Hematocrit. Microhematocrit. Packed cell volume (PCV). All of these terms mean the same thing: What percentage of a patient’s blood is red blood cells (RBCs)? The pet at hand today is Plato, a cancer patient on chemotherapy who has a mass in one of his lungs. He has been bleeding, his respiratory rate has increased, […]

Anti-vaxxer Movement And Pets

Hoover Susan McCormick

Veterinarians are concerned that the “anti-vaxxer” movement in the United States could result in more pets becoming ill. “Anti-vaxxers” are parents of children and/or pets who believe that the risks of vaccines do not outweigh the benefits of disease prevention. Epidemiologists broadly agree that the minority trend causing people to not want to vaccinate their […]

Cat Tests Positive For H3N2 Canine Influenza

As of our last Canine Influenza update, no cats had been diagnosed with laboratory-confirmed infection by the Asian form of Canine Influenza-A virus, H3N2. Since then a kitty from a shelter in New York City became ill, was tested for H3N2 and was confirmed to be positive. Another cat in the household was also ill, […]

Canine Influenza Update: H3N2 and H3N8


Canine Influenza (CI), also known as dog flu, has been in the United States for years. It was first documented in 2004 during an outbreak at a greyhound racing track in Florida. Click here to read about the disease.  Click here to read about the vaccine against the disease. There is, however, a new wrinkle […]

Cats Are Hiding Experts

Drives you insane, doesn’t it?   When you call and call and he won’t answer. Hiding. You know he’s hiding. But he won’t come out for (insert your favorite technique here): the laser, clicking the flashlight on and off, rattling the treat bag, wadding up a piece of paper or foil for him to chase, […]

2015 Mississippi Veterinarian Of The Year: Dr. James Randolph

The Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association, a non-profit association of veterinary professionals, chose Dr. James Randolph as the 2015 Veterinarian of the Year during the Annual Business Meeting.  This year’s meeting was held on February 28 at their Winter Conference at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Candidates are nominated by their peers in the […]

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 […]