I have a confession. My number one most absolute favorite thing to do as a veterinarian is to work for free.I suspect the majority of vets will tell you, the money thing is the worst part of the job. There is a constant level of stress in this profession associated with charging for our services.The majority of … More Meet Gambino
Hello there, I feel like I’ve had a year long case of writer’s block. One of the cures for that is to just sit down and write something, anything, so here goes. This may be easier for everyone if I try to keep these posts short and sweet. The topic of today is: antlers. It’s … More Antlers: Good for Reindeer, Bad for Dogs
I don’t get this question as often as I should. It seems like, on some level, people don’t want to know their pet is in pain, they just want to assume he’s ok. Outwardly the pet seems fine, so therefore he must be fine. Usually I get statements like “well, he’s not in pain because he’s … More Is My Dog (or Cat) In Pain?
So I’m taking a break from my holiday preparatory madness to provide for you, a quick and dirty assessment of the situation regarding the flu outbreak in Austin. I saw the story, the pretty reporter lady with her eyes wide, projecting fear and concern, urging pet parents to contact their vets right away, for this … More …And the Vets Were All Nestled All Snug in Their Beds While Visions of Flu Vaccines Danced in Their Heads.
A client came in the other day with a super cute baby Mini Australian Shepherd. She was unhappy because someone had cropped the pup’s tail too short. She wished that they hadn’t cropped the tail at all, but she couldn’t find any pups with tails intact. The conversation reminded me of my first experience with … More Some Thoughts on Cosmetic Surgeries on Dogs.
Dr. Cook joined our staff this summer, after graduation from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. I have to admit, that I was less than thrilled about having to deal with a fresh, enthusiastic new veterinarian. However, Dr. Cook has been fantastic. She’s smart, articulate, dedicated, enthusiastic (but not annoyingly so), and super, duper nice. … More Guest Post from our Newest Veterinarian, Dr. Rachel Cook
So my 16 year old dog, Katelin has been dying on and off for about the last six months now. Shortly after my dog Scully died of kidney failure two years ago, Katelin apparently decided that looked like a pretty good way to go & proceeded to go into chronic renal failure herself. I did … More Katelin’s Adventures in Hospice Care
I wrote a few weeks ago about the Chicago area H3N2 Canine flu outbreak. According the the message boards on the Veterinary Information, new cases out there seem to be slowing down. However, like a game of biological agent Wack-a-Mole, the virus starts to fade from Chicago, only to pop up near Houston. Texas seems to be … More Dog Flu is in Texas, Is it Time to Panic?
Not really back from the dead, but like Persephone in the Greek myth, I have been to Hell and back. Well, not quite that bad. There were no pomegranates and no angry Greek Gods involved. Since January 6th, we have been immersed in a nightmare remodel. “it will only involve the upstairs”, “you won’t even … More Back from the Dead
Happy Holidays! Most wonderful time of the year, right? Not so much if you ask your friendly neighborhood veterinarian. The months of November and December mark an inexplicable peak in the number of euthanasias we perform. Not super sure of the cause, but for some reason, old pets don’t fare well over the holidays. If … More Some Christmas-Time But Non-Christmas-y Cautionary Tales