Category Archives: General

Are Dogs & Cats Living Longer?

The general trend for life expectancy in humans has been upward for a long time. Improvements in nutrition, sanitation, and both therapeutic and preventative medical care have led to humans today living longer and healthier lives than at any time … 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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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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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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The Open Veterinary Hospital- And a Farewell to VPN

This is my last piece for Veterinary Practice News as the EBVM columnist. I chose to focus on the open veterinary hospital model, which I have been a proponent of for many years. There is widespread recognition in veterinary medicine … Continue reading

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Do Dogs Like Music? (Evidence Update)

Over the roughly 13 years I have been writing this blog, I have covered quite a few different topics, though with all I have maintained the central theme of evaluating claims about pet health from a science-based perspective. Part of … Continue reading

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PEMF (Assisi Loop) for Separation Anxiety in Dogs- A new Study

A recurring topic here over the years has been pulsed electromagnet field therapies. I have reviewed evidence concerning these in 2009 and 2020 (twice), and my conclusions have always been- The therapy is biologically plausible The evidence is weak The claims for these devices … Continue reading

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What is a Conflict of Interest?

One of the most common objections I see to my promotion of science-based treatments is that the scientific evidence supporting them is invalid because it is tainted by some association with Big Pharma, Big Kibble, or some other industry bogeyman. … Continue reading

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What are General Practice Vets Good For?

From VPN+ “We must provide an outlet for the creative faculties…And it is this challenge which is recognized by every graduate who turns away from practice, disillusioned by his or her inability to find satisfaction in a situation where…the expectations … Continue reading

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