Yorkie or sick Siamese, keeping pets from ripping out stiches or getting their pills down can be a tall order.
Hence the "cone of shame" and pill pockets.
But imagine if your patient is wild and weighs hundreds of pounds? That's when zoo caretakers have to get really creative.
The New York Times today takes a fascinating look behind the scenes at the Bronx Zoo's veterinary clinic where patients - furry and feathered - are treated daily and doctors face an array of challenges.
The patient of the moment, is Holli, a 24-year-old gorilla, who was suffering from a stomach abcess.
Using state-of-the-art equipment and even bringing in human medical doctors for consultation, the team tackled Holli's condition.