Q: Why do veterinarians run blood tests before anesthesia?

A: This is one of the ways we can minimize risk. Every patient, human or veterinary, should have a thorough physical examination and routine laboratory screening tests before anesthesia. These tests help the doctor compile a complete picture of a patient’s health...

Q: Do pets get breast cancer?

A: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Breast cancer is one of the many cancers that affect both people and pets.  Since many projects begin with animal studies, support for breast cancer research often benefits both people and pets. Dogs are particularly prone...

Happy National Veterinary Technician Week!

Today begins National Veterinary Technician Week.  The special people who choose to dedicate their lives to animal nursing deserve special recognition every day.  Once each year the veterinary profession commemorates the special contributions veterinary technicians...

Q: What can I do to be sure my pet lives a long, healthy life?

A:  Pets today generally live longer, healthier lives than they did just fifty years ago.  This fact is largely due to reduction in infectious diseases through vaccination, decades of research leading to improved nutrition, and healthier lifestyles from spending more...

World Rabies Day

This Wednesday is another important date: World Rabies Day. In the United States, over 20,000 people are treated for potential rabies exposure each year.  Roughly three dozen Americans die from rabies infection each decade.  Nationally, 7,000-9,000 animals are...