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Five common mistakes with cancer surgery, and how to avoid them in your dog

Mistake # 1: Watching and Waiting Don’t: Watch the bump or lump. Do: get an aspirate or biopsy. I’ve blogged about this before, but it deserves repeating. No one, not even a boarded oncologist like me, can look at a skin mass, or a mass in the spleen, liver, or lung on imaging, and tell you what it is. I may have an educated guess. But every lump and bump should be aspirated or biopsied so the cells can be…

The Cone of Shame: Why E-Collars Get a Bad Rap (But Are So Important)

“Is that really necessary?” “Does he really need that thing?” “But we will watch him!” Regarding e-collar use, I’ve heard it all. Although they may seem extreme and look ridiculous, e-collars play a very serious role in veterinary medicine. The purpose of the dreaded cone is to deter your pet from licking, biting, rubbing, or traumatizing a sensitive area. It may be applied post-operative so that a pet doesn’t get to their surgical site. It may even be applied to…

Why Are Salt Lamps Bad For Cats? You Should Be Super Careful If You Have One In Your Home

By EMMA LORD   If you’re a cat owner, then you only want the best for your furry friend (even if they’re not always ~the most~ adept at reciprocating the feeling). There are plenty of things you do on a day-to-day basis to keep your cat safe, but some of the risks posed to cats are subtler than others. For instance, you may not have known that there is a very specific reason why salt lamps are bad for cats,…

Hemangiosarcoma in Dogs – An Aggressive Blood Vessel Cancer

Every pet parent dreads “The Big C” for their fur babies. Cancer strikes fear in the hearts and minds of pet-owning families. As a board-certified critical care specialist, one of the most common cancers I diagnose and treat is called hemangiosarcoma. I wanted to dedicate some time explaining this cancer, as some encouraging news about a novel treatment was recently released. Happy reading! Hemangiosarcoma – What is it? Hemangiosarcoma is a cancer of endothelial cells, the cells that line blood…

Aspiration Pneumonia in Pets – Going Down the Wrong Pipe!

Oxygen is unquestionably required for life. Without our lungs, oxygen can’t get into the bloodstream to be transported to cells throughout the body. Sometimes inappropriate bodily fluids end up in the lungs because they were inhaled (aspirated) into the airway. The resulting lung inflammation and infection is called aspiration pneumonia. This week I share some information about this potentially deadly disease. I hope you find it share worthy with other pet parents. Happy reading! Aspiration Pneumonia – What is it?…

How to Tell If Your Pet is Experiencing An Emergency

As pet owners, we know the importance of regular wellness checkups. But what do you do if the unexpected happens? Do you take them to your veterinarian or are you just over-reacting? Knowing how to identify if something is an emergency is vital, because in many of these cases time is of the essence. But you also don’t want to be the neurotic pet owner and have a hefty emergency bill for something that could have waited until you saw…

How To Give Your Dog CPR

We love our pets like our family and would do anything for them. If the unimaginable happens, and you find your dog unconscious and in need of urgent medical care, one of the most important skills you can learn is CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Performing CPR on a dog is similar to a human. By following these steps you could save their life! The very first thing to do is to check for breathing and a pulse. It is very…

Megacolon in Cats!

Megacolon in cats is something our Internal Medicine doctors help diagnose and treat quite often. Here is some great information on what megacolon is and signs to look out for.…