laser therapy

Laser Therapy at AMC

July 5, 2017

A laser is not a thing; it is an acronym which stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Clearly, laser is simpler. But there is nothing simple about lasers used in medicine. Lasers produce a very narrowly focused beam of light which can be very precisely aimed. Lasers also produce light restricted to … Continue reading Laser Therapy at AMC


Are there supplements to use with cats that have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease?

June 21, 2017

Back in September, I wrote a blog post entitled, “Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats.” One question I received from this post was about the use of supplements in cats diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. I decided to respond to this question by writing another post since this is an important feline disease and many … Continue reading Are there supplements to use with cats that have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease?

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Cosmetic Surgeries in Dogs

June 14, 2017

While we all think our pet is the cutest and nothing could make her cuter, except perhaps a new collar or a pretty bandana, there are those who believe in cosmetic surgery to improve their pet’s appearance. Two of the most common cosmetic surgeries performed in dogs are tail docking and ear cropping. Two less … Continue reading Cosmetic Surgeries in Dogs

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Top Tick Stories 2017

May 31, 2017

Increase in Lyme Disease Cases for 2017 According to the Companion Animal Parasite Council, canine Lyme disease is expected to expand beyond its traditional geographic boundaries in 2017. In states like New York where the disease is endemic, the number of cases will increase, thanks to a bumper crop of white footed mice, the efficient vectors of … Continue reading Top Tick Stories 2017


Limb Amputation: Can My Pet Survive?

May 24, 2017

Veterinarians talk with pet families about many very difficult topics: failing kidneys, life-threatening injuries from automobile accidents, and the need for emergency surgery. But as an oncologist, one of the most difficult conversations is about limb amputation. This topic has been on my mind lately because of two challenging patients with somewhat unusual causes of … Continue reading Limb Amputation: Can My Pet Survive?

ear infections

Ear Infections in Dogs and Cats

May 17, 2017

Yesterday I saw one of my favorite patients, a cute, red poodle named Charlie. As a baby, his bone marrow shut down for some unknown reason but ultimately recovered. Last summer and fall, he had a much more mundane problem: recurrent ear infections. Because of his chronic ear infections which would clear up with drops … Continue reading Ear Infections in Dogs and Cats


What is Diarrhea?

May 3, 2017

At first glance, this may seem like a silly question because, well, doesn’t everyone know what diarrhea is? Au contraire. Among the pet families I see, the definition of diarrhea seems to be a bit “loose.” Doctor Definition I got out my 15 pound textbook of internal medicine to copy a scientific definition. Diarrhea is … Continue reading What is Diarrhea?

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Melanoma Monday for Dogs

April 26, 2017

May is a busy month, cancer-wise. May has been designated as Skin Cancer Awareness Month and, more specifically, the first Monday in May is Melanoma Monday. Skin cancer is much less common in pets than in people, in part because most pets avoid tanning booths and prefer not to sunbathe. But dogs do develop malignant … Continue reading Melanoma Monday for Dogs