Category: Important Questions to Ask You Vet

Sick Sinus Syndrome (SSS)

Pay close attention all of you Miniature Schnauzer lovers! The breed you fancy is prone to a heart condition called Sick Sinus Syndrome (SSS). The sinus involved is not within the respiratory tract. Rather, it is a structure… Read More

Degenerative Myelopathy

Degenerative myelopathy (DM) is a slowly progressive spinal cord disorder that resembles Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in people. The inevitable result for dogs with DM is paraplegia- hind end paralysis. Dogs at risk DM… Read More

Speaking for Spot Holiday Book Sale

Since the idea for Speaking for Spot was first conceived, my mission has been to empower as many people as possible to become effective health advocates for their pets. To further promote this mission I am offering you… Read More

How Did You Do? Were You Smarter Than a Vet Student?

Thanks to those of you who played along with my most recent edition of, “Are You Smarter Than a Vet Student”. Posted below are my preferred responses to the questions posed to you one week ago. Responses to… Read More

Are You Smarter Than a Vet Student?: Honoring Pet Health Awareness Month

In honor of November’s Pet Health Awareness Month, I bring you another episode of “Are You Smarter Than a Vet Student?” For those of you who are new to this assessment of your animal aptitude, here’s the way… Read More

Caring for Our Pets and Ourselves at the End of Their Lives

If ever you’ve lost a beloved pet, or you are close to losing one, I think this piece will resonate with you. My friend, Susan Shannon, who lives and works in California, is the author. She is an… Read More

Revised Recommendations for Annual Heartworm Testing

Testing dogs annually for heartworm disease is not a new recommendation. What is new is the type of testing being recommended. Until recently, performing a simple blood test to screen for the presence of heartworm antigen was the… Read More

Nutritional Management of Canine Epilepsy

Epilepsy is far and away the most common cause of seizures in dogs. While it is an inherited disease in some breeds, it can occur in dogs of all breeds, shapes, and sizes. Dogs with epilepsy typically experience… Read More

Bladder Infections: Is Treatment Always Necessary?

My recent blog posts have focused on canine bladder infections including their causes, associated symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. The question arises, is it always necessary to treat a bladder infection, particularly if the patient has no symptoms? Women… Read More

Canine Bladder Infections: Part III

Part I of this series provided you with information about causes and symptoms of bladder infections. Part II addressed how to diagnose this common canine malady. This segment will discuss management of this disease. Those of you who… Read More