Do Cats Faint?

March 22, 2017

We ascribe many human characteristics to our pets: the loyal dog and the cunning cat. Pets and people share many of the same diseases, such as leptospirosis and Lyme disease. But what about fainting? In Victorian times, women commonly “swooned” when receiving shocking news or viewing a grotesque injury. Cats could make us swoon by depositing a … Continue reading Do Cats Faint?

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Pet Poisoning in the News

March 15, 2017

March 19-25 is National Poison Prevention Week, sponsored by the Poisoning Prevention Council. The Council seeks to educate Americans about the risks of unintentional poisoning. I think this week is a good time to remind pet families of potential hazards in the home and to help pet families protect their favorite fur baby against unintentional … Continue reading Pet Poisoning in the News

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Five+ Animal Behavior Resources for Pet Families

February 15, 2017

Behavior problems are a clear pain point for pet parents. I have written in the past about dogs who bite and how to prevent dogs bites. Other common behavior issues include anxiety, inappropriate urination and litter box concerns. All these behavior problems are cause for relinquishment of pets to shelter. To help pet families cope with behavior problem in … Continue reading Five+ Animal Behavior Resources for Pet Families

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Everyday Medicine: Pulse Oximetry

January 25, 2017

Everyday medicine is an intermittent series of blog posts highlighting tests, treatments and procedures commonly used at AMC. Some past examples of this type of blog post include “What are Vital Signs” or “Five Reasons Veterinarians Love Fluid Therapy.” Today’s blog post will tackle the topic of pulse oximetry, a common monitoring tool used at AMC. In … Continue reading Everyday Medicine: Pulse Oximetry

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Cushing’s Disease in Dogs

January 18, 2017

Recently, two of my patients needed testing for a possible diagnosis of Cushing’s disease, a.k.a. hyperadrenocorticism. Named after Harvey Cushing, the famous neurosurgeon who first described the disease in humans, Cushing’s disease results from excess production of steroids by the body. In dogs, we recognize two major forms of this endocrine disease: a pituitary form … Continue reading Cushing’s Disease in Dogs