Love Your Vet or Get Your Money Back!

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!

What if Cats Went to College?

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?

The complicated relationship between cancer and the immune system

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

What are the uncommon questions I’m commonly asked?

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?