Arizona Humane Society Releases Distemper Alert

I was going to write about food bowls in this post until I received a pet health alert from the Arizona Humane Society regarding distemper in dogs.  Normally, the virus affects young, unvaccinated puppies every spring.  But this year, the Arizona Humane Society has noticed a difference in the disease.  Both puppies and adult dogs […]

National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

Last November I announced a contest for National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week.  I am pleased to announce the honorees of the donations to the Animal Humane Society in Minnesota, the Humane Society of Seattle/King County and the Arizona Humane Society.  I was born and raised in Minnesota, graduated from the University of Minnesota College of […]

You Make The Diagnosis: Is This A Wild Or Domestic Cat?

Pictured below is a handsome cat named Cheetah.  He was a little shy at first but awfully nice.  It turns out he is a very sweet fellow.  Although to some he might look like a wild feline, his family tree includes only domestic cats.  According to the Cat Fanciers Association, this breed is a mix of Abyssinian, […]

Treatment of Hyperthyroidism in Cats

There are several options for treating hyperthyroidism in cats.  Since each treatment has its own set of benefits and drawbacks, it is vital to match the treatment to the individual cat.  Please discuss these options with your veterinarian before deciding on a course of therapy.  1)  Thyroidectomy:  Surgical removal of the diseased tissue was the […]

After Effects of CODOX-M/IVAC Plus Rituxan

I am taking one more break from animal related topics to help people who are recovering from the CODOX-M/IVAC plus Rituxan protocol (Modified MaGrath).  As a patient, I was frustrated by the lack of information regarding this protocol.  I didn’t know what to expect.  This post will cover what I experienced the year after finishing chemo.   Please remember, every person will react […]

2012 Animal Charity Grant

I’m happy to announce the 2012 Animal Charity Grant.  It is open to animal and wildlife nonprofits in all 50 of the United States.  Details are at on the Animal Charity Grant tab on the left hand side.   Please let the director of your favorite nonprofit know about this opportunity.  Congratulations again to the 2011 winner – Spay Neuter Project […]