When you visit your primary care physician, they’ll often test your body’s vitamin D level. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to an array of diverse disorders, such as osteoporosis, breast cancer and COVID-19. Harvard University recommends 10 to 15 minutes of sun on the arms and legs a few times a week to generate the
It is tick season on the East Coast. I had one of the little critters delivered to me in a sandwich bag just the other day. The owner had pulled it off her dog and brought it to me to identify, because she was worried the tick might make her dog sick. She did the
Anyone listening to the news these days knows it’s the start of flu season for humans. While human influenza viruses circulate year-round, cases of the flu start increasing in November, peak in December and January and peter out by spring. Dogs have their own species-specific flu viruses, but canine flu viruses circulate year round rather
“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 vomiting or regurgitation and fecal analysis. Today’s post focuses on the scale used by AMC cardiologists to define how loud a heart murmur is.
June is Adopt-a Cat Month. For the entire month, I’m devoting my blog posts to issues important to feline families. Today’s blog post will focus on plant-based diets and feline dietary requirements. A recent publication in the British medical journal, The Lancet, which was reported in the New York Times, recommended a plant-based diet for