For the past several months, I’ve been collating a list of complex words I’ve used when talking to pet families. These are words that provoke a quizzical look or a clarifying question from a family member during a conversation about pet health care. In this blog post, I do my best to define this confounding … Continue reading Ten Confusing Medical Terms Your Veterinarian Might Use
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This week has been all about pee. AMC’s front desk has been busy receiving tubes, Tupperware and tinfoil full of it. It seems like all of my patients are having urinary tract issues at the same time and their owners are struggling to collect and deliver it all to AMC. Urine collection from your pet … Continue reading How to Collect a Urine Sample from Your Dog or Cat
Veterinarian’s offices are humming with energy this time of year. Kitten season is starting up and many dogs will have their annual physical examination and blood tests. One test that is an annual essential is a heartworm test. Heartworm basics If left untreated, heartworms can be a serious and potentially fatal condition in dogs. However, … Continue reading April is Heartworm Awareness Month
While the title of this blog post suggests I will answer this question for you, I can’t answer for your pet. That task belongs to your family. I can outline some questions and their rationale to assist you in decision making. Many veterinary specialty hospitals like the Animal Medical Center conduct clinical trials. Clinical trials … Continue reading Is a clinical trial right for my pet?
There’s a huge interest in cannabis products for pets. Based on the queries from my patients, most of the interest is in CBD-containing supplements. While the internet and local pet stores may have well-stocked shelves of CBD chew treats, oils and creams, pet owners should exercise caution if they chose to administer such products to … Continue reading Should I give CBD supplements to my pet?
“Medical Machines” is a new series of blog posts highlighting the equipment AMC veterinarians use to provide state-of-the-art care to thousands of pets annually. These machines save countless lives, but pet families rarely ever have the opportunity to see them up close and personal. This series will give readers a glimpse into the equipment AMC … Continue reading Medical Machines: Ultrasound Machines
Every morning at about 5 am, the overnight team of ER doctors at the Animal Medical Center sends an email with the list of the overnight admissions. Last week, two canine patients were listed as being admitted with a diagnosis of pyometra. Both dogs were so sick they underwent emergency surgery in the middle of … Continue reading Pyometra: A Life-Threatening Infection
One of my patient’s winter vacations was cut short last week when her owner noticed she was bumping into the furniture and reluctant to jump on and off the bed. A quick trip to the Animal Medical Center and consultations with internal medicine, neurology and ophthalmology specialists determined this cute pug, named Amanda, was blind … Continue reading Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome (SARDS) in Dogs
“Everyday Medicine” is an intermittent series of blog posts highlighting tests, treatments, and procedures common in daily Animal Medical Center practice. Some past examples of this type of blog post include fecal analysis and vomiting or regurgitation. Since February 26, 2019 is World Spay Day, today’s post focuses on spaying a healthy dog or cat as … Continue reading Everyday Medicine: What is a spay?
Congratulations to last night’s best in show winner, GCHB CH Kingarthur Van Foliny Home at the Annual Westminster Kennel Club show at Madison Square Garden. Best in Show completes a week of canine events with a sprinkling of cats thrown in for variety. In addition to the Westminster Kennel Club show, Westminster week features both … Continue reading Dog shows are more than just pretty dogs