Posts By Leah Bertagnolli

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Alaska’s New Divorce Law: Pets Are More Than Property

My interest is always piqued by news of changes in laws that view animals as family members rather than personal property. Case in point is a newly amended law in Alaska (Amendment HB 147) that requires consideration of the best interest of companion animals who are caught up in the tangle of divorce. In the… read more

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Ovary-Sparing Spay Surgery (OSS)

My last blog focused on the boys, specifically canine vasectomy, a surgical technique for sterilizing male dogs without removal of their reproductive organs (testicles). Now, it’s time to talk about the girls! The corollary surgery in female dogs is called ovary-sparing spay (OSS). What exactly is ovary-sparing spay surgery? The canine spay surgery traditionally performed… read more

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Guidelines for End-of-Life Care

Some truly lovely guidelines pertaining to end-of-life care for pets have recently been published. I use the word lovely because everything within this document feels exceptionally loving and humane, not only for the animals, but also for their human companions. The guidelines were a collaborative effort, created by the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care… read more

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Lymphoma’s Newest Enemy

For the first time in a very long time, a new drug has been approved for dogs with lymphoma. The drug is called Tanovea-CA1 and it is produced by VetDC Inc., a startup company associated with Colorado State University. Earlier this month, Tanovea-CA1 received conditional approval from the Food and Drug Administration for treatment of… read more

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Prostate Gland Cancer in Dogs

I periodically force myself to write about one of a handful of diseases I truly despise, and canine prostate gland cancer definitely falls into this category. Why do I dislike this disease so much? There is no cure for it and, for as long as I’ve been alive, there remains no effective treatment that consistently… read more

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Spay/Neuter Recommendations

Next month I’ll be speaking to veterinarians at the North American Veterinary Conference about, “Current Spay/Neuter Research: Tips for Counseling Your Clients.” I love this topic for a couple of reasons. Based on results of some relatively recent and compelling research, the veterinary profession must now question some of its long-held beliefs about neutering dogs…. read more

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Xylitol Toxicity in Dogs

For some folks, the start of a new year is a catalyst to lose weight and this may mean switching from plain old sugar to lower calorie sweeteners. Xylitol is one such sugar substitute that is safe for human consumption, but is toxic for dogs. In fact, it can be deadly. What exactly is xylitol?… read more

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New Years Resolutions for a Healthier Dog: A Month-By-Month Guide

With the New Year rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to begin thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. This year, how about getting your dogs in on the act? Resolve to make their lives happier and healthier with assistance from the month-by-month guide below. Have a look and feel free to revise according to what… read more

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Why is My Dog Vomiting?

While it can be normal for dogs to vomit once or twice a year, vomiting on a more frequent basis is cause for concern. And, while it’s tempting to think that vomiting means that the problem is in the stomach, know that vomiting is a truly nonspecific symptom. There are literally dozens of different diseases,… read more

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Medical Questions to Ask a Prospective Pet Sitter

If you’re like me, the most stressful part of preparing to go out of town is feeling reassured that the animals left behind will be well cared for. I prefer to have my menagerie cared for in their own surroundings by a professional pet sitter, or at the pet sitter’s home (emphasis here on “home”… read more

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