It Won’t Hurt to Try? or Will it?

There are many gray areas in veterinary cancer care. Rarely am I certain that a particular treatment option or surgical strategy or chemotherapy protocol is “the absolute best” plan of action for any given patient. My uncertainty stems not from a lack of knowledge or experience; it arises from a dearth of evidence based information… read more

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Harbor City & Torrance Residents to Compete at 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship At Westminster KC

Harbor City resident Deborah Davidson Harpur will have 2 dogs competing in The 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster in New York City on Saturday, Feb. 13, the opening act of the famed Westminster Week and its celebration of dogs. Torrance resident Robert Moray will be handling one of her dogs at this event…. read more


UC Davis Veterinary Oral Surgeons Repair Dog’s Crushed Skull

Ziba, an 8-month-old female Rottweiler, was accidentally hit by a car and suffered extensive injuries to her head four months ago. Her skull and jawbones were fractured in several areas, and brain damage was feared. Thanks to surgeons at the UC Davis veterinary hospital, however, she is on the road to recovery, and her outlook… read more

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NJ Action Needed: Hearing Monday Feb 8th On Radical Bill

On Monday, February 8, 2016, the New Jersey Senate Economic Growth Committee will consider Senate Bill 63.  The bill repeals consumer protection laws for pet purchasers, prohibits the sale of dogs unless the transactions are conducted face-to-face, and requires pet shops to sell dogs sourced only from shelters and pounds.  Because SB 63 will ultimately harm… read more


As the Wheels Turn – Fairy Tales and the Judging Corps

Judge A and Judge B walk in to a dog show. Judge A studies standards, works a full-time job, breeds her own dogs to the standard of the breed, judges multiple venues, considers dog shows a place to evaluate breeding stock and places dogs with that in mind. Judge B judges dog shows full-time, hasn’t… read more


Canine Anesthesia: Special Considerations Based on Breed, Size, and Conformation

While it’s true that Yorkshire Terriers and Great Danes are members of the same species, they are hardly alike when it comes to anesthesia. There is no one size fits all anesthetic protocol for dogs, and veterinarians must amend what they do based on their patient’s breed, size, and conformation. Universal anesthetic strategies While it’s… read more


Failure is an option

In college I loved listening to TED talks. I was totally wrapped up in them when I was an undergraduate, always enthralled with the new technology and ideas being discussed. After school ended, though, I had a disconnect from a side of me I really loved– the curious, bookworm self that seemed to disappear under the… read more


Words Matter…

The indignant people who have informed me they will call their dog what they want, can’t see the forest for the trees. The animal rights cults have a plan and one of the tools they use is called “incrementalism” – one step at a time, one inch at a time, one bad law at a… read more


Pioneering Genetic Research Needs Breeders’ Help

Dr Sally Ricketts, Dr Cathryn Mellersh and Chris Jenkins of the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust. With them are, L to R, Large Munsterlander Murphy, Papillon Olé​ and Maisie a Hungarian Vizsla. BREEDERS are being urged to support a new initiative which would create the UK’s largest canine genome bank.   Give a… read more


The Wire Fox Terrier

Miss Hatfeild’s Morden Bombardment, Morden Blusterer, Ch Dusky Siren, Ch Morden Bullseye. MY LAST blog dealt with Mr Robert Vicary and his famous kennel of Smooth Fox terriers so in the balance of fairness it only seems right that this week I cover his whiskered brother. In the early days it was said that the… read more

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