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Who’s Smarter, Dogs or Cats??

On 11/9/07, I introduced a Web Poll on our parent website, WebDVM ‘s home page, polling visitors about which species they feel is smarter, dogs or cats, a debate that has been going on for as long as these two species have been domesticated. The dogs are smarter camp argue that dogs must be smarter because they answer to their names, come when they are called, and learn...

Good People: they do exist!

As in most other professions, in veterinary medicine, we are often exposed to some of the worst examples of the human race. It is not uncommon to hear statements like, “if this [treatment of the pet] is going to cost me more than 50 bucks, I’ll just take her home and shoot her.” Meanwhile, people of this ilk may drive a huge $60,000 diesel pick up truck,...

Halloween is not just for kids!

One of my favorite aspects of Halloween is seeing the dogs (and sometimes cats), dressed in costumes. The best one I saw this year was a golden retriever dressed up as Shrek! Unfortunately, as fun as the doggy and kitty costumes are for us, I have yet to see a dog or cat actually enjoy its costume, but instead observe tolerance at best. It is almost comical as we humans laugh...

Good Medicine Is Not Negotiable

Veterinary medicine is a business to be sure. Just like any other businesses, veterinary hospitals need a healthy bottom line in order to afford payroll, inventory, mortgages, and all the other expenses that maintaining a hospital incurs. Unlike other businesses, however, veterinary medicine is held to a higher ethical standard that is predicated upon establishing the best...

The Dirty Truth About Online Pet Med Companies

Several months ago, our drug rep for Merial, a very prominent animal health care pharmaceutical, was in my hospital giving the staff a learning seminar about their flea and tick product, Frontline. What prompted Rob to come in educate the staff about Frontline, was the fact that I had mentioned to him on one of his visits that I was seeing an increased number of patients that...

“Her Daddy Done Got To Her”

Recently, on a day that I was bogged down with appointments, a client came in and asked the receptionist how much it would cost to pregnancy check her one year old American Bull Dog. As the receptionist was giving her the price for a pregnancy ultrasound, I was coming up to reception to get a file and over heard her say, “We really want to know because her daddy done got...

WebDVM’s Maiden Blog

Hello Pet Lovers Around the world! Although not quite yet complete, the WebDVM already has a substantial web presence that we could not hide from the major search engines. Believe me, I am not complaining. It is very encouraging that pet lovers around the world are already making use of our site with it still yet to be finished, as well as with our organization having yet to...