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?
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
Every few months I am invited by my colleague, Dr. Francis Adams of New York University’s Langone Medical Center, to be a guest on his radio program, Dr. Radio, a SirusXM channel focusing on health. I get to be the veterinarian on call and answer listener’s questions. During the March 1 show, a listener asked about … Continue reading Tail Amputations: Are They Really Necessary?
The Animal Medical Center’s emergency room staff often talks about medical versus surgical emergencies. A medical emergency is one treated with medications, where a surgical emergency needs an urgent surgery to resolve the crisis. Glen, a 12 year old male terrier arrived at AMC as a surgical emergency on a Friday night. Glen had a hernia on the … Continue reading Hernias in Pets
Every dog owner wants their pet to be as healthy as possible. That’s why veterinarians recommend puppies have a series of shots and dogs receive an annual physical examination. We also prescribe preventive medications like those to protect from heartworms and, as dogs age, more frequent examinations to address geriatric concerns like arthritis and thyroid … Continue reading Gastropexy: Preventing Bloat in Your Dog