General Practice

Physician Compares Veterinarians’ Care To Human Medicine

You’ve  read the newspaper, you’ve read the news stories: “HMOs are good.” ” HMOs are bad.” You’ve seen the ads that claim, ” We have a new HMO that’s not like all the others.” With discussions about health care for humans dominating the news and the letters to the editor, it’s natural to compare human […]

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Shelter, Don’t Dump, Unwanted Pets

This is an ode to Lucy. And to “M” and “J” who took her in. Some low-life dumped Lucy out in their neighborhood. The saddest part about Lucy’s story is we could tell no one cared about her before her arrival at M & J’s house. No one cared enough to have her spayed. No […]

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Choose A Reputable Breeder

I saw a sad little case of a sad little puppy and a sad little pet owner involved in a sad little situation this week. A young girl and her mother brought me a puppy they had traveled across two states to purchase. The puppy had an entire list of birth defects none of which […]

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Pet Loss And Grieving For Pets

“He told of tales of 15 years how his dog and him, they traveled about. The dog up and died, he up and died, after 20 years he still grieves.” The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, 1971.  To someone whose pet is not a family member, this line from “Mr. BoJangles” might just be attributed to […]

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Pet Adoption From Humane Shelters

The time is right, you’ve moved out of that cramped apartment and into your family’s first home. You’ve decided to add a pet to the family. The family agrees we want to do the morally correct thing and save a life by adopting a puppy from the humane shelter across town. For $250.00, you can […]

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Interspecies Physical And Metabolic Similarities

Interspecies Physical And Metabolic Similarities

“Is that the same as people amoxicillin?” Mrs. Jones asked. It’s a logical question, since most people are under the mistaken impression that there are a lot of differences between people and animals. I learned of mammalian anatomical similarities when I took a trip to Washington, D.C., between my freshman and sophomore years at Auburn […]

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New Year’s Resolutions For Pets

“I don’t want to.” “What do you mean you don’t want to?” “I don’t want to and I’m not going to do it this year.” “But, but, but…that would be nontraditional. That would be un-American.” “Call it whatever you want, but I’m not making New Year’s resolutions this year!” You can have this argument with […]

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A Christmas Prayer For Animals

Tis the week before Christmas, and one could say that this is where it all began, my relationship with animals. I’m spending the weekend with my second father, my Uncle Sam Burrell, who partly reared me on their dairy farm in the late 50s and 60s. Uncle Sam, like many folks approaching age 98, began, […]

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Amy Rohde Discusses Brindle And Tristan

After Tristan Rohde found Brindle so very far from home, a saga unfolded that eventually culminated in a trip to Virginia to return Brindle to his original owner, thanks to a microchip.  After it was all over Amy Rohde, Tristan’s mother, sat down and gave us this collection of her thoughts on the journey from […]

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