Author Archives: skeptvet

Strategies for Helping Aging Dogs Today &Tomorrow

Here is a talk I gave at AVMA last week. Lot of folks attended, and lots of good followup questions!

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Risk Factors for Arthritis in Dogs

Last year, I participated in a research project evaluating risk factors for the diagnosis of osteoarthritis in dogs, using the large dataset in the Banfield medical records system. The research was published in November, 2023- Graves JL, McKenzie BA, Koch … Continue reading

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Age of Endarkenment: Medical Misinformation & What Vets Can Do About It

Obviously, the whole purpose of the SkeptVet is to combat misinformation and to promote evidence-based pet health. I first used the term Age of Endarkenment in a post for the much more influential Science-Based Medicine blog. Then, I was focused … Continue reading

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Evidence Update: Leap years Supplement

I recently reported on the results of a clinical trial conducted at North Carolin State University on the purported “anti-aging” Leap Years. The study provided no convincing evidence of a beneficial effect, and despite a single statistically significant finding at … Continue reading

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Choosing Wisely: Things to Stop Doing in Your Practice (Maybe?) 2024

One of my most popular, and controversial, topics to talk about at continuing education meetings is the evidence for abandoning practices that are deeply entrenched in routine veterinary practice. Vets are pretty good at adopting new things when evidence shows … Continue reading

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Spectrum of Care- What is it and why should I care?

I am preparing a number of conference presentations for this year, and one of the new ones is on the topic of Spectrum of Care. This is a concept I have been involved this for a while, since participating in … Continue reading

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The Health Effects of “Processed Foods” and Why Nutrition is More Important than the Amount of “Processing”

In the endless debates about the health effects of various approach to feeding our canine and feline companions, the subject of “processed foods” or “ultra-processed foods” comes up often. Generally, the argument is made that traditional commercial pet foods, including … Continue reading

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Evidence Update: A Systematic Review of Studies Evaluating Vegan Diets for Dogs and Cats

Over the years, I have reviewed the general evidence and some specific studies concerning vegetarian and vegan diets for dogs and cats. Despite the aggressive claims of some advocates for such diets (including some egregiously unscrupulous individuals), the actual evidence has not … Continue reading

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Talks from WVC 2024- Nutrition for Lifespan Extension and Frailty

Here are some low-quality recordings of a couple lectures I gave this year at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas.

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Evidence Update: Is Surgery Necessary for Dogs with Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture?

Back in 2011, I first wrote about the issue of concerning whether dogs with cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) ruptures did better with surgery or with non-surgical management. My conclusion at that time was: For most dogs under 15kg, conservative management … Continue reading

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