You Make The Diagnosis: Diseases Found In Soft-Coated Wheaton Terriers

This handsome boy is a Soft-Coated Wheaton Terrier named Satchel.  He is a high energy, curious, healthy dog who enjoys life to the fullest.  Unfortunately, this breed is also prone to four serious medical problems.  Name the diseases.  This is a difficult challenge so there are bonus points to those who know all four. . .   The four diseases are:      1)  Protein-losing Nephropathy […]

Bedside Manner

For the last several days, I suffered from a severe case of food poisoning.  I owe a debt of gratitude to a wonderful cat named Genevieve.  This magnificent cat stayed with me through the entire ordeal.  Genny slept next to me or on top of me for two solid days.  She also followed me whenever I left the bed.  When things were really […]

Tribute To Cristy Iverson, D.V.M.

The following is a tribute to Dr. Cristy Iverson.  Yesterday I attended a beautiful celebration of her life at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. Last summer, my husband heard a pathetic meow when he walked into a gas station.  A feral kitten was trapped in the downspout.  The employees poured water down the roof drain and […]

Questions Regarding The Euthanasia of Macho B

As a veterinarian, media reports and other sources raise serious questions in my mind regarding the entrapment and death of Macho B.  Through posting the questions here, I hope to encourage those conducting the criminal investigation and other inquiries to go as deeply as the evidence leads.  Jaguars are an Endangered Species so we must find the […]

In Support Of Sharon Dial, D.V.M., Ph.D. And The Arizona Jaguar

Recently Dr. Sharon Dial, a pathologist at the University of Arizona’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory examined tissues from a jaguar named Macho B.  Recall that jaguars are an Endangered Species.  I find pathologists to be straightforward members of my profession.  They call it as they see it based on facts and science.  She described her findings to the media which brought […]

Jean McFarland – A Friend To Animals

Animals and people lost a good friend recently.  As a professional speaker, I met Jean McFarland through the National Speakers Association (NSA).  In the course of getting to know her, I came to understand her deep love of animals.  Jean made our world a better place and focused her speaking on the prevention of bullying.  […]