The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting pet owners, veterinarians, health care providers and pharmacists that pets are at risk of illness and death when exposed to the topical cancer medication Fluorouracil Cream USP 5% (5-FU.) intended for use in people. Fluorouracil may also be marketed under the brand names Carac, Effudex and Fluoroplex…. read more
FDA Warns of Illnesses and Deaths in Pets Exposed to Prescription Topical (human) Cancer Treatment: Fluorouracil
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
What Would You Do, Doc?
I’d venture to say that almost every veterinarian has been asked at least once in his or her career: “What would you do if this was your own pet, doc?” In veterinary school, many of us were taught to avoid answering the question. So we have developed a few common responses, such as “I can’t… read more
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
This Fungus is Everywhere and Wants to Kill Everyone
You may never have heard of blastomycosis (or if you have, my condolences), but it is caused by a ubiquitous fungus calledBlastomyces found in certain parts of the U.S. and it wants to eat your dog and, very rarely, your cat. It lives in soil and sometimes it also wants to eat you (although – important… read more
What Makes a Veterinary Specialist So Special?
Becoming a veterinary specialist is difficult. I don’t say this looking for sympathy, as I am well aware I chose this career, and the stresses I’ve sustained thus far are primarily of my own doing. But there are times when I do question my path. Not because I’m thinking about pursuing a completely different profession,… read more
Why is My Veterinarian not Recommending Chemotherapy
The results of a study titled “Survey of UK-based veterinary surgeons’ opinions on the use of surgery and chemotherapy in the treatment of canine high-grade mast cell tumour, splenic haemangiosarcoma and appendicular osteosarcoma” were recently published. The study examined what percent of general veterinarians recommended chemotherapy for the three specific tumor types listed in the… read more
Board Sends HOD a Policy on Responsible Pet Breeding
Proposal addresses inherited disorders in companion animals When the regular winter session of the AVMA House of Delegates convenes Jan. 13-14 in Chicago, one of the items delegates will consider adopting is a proposed policy stating the Association’s opposition to breeding dogs, cats, and other companion animals with heritable traits that negatively impact the animal’s… read more
This week marks the start of that magical time of year — full of bright hopes and dashed expectations. To help maintain your holiday glow, I want to share some of the holiday hazards that can cause you unneeded stress and trips to the veterinary emergency room. After all, there’s just no fun in the… read more
Why do Animals have Moustaches with GPS?
When you walk in the dark, you may put your hands on the wall to guide you so you don’t stub your toe on it. That’s because human whiskers are pretty much useless except to help prevent sunburn and melanoma. In the animal kingdom, the far more sensitive whiskers called vibrissae provide in-the-moment benefits, such as… read more