Raw Diets For Pets


Raw diets for pets are in the news.  Again. We understand that there are pet owners who are sold on the idea of raw diets for their pets and we don’t expect to dissuade everyone from their conviction to the concept. However, it is important to understand the risks so that the decision one makes […]

Trusting Supplement Manufacturers

The big medical news this week is the action by the State of New York’s Attorney General’s office to shut down the sales of store-branded products of certain nutritional supplements. The Attorney General’s actions resulted from testing that, allegedly, shows the supplements either did not contain claimed active ingredients or were tainted with impurities ranging […]

Ebola And Pets


ARE DOGS AT RISK? First, let me put your mind at ease that the current strains of Ebola virus cannot kill your dog or cat. That said, dogs and other pets are not totally without worry from Ebola. You see the phrase “abundance of caution” in every Ebola report discussing pets. The real message behind […]

Fake Medicine Advice From Two Physicians


Drs. Mike Roizen and Mehmet Oz co-write a column that appears in many newspapers around the country. Their posts appear in our regional newspaper, The Sun Herald about four times each week. Recently they wrote a piece entitled “Beware those fake meds online.” In it, they identified the impetus for these scams, “they’re big business.” […]

This Year’s Friend-Eddie Donation Story


Regular readers will remember that my high school best friend, Eddie, sends a gift each year to be used to help a pet or pets whose owners cannot afford their care. Click here to read the original story. Each year I write about the recipient(s) of Eddie’s largesse. Here is this year’s story. It was […]

Getting Good Information Online


MyPetsDoctor.com has reminded readers many times that 64% of the medical information online is either outdated, or just plain wrong. Drs. Mike Roizen and Mehmet Oz have recently written pieces in their weekly newspaper column about inaccurate online medical information. Of Wikipedia, they say, “A new study compared info on Wiki’s medical articles to facts […]

Jerky Treats Sicken Humans And Dogs


Can you believe it? Pets are still getting sick on jerky treats, despite the widespread dissemination of information about how dangerous they are. Click here to read MyPetsDoctor.com’s original post about jerky treats. Now, not only have additional pets been injured, some humans foolishly ate the treats and were made ill. Even after seven years […]

Hemangiosarcoma In Dogs


Hemangiosarcoma (HSA) is a common cancer of dogs, usually occurring beyond middle age and the following breeds are most frequently afflicted: Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Portuguese Water Dogs and Skye Terriers. Hemangiosarcoma is one of the cancers being studied in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Roughly 20% of Golden Retrievers will suffer from hemangiosarcoma in […]

Use Caution At Your Pet’s Doctor’s Office


PLEASE keep your pet on a leash! I needed to stop in at a colleague’s office this afternoon on a matter of mutual interest. Parking in front of the clinic, I headed for the front door, where I was greeted through the glass by the cutest little brown dog, about 6 inches high. Barely cracking […]