Back in the last century when I was in veterinary school, I distinctly remember a dermatology lecture given to our junior class. The lecturer, an internationally respected veterinary dermatologist, stopped mid-way through a talk about nutrition and skin disease to ask: Does anyone in this room believe that when a dog eats bacon grease, the grease… read more
What Is My Pet’s Cancer Stage? What Does That Even Mean Anyway?
Veterinary oncology is raft with confusing terminology. We toss around intricate multi-syllable words such as metronomic chemotherapy, radiosensitizer, and remission with little regard for their complexity of definition. I constantly need to remind myself to remember to simplify the language and take the time to explain the details thoroughly. As an example, owners will often… read more
Live Healthier with a Dog
My mother-in-law is 96, and she lives alone. We are within walking distance of her apartment and drop in on her a couple of times a day. Twelve years ago, our son gave his grandmother a Manx cat he picked up at the local shelter, saying, “As long as this cat is alive, Grandma will… read more
Keep Those Pearly Whites – and Your Dogs – Healthy
I know that you know that keeping our dogs’ teeth clean is as important to their health as anything we do for them. But I was at my veterinarian’s office this week and noticed the poster for “National Pet Dental Health Month,” and because I’ve recently learned a few new things about how dental disease… read more