Category: Medical Advocacy

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 www.speakingforspot.com and look… Read More

When the Doctor Becomes the Patient: Not Always a Pretty Picture

While in the midst of my post-surgery “down time” I’ve been chuckling a bit about what my own physicians have endured as a result of my medical background.  How commonly is a surgeon interrogated about what type of… Read More

Age is Just a Number

When my clients make decisions on behalf of their senior dogs and cats, they routinely factor in their pet’s age.  I often hear statements such as, “I would pursue a diagnosis if only she weren’t so old.” and… Read More

Even More to Say About a Better Way to Spay

In January I wrote a piece called, “A Different Way to Spay” (http://speakingforspot.com/blog/?p=1931) describing two techniques for performing spay surgeries.  The method widely embraced in the United States is ovariohysterectomy (OVH) in which both ovaries as well as… Read More

A Different Way to Spay

This blog presents an idea that will be new for many of you and may be new for your veterinarians as well.  I thought presenting a novel idea would be a great way to kick of the new year! … Read More

Looking back on 2010

Dr. V. at Pawcurious has initiated a “blog hop” recruiting her fellow pet bloggers to compile their lists of the best of 2010.  This Dr. V. is so darned nice, adorable, and funny, that I would be hard-pressed… Read More

Reasonable Expectations VII: Discussion and Open-Mindedness About Your Dog’s Vaccinations

This is the seventh part of an ongoing series describing how people are developing new expectations when it comes to veterinary care for their pets. Parts one through six can be found at www.speakingforspot.com/blog.  As invaluable as vaccinations… Read More

Reasonable Expectations VI: The Ability to Discuss Your Internet Research With Your Vet

This is the sixth part of an ongoing series describing how people are developing new expectations when it comes to veterinary care for their pets. Parts one through five can be found at www.speakingforspot.com/blog.  Please take your time… Read More

A Short Sabbatical

After four years of procrastination, I’m finally gonna do it!  I’m heading into the operating room, only I won’t be the one holding the scalpel blade.  A team of surgeons aim to fix a nagging back issue I’ve… Read More

Stop That Scratching!

If the sounds of a canine or feline “scratchfest” is interrupting your slumber, or you’re snarling, “Stop scratching!” several times a day, chances are you have an allergic pet on your hands. Just as with human hay fever,… Read More