Category: dog health care

Is It Vomiting or Is It Regurgitation?

Boomer, an adorable and effervescent young Cairn Terrier, was recently referred to me for vomiting of three days duration. This mischievous little boy raided the kitchen garbage the day before the vomiting began. Neither blood work nor abdominal… Read More

Pudgy Pets

When I met Sally, a six-year-old yellow Labrador, she tipped the scales at 105 pounds (a normal average adult Lab weighs 60 to 70 pounds). Her lifelong guardian, an 85-year-old gentleman, loved his dog dearly but could no… Read More

Dog Park Play: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Dog parks can be a fabulous venue for dogs to socialize, exercise, and get out their “ya ya’s”. Many dogs have a blast there, as do their humans who enjoy the opportunity to socialize with other dog lovers… Read More

Thunder Struck

When we moved from California six months ago, I suspected that our two dogs, Nellie and Quinn, might not take kindly to the frequent thunderstorms we would experience in the mountains of North Carolina. My hunch was accurate…. Read More

Anal Sacs: Good-For-Nothing Little Trouble Makers!

Here’s my true confession. After 30 years of practicing veterinary medicine, anal sacs have always been (and will remain) my least favorite part of a patient’s anatomy. They are good-for-nothing little trouble makers that serve no useful physiologic… Read More

Something Fishy

Dietary supplementation with fish oil has become all the rage these days as a means for maintaining a “well oiled machine”. Admittedly, I swallow fish oil capsules daily based on their proven health benefits. Not only do the… Read More

Were You Smarter Than A Vet Student?

Thank you for playing along with this blogger’s shenanigans! I hope you had fun with it. The first place winner was Cheryl Bryant from Mount Vernon, Iowa, the only respondent (out of more almost 100) who had a… Read More

Are You Smarter Than a Vet Student?

This week, I’m asking you to put your veterinary knowledge to the test. I hope you have fun participating and will learn something in the process. As always, my goal is to help you become a savvy medical… Read More

Never a Dull Moment!

Having graduated from veterinary school in 1982, this year marks my 30th year practicing veterinary medicine! Wow, that’s a lot of years! What feels most remarkable is that I’ve been able to work at the same profession for… Read More

Way to Go AVMA!

The Executive Board of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recently approved the content of the following brand new, hot-off-the-press pet ownership guidelines. Have a look and see what you think. Guidelines for Responsible Pet Ownership Owning a… Read More