ticks and lyme disease

Top Tick Stories 2017

May 31, 2017

Increase in Lyme Disease Cases for 2017 According to the Companion Animal Parasite Council, canine Lyme disease is expected to expand beyond its traditional geographic boundaries in 2017. In states like New York where the disease is endemic, the number of cases will increase, thanks to a bumper crop of white footed mice, the efficient vectors of … Continue reading Top Tick Stories 2017


Limb Amputation: Can My Pet Survive?

May 24, 2017

Veterinarians talk with pet families about many very difficult topics: failing kidneys, life-threatening injuries from automobile accidents, and the need for emergency surgery. But as an oncologist, one of the most difficult conversations is about limb amputation. This topic has been on my mind lately because of two challenging patients with somewhat unusual causes of … Continue reading Limb Amputation: Can My Pet Survive?

ear infections

Ear Infections in Dogs and Cats

May 17, 2017

Yesterday I saw one of my favorite patients, a cute, red poodle named Charlie. As a baby, his bone marrow shut down for some unknown reason but ultimately recovered. Last summer and fall, he had a much more mundane problem: recurrent ear infections. Because of his chronic ear infections which would clear up with drops … Continue reading Ear Infections in Dogs and Cats


What is Diarrhea?

May 3, 2017

At first glance, this may seem like a silly question because, well, doesn’t everyone know what diarrhea is? Au contraire. Among the pet families I see, the definition of diarrhea seems to be a bit “loose.” Doctor Definition I got out my 15 pound textbook of internal medicine to copy a scientific definition. Diarrhea is … Continue reading What is Diarrhea?

melanoma monday

Melanoma Monday for Dogs

April 26, 2017

May is a busy month, cancer-wise. May has been designated as Skin Cancer Awareness Month and, more specifically, the first Monday in May is Melanoma Monday. Skin cancer is much less common in pets than in people, in part because most pets avoid tanning booths and prefer not to sunbathe. But dogs do develop malignant … Continue reading Melanoma Monday for Dogs

Everyday Medicine: The Highs and Lows of Blood Sugar

April 19, 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 “Vital Signs” or “Pulse Oximetry.” Today’s blog post will discuss blood glucose, colloquially referred to as blood sugar. A Delicate Sugar Balance The body’s main source of energy is … Continue reading Everyday Medicine: The Highs and Lows of Blood Sugar


Get Your Dog a Heartworm Test This Spring

April 12, 2017

Here in the Northeastern United States, warmer weather means mosquitoes. The buzz around mosquitoes occurs because mosquitoes transmit heartworms. Dogs become infected with heartworms when an infected mosquito bites a dog. Heartworm larvae migrate through the skin homing in on the blood vessels of the lungs. Here the heartworms mature and reproduce, clogging pulmonary vessels … Continue reading Get Your Dog a Heartworm Test This Spring

Splenectomy in Dogs

March 29, 2017

A Facebook post on the Animal Medical Center’s wall congratulating Dutch for being the first dog to complete a clinical trial protocol for hemangiosarcoma at AMC generated this question: “Since Dutch had his spleen removed, does he need special vaccinations going forward?” Below is my rather long answer. The Spleen The spleen is a soft, … Continue reading Splenectomy in Dogs