St. Paul Public Library

Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life is now available at the St. Paul Public Library!  Since my first book chronicles a Minnesota Veterinary Clinic, it was a great joy to learn that the St. Paul Public Library found it worthy to put on the shelves.  Every library that adds it to their collection brings me […]

You Make The Diagnosis: Iguana With Swollen Jaws

Iguanas require a lot of special care to keep them healthy in captivity.  This iguana suffered from anorexia, lethargy and reluctance to move.  Examine the image carefully, before answering the following questions; Name the medical condition this iguana suffers from.  What causes it?    Diagnosis:  Metabolic Bone Disease Metabolic bone disease is a common disease of captive iguanas.  Lack of vitamin […]

Hemangiosarcoma in Dogs

    As a veterinarian, I dread diagnosing hemangiosarcoma in my patients because there are no successful treatments for this aggressive cancer.  Hemangiosarcoma originates from blood vessels so it can occur anywhere in the body.  In dogs, I see it most commonly in the spleen, heart and skin.  German Shephards and Golden Retrievers are the breeds most affected by hemangiosarcoma.      Traditional treatment centers around […]

Cat Hairballs

Before I examine a cat, I usually ask the owner if the cat has any problems with coughing, sneezing, vomiting or diarrhea.  Even though the cat will vomit hairballs, most people will answer ‘no’ because they think vomiting up a wad of hair is normal.  But is it?  Probably not based on observations of wild felines […]

Salmonella Infection in Dogs and Cats

    Today CNBC reported that Nature’s Recipe announced a voluntary recall of their product, Nature’s Recipe Oven Baked Biscuits with Real Chicken due to possible salmonella contamination.  So far, there have been no cases of animal or human illness caused by this product.  Because of all the recent recalls, I thought it would be a good idea to […]

Saddlebred Rescue

On this post I would like to highlight the work of a wonderful animal rescue group for horses; Saddlebred Rescue located in Hardwick, New Jersey.  Saddlebred Rescue is a verified member of the global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.  This organization buys horses from livestock sales that would otherwise be sold for meat to Canada or Mexico.  […]