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    February Is National Pet Dental Health Month…

    Feb 01 2017

    Time Protect Your Pet From ‘THE SILENT KILLER’   Through advances in animal health, pets can live a lot longer these days but only if they have healthy teeth and…

  • Blog- “Canine Intelligence and ‘Emotional’ Behavior”

    Jan 30 2017

    People often talk about canine (and feline) “intelligence”; check the internet and you’ll easily locate half a dozen articles describing which dog breeds are the “smartest”. Often, those listed as…

  • Blog- “Coonhound Appetites” May 2014

    Jan 13 2017

    Reba and Rogue, the most memorable pair of coonhounds I ever had the good fortune to know and provide medical care for in my career. They were of the black…

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    January is Blood Donor Month

    Jan 03 2017

    “You are going to save a life today”   This is not a statement that many of us hear in our life time.  But that can change.  By adding your pet…

  • Blog – “Schnapps in Belgium” January-February 1982

    Dec 16 2016

    The “clinical” program at the University of Missouri School veterinary school was somewhat unique. We spent 100% of the first two academic years in the classroom; the final two years…

  • Blog – Medical Advances

    Nov 25 2016

    I graduated from veterinary school in 1982 . . . I know that was a long time ago; my staff members constantly point out that most of them weren’t even…

  • Blog – “Guard Dogs, Boston” 1983

    Nov 11 2016

      The term “guard dog” often has negative connotations . . . snarling, vicious canines as portrayed by Hollywood—often Rottweilers or Dobermans—who are all too ready to attack and bite…

  • Blog – “Spaying Belle” November, 1982

    Oct 28 2016

    “It’s just a spay” . . . how many times have I heard that statement? To set the record straight, spaying a female dog is a relatively (to extremely) difficult…

  • Blog – The Making of a Veterinarian

    Oct 14 2016

    I wasn’t one of those kids who knew veterinary medicine was my career path from the time I was about 10. How did I end up as a veterinarian? The…

  • Blog – “Boston Clients” June 1982 – August 1985

    Sep 30 2016

    Ten days after completing veterinary school, I left my small (rented) farm in Missouri and headed east; toward my first “real” job as a practicing vet in Boston, MA. This…