I Love My Veterinarian

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” ~ Immanuel Kant, Philosopher Over the past 10 years I have had two dogs, four cats, a ferret, a hamster, a Yellow Nape Amazon, and a rabbit. I have moved around quite a bit with various pets and each time I move, I have had to find a new veterinarian to take care of my babies. Just […]

An approach to holistic veterinary medicine

An approach to holistic veterinary medicine

One of the most rapidly growing areas of interest in both human and veterinary medicine is the option of complimentary veterinary medical treatment options. These options have been called different names from integrative veterinary medicine to alternative veterinary medicine to holistic veterinary medicine. Most of these treatment options tend to look at the body as being sick as a single whole organism, rather than the more mechanical and reductionistic way […]

Euthanizing a beloved pet

Euthanizing a beloved pet

One of the most difficult decisions that almost any animal guardian at some point must make is when they must wish their canine or feline companion a compassionate goodbye, by choosing humane euthanasia for a chronically ill, untreatable, or suffering elder pet. As in human medicine, animals are living longer and longer in recent years, and with age come many chronic degenerative diseases. Organ failure including liver or kidney failure, degenerative […]

Pre-anesthetic blood work and your pet

Pre-anesthetic blood work and your pet

One of the most common concerns animal guardians pose to small animal veterinarians involves the risks of putting their pets under general anesthesia for various surgical procedures. From common procedures performed on young pets (such as castration, spays and feline declaws) to dental cleanings, tumor removals, and other surgical procedures of older pets, one of the most important services a veterinarian can provide is blood testing before such surgical procedures are […]

The evolution of ultrasound in veterinary medicine

The evolution of ultrasound in veterinary medicine

When I was doing my externship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City back in 1987, between college and veterinary school, I can recall how the diagnostic use of ultrasound was just starting to be employed in helping sort out difficult diagnostic dilemmas. Twenty three years later, the use of ultrasound is now often considered a routine diagnostic procedure in working up most chronically ill pets in general […]

Choosing a veterinarian for your dog or cat

Choosing a veterinarian for your dog or cat

When choosing a veterinarian, there are several factors that prospective clients may place more weight on than others. These typically include price, personal referral, and proximity to one’s home.  I’ll briefly go over what I consider to be key things to look for when choosing a veterinarian. I feel that the most important characteristic in choosing a veterinarian is someone who not only is experienced in general clinical medicine and […]

What is holistic veterinary medicine?

What is holistic veterinary medicine?

In recent years there has been increasing interest in both the human and veterinary communities in utilizing various holistic modalities in either treating acute or chronic illness as a means of preventing illness in the future. In my opinion, the main reason for interest in these areas is the failure of conventional medicine to address most chronic and especially immune-mediated diseases, where the body’s own immune system is reacting against itself. Depending […]