Category: Veterinary Specialists

When to Visit a Veterinary Cardiologist

To the veterinary cardiologist, no organ is as important or revered as the ever-beating heart. My oh my how they adore those valves, those chambers, the great vessels, and the steady “lub dub” rhythm of the body’s all… Read More

When to Visit a Veterinary Surgeon

The chance to cut is the chance to cure. This is a classic line out of the mouths of veterinary surgeons who relish their time spent in the operating room, donned in surgical garb and cutting to the… Read More

When to Visit a Veterinary Oncologist

Welcome back to the world of veterinary specialists. With this series of blog posts my ongoing primary goal is to help you determine when your pet might benefit from a visit with a specialist. Thusfar we’ve covered ophthalmology,… Read More

When to Visit a Veterinary Neurologist

Welcome to part three in a series of articles intended to help you determine when your pet might benefit from a visit with a veterinary specialist. Last week we covered veterinary dermatology. This week’s focus is on the… Read More

When to Visit a Veterinary Dermatologist

This is the second in a series of blog posts intended to help you determine when your four-legged family member might benefit from a visit with a veterinary specialist. Last week we visited the world of veterinary ophthalmology…. Read More

When to Visit a Veterinary Ophthalmologist

This is the first in a series of blog posts that I hope will help you determine when your four-legged family member might benefit from a visit with a veterinary specialist.  Be reminded, veterinarians cannot refer to themselves… Read More

Not All Patients Read the Textbook

My dear friend Juli is a seasoned veterinary technician. So when her own 16-year-old Cattle Dog named Easy developed bleeding into his belly because of a cancerous growth, Juli had a clear sense about the prognosis. Surgical removal… Read More

Heart Murmurs in Dogs: What Do They Mean?

I recently received the following question from Ardis, a reader who oversees a rescue organization in California: One of our adopters has an older Beagle with a growth on his gum that is apparently not cancer and is… Read More

Illnesses Linked to Pet Jerky Treats: What We Do and Don’t Know

Is it safe to feed store bought jerky treats to our pets? Doing so may be risky business given the many news reports of illnesses in dogs and cats associated with jerky consumption. The majority of the more… Read More

Cataracts in Dogs and Cats

While cataracts are less common in dogs and cats than in people, they do occur with relative frequency and are one of the most common causes of blindness. Normally, the pupil of the eye appears black because the… Read More