Photo Credit: Altopower - This is the perfect time of year to express a long overdue thanks to those of you who spend some time reading what I have to say. Be it my books or my blog posts, your readership means a great deal to me. Your blog comments, emails with questions and suggestions, and photos of your pets provide me with wonderful incentive to keep on writing!

I began writing for public consumption in 2008. After the release of my first book I never dreamed I would still be putting pen to paper (fingers to laptop) as we approach 2016! Now, it’s hard for me to imagine a day without writing.

Thank you all for your support. I wish you and your loved ones a joyous and peaceful Thanksgiving holiday. And, for any four-legged loved ones celebrating with you, be sure to remove the turkey skin before feeding and no gravy allowed!

With gratitude,

Nancy Kay, DVM

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life
Author of Your Dog’s Best Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet
Recipient, Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award
Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
Recipient, Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best Blog
Recipient, Eukanuba Canine Health Award
Recipient, AKC Club Publication Excellence Award
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Please visit to read excerpts from Speaking for Spot and Your Dog’s Best Health.   There you will also find “Advocacy Aids”- helpful health forms you can download and use for your own dog, and a collection of published articles on advocating for your pet’s health. Speaking for Spot and Your Dog’s Best Health are available at,, local bookstores, and your favorite online book seller.

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22 Comments on “Gratitude


  2. I am grateful to have found you, Dr. Nancy, though wish it had been sooner. Wishing you and your loyal blogers blessings for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

  3. Thank you Dr. Nancy,
    For all of your very informative posts (another thing to be grateful for!) and the awesomely cute photo!

    I hope that both you and your family have a very happy and healthy holiday season, along with all of the other wonderful readers and animal lovers on here.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  4. Dr. Nancy,

    This week, Luis and I are Thanks-giving for you, our hero. Thank you for educating and making us better animal advocates!

    Have a healthy and bountiful Thanksgiving!


    Luis and Marilyn

  5. I’ll add to the heaps of gratitude going out to YOU, doc, we owe you so much! Thank you for taking time to educate us with such great information all year long. Our pets thank you too! Hoppy Thanksgiving!

  6. Thank you for all that you do for us and our beloved dogs.
    Dog Bless you and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family, the furry ones too!

  7. Thank you for all you do to educate us and bring issues to our attention that we might not otherwise hear about. My greyhounds thank you as well!

    Amy Dunlap, Haw River, NC

  8. Guess this does not accept emoticons – those ?? on my 1st post was a heart! 😉

  9. Dr. Nancy,
    I have subscribed to your weekly blog since the beginning, and I am truly grateful for the info you provide. In today’s world, there is so much deceit and conflicting messages about caring for our pets (as well as ourselves), and I am always surprised at how often I am faced with a decision regarding my dogs, and then your email arrives and helps me make an informed decision. I was especially excited when you moved to my area in the beautiful mountains of N.C., and I am also appreciative for all the work you have done to assist those working with rescues, shelter pets, etc. in our area. You have a great heart!

  10. Thank you, Dr. Kay, for treating our dogs in person ( at ACA in Ca) for teaching us through books, blogs and website how to be better dog people. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving. ??

  11. Thank you for all the useful information you send us in your emails!
    Love the picture!

  12. Dr. Nancy, The pilgrim cat and Indian dog photo accompanying your “Gratitude” message are so poetic–so ironic, and a true testament of my gratitude to love my “sometimes wild as a little Indian” Duck Toller so much that it has allowed me to move past my lifelong fear of cats. I have recently befriended a homeless feline who now dines outside my house morning and night. He has transformed from a pitiful-looking, scared creature who had used up 8.5% of his nine lives to one whose weight has tripled, whose coat is shiny, and who purrs when he eats. I am grateful that I am able to provide food, shelter, and love, and in return, I receive it back tenfold. Happy Thanksgiving to you and those you love.

  13. Thanks so much for your Speaking for Spot missives. Some really good information is always included. Very much appreciated!

  14. Nancy – I am eternally grateful for the care you provided for Kristie, Gretl and Holly when you lived in the Bay Area. I look forward to your blog each week, In this era of “sponsored articles” that are so one sided – your straightforward articles – telling the good and the not so good – are a welcome breath of fresh air. I continue to learn so much from you and am thankful that you take the time to help all of us become great advocates for our pets. Happiest of thanksgivings to you and your family.

  15. Your advice is always spot on. Your books, and your writing are great resources. Happy Thanksgiving!

  16. Dr. Nancy, I would not miss one of your emailed newsletters for anything! I am not always involved in a particular subject, but interest is there for all things to do with canines/canine health/working with veterinarians. Thank you very much for what you do, and what you write. There are Many Many times that you hit the exact core of something I need to know or want to learn more about. Sometimes it just educating me on the “other side” of the coin. Again, thank you and please consider me a loyal “fan and friend”. Nancy Cowan

  17. And all of us are so deeply grateful for you! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!