Category: puppies

Are You Smarter Than a Vet Student When it Comes to Canine Parvovirus?

I can still vividly recall the fear experienced in the early 1980’s when the very first cases of canine parvovirus were detected. This disease spread like wildfire throughout the United States, causing severe illness and often death. Fortunately,… 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

Even More to Say About a Better Way to Spay

In January I wrote a piece called, “A Different Way to Spay” ( 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

My Puppy Mill Education

After the November election, I learned that Missouri voters passed legislation known as the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act (Proposition B).  As I began surfing the Internet to learn more, I anticipated reading about strict new regulations that… Read More

A Rottweiler Reunion

If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you may remember a series of stories I posted about two pregnant Rottweilers that were abandoned at my veterinary hospital ( 2/20/09, 3/8/09, 3/17/09).  In fact, these girls were… Read More

A Dozen Simple Ways to Be Certain You Are Working With a Reputable Breeder

So, you’ve decided to adopt a dog and feel certain that a purebred is your heart’s desire.  You’ve done your research to be sure that the size and temperament of the breed you’ve chosen is the right fit… Read More

Puppy Mills: Part II

I received an abundance of feedback in response to my recent blog about puppy mills.  Thanks to all of you who took the time to share your feelings concerning this emotional topic.  Virtually all of the comments expressed… Read More

Puppy Mills: People and Their Puppies Pay the Ultimate Price

Twice during the last month, I’ve experienced feelings of anger while in the midst of euthanizing one of my patients.  Normally I feel mostly sadness, often combined with an element of relief knowing that suffering is gently and humanely… Read More


It’s official! The Obama family has adopted a pup named Bo. Every journalist, commentator, and blogger will be looking for a unique angle on this fabulous story. Some will extol the virtues of Portugese Water Dogs compared to… Read More