What does Obama have to do with Euthanasia?

Your travels through social media may have brought you to a photojournalistic webpage of a dog named Duke’s final day of life (see: http://www.robynarouty.com/i-died-today/) If you not seen it before, I’ll issue a fair warning to be sure you have a handful of tissues nearby before opening the link. The images and words are guaranteed … Continue reading What does Obama have to do with Euthanasia?

What Makes A Veterinary Specialist So Special?

Becoming a veterinary specialist is difficult. I don’t say this looking for sympathy, as I am well aware I chose this career, and the stresses I’ve sustained thus far are primarily of my own doing. But there are times when I do question my path. Not because I’m thinking about pursuing a completely different profession, … Continue reading What Makes A Veterinary Specialist So Special?

The dreaded diagnosis of a feline mammary tumor…

Mammary cancer is a particularly frightening diagnosis for cat owners. Over 90% of feline mammary tumors are malignant, meaning they grow in an invasive fashion and spread to distant sites in the body. This is in contrast to dogs, where only about 50% of mammary tumors are malignant. Tumors tend to affect older, unspayed female … Continue reading The dreaded diagnosis of a feline mammary tumor…

What in the world is my vet talking about???

Medical jargon can be confusing and I know I easily fall into the trap of using terms whose definition may not be intuitive to a non-medically trained person. Here are some basic definitions of the more common oncology terms as a resource for owners who may be puzzled by the words we use on a … Continue reading What in the world is my vet talking about???

Of Diet and Cancer – Where can an owner find the truth?

In cancer, cells undergo a series of mutations leading to immortality. Cell division occurs uncontrolled, leading to tumor growth. In it’s final stages, cancer spreads throughout the body, ultimately leading to death of the host. This leads me to think of cancer as the ultimate betrayal by one’s own body. Little can be done to … Continue reading Of Diet and Cancer – Where can an owner find the truth?

“Could cat feces help cure cancer?”

My eyes widened as they scanned over the title of the website I’d stumbled across. After pausing for a few moments to recover my composure and swallow a mild wave of nausea, I rolled my eyes sarcastically and thought ,“Yet another misinterpretation of sound medical research written in the name of Internet propaganda for the … Continue reading “Could cat feces help cure cancer?”

Age isn’t anything other than a number… Or is it?

I’ve just completed a particularly lengthy and emotionally charged new consult with a middle-aged couple, and a soft silence fills the room. Ben, their beloved 13-year-old Golden retriever, was recently diagnosed with lymphoma, and they are here to learn everything they can about his disease and what options are available for treatment. Overall he’s feeling … Continue reading Age isn’t anything other than a number… Or is it?