Why can’t we all just get along?

I’ve noted a particularly disturbing conflict within my profession I thought I would take the opportunity to address publicly. My goal in doing so is not to fuel fires, but rather to open up dialogue between the two sides and see if we can’t redirect some of the hostility towards more productive measures. The subject … Continue reading Why can’t we all just get along?

Why being an optimist sometimes pays off…

Trixie’s owners sat stone-faced across from me in the exam room. They were a middle-aged couple filled with worry about their beloved 14-year-old tabby cat, referred to me for evaluation of a tumor in her chest. Trixie was like a child to her owners – this became evident within the first few minutes of the … Continue reading Why being an optimist sometimes pays off…

An ounce of prevention could be worth a lot in the bank…

Preventative medicine. What do these words mean to you?   As doctors, we tend to think of preventative medicine in a very concrete way. It’s the underlying mantra behind our recommendation for routine physical exams, labwork, imaging tests, and screening tests. We want to perform these check-ups when patients are well in order to detect … Continue reading An ounce of prevention could be worth a lot in the bank…

Why your doctor may not be telling you what you need to hear about your cancer prognosis.

Owners typically seek consultation with a veterinary oncologist for one of three reasons: They are interested in obtaining a definitive diagnosis and performing recommended staging tests to establish options for further care They have a solid understanding of their pets’ diagnosis and are definitely interested in treating their pet’s cancer They are searching for more … Continue reading Why your doctor may not be telling you what you need to hear about your cancer prognosis.

No one wants to talk about it, but it’s something we all must face: All about euthanasia

One of the most difficult aspects of pet ownership is considering their mortality.   Yes, this is a heavy way to start an article. But reality tempers the excitement of picking out a new puppy or kitten, or adopting an older dog or cat, with the knowledge that animal’s expected lifespan will, in all likelihood, … Continue reading No one wants to talk about it, but it’s something we all must face: All about euthanasia