Last summer, I was asked to take over the Evidence-based Medicine Column (previous the Alternative Medicine Column) in the trade magazine Veterinary Practice News from Dr. Narda Robinson. This was an excellent opportunity to illustrate the principles and techniques of evidence-based medicine in action, evaluating specific medical practices and discussing general issues related to EBM. Some of these columns will cover alternative therapies, but many focus on conventional medical therapies as well, since I have always advocated evaluating all therapies by the same, science-based standards. I will keep a running collection of links to these columns here as each becomes available to the public, as well as occasionally posting those with content that hasn’t appeared here before. Enjoy!
A new perspective on evidence-based medicine
July 27, 2017
Pros, cons of surgical sterilization, neutering options for females
September 14, 2017
Surgical sterilization, neutering options for male cats, dogs
November 21, 2017
Yunnan baiyao for patients with hemorrhage, neoplasia
December 11, 2017
Probiotics and today’s pets
January 10, 2018
Why do we run diagnostic tests?
February 7, 2018
Pheromones’ therapeutic use in animals
March 14, 2018
Lysine: A therapeutic zombie?
May 16, 2018
Is tramadol an effective analgesic for dogs and cats?
June 26, 2018
What is a placebo?
July 10, 2018
Uses, evidence, and safety for laser therapy.
August 16, 2018
Assessing claims of vaccine-induced ITP, IMHA
August 29, 2018
Is cancer increasing in dogs and cats?
October 2, 2018
Responses to the virtual mailbag
What is screening and is it beneficial?
Debating raw diets
January 2, 2019
Is there a gold-standard test for adverse food reactions?
February 14, 2019
Asymptomatic Bacteriuria- To Treat or Not to Treat?
March 28, 2019
The Veterinary Antivaccine Movement
May 22, 2019
Vegan and Vegetarian Diets for Dogs and Cats
June 24, 2019
A Conclusion on Cannabis?
July 30, 2019
Canned or Dry Food: What’s Better for Cats?
August 22, 2019
Debating Raw Diets
September 9, 2019
Healing with Acupuncture
October 8, 2019
The efficacy of metronidazole
November 1, 2019
Veterinary Homeopathy: Why Are We Still Talking About This?
November 22, 2019
Do pulsed electromagnetic field devices offer any benefit?
January 2, 2020
Is Keto Kind to Pets?
January 28, 2020
Are ACE inhibitors effective in treating heart disease?
February 26, 2020
The efficacy of metronidazole.
March 2, 2020
Early or delayed neutering? What to tell clients
March 27, 2020
From the Trenches: How life has changed since COVID-19
April 23, 2020
Fecal Microbiome Testing
May 7, 2020
Acupuncture—A sticking point among veterinary professionals
September 10, 2020
New tools to help make evidence-based clinical decisions
September 16, 2020
Veterinary chiropractic: A Friend or Foe to Your Patients? (VPN+)
November 18, 2020
Where does gabapentin fit in pain control?
April 13, 2021
Vaccine questions and resistance
June 2, 2021
The Process of Aging
August 6, 2021
Tummy troubles: Empirical treatment of acute vomiting
September 20, 2021
How do Fresh Food Diets Compare to their Commercial Cousins?
November 4, 2021
Why research can be so satisfying.
November 16, 2021
Risks and Treatments Surrounding Cancer
December 3, 2021
Genes, environment, and DNA sequence.
February 8, 2022
Revisiting the world of canine raw diets
March 1, 2022
When in doubt, cut it out! But by how much?
April 13, 2022