Dear Friends

Dear friends,

I want you to be the first to know that I am taking a sabbatical from writing my weekly blog posts. I will be embarking upon a couple of other projects that will consume my creative writing energy.

Looking back, I’m reminded just how long I’ve been at this business of blogging. Believe it or not, my very first blog post was on September 24, 2008. Wow, that’s a whole lot of writing!

My passion to write has been fueled by your ongoing enthusiastic feedback. Hearing from you that my blog posts have made a positive difference for you and your animals was all I ever needed to keep my fingers busy at the keyboard.

I carry profound gratitude for your loyal readership. During my absence, if ever you need to research a canine health issue, I invite you to use the search engine at “Spot Speaks”. Chances are I blogged on the topic at one time or another!

I will be spending this holiday season in St. Croix working at a post-Hurricane Maria ASPCA shelter. While excited about this opportunity, I suspect I’ll encounter some significant physical and emotional challenges. I hope your holiday season is filled with light and laughter, and I wish you and your four-legged family members much good health and happiness throughout 2018.

Warm best wishes,

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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