Occum’s razor and Hickam’s dictum: Strange new diseases or something much more interesting?

I have an unusual fascination with the concept of medicine as both an art and a science. Superficially, the two disciplines have little to do with each other - Where medicine is sterile, factual, statistical, and specific, art is paradoxically relaxed, fluid, and imaginative. The role for creativity in the mind of a doctor is … Continue reading Occum’s razor and Hickam’s dictum: Strange new diseases or something much more interesting?

What’s the one side effect of cancer treatment I can never control?

We’re familiar with the more common side effects associated with chemotherapy treatments: nausea, vomiting, lethargy, and hair loss. We all too easily relate to such signs, whether a result of our own personal experience, or those of friends/loved ones, or even through different media outlets. In veterinary oncology, every precaution is taken to limit such … Continue reading What’s the one side effect of cancer treatment I can never control?

Metronomic chemotherapy – is it the right choice for your pet?

In order for tumor cells to multiple and spread, they must develop their own blood supply through a process called angiogenesis. Angiogenesis inhibitor chemotherapy drugs work to stop or slow down this process, thereby controlling tumor growth. Metronomic chemotherapy is one example of angiogenesis inhibition treatment, which is becoming a popular treatment option for pets … Continue reading Metronomic chemotherapy – is it the right choice for your pet?

Do Veterinarians Owe Owners Anything After A Pet’s Death?

Several years ago, an owner scheduled an appointment with me about a week after I’d euthanized their pet. It was an unusual request, seeing as though their pet was no longer alive and in need of my services. I urged the owner to call me or email me with any outstanding questions or concerns. It … Continue reading Do Veterinarians Owe Owners Anything After A Pet’s Death?