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Wellness: Healthy Living
Communicating with your vet
Email etiquette
The internet, which has become a remarkable healthcare tool, is also changing the way veterinarians and their clients communicate with one another. These days, many folks want email access to their vets, and why shouldn’t they? Email communication between patients and their physicians is increasingly the norm, and many human health-care operations are fishing for new customers by marketing “...
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Puppy Mill Exposé on HBO
Madonna of the Mills premieres August 24
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, August 24th so you can watch the HBO documentary, Madonna of the Mills. I was able to preview the film and liked what I saw. The movie documents the passion of Laura Amato (the Madonna) on her forays into Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her sole purpose for traveling into the heart of Amish country is the rescue of puppy mill dogs, specifically those who are “used up...
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Dogs and Wild Mushrooms Don’t Mix
Poisonous species are more common than you might think.
I remember the sad sinking feeling I experienced last August as I read an email from my friend Diana Gerba. Seeing her email in my inbox initially prompted excitement—oh goodie, more photos and stories about Donato, Diana’s adorable Bernese Mountain Dog. My excitement quickly morphed into utter disbelief as Diana described the death of her barely six-month-old pup caused by ingestion of a...
Wellness: Health Care
Asking Your Veterinarian Tough Questions
Reasonable Expectations
People want the very best for their dogs and, when it comes to veterinary care, they are expecting more than ever before. What’s responsible for this change? No doubt, the popularity of the Internet has fueled what I call “The Age of the Empowered Client.” Gone are the days of simply following doc’s orders. “Dr. Google” is teaching people how to become informed, savvy consumers of veterinary...
Wellness: Health Care
Small Organ, Big Trouble
When rich food appears, pancreatitis lurks
Dog
’Tis the season for family gatherings, gift giving and food galore. Veterinarians know that this is also the season for canine pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), a painful, potentially life-threatening condition most commonly caused by overindulgence in foods that are particularly rich or fatty. And what kitchen isn’t overflowing with such foods this time of year? The pancreas is a...
Wellness: Healthy Living
Protecting Your Dog Against Foxtails
Dog in Foxtails
Tonight my littlest dog Nellie came in the house sneezing. Any other time of year and I would be unconcerned, but in late spring and early summer an abrupt onset of sneezing after being outdoors is a “foxtail-in-the-nose alarm bell.” I’ll be watching Nellie like a hawk for the rest of the evening. Any crinkling of her nose, ongoing sneezing or bloody nose, and she’ll be my first patient tomorrow...
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If I Were A Philadelphia Eagles Fan…
Could I still support my home team?
Michael Vick’s reentry into professional football, the latest update in his life story, has me wondering how I would feel if I happened to be an ardent Philadelphia Eagle fan. Honestly, I’m not altogether sure. Would I believe that everyone is deserving of a second chance? Would I boycott the games, or choose to watch but cheer every time Michael Vick fumbled the ball or threw an interception?...
Wellness: Health Care
Saving Money on Your Veterinary Bills
Stretch those vet dollars
Today, the human-animal bond is stronger than ever. It seems as though the more tumultuous the world around us becomes, the tighter we cling to our beloved dogs. They soothe us with their predictability and unconditional love, and give in excess of what they receive. Imagine, then, the heartache when it’s necessary to cut back on a dog’s health care because of financial hardship. If you’re...
Wellness: Health Care
Ten Commandments of Veterinary Office Visits
Become an advocate for your dog
How much easier it would be if vets had Dr. Dolittle’s ability to talk to the animals—when we took our pups in for a check-up, they could speak for themselves. Since that’s not the case, our dogs rely on us to act as their advocates in the exam room. In Dr. Nancy Kay’s ground-breaking book, Speaking for Spot, she provides us with the tools we need to do just that, relayed clearly and with gentle...

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