May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Since 2005, this month is dedicated to raising awareness and combating this horrible disease. As part of my column this month, I wanted to capture another unique cancer success story from Catskill Veterinary Services.
Although Philip Hone became a symbol of upper class New York City, his life began in 1780 as the younger son of a poor carpenter. At the age of 16, he joined his brother’s auctioneering business. By the time he was 35, it had made him a very wealthy man, enabling him to retire at the age of 41.
Being a veterinarian is an amazing career. It is a job filled with many highs; but while we are part of some of the happiest times, we are also there on the saddest of days. Those happy times look like families bringing in their new puppy or kitten for vaccinations.
Spaying and neutering your pets is very important. Veterinarians have been recommending spaying and neutering dogs and cats by six months of age for quite some time. Today, there are several opinions about spaying and neutering pets, particularly dogs, before 12 months of age.
In most cases, dogs and cats deliver their puppies or kittens without issues. However, there are rare situations when delivery does not go as planned.
A very interesting case came into my office recently, and alerted me to an issue that may be of note to cat owners in the area.
Definitely more than just “old age,” veterinarians are seeing equine Cushing’s disease, or Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID) as it is also known, more frequently now that advances in veterinary medicine are allowing our equine friends to live longer lives.
In recent years, pain management has become a greater concern of pet owners as well as veterinarians. Even looking back 10 years, pain management was not a topic of conversation for veterinarians or pet owners. Today it’s a different story.
For the past several years, large pet-food manufactures have been promoting “grain-free” diets for dogs and cats. The manufactures state the claim that grain-free diets are healthier, and pets who suffer from obesity, skin issues and digestive ailments would benefit from the diet change.
Lyme disease has continued to be a common diagnosis among dogs, cats, horses and humans in the first half of 2018. Lyme disease is an infection caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium. The disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick and can affect many species. Currently, one out of five dogs are infected with the bacteria.