Category: Nancy Kay DVM

Disowning the Term “Pet Owner”

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been squeamish about using the word “owner” to describe my relationship with my pets. Ownership of a living, breathing creature with whom I share a rich and meaningful relationship simply… Read More

Leaky Dogs: A Primer on Urinary Incontinence

Does your dog awake from her sleep in a puddle of urine? Does she dribble urine when she stands up or is walking about? If so, she has involuntary urine leakage, known as urinary incontinence. Not only can… Read More

Dreaming of Dr. Dolittle

The work veterinarians perform is not unlike that of pediatricians. In neither exam room can the patients directly “tell” their stories. They are unable to say, “Doc, it hurts every time my leg bends this way.” or,  “I… 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… 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… Read More

Take the Pledge: A Quick and Simple Thing You Can Do Today to Help Make Puppy Mills Go Away

Would it surprise you to know that the vast majority of puppies sold in pet stores originate from puppy mills (large scale breeding operations where profit is prioritized over the emotional and physical well being of the dogs… Read More

A Heads Up About Novartis Products

Boy, oh boy, am I glad I am not the CEO of Novartis Pharmaceuticals right now. On January 9th of this year the company issued a voluntary recall of some of their over-the-counter human products including Excedrin, NoDoz,… Read More

Way to Go AVMA!

The Executive Board of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recently approved the content of the following brand new, hot-off-the-press pet ownership guidelines. Have a look and see what you think. Guidelines for Responsible Pet Ownership Owning a… Read More

The Cookie Thief!

I have the good fortune of lecturing professionally, and what I most enjoy presenting is the topic of communication between veterinarians and their clients. In every communication lecture I emphasize the importance of empathy. This involves veterinarians putting… Read More