Tribute To Dr. James Herriot

This week, on February 23rd, we mark the anniversary of the death of Dr. James Herriot.  It is vital that we pause to reflect on the difference one person – one veterinarian, can make.  Few human beings who have ever walked our planet touched so many people and brought such absolute joy as did Dr. James Herriot.  […]

People May Infect Their Pets With H1N1

Yesterday, the American Veterinary Medical Association issued an alert regarding H1N1.  The virus was cultured from a Wisconsin cat.  Both of the family’s cats became ill after exposure to a family member with symptoms of the flu.  Even with supportive care, the cats’ conditions deteriorated to the point that the owners chose humane euthanasia to end […]

Animal Abuse Reporting By Veterinarians

Last week, I was preparing for a radio interview on animal abuse when I came across a surprising fact.  Only eight states require veterinarians to report suspected cases of animal abuse.  Those states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma and West Virginia.  I was shocked and terribly disappointed.  Studies demonstrate that animal abusers often commit domestic violence and child abuse.  So, mandatory […]