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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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VIN Veritas Award

I received some exciting news today. As always, I am very grateful to everyone who has been supportive of my advocacy and science communication work over the years and who has found it useful (that means all of you!!). The … Continue reading

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Evidence-based Veterinary Palliative and Hospice Care: Can We Get There?

EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINEThere are many characterizations of evidence-based medicine (EBM),1–3 but nearly all include the following core elements: Figure 1. Hierarchy of evidence, from most available and least reliable at the bottom to most reliable and least available at the top.4 EBM … Continue reading

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Choosing Wisely- Things to Stop Doing in Your Practice (Maybe)- From WVC 2023

INTRODUCTIONExperienced clinicians often have an enormous knowledge base about the health problems their patients present with and the available diagnostic and therapeutic options. This knowledge is built over time from a variety of sources: basic pathophysiology and clinical information learned … Continue reading

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Evidence-based Geriatric Small Animal Medicine- Cats (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 cats age, they lose robustness (the ability to maintain a state of … Continue reading

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