Tag: Medical Advocacy

Doctor, Behold Thy Patient as Well as Thy Patient’s Test Results!

As is true for all health care professionals, veterinarians sometimes develop tunnel vision. Now and then, they become so focused on test results that they fail to consider whether or not these results actually make sense in relationship… Read More

Hendersonville, North Carolina- You Rock!

I’m so proud of my new hometown, Hendersonville, North Carolina. Today’s local newspaper, the Times-News featured an important and educational front page story documenting a dangerous scenario that is, unfortunately, all too common this time of year. In… Read More

Anesthesia Guidelines from the American Animal Hospital Association

I have great respect for the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). One of the many wonderful things this organization does is the gathering of experts within the profession to create practice guidelines for veterinarians. In the past, for… Read More

Reasonable Expectations Part III: Access to Round-the-Clock Care

This is the third part of an ongoing series describing how people are developing new expectations when it comes to veterinary care for their pets.Parts one and two can be found at www.speakingforspot.com/blog. If your dog is sick enough to require hospitalization or has just undergone a major surgical procedure, how will he or she be cared for overnight?

A Summertime Reminder

Tuffy, a scruffy and adorably sweet little terrier arrived at my hospital earlier this week in a state of collapse with profoundly labored breathing, purplish gums, and a temperature of 106 degrees Fahrenheit (the normal body temperature for… Read More

Everybody’s Gone Surfin’ (Part Two)

I happen to enjoy hearing about what my clients are learning online.  I sometimes come away with valuable new information, and I’m invariably amused by some of the extraordinary things they tell me- who knew that hip dysplasia… Read More

Frankly Speaking

In 2001, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association stated, “Veterinarians’ responsibilities have expanded to include the mental health and well-being of their clients as well as their clients’ pets.”  For me, this came as no great… Read More

Get Out Your Reading Glasses!

When was the last time you took a close look at your pet’s prescription medication label?  Would you be surprised to know that, by law, the label is required to include twelve different informational items? Have a look… Read More

Pain Management 101

My husband and I just returned from a wonderful stay at a dog-friendly campground. We encountered just about as many dogs as we did people! We made some new friends including Buddy, Sierra, Milo, Otis, Judd, Lexie, and… Read More

Back By Popular Demand- Dr. Nancy Kay on Fresh Air with Terry Gross!

“A Veterinarian Advises How to Speak for Spot” Monday, August 31, 2009 This week will be “Animal Week” on the popular NPR show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross.  The lead interview will feature Dr. Nancy Kay and her book, Speaking for… Read More