What is Compounded Veterinary Medicine or Drugs? Compounded Veterinary Medicine or drugs are “a unique, custom-made product that fills a prescription written by a doctor when there is no commercially available alternative.” Simple enough! Compounded drugs in veterinary medicine have come under scrutiny lately. The reason is the ever-present concern with quality control. I use a compounding pharmacy from Arizona, Roadrunner Pharmacy. Verifying methods of quality control is of utmost importance in choosing a compounding pharmacy. In small animals, especially dogs, the best use of compounded drugs is in the treatment of ear infections. Owner compliance in otitis is often
What do I do if I see a poisonous snake bite on my dog? What are the snake bite symptoms? Today, I saw a unique case of a snakebite in a Terrier named Jess. We see these fairly common and I thought it would be an interesting article. In Tennessee, there are four snakes considered to cause potential problems in pets. They are collectively termed “pit vipers” and consist of the following: Northern and Southern Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortix), Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus), Western Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus) and the Western Pigmy Rattlesnake (Sisturus miliarius). For more info on poisonous snakes in Tennessee click here. The
I saw a very interesting case the other day that will appeal to all cat lovers. This kitty is 14 years old and presented with painful and inappropriate urination. Sounds like a simple, straightforward case of UTI/FUS and/or stones. Oh, how wrong I was! Upon further exam, this kitty had a large mass on the sheath of his penis. The mass was about the size of a nickel. I thought for sure this was a tumor, most likely a squamous cell carcinoma. We decided that cat perineal urethrostomy would be the best course of treatment. Indications for Cat Perineal Urethrostomy
Why Do Veterinarians Recommend A Yearly Heartworm Test?
Clients ask me this question all the time.
Is it to make money? No!
Here are a couple of reasons why I recommend a yearly heartworm test:
Recently, a client asked me how I got involved in the field of pet alternative medicine. This led me to revisit my past attitudes and beliefs about veterinary medicine and compare them to my present practice. The fact that I practice pet alternative medicine at all is somewhat ironic. Earlier in my career, the thought of incorporating pet alternative medicine into my practice would have been an absolute joke. There was no way I envisioned myself not being an absolute, straightforward, “by the book” veterinarian. Mastering pet alternative medicine never even crossed my mind. I was even questioned in the
What is Cold Tail or Limber Tail Syndrome? The cold tail is a syndrome or injury occurring mostly in sporting or working dogs, such as Labs and Pointers. Cold tail syndrome is also known as: Limber tail Swimmer’s tail Cold water tail Broken tail Dead tail Happy tail Broken wag The tail just quits working! The injury or syndrome affects your dog’s tail. It becomes painful at or near the base. What are the Symptoms? The symptoms of limber tail are: A very flaccid tail Holding the tail horizontally for approximately 10 cm, and then dropping vertically. More pronounced in dogs