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October 7, 2015
Veterinary Oncology Technicians 
September 30, 2015
Think your dog recognizes when you have had a bad day at the office? Does your tone of voice put your dog’s tail between his legs? Does your dog know you need a cuddle when you are sick in bed? A recent article in the Daily Mail out of the United Kingdom described how dogs can detect, using nonverbal cues, when people are dying or grieving. Although we want to attribute great cerebral powers to our beloved canine companions, good science lies behind the observation that dogs can detect moods and illness in humans. It is not just body language, but involves multiple senses. Sense of Smell Dogs... Read More
September 23, 2015
September 28, 2015 is World Rabies Day. Rabies is a viral disease found on every continent in the world except Antarctica. Any warm blooded animal, including humans, can contract the disease through a bite from an infected animal.  Mammals have the greatest susceptibility to rabies, and topping the list of animals serving as vectors for the transmission of rabies are foxes, skunks, bats, jackals and wolves, as well as domestic dogs and cats. Worldwide, dog bites are responsible for causing most cases of human rabies. The Rabies Virus All humans should fear rabies. This disease kills nearly... Read More
September 16, 2015
The loss of pet can be emotionally wrenching. Pets that support you through critical life milestones such as marriage and the birth of a child, a serious illness, or the death of a close family member are especially difficult losses. Grieving comes in many forms as does the celebration and remembrance of a pet’s life. Over the years I have had the opportunity to witness, and sometimes participate in, several lovely and touching memorial services for a pet. Here are some ideas I have collected from pet owners. Support Groups and Hotlines There are many sources for support after the loss of a... Read More
September 9, 2015
The allure of being a fat cat with a private jet, international residences and a Swiss bank account is undeniable; having a fat cat of the feline species as your pet is undeniably a recipe for a health care disaster. Obesity runs rampant in American pets. Estimates by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention indicate over 50% of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese. That percentage translates to 89.5 million overweight or obese pets and over half of them are cats. But, I Hear You Say... But, she is soooo cute when she dances around for a cat treat. But, he wakes me up... Read More
September 2, 2015
The Animal Medical Center’s emergency room staff often talks about medical versus surgical emergencies. A medical emergency is one treated with medications, where a surgical emergency needs an urgent surgery to resolve the crisis. Glen, a 12 year old male terrier arrived at AMC as a surgical emergency on a Friday night. Glen had a hernia on the left side of his rectum which had been present for some time, but it began to enlarge, causing him to have trouble urinating and defecating. Glen’s regular veterinarian diagnosed entrapment of the bladder and intestine within the hernia with an x-ray... Read More
August 26, 2015
Pathologists are the invisible specialists; at least they are invisible to pet families.  Despite the fact that the American College of Veterinary Pathology is the oldest veterinary specialty college, I would be willing to bet you never got to meet the pathologist who read your pet's biopsy. I would also bet you don’t even remember the pathologists name on the bottom of the biopsy report. But, pathologists are not invisible to me or to any of the veterinarians at the AMC – pathologists are critical members of your pet’s health care team. Two Types of Pathologists Pathologists come in two... Read More
August 19, 2015
Music has both physiological and psychological effects on listeners. A snippet of song can bring back memories of childhood, a summer romance or a long absent friend. Music appears to have health benefits as well. A study recently published in the venerable British medical journal, The Lancet, analyzed 73 studies of music as medicine. Surgical patients were allowed to choose the music they preferred to hear and doctors monitored their level of pain. Music reduced not only pain, but the need for pain medications, reduced anxiety and improved patient satisfaction – all without side effects and... Read More
August 12, 2015
A couple of weeks ago, I listed “Five Reasons to Go to the Animal ER NOW!” Readers seemed to take my advice and from Sunday night until Monday morning, 12 of the 25 patients seen in AMC’s 24/7 ER were admitted to the hospital. Here are the highlights of Monday morning’s admissions list: Admission One: Sand Impaction Too much fun at the beach landed this dog in the hospital. The owners noticed her eating sand the day before she started vomiting. What they didn’t realize is how much sand she had eaten. Based on the x-ray on the right, there was enough sand in the intestine to make an entire... Read More
August 5, 2015
I can’t imagine there is any pet family that has not experienced an episode of diarrhea in their pet. A bout of diarrhea is common, especially when dogs help themselves to a snack from the kitchen trash can or when the weekend guests stress out the family cat. These issues usually resolve themselves in short order, but sometimes diarrhea requires treatment. Age Matters The common causes of diarrhea vary depending on the pet’s age. Intestinal parasites occur at any age, but are most common in puppies because roundworm-infected mother dogs pass roundworms to puppies before they are born. ... Read More


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