The good thing about science is…

While recently searching for information on the role of evidence-based information in medical decision-making, I came across the following quote by Neil DeGrasse Tyson: “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.” My initial impression of the statement was one of complete agreement. I approach both my … Continue reading The good thing about science is…

When cancer hurts, but only part of the time…

People readily associate a diagnosis of cancer with severe adverse clinical signs. I’m not speaking of the effects of chemotherapy or radiation; rather I’m referring to the decline in a patient’s quality of life occurring secondary to progression of disease. Regardless of whether the patient is a human or an animal, we’re equally capable of … Continue reading When cancer hurts, but only part of the time…

You never forget your first…

His name was Ali, as in Mohammed Ali. He was a handsome 1½-year-old tan and white Boxer with a sweet and playful disposition and a ton of energy crammed into the tiny makeshift exam room. Though Ali was only one of dozens of dogs evaluated at the Southside Healthy Pet clinic that evening, I’d forever … Continue reading You never forget your first…

I can’t take all the credit…

Have you ever heard of laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery? Here's a great article written by my husband, Dr. Marc Hirshenson, on this interesting topic! http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/surgery-stat-finer-points-laparoscopic-liver-biopsies

Brain tumors in dogs and cats

One of the less common cancers I’m asked to consult on are brain tumors. Though such tumors occur with fair frequency in both cats and dogs, optimal diagnostic and treatment plans are not well established. Thus brain tumors are considered a challenging disease for both veterinary neurologists and oncologists. Brain tumors are either primary or … Continue reading Brain tumors in dogs and cats