Category: Medicine Decision Making

Back at the Keyboard

Following a brief medical leave of absence I’m thankfully back at the keyboard.  I’d like to draw your attention to a PetConnection blog post I wrote in which I discuss a study that examined the causes of death in… 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

When to Say Yes to a Diagnostic Test

As veterinarians we have access to so many incredible diagnostic tests. They help us uncover medical issues in our patients that, in the past, we could only guess about. How can you know whether or not to say,… Read More

Reasonable Expectations VIII: Written Cost Estimates

This is the eighth part of an ongoing series describing how people are developing new expectations when it comes to veterinary care for their pets. Parts one through seven can be found at www.speakingforspot.com/blog. You’ve just taken your… Read More

Veterinary Care Links and Resources for You and Your Four-Legged Family Members

Some new educational links and resources have just been added to my website! I invite you to visit www.speakingforspot.com and take advantage of all that is there. In addition to the “Advocacy Aids” (free downloadable health care forms… Read More

A “First” in Veterinary Medicine

Diagnosing and treating canine and feline cancer is part of the daily routine for most veterinary specialists.  In fact, I’ve guesstimated that 75 percent of the patients I care for have cancer. Depending on which source you read… Read More

Way to Go, Alabama

Alabama is the last state in the union with a law requiring annual rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats.  I was delighted to learn that this is about to change – plans are in the works for the… Read More

A Delightful Coincidence

Seung will be entering his last year of veterinary school at Colorado State University.  On top of his busy academic load, he manages to work part time as a technician at Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency Clinic. As a… Read More

Speaking for Spot on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross

The segment I taped for NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross aired on March 19, 2009 and is now available on the NPR website – http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102105836 Please visit www.speakingforspot.com to read excerpts from Speaking for Spot. There you… Read More

Getting More Bark for Your Buck

Today the human-animal bond is stronger than ever. Seemingly, the more tumultuous the world around us, the tighter we cling to our beloved pets. They soothe us with their predictability and unconditional love, and they consistently give in… Read More