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MyPetsDoctor.com has reminded readers many times that 64% of the medical information online is either outdated, or just plain wrong.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 […]

Steps For Spoiled Pets

This post combines three things I’m passionate about: pets, writing and woodworking (I couldn’t figure out how to include bass fishing). When my Wisconsin pen-pal and fellow worker in wood, Steven Johnson, told me he was building a piece of furniture for his cats, I thought, “Now, there’s a blog post being written for me!” […]

Standard Time Undone

I gave in. You may recall that we recently made the decision to leave our Maxx’s automatic feeder on Central Standard Time so that he didn’t have to make the ridiculous adjustment we humans must. (Click here to read it if you missed it.) We made that decision based on the assumption that he could […]

Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency In Dogs And Cats

Like many mammalian organs, the pancreas is two organs in one. It has an endocrine (hormone) function, producing insulin, which allows cells to utilize glucose for energy. It also has an exocrine (secretive) function, producing enzymes that aid in the breakdown of fat and other major components of food so that they can be absorbed […]