Update on Coated With Fur: A Veterinarian’s Heart

As many of you know, I am the author of the Coated With Fur series of books.  They recount stories from my days as a young veterinarian owning the Minnesota Veterinary Center. The first book, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life, covers the first year of the practice. Readers meet Ivan, the timid doberman,  a wonderful gerbil […]

China Announces Decision to End Ivory Trade

On December 30, China announced that ivory sales would be banned by the end of 2017. As the largest consumer of ivory, this news is welcomed by wildlife advocates who believe it will put poachers out of business. The ban will start with the shuttering of legal ivory processing factories by March 31st. The Chinese […]

In Honor of The Search and Rescue Dogs of 9/11

Fifteen years ago, search and rescue dogs descended upon the world trade center in search of survivors. Dogs and their handlers worked day and night to help the victims. One of those teams included a young Golden retriever on her first deployment, named Bretagne and her handler, Denise Corliss. It was the first deployment in a […]

Keep Pets Safe from Firecrackers Hidden in Tennis Balls and Other Household Items

The Fourth of July is a dangerous time for pets. Backyard barbecues lead to dogs and cats eating all kinds of things that are bad for them. From the high fat ribs that cause pancreatitis to chocolate laden deserts, our feasts create a lot of problems when shared with our pets. Another common problem is […]

Zika Virus in Dogs and Cats

Zika virus was first discovered in Africa back in the 1940’s in a monkey with a mild fever. Since then, the disease has spread all over the world. In humans, the virus causes a birth defect called microcephaly which means ‘small brain’. In animals, the virus has  been found primarily  in non-human primates. Most exposed monkeys and apes show […]

Envision Equine Therapy

Envision is an Arizona non-profit dedicated to utilizing the wonderful gifts of horses to help people.  I am honored to be the keynote speaker for their inaugural fundraiser at Silverleaf Gold Club on Thursday April 28th.  If you are able to join us, I would love to see you.  Further details about Envision and the […]

National Veterinary Technician Week

I am privileged to work alongside two terrific young women who deeply love animals.  They are also outstanding medical professionals.  So during this National Veterinary Technician Week (October 11th-17th) I thank and celebrate Abbey Santos, CVT and Michelle Thomson for the gift they are to animals and to me.  Thanks as well to all who serve […]

Our First Anniversary At Arizona Skies Animal Hospital

A year ago today, I purchased Arizona Skies Animal Hospital located in Cave Creek, Arizona. I remember walking into the clinic on the first day wondering what the future would hold?  It has been an outstanding year filled with great animals and clients.   With tremendous hard work by Abbey Santos and Michelle Thomson, the clinic has […]