My advice to anyone aspiring to be a veterinarian? Get used to talking to people. Pursuing a career in veterinary medicine is tough. Just considering the process of applying to veterinary school is daunting. There are numerous standardized tests, the need for superior letters of recommendation, and the stress associated with composing the perfect personal… read more
Cavalier Owners Criticise KC’s new MVD Heart Scheme
A CAMPAIGNING Cavalier group has voiced its doubts about the Kennel Club’s new testing scheme for mitral valve disease. Members say it has ‘glaring’ omissions, one of which is that it is voluntary not compulsory which means, they say, it could never be successful. The KC believes the programme will ‘dramatically’ improve heart… read more
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
Basset Hound Removed From ‘High Profile’ List
THE BASSET Hound is to be removed from the category three – high-profile – breeds list. It is to be transferred to the category two list of the Kennel Club’s Breed Watch system from January 1. The reclassification, which follows a recommendation from the KC’s Dog Health Group, means that Basset bests of… read more
Coughing, Coughing, Coughing, But Why?
It was like those Robitussin commercials where the wife can’t sleep because the husband is coughing, coughing, coughing. Except in this case, the coughing culprit was not the husband, but Portia de Rossi, a 10-year-old Bichon Frise. The effect, however, was the same: PdR’s parents could not get a peaceful night’s sleep. Eventually, dog-tired (yes,… read more
Celebrate the National Dog Show Presented by Purina® and the Holiday Season by Thanking Your Favorite Pooch to Benefit Canine Health Research
ST. LOUIS, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — In celebration of the National Dog Show Presented by Purina and the Thanksgiving holiday, Purina invites dog lovers across the world to share why they are thankful for their four-legged friends and how they show their thankfulness through its #DogThanking initiative. Johnny Weir Teams up with Purina Dog… read more
Say NO to Sago!
As a young kid I never thought I’d outgrow going to the toy store. But alas I was wrong. Little did I know that for me, stores like Best Buy and Lowes would replace Toys R Us. Instead of Star Wars action figures, I now buy Samsung washer dryer sets and attractive plants to spruce… read more
School Aids Injured K9 Officers
Not many patients are transported to the veterinary hospital by ambulance. As a matter of fact, none ever had before. So it was odd to see a German shepherd arrive in one last spring. With several police officers in tow, it was clear something was unique about this dog. Hit by a car while attempting… read more
FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Canine Noise Anxiety
Does your dog have “noise anxiety?” Is he afraid of loud sounds like thunder or fireworks? Chances are he isn’t alone. According to the New York Daily News, research shows that 40 to 50 percent of dog owners say their pup is scared of loud sounds. Well, the good news for dog owners is the… read more
You’re a What? What’s a Pathologist?
A lady at my gym asked me what I do for a living. “I’m a veterinary pathologist,” I said and then paused, smiling, as I waited for the inevitable furrowing of brows and subsequent barrage of questions about my line of work. “You’re a…what?” she asked, her voice trailing off at the unexpected constellation of… read more