Author Archives: skeptvet

SkeptVet Gets Hate Mail 2018

It will come as no surprise to readers that I receive a steady stream of hate mail in the form of email and comments on the blog. Occasionally, someone calls me up at work, sends me a snailmail letter, but … Continue reading

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Presentation of Placebos in Animals

Here are the notes and slides for a recent presentation on placebo effects in veterinary medicine. WHAT IS A PLACEBO? Despite the fact that most people have heard of the placebo effect and feel they have some understanding of what … Continue reading

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Presentation on Choosing Diagnostic Tests

Here are the notes and slides for a recent presentation on strategies for effectively choosing diagnostic tests. GOALS OF DIAGNOSTIC TESTING Ultimately, the goal of any test we run should be obtaining information that allows us to more effectively treat … Continue reading

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Presentation on Surgical Neutering Techniques

Here are the notes and slides for a presentation I recently gave comparing various surgical sterilization and neutering techniques. INTRODUCTION Among the most common surgical procedures in small animal practice are those for sterilization (preventing reproduction) and neutering (removing the … Continue reading

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Presentation on Cannabis for Pets

I recently gave a presentation for veterinarians on Cannabis as a potential source of medical therapies for veterinary patients.  There haven’t been many new studies in veterinary species since my last post on the subject in 2016, but that is … Continue reading

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Actually, Raw Chicken Likely Can Lead to Paralysis in Dogs.

I recently reported on a study out of Australia that found an association between feeding raw chicken, infection with the bacterium Campylobacter, and a serious neurologic disease call Acute Polyradiculoneuritis (APN). Not surprisingly, advocates of raw diets are desperate to … Continue reading

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Yet Another Study Shows the Real Dangers of Raw Diets for Dogs

I have covered the raw diet issues since the very start of this blog, which is about nine years now. My articles on the subject are collected here. Very little has changed in my assessment of the evidence over this … Continue reading

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FDA Proposed Updated Regulation of Homeopathy- Time to Comment Again!

The wheels of government turn slowly, but they turn. Over the last several years, we’ve seen a number of governments around the world catch up to the science that shows homeopathy is worthless quackery. In Europe, the UK, and Australia, … Continue reading

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Trump Leading the Charge Against Science and Reality

The focus of this blog is science, and the role of science in medicine, especially veterinary medicine. However, politics, law, and other non-scientific fields are covered from time to time when they impact the core subjects of science and medicine.  … Continue reading

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Colloidal Silver- Colorful Snake Oil but not Medicine

Introduction Colloidal silver illustrates many of the classic characteristics of quack alternative medicines. It has a history of mainstream use based on tradition and theory, but it was abandoned by science-based medicine in favor of safer and more effective treatments. … Continue reading

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