A while back, an advertisement from a competing veterinary hospital crossed my desk. The glossy postcard was printed with the hospital’s logo on one side, and on the reverse, a statement indicating the surgeons were now offering “lifetime guarantees” on a particular commonly performed veterinary orthopedic procedure. I don’t remember the exact details of what … Continue reading Love Your Vet or Get Your Money Back!
This week, let's take a break from medicine and look at pet caretaking from a lighter point of view. I present to you this farcical take on a college course catalog: If cats went to college. Kitty Course Calendar: Spring 2015 We are excited to present our course offerings for the Spring 2015 semester at … Continue reading What if Cats Went to College?
There appears to be an association between the development of cancer and the ability of tumor cells to evade the immune system. A person’s (or a dog’s or cat’s) immune system is on constant surveillance for foreign substances in the body. Whether searching for rogue bacteria, viruses, or cancer cells, our immune cells constantly prowl … Continue reading The complicated relationship between cancer and the immune system
In matters of pets and cancer, there are certain questions I encounter more frequently than others. Despite the myriad of diagnoses and their associated treatment options I am tasked with explaining, troubled owners have more typical concerns: How did my pet get cancer? Will he or she become sick from treatment? What is my pet’s … Continue reading What are the uncommon questions I’m commonly asked?