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The COVID-19 Pet Paradigm Shift

In the past year of the pandemic, I have witnessed a remarkable shift in the increased number of people who own pets, in addition to family’s and individuals’ view of the importance of pets in their lives. During a time when human contact was so limited for so many, it was often pets that provided the companionship and physical contact that is so crucial to...

Everything You Need To Know About Leptospirosis In Dogs

Leptospirosis is a potentially fatal disease caused by the Leptospira bacteria.  Leptospira is a cork screw shaped bacteria that effectively self-propels itself in fresh, standing water, such as puddles, ponds, and lakes.  The disease is transmitted when dogs and other mammals come into contact with fresh, standing water that is contaminated with the...

Pet Owners – Say No To Coconut Oil!

In the past few years there has been a trend with no basis in science and veterinary medicine to feed coconut oil to pets. Thankfully, most cats will not eat it, but it still does not stop some feline owners from smearing it on their skin and fur and even in their ears. Dogs, on the other hand, will often readily eat just about anything, so they receive coconut oil from...

Think Twice Before You Treat A Veterinarian Poorly

I love my job as a doctor of veterinary medicine, mostly because I have a unique ability to focus on the wonderful experiences my career brings me and I am able (usually) to chalk up the negative experiences as inevitable because, well, nothing in this world is perfect. When one observes a recent retention study of the veterinary profession administered by Merck Animal...

Hug – And/Or Rescue -A Dog On National Dog Day!

National Dog Day is celebrated August 26th annually and was founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige. The date of August 26th of significance to Colleen, as it is the date that Colleen’s family adopted her first dog “Sheltie” when she was 10 years old. National Dog Day honors man’s eternal,...

The Grain Free Pet Food Dogma Continues For Many

Veterinarians have been voicing concerns about the nutritional compatibility of grain free diets for dogs since they became all the rage among pet owners. With few exceptions, none of the companies (if one can even consider some of them legitimate “companies”) had any of the criteria veterinarians look to in determining a reputable pet food company: at least...

A Veterinarian’s Tail Of Love

Becoming a veterinarian requires 8 years of school. Getting accepted to a veterinary school is 5-7 times more competitive than getting accepted to medical school. We have to master the individual physiology and medicine of 7 species and when we get out of school will earn 1/3 the income of a human medical doctor. Why to we go through all this? For the vast majority of...

So NOW I am suddenly an expert on dog nutrition?

I have heard all of the cynical talking points put forth about veterinarians and their expertise in making nutrition and pet food recommendations: Veterinarians don’t really learn about nutrition in veterinary school (we do). The little nutrition that veterinarians do learn about in veterinary school is spoon fed to their curriculum by pet food companies (its not a...

Why To Choose MMP over TPLO for Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) Tear Of The Dog Knee

The cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) is the major stabilizing ligament within the canine knee joint.  Rupture of this ligament is a very common injury in the hind legs of dogs.  Rupture of the CCL causes a forward thrust, also known as a sheer force, of the tibia when the dog is weight bearing.  The image below illustrates the nature and consequence of rupture of the...

A Simple Screening Test That Can Save Your Doberman Pinscher’s Life

Dilated Cardiomyopathy is a deadly disease of the heart that has strong genetic roots in certain large and giant dog breeds, among them, Doberman Pinschers.  Dilated cardiomyopathy (aka., DCM) is a disease of the heart muscle that is characterized by an enlarged heart that does not function properly. With DCM, both the upper and lower chambers of the heart become enlarged,...