Five Red Flag Indicators That It’s Time to Find a New Vet

When someone learns that I’m a veterinarian, their face predictably light up with a smile. It appears that most folks believe that vets are wonderful. After all, we clearly love animals and we must be very smart- everyone knows how difficult it is to get into veterinary school. In fact, people seem far less skeptical of their vet’s capabilities and intentions than they are of their own physician’s. Time for a reality check. Not all veterinarians are deserving of such… 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 reduces the risk of accidental pregnancies, behavioral issues (primarily in male dogs), and breast cancer later in life. While I don’t dispute the validity of these cause and effect assessments, a growing body of evidence has caused me (and plenty of other… Read More

Hospice Care for Pets

Over the years I’ve counseled many thousands of clients as they’ve struggled with end-of-life decision making for their pets. For many of those years, clients who expressed opposition to humane euthanasia for moral, philosophical, emotional, or religious reasons created quite a conundrum for me: my professional obligation to ease patient suffering seemed incompatible with their convictions. Fortunately, over time, I’ve become wiser, and have embraced the means to reconcile what is best for the patient when euthanasia doesn’t feel like… Read More

Anesthesia Guidelines from the American Animal Hospital Association

I have great respect for the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). One of the many wonderful things this organization does is the gathering of experts within the profession to create practice guidelines for veterinarians. In the past, for example, I’ve exposed you to AAHA guidelines for vaccination protocols. Not only are such guidelines helpful for veterinarians, they are also available to you, the consumers of veterinary medicine. With such information in hand, I’ve no doubt that you will be better… Read More

A Recap of 2011

It’s hard to imagine that five years or so ago, I had no idea what a blog was. In fact, my current spell check doesn’t recognize “blog” as a word.  Does yours? When I first learned about blogging, it took me awhile to buy into the notion that people would actually take the time to read another person’s musings. Well, I’m sure as heck glad and grateful that you are interested in mine! Many thanks for taking the time to… Read More

Resolutions for the New Year That Will Benefit You and Your Pet

The transition to a new calendar year may inspire you to muster the resolve to make good changes in your life. How about the lives of your pets? No time like the present to make some new year’s resolutions that will benefit both of you. Here are three suggestions: More Face Time With Your Pets Our furry family members are more than happy to be our exercise partners, confidantes, psychotherapists, and nonelectric heating blankets. Take advantage of such pet-facilitated services… Read More

Ovariectomy (OVE) Versus Ovariohysterectomy (OVH) Revisited

If you’ve been reading my blogs for awhile now, you may remember two of my previous posts. While OVH surgery involves removal of the uterus and both ovaries, with OVE surgery just the ovaries are removed. Both are effective techniques for spaying (neutering) female dogs and cats. I am bringing this topic to your attention for a third time based on a recently published article within the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The article is titled, “Ovariohysterectomy Versus… Read More

Introducing Your Dog’s Best Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet

A few months ago, as I sat nestled with my laptop crafting a new blog post, my husband queried if I thought I might ever run out of words. Yes, he was joking, but this is the sort of thing authors worry about from time to time as they ponder if the day will come when they will have run out of worthwhile ideas and the right words to convey them. I sense that I have the reserves to write… Read More

Black Friday Special – 2 for 1

  Click on the picture to access the special 2 for 1 purchase link – You can purchase single copies of Speaking for Spot via and designate your favorite participating non-profit group to receive $6 per copy. 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… Read More

Advocacy Aids

  I use the term Advocacy Aids to describe a set of health forms I’ve created to help you excel as your pet’s medical advocate. Where can you find them?  It’s easy.  Simply go to and look for “Resources” in the red horizontal main menu.  The first item in the Resources pull down menu is Advocacy Aids.  I invite you to download, print, copy, and use them to your heart’s content.  Feel free to share with others as well. … Read More