I’m seated across from one of my favorite owners and her endearing 9-year-old Lhasa Apso, Sparky. I’m reviewing Sparky’s medical record, determining when he’s due for repeat chest x-rays to make sure his there’s no evidence of his cancer resurfacing. Sparky is customarily unimpressed, making no attempt to stifle an uninterested yawn. Mrs. Baker, Sparky’s … Continue reading How this veterinary oncologist learns more about her specialty when cancer crosses species to her owners.
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?
Veterinary students worry a lot about what they will be tested on, but the hardest concepts to learn and be tested on often come much later during their careers.