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
KC Announcement Prompts Lafora Fears
A NEW Kennel Club decision regarding the registration of Dachshunds could lead to disease being introduced to two varieties, the breed council has warned. The KC has agreed to allow puppies of different coat types than their parents due to recessive genes to be included in the breed register to which their coat most closely… read more
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
The “Trainwreck” Incident
The human mind can only tolerate so much wonder, stress, or misery. When faced with a constant stream of anything exceptional of either the good or bad variety, it finds a way to nudge those extremes towards the middle in order to survive. Veterinary school is far from a war zone or prison, but it… read more
AKC Offers Test That Gives Dog Owners and Breeders the Power of Early Cancer Detection
New York, NY – The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the leading advocate for canine health, is making available a groundbreaking new health test for canine bladder cancer detection, the CADETSM BRAF Mutation Detection Assay, in The AKC® Shop. Created by Sentinel Biomedical, the CADETSM BRAF Mutation Detection Assay is an early detection system for canine… read more