Category: Medicine Decision Making

A Primer on Osteosarcoma

One of the most disheartening diagnoses I must deliver is that of osteosarcoma, a painful and aggressive form of bone cancer that has an affinity for growing within the leg bones of large and giant- breed dogs. I… Read More

On the Road Veterinary Emergencies

A recent survey was commissioned by Petplan Pet Insurance to determine the popularity of traveling with pets. Among the 3,300 responders, 70% reported that their pets accompany them on vacations. I’m not surprised by this whopping statistic- we… 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… 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… Read More

Murphy and Ruska

I refer to my last week at work as the “Murphy and Ruska Show” in honor of two delightful patients who arrived at my doorstep one day apart, each with a life-threatening disorder called pneumothorax. “Pneumo” means air… Read More

A Primer on Leptospirosis

Of all the vaccination questions I receive, the most common one is from folks questioning whether or not to vaccinate their dogs for Leptospirosis.  And I am so pleased they are asking- I love when people recognize that… Read More

The Cost of Caring

The news would have us believe that the recession is over and unemployment is declining, but I’ve got to tell you, I’ve not yet seen even a glimmer of this in my professional life.  The majority of my… Read More

The challenges of combining Eastern and Western medicine for your pets

Choosing a veterinarian who practices Western medicine (conventional medicine/allopathy) or one who practices Eastern medicine (alternative/complementary medicine) is fairly straightforward.  Successfully combining the best of both medical worlds however can be challenging.  Speaking for Spot fan, Carolyn recently… Read More

Stem cells: A beneficial therapy or a waste of money?

  Stem cell therapy (aka regenerative medicine) is becoming all the rage in veterinary medicine.  Initially used only to treat damaged horse parts (tendons, ligaments, and joints) the repertoire of stem cells has expanded to treating dogs, primarily… 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