What is a board-certified veterinary oncologist?

My goal for this website is to provide pet owners with factual information regarding the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in pets and to delve into the complicated emotional aspects surrounding cancer care in animals. While this will always be my main focus, I wanted to revisit the basics of veterinary specialty care and help … Continue reading What is a board-certified veterinary oncologist?

Why is my veterinarian NOT recommending chemotherapy?

The results of a study titled “Survey of UK-based veterinary surgeons’ opinions on the use of surgery and chemotherapy in the treatment of canine high-grade mast cell tumour, splenic haemangiosarcoma and appendicular osteosarcoma” were recently published. The study examined what percent of general veterinarians recommended chemotherapy for the three specific tumor types listed in the … Continue reading Why is my veterinarian NOT recommending chemotherapy?

If you want to be a veterinarian, you better like people!

My advice to anyone aspiring to be a veterinarian? Get used to talking to people. Pursuing a career in veterinary medicine is tough. Just considering the process of applying to veterinary school is daunting. There are numerous standardized tests, the need for superior letters of recommendation, and the stress associated with composing the perfect personal … Continue reading If you want to be a veterinarian, you better like people!

Because sometimes it’s not cancer!

Meet Mocha! She's a patient I recently saw  who was referred for possibly having a lung tumor. The outcome was much better than everyone expected! The story is a great example of collaboration between veterinary specialists as well as why it's so important we don't put "blinders" on and keep an open mind to the … Continue reading Because sometimes it’s not cancer!

And now for something entirely different!

I was invited to write an article for Next Avenue, a national organization that provides news, information and advice for America's over-50 population through the power of media outlets such as their website and a national network of media partners and government and nonprofit allies. The suggested topic was advice on how to spend your money wisely at the veterinarian's … Continue reading And now for something entirely different!

When an injection leads to cancer…

Injection site sarcomas (ISSs), as the name implies, are tumors of the skin and subcutaneous tissue that develop in cats secondary to a previous injection. They are most often implicated with vaccinations, however they could develop secondary to any prior injection, including those related to administration of drugs or even microchips. I dislike all forms … Continue reading When an injection leads to cancer…