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A Primer on Osteosarcoma

One of the most disheartening diagnoses I must deliver is that of osteosarcoma, a painful and aggressive form of bone cancer that has an affinity for growing within the leg bones of large and giant- breed dogs. I… Read More

Support for Cancer Patients Using Herbs and Supplements

  It’s estimated that 80 percent of people with cancer take herbs and/or supplements as part of their treatment regimen. This trend has extended to animals- more and more people are administering these products to pets diagnosed with… Read More

Guidelines for Managing Cancer in Dogs and Cats

Given the ever-increasing incidence of cancer in our pets, it was a smart move for the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) to recruit a team of veterinary oncologists to draft the first ever “Oncology Guidelines for Dogs and… Read More

German Shepherd Dogs: The Impacts of Early Neutering

Generations of veterinarians in the United States have been taught to recommend neutering for dogs between four to six months of age, and certainly before their first birthday. Relatively recent research has revealed compelling negative implications of such… Read More

Were You Smarter Than a Vet Student About Neutering Dogs?

Thanks to everyone who took this quiz. There were oodles of you! Congrats to Dale Manley from Moline, Illinois who won himself a book. He asked me if he was selected because he had so many correct answers…. Read More

Clinical Trials in Veterinary Medicine

Oh, how I love my readers! I learn so much from you, and you are a constant source of fresh ideas for me. Case in point, a week ago I published a blog post about Degenerative Myelopathy, a… Read More

Great News on the Canine Cancer Front

In honor of November’s National Pet Cancer Awareness Month I would like to share some “hot off the press” wonderfully optimistic news with you. Dr. Nicola Mason from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has been… Read More

Hybrid Vigor: Real or Assumed?

Many of us talk about “hybrid vigor”- the notion that mixed-breed dogs avoid the inherited medical maladies passed along to their purebred counterparts. Does proof exist that mixed-breed dogs are indeed healthier? An article  within the most recent… Read More

Questioning Traditional Neutering Recommendations for Dogs

Until a few years ago, I’d always nodded in agreement with the recommendation to neuter dogs (particularly females) not intended for breeding purposes between six months and one year of age. Spaying and castrating within this age window… Read More