Category: Canine Symptoms

What Would You Do?

I recently came across a paper titled “Internet users’ perception of importance of clinical signs commonly seen in old animals with age-related diseases”. The study concluded that many people have difficulty accurately assessing the importance of their pets’… Read More

Injuries Affecting Agility Dogs

Did you watch or read about the first-ever agility competition at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show earlier this month? A Border Collie named Kelso bested 225 other dogs by completing the course with the greatest precision and… Read More

Were You Smarter Than a Vet Student About Canine Parvovirus?

Thanks to all of you who responded to the true/false “Parvovirus Quiz” I recently posted. The lucky winner of an autographed copy of Speaking for Spot is Larry Fosnick Davis from Seattle, Washington. Now, here are the answers… Read More

Are You Smarter Than a Vet Student When it Comes to Canine Parvovirus?

I can still vividly recall the fear experienced in the early 1980’s when the very first cases of canine parvovirus were detected. This disease spread like wildfire throughout the United States, causing severe illness and often death. Fortunately,… Read More

Tea Tree Oil Toxicity in Dogs and Cats

Have you used or contemplated using tea tree oil to treat one of your pets? If so, please read the following information. Used without significant caution, tea tree oil can cause your pet much more harm than good…. Read More

Managing Your Dog’s Chronic Ear Disease

If you care for a dog with recurrent ear problems, I suspect you have experienced your fair share of frustration, impatience, and/or exasperation. This is undoubtedly true if you live with a dog who develops stinky ears and… Read More

Ear Disease in Dogs: Part Three

Veterinarians in general practice are just about guaranteed to see at least a few dogs every week suffering from ear problems. Why is this so common? Multiple predisposing factors and the anatomy of the canine ear canal create… Read More

Ear Disease in Dogs: Part One

If you are a dog lover, chances are one of your canine companions has experienced an ear infection. No fun, right? And if your dog has suffered with recurrent ear infections, chances are you’ve felt like pulling your… Read More

The Most Important Thing a Client Ever Taught Me

When I met Martha in 1985 I was an internal medicine resident at the University of California, Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Right from the get-go, Martha impressed me as a kind, soft-spoken, intelligent woman, devoted to her one-year-old… Read More

Were You Smarter Than a Vet Student?

Thanks to all of you (more than 100) who responded to the emergency version of “Are You Smarter Than a Vet Student.” The names of two participants were drawn to receive a signed copy of Speaking for Spot  or… Read More