Why seeking a veterinary specialists could just mean the difference between life or death for your pet

I’ve recently returned from the annual forum for the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), held in Nashville Tennessee. For those not familiar, the ACVIM (www.ACVIM.org) is the non-profit organization dedicated to the education, training, and certification of veterinary specialists in the fields of small and large animal internal medicine, as well as cardiology, neurology, … Continue reading Why seeking a veterinary specialists could just mean the difference between life or death for your pet

Why I think “Yelp” reviews for doctors are bad news!

Press Ganey, a little-known company based out of South Bend, Indiana, is the leading provider of patient satisfaction surveys for human hospitals and physicians.   These surveys are used on both small and large-scale levels to evaluate the performance of doctors, providing leverage for compensation (or penalty, as it may be.)   Hospitals and doctor’s offices … Continue reading Why I think “Yelp” reviews for doctors are bad news!

When making a decision about your pet’s healthcare, are your interests clouded by your own bias?

To describe animals as essential family members is somewhat of an understatement. Most of the pets I see are considered “children” to their pet parents, or “siblings” to their human counterparts. The unconditional love we receive from our pets is something nearly unexplainable to those without companions. This bond is the essential force that sustains … Continue reading When making a decision about your pet’s healthcare, are your interests clouded by your own bias?

What would you do if your dog suddenly collapsed and it could be from cancer?

Imagine taking your dog for it’s usual morning walk. Nothing seems out of the ordinary; your companion’s energy level and demeanor is perfectly normal, as it's been for as long as you can remember. Imagine leaving for work, or to run errands for a few hours, and returning home to find your pet completely lethargic … Continue reading What would you do if your dog suddenly collapsed and it could be from cancer?

What happens when pets face the additional pressure of being a connection to a deceased loved one…

As a veterinary oncologist, I see the important role pets play in enriching the lives of their owners and providing a source of happiness and sanity on a daily basis. Pets truly are family members for the majority of people I meet. But there are certain instances where I learn how pets represent more than … Continue reading What happens when pets face the additional pressure of being a connection to a deceased loved one…