2011 Animal Charity Grant Winner – Spay Neuter Project of Los Angeles

Congratulations to the Spay Neuter Project of Los Angeles!  You are the winner of the 2011 Animal Charity Grant.  Pet overpopulation is a terribly difficult problem throughout America.  SNP LA is Los Angeles’s largest spay neuter provider.  They offer low cost surgeries to help the Los Angeles community prevent the suffering, hardship and too often, euthanasia […]

Animals Pay The Price

The news from Ohio regarding this senseless and preventable tragedy breaks my heart.  Terry Thompson was convicted in 2005 of animal cruelty!  Yet the lack of laws in Ohio which would prevent him from housing animals, the incompetence, negligence or both of USDA and other regulators led to this enormous loss.   This is not an isolated incident.  As […]

Franciscan Blessing Of The Animals

Saint Francis is revered through time for many reasons – including his love of animals.  I have been privileged to travel to Assisi and highly recommend the trip to that tranquil and beautiful town.  Saint Francis understood the interconnectedness humans share with the planet and other creatures.  It is therefore fitting that centuries after his death, […]

You Make The Diagnosis: Airedale Terrier Health Problems

This is Lotar, a well-behaved Airedale terrier.  Notice his handsome red color?  This is a rare color in Airedales.  Among his many other wonderful qualities, that makes Lotar a special dog.      Name the most common health problems observed in airedale terriers. Diagnosis: 1) Hip dysplasia2) Allergies/atopy3) Hypothyroidism4) Gastic dilation-volvulus (bloat)5) Autoimmune hemolytic anemia In my experience, these […]

National Veterinary Technician Week 2011

October 9th through the 15th, is National Veterinary Technician Week.  The theme for 2011 is “Pets & Vets Need Techs!” which is absolutely true.  Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to work with many outstanding technicians.  Men and women who dedicate their lives to working with animals, sometimes at great personal risk.  I know several technicians who volunteer with […]