When I think of college, the presence of dogs is not one that comes to mind from my college career several decades ago. These days, if you visit a college campus, you might well run into a number of dogs who are critical members of the college community. Dogs for Freshman If you are the … Continue reading Dogs and College
Fur the Love of Pets
The theme of this year’s National Veterinary Technician Week is “Veterinary Nursing In Action.” The theme speaks to the role of veterinary technicians or nurses in the veterinary profession. During their training, credentialed veterinary technicians must show proficiency in the care of all species; those with feathers, fur, scales, and skin. Technicians are the backbone of … Continue reading Veterinary Nursing In Action @AMC: National Veterinary Technician Week 2016
Everyday medicine will be an intermittent series of blog posts highlighting tests, treatments and procedures commonly used at the AMC. Some past examples of this type of blog post include “Spenser’s Recovery After Surgery” or “Five Reasons Veterinarians Love Fluid Therapy.” Today’s blog post will tackle the topic of vital signs, a common term used … Continue reading Everyday Medicine: What are Vital Signs?
“Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate.” is the theme for World Rabies Day 2016. American pet owners’ familiarity with rabies is limited to vaccinations administered in the veterinarian’s office and a number of horror films featuring rabid animals. To those living in less developed countries, rabies is a daily threat. Educate The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates one … Continue reading World Rabies Day 2016
Pet families have many choices when it comes to pet healthcare providers. In New York City, the neighborhood veterinarian is convenient for routine care, but emergency and specialty care may require travel. In addition to the inconvenience of travel, pet families may be apprehensive about coming to a large, teaching hospital like AMC, where, in … Continue reading Why Would I Want to Take My Pet to a Veterinary Teaching Hospital? 7 AMC Myths Dispelled
There are multiple types of kidney disease, but all types have the same end point: the kidneys’ ability to control water balance, filter waste products from the blood and keep minerals like sodium, potassium and chloride at optimal levels is compromised. Kidneys are even responsible for maintaining red blood cell production. With all these important … Continue reading Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats
In its new report on pet supplements, the market research group Packaged Facts forecasts a domestic market for pet supplements of $697 million in 2019. This trend is certainly true in the cancer therapy world. As a veterinary oncologist, I know that if your pet receives a diagnosis of cancer, you will be desperate to … Continue reading Spicing Up Cancer Treatment
This year, 2016, is on track to be one of the warmest on record. While not everyone ascribes to the global warming theory, those that do will be concerned about the impact of climate change on their pets’ well-being. Expansion of Disease Vectors Some diseases, like canine influenza, are transmitted from one dog to another. … Continue reading How Global Warming Affects Your Pet
If you could eavesdrop on the conversations veterinarians have with pet families, you would frequently hear comments which include the phrase “quality of life.” Quality of life can refer to a broad set of factors impacting day to day living: income, housing availability, gross domestic product, availability of safe water and foodstuffs, or an intangible … Continue reading What is Quality of Life?
Veterinarians spend as much time working with their patient’s human as much as they do with their animal patients. Sometimes, pet families can help increase the quality of their pet’s medical care by modifying their uniquely human behavior. Here are six traits which you can modify to improve your pet’s healthcare. 1. Patience Your pet … Continue reading Six Characteristics of Clients that Improve Their Pet’s Healthcare