Category: Veterinary Specialists

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

A Primer on Diabetes Insipidus

Mention the word diabetes, and one thinks of insulin injections and blood sugar levels. This is because diabetes mellitus (aka, sugar diabetes) is so darned prevalent in people, dogs, and cats. But did you know that there is… Read More

Never a Dull Moment!

Having graduated from veterinary school in 1982, this year marks my 30th year practicing veterinary medicine! Wow, that’s a lot of years! What feels most remarkable is that I’ve been able to work at the same profession for… Read More

Goin’ to Carolina

While you are reading this, my husband and I are in the process of driving cross-country with our animals in tow. We’ve decided to follow our hearts on a new adventure and are leaving the warm slopes of… 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

Price Shopping: To Be Avoided at All Costs

I recently exchanged emails with a woman who was feeling frustrated while searching for a new veterinarian.  Her search included some “fee shopping” and she was disgruntled to find that some vets had the nerve to mark up… Read More

Avoiding Pancreatitis During the Holidays

I wrote the following for one of my favorite magazines, BARK (the inventors of “Dog is my co-pilot”).  With the holidays once again upon us, I thought I’d toss this information out into cyberspace as a timely reminder… Read More

How to trust an ER vet you just met

While I’m busy recovering from some back surgery, you have the good fortune of reading posts from some of my favorite doggie bloggers!  Today’s post comes from Dr. Tony Johnson who blogs regularly at www.PetConnection.com.   Please make him feel… Read More

Gastric Torsion: A Horribly Unhealthy Kind of Twist

Torsion, gastric torsion, gastric dilatation-volvulus, GDV; these are terms you never want to hear applied to your dog.  They all mean the exact same thing- your dog’s stomach is distended with gas and has twisted on itself, and… Read More

Morris Animal Foundation 2010 K9 Cancer Walk

I am gearing up for Morris Animal Foundation’s 2nd annual K9 Cancer Walk to be held in Elk Grove, California (www.curecaninecancer.org/) on Saturday, April 24th.  Just as was the case last year, I will be a speaker at… Read More