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  • People Plan and God Laughs

    from Speakingforspot.com

    Saturday April 16th, 2011 at 03:37 AM

    This is what my grandmother and then my mother always used to tell me, and I never liked it, not one little bit. It is not a great quote to deliver to a control-oriented person like me. As adults we pretty much figure out that while we cannot necessarily control the adverse events that affect our lives we can control (or at least attempt to control) how we respond to adversity.

    Coco Dunja Oertel

    Case in point, after some obscenities and a lot of venting to my wonderful husband, Ive...

  • Age is Just a Number

    from Speakingforspot.com

    Thursday April 14th, 2011 at 02:36 PM

    When my clients make decisions on behalf of their senior dogs and cats, they routinely factor in their pets age. I often hear statements such as, I would pursue a diagnosis if only she werent so old. and I would treat him if only he were younger. When my clients voice such senior objections I gently encourage them to consider the situation a bit more objectively by considering their pets functional age rather than their chronological age. For example, it might be far safer for me to...

  • When to Say Yes to a Diagnostic Test

    from Speakingforspot.com

    Friday April 8th, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    As veterinarians we have access to so many incredible diagnostic tests. They help us uncover medical issues in our patients that, in the past, we could only guess about. How can you know whether or not to say, Yes to your vet when she or he recommends a diagnostic test, whether advanced or more basic? Here are my suggestions:

    Susannah Kay

    Begin by talking with your veterinarian about all the potential risks and benefits and pros and cons associated with the recommended testing. What will be...

  • Dogs and Mushrooms: A Potentially Lethal Mix

    from Speakingforspot.com

    Friday April 1st, 2011 at 01:05 AM

    Donato Diana Gerba

    I remember the sad sinking feeling I experienced last August as I read an email from my friend Diana Gerba. Seeing her email in my inbox initially prompted excitement- oh goodie, more photos and stories about Donato, Dianas adorable Bernese Mountain Dog. My excitement quickly morphed into utter disbelief as Diana described the death of her barely six-month-old pup caused by ingestion of a poisonous mushroom.

    Dianas heart was broken. As she wrote in her email,

    A special...

  • A Truly Hands-On Physical Examination

    from Speakingforspot.com

    Thursday March 24th, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Have you ever gone to the doctor and realized after the visit that those healing hands never actually touched your body? Cmon now, thats not okay! Nor is it okay for your veterinarian to skimp when it comes to examining your pet. In veterinary school, we are taught to perform a thorough physical examination on each and every patient. It would be a travesty to miss a new heart murmur or enlarged lymph node on a patient that presented for limping. The sooner abnormalities are detected the more...

  • Even More to Say About a Better Way to Spay

    from Speakingforspot.com

    Thursday March 17th, 2011 at 02:02 PM

    In January I wrote a piece called, A Different Way to Spay (http://speakingforspot.com/blog/?p=1931) describing two techniques for performing spay surgeries. The method widely embraced in the United States is ovariohysterectomy (OVH) in which both ovaries as well as the uterus are removed. The second way to spay- popular in many other countries- is ovariectomy (OVE) in which only the ovaries are removed and the uterus is left behind.

    Charlotte, OVE spay at 7 months Kathie Meier


  • WorldVets Paws for Japan

    from Speakingforspot.com

    Thursday March 17th, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    Animals in need after the Japan earthquake and tsunami

    I hope you will join me in supporting World Vets (www.worldvets.org), a world class organization doing fabulous and important work for animals all over the world.

    Nancy Kay, DVM Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award Recipient, Dog...

  • Adopt the Internet

    from Speakingforspot.com

    Monday March 14th, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Please, will you join the Help Petfinder Adopt the Internet Day effort on March 15th? Email your dog loving friends and relatives. Feel free to share this blog postwith them. Heck, write a blog post of your own! Together we will increase awareness about adopting homeless pets and hopefully create the kinds of happy endings that Quinn and my family have enjoyed.

    Do you have your own story about adopting a homeless pet? Wed love to hear it.Know of an animal who needs a home? On March 15th,...

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