Canine Health


When Both the Owner and Their Pet Have Cancer

A surprisingly large number of owners of the pets I see with cancer are cancer survivors themselves. Aside from how unusual I find it when people are willing to share their personal medical histories with me, I usually also feel a particular pang of sadness for their situation. My expertise lies in diagnosing and treating… read more


Our Pets are Living Longer – and Developing Aging Issues Common to Humans

Yoda, a canine senior citizen with the physique of a greyhound and the face of a basenji, started behaving oddly a couple of years ago. Every so often, he would loop aimlessly around the living room of his home in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Sacramento. He stared blankly at bare walls. For the first time… read more


Epilepsy Task Force

Far and away, epilepsy is the most common neurological disease affecting dogs and cats. Within the United States, it is estimated that approximately 780,000 dogs are diagnosed with this disorder every year (sorry, no numbers available for cats). In spite of the prevalence of epilepsy in small animals, relatively little is understood about its cause… read more


Popping the Corn Myth

I’m just gonna come right out and say it: corn is not the problem. This innocent grain is responsible for more misplaced consumer ire than any other ingredient in pet foods and there’s no need to listen to the panic-mongers and get all up in arms and demand grain-free pet food. If you have an… read more

LOWER LAKE, CA - JULY 31:  Goats run away from their pen after firefighters freed them as the Rocky Fire approaches on July 31, 2015 in Lower Lake, California. Over 900 firefighters are battling the Rocky Fire that erupted to over 15,000 acres since it started on Wednesday afternoon. The fire is currently five percent contained and has destroyed 3 homes.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Animals Injured In California’s Devastating Wildfires Continue To Be Treated

It’s been two months since the massive wildfires in Calaveras and Lake Counties, and some injured animals are still being treated at the UC Davis Veterinarian Hospital. But now some of those pets whose owners could not be found are finding new homes. Wilbur, a 500-pound pig, is among the animals rescued from the flames… read more


What Happens When You Care Too Much?

There is a quote from a prominent veterinary oncology text taped above the computer monitor in my office stating: “True oncological emergencies are rare. Emergencies of emotion, however, are quite common.” I realize this expression may not resonate well with an owner of a pet with cancer and could even be misconstrued in an offensive… read more


Can This Drug Make Our Dogs Live Longer?

If you want your dog to live longer, you might soon get your wish. Researchers at the University of Washington are studying whether a drug used to treat kidney-transplant patients could help dogs live two to five years longer than their average lifespan. The scientists have begun trials to learn if the anti-inflammatory effects of… read more


Matters of the Heart

Just like us, our dogs and cats can develop heart disease. What may surprise you is that they don’t experience heart attacks (myocardial infarctions), the most common human heart health issue. This is likely because dogs and cats don’t live for multiple decades, the time needed for substantial amounts of plaque to accumulate within the… read more


The Pet Parent Trap

About 10 years ago, my husband and I were in Nha Trang, Vietnam, having dinner at the home of our tour guide. While he spoke fluent English, his wife – a physician – struggled with the language and we were having a difficult time explaining to her exactly what I did as a small animal… read more


AKC CHF Funded Study of 9/11 Search and Rescue Dogs Enters its 14th Year

At 16-and-a-half years of age, Morgan, an English Springer Spaniel, continues to lead a fairly active life. According to Katrene Johnson, Morgan’s handler, “She goes out to the barn with me several times every day, rambles with me and the other dogs on the trails once or twice a week, and still plays a little… read more

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