Every holiday season for the past several years, I have amalgamated a list of interesting gift ideas with pets and their families in mind. Given the Animal Medical Center’s focus on pet health, this list always has a decidedly health-related slant. Most of the gifts help address healthcare issues AMC veterinarians see on a daily … Continue reading Pet Holiday Gifts 2016
Fur the Love of Pets
Nothing is better than a soak in the tub after a long, hard day: warm water, nice smelling soaps and shampoos and that squeaky clean feeling as you dry off. Your pet probably likes being clean and fresh too, but if you are not careful, bath time could result in an animal ER visit. Brush … Continue reading Can Bath Time be Dangerous for Pets?
November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Last spring I wrote about canine lymphoma, so in honor of Cancer Awareness Month, I thought I would do the same for feline lymphoma. What is Lymphoma? Lymphoma is cancer of the immune system. The immune system is distributed throughout the body to protect against infections. Lymphoma in … Continue reading Feline Lymphoma
November is National Diabetes Awareness month. While dogs and cats both develop diabetes and veterinarians treat diabetic pets with insulin, I am not going to write about treatment of diabetes in pets. Instead, this blog will focus on the intersection between human diabetes and dogs – diabetes assist dogs. Dog Noses as Diagnostic Tools Dogs … Continue reading #ThisIsDiabetes
November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Pet cancer can be just darn bad luck, but some cancers have a known cause. While you can’t change your large breed dog’s risk for developing osteosarcoma or your pug’s predisposition to mast cell tumors, I want to make my readers aware of some practical tips to prevent cancer … Continue reading Preventing Cancer in Your Pet
EPIC Study Results Help Dogs with Heart Disease A recent online publication in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine reports the results of a global study offering hope to dogs with chronic heart valve disease. The EPIC (Evaluation of Pimobendan In Cardiomegaly) study found in dogs with a heart murmur due to mitral valve disease, … Continue reading Pet News You Should Know: Pimobendan, Screwworms, and the Supreme Court
Bags of sugary candy, a doorbell rung by jubilant children wearing clever costumes, and creative jack-o-lanterns illuminating the night. Halloween may be America’s favorite holiday and the national average for spending on candy, costumes and carved pumpkins is $74 per person. However, Halloween may not be your pet’s favorite holiday and if you don’t take precautions, … Continue reading Halloween: Fun for You, But a Horror for Your Pet
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
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?