Canine Health

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Confections of a Dangerous Kind: Xylitol

Lately, it seems like sugar has become the new smoking. Used to be you could sprinkle a little sugar in your coffee or pour some syrup on your pancakes without so much as a twinge of guilt, but nowadays the zeitgeist has shifted to the point that I am seriously afraid that my MD will… read more


It Won’t Hurt to Try? or Will it?

There are many gray areas in veterinary cancer care. Rarely am I certain that a particular treatment option or surgical strategy or chemotherapy protocol is “the absolute best” plan of action for any given patient. My uncertainty stems not from a lack of knowledge or experience; it arises from a dearth of evidence based information… read more


UC Davis Veterinary Oral Surgeons Repair Dog’s Crushed Skull

Ziba, an 8-month-old female Rottweiler, was accidentally hit by a car and suffered extensive injuries to her head four months ago. Her skull and jawbones were fractured in several areas, and brain damage was feared. Thanks to surgeons at the UC Davis veterinary hospital, however, she is on the road to recovery, and her outlook… read more


Canine Anesthesia: Special Considerations Based on Breed, Size, and Conformation

While it’s true that Yorkshire Terriers and Great Danes are members of the same species, they are hardly alike when it comes to anesthesia. There is no one size fits all anesthetic protocol for dogs, and veterinarians must amend what they do based on their patient’s breed, size, and conformation. Universal anesthetic strategies While it’s… read more


When the Remedy is the Poison

There’s a specific routine we follow for each pet arriving for a chemotherapy appointment. Owners arrive and are greeted by a technician, who will ask several questions about how their pet is doing and if any complications from a previous treatment arose. If all is “status quo,” the patient will be taken to our treatment… read more

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The Most Dangerous Poison: The Unknown

We all learn in different ways, and veterinarians are no different. We learn by example, by experience, and by trial-and-error (sometimes several different ways at once). In veterinary school, most learning follows the classic didactic method of “Here’s this disease, here’s how you diagnose it, here’s how you fix it,” at least in thelast two… read more

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AKC’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Klein on Canine Flu

On my Facebook page in early March 2015, I warned to Chicago that “something is going on” with the dog situation: our hospital, a 24-hour emergency and critical care facility, is used to seeing a high volume of cases of sick and injured dogs and cats. But what we were seeing was different.  A sudden… read more


Pets and Cigarette Smoke

It is known that cigarette smokers are more likely to kick the habit if they know their smoking is endangering the health of their pets. Below you will find some new information to share with your cigarette smoking friends and loved ones. If they love animals, it may help them take the next step in… read more


Core Conditioning for Your Dog

While attending the Purina Sporting Dog Summit, several experts gave advice on ways to keep your dogs healthy and injury free. Jennell Appel, DVM, CCRT; James L. Cook, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR Purina’s Arleigh Reynolds, DVM, PhD, DACVN all stressed the importance of warming a dog up prior to competition/hunting/exercise and then cooling down afterwards…. read more

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My Veterinary Support Group: Clients Helping Clients

So many veterinary diseases take pet owners by storm and leave them feeling disoriented — and sometimes distrustful of the diagnosis and the doctor behind it. Misdiagnoses do happen, but for a pet owner to agree to a diagnostic or treatment plan they have to, at the very least, believe that the doctor has some… read more

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