Are you being mislead about DCM?

DCM = dilated cardiomyopathy Cardio means heart, myo means muscle, patho means pathological (potentially fatal) disease, and dilated means enlarged. Put it all together and DCM means: enlarged heart creating pathological disease that may lead to premature death. DCM...
How to Avoid Atopy Early – Start When Your Dog is a Pup

How to Avoid Atopy Early – Start When Your Dog is a Pup

A colleague made a fascinating correlation: within 3 to 6 weeks of puppies receiving a distemper vaccine, many puppies break out with a rash on their belly. This rash is usually called “puppy pyoderma.” “Pyo ” means pus or infection, “derma” means skin. For many...
Interesting Experiences in International Travel

Interesting Experiences in International Travel

I recently returned from a 10 day trip to China – combination business trip and pleasure. Climbing the Great Wall of China is an incomparable experience – pictures only partially express the wonder! As a developing country, many of the experiences I’ve witnessed in...
When to Seek a Second (3rd or 4th) Opinion

When to Seek a Second (3rd or 4th) Opinion

Many of the phone consults I perform as a — now retired — veterinarian who no longer diagnoses or prescribes, center around helping pet owners make the most of their pet’s condition or circumstances. The purpose of a phone consultation is not to diagnose or treat a...
Dr. Google vs. You Know, Any Real Doctor

Dr. Google vs. You Know, Any Real Doctor

These days we all do it – we run to the Internet to check for information. Fact checking may be as simple as checking ingredients of a favorite recipe, to something as complicated as diagnosing an unknown illness in a pet. Multiple times over the years, before...

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