What You Might Be Missing When You Pick Convenience vs. Quality in Pet Health Care

A recent segment of the Today show focused on the growing trend of walk-in health care clinics for people. These are the ubiquitous “Minute Clinics” found amidst local pharmacies or the 24-hour “No appointment necessary” offices where people can, at the initial fleeting sign of a sniffle, ache, or strange skin rash, show up and … Continue reading What You Might Be Missing When You Pick Convenience vs. Quality in Pet Health Care

Why I don’t worry about quality of life sometimes…

When faced with a diagnosis of cancer, invariably the most consistent concern owners have is being assured of maintaining their pet’s quality of life. Though they may have trouble with articulation, and stumble over word choice, I know they wish to select a treatment plan that refrains from inflicting pain or adverse side effects while … Continue reading Why I don’t worry about quality of life sometimes…

If ever there was a tumor that would fool me, it would be a mast cell tumor on a dog…

Mast cell tumors are the most common cancerous skin tumor seen in dogs. Mast cell tumors are tumors of mast cells, which are immune cells normally functioning in allergic reactions. Mast cells contain various chemical mediators that are released upon some sort of external stimulation. I typically use the example of a mosquito bite on … Continue reading If ever there was a tumor that would fool me, it would be a mast cell tumor on a dog…

What’s the most commonly uttered phrase in veterinary school? The answer may surprise you.

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.

Evaluating the value of veterinary medicine

Back in veterinary school, I was faced with the decision about what exactly I wanted to do after graduation. It seemed there were two paths I could choose from: one would lead towards becoming a general practitioner and one would lead towards becoming a specialist. Unlike some of my peers who knew exactly what they … Continue reading Evaluating the value of veterinary medicine