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Liquid Biopsy- An Evidence Update

I have written about the emerging liquid biopsy tests a couple of times before (here and here). These are blood tests that are intended to find signs of cancer circulating in the blood. This can be used for screening, testing individuals with … Continue reading

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Chewing Options for Dogs- Resources

Stookey GK. Soft Rawhide Reduces Calculus Formation in Dogs. Journal of Veterinary Dentistry. 2009;26(2):82-85. doi:10.1177/089875640902600202 Hennet P. Effectiveness of an Enzymatic Rawhide Dental Chew to Reduce Plaque in Beagle Dogs. Journal of Veterinary Dentistry. 2001;18(2):61-64. doi:10.1177/089875640101800201 Hooda S. In vitro digestibility of … Continue reading

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VIN CE Course: Assessment & Management of the Geriatric Patient

If you are interested in canine and feline aging, I have a new continuing education course available on the Veterinary Information Network (VIN). Two hours of a pre-recorded self-study course and two hours of live, interactive sessions focusing on: Session … Continue reading

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From ACVIM 2023- Nutrition & Aging

This is the proceeding summary and the slide deck from my presentation on Nutrition and Aging at the 2023 ACVIM Forum in Philadelphia. Effect of Nutritional Interventions on Aging INTRODUCTIONWhile the clinical phenotype of aging is readily identifiable, a precise … Continue reading

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Hate Mail- 2023 Edition

Back in February, I announced that I had received the VIN Veritas Award in recognition of my efforts to promote science-based pet health and combat misinformation about veterinary medicine. Subsequent to that announcement, I have also received a lot of kind and … Continue reading

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Evidence Update- A Systematic Review of Diets & Dietary Supplements for Arthritis in Dogs and Cats (TL;DR- Can we please stop giving them glucosamine?!)

One of the most common topics over the lifetime of this blog has been treatments for osteoarthritis in dogs and cats. I’ve talked about pharmaceuticals, acupuncture, electromagnetic fields, laser, and other treatments, but the bulk of the articles have addressed the most popular over-the-counter (OTC) … Continue reading

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VIN News Service Article on SkeptVet

I recently did this interview with the VIN News Service regarding the VIN Veritas Award and my work as a skeptic and advocate for science. We had a great chat about the start of SkeptVet and the critical need for … Continue reading

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Evidence-based Geriatric Small Animal Medicine-Dogs (from WVC 2023)

]WHAT IS AGING?How we define aging depends on our goals and our frame of reference. From the biomedical perspective of the veterinary clinician, the important elements are: As dogs age, they lose robustness (the ability to maintain a state of … Continue reading

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Cancer in Humans and Dogs-Are We Victims of Our Success?

Cancer is one of the most dreaded diseases pet owners and veterinarians must contend with. While data are frustratingly sparse, there is no doubt that cancer is common in dogs, with estimates ranging from 25% to 40% of dogs likely … Continue reading

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