Do You Need Pet Insurance?

Do You Need Pet Insurance?

Article by Dr. Lorie Huston | Featured on PetMD
A lot of my veterinary clients ask me about pet insurance. They want to know whether they should purchase it for their pet, which policy is best, if having insurance is worth the cost. These are all great questions.
Every pet owner needs to be prepared to care for their pet. That goes without saying. However, many pet owners don’t realize that the cost of caring for a pet, especially in an emergency situation, can become very expensive. For instance, one of my veterinary clients owns several dogs and recently one of the dogs was attacked unexpectedly by the others. The injured dog ended up spending roughly ten days in an emergency facility and the bill is in the thousands. Would you be able to cover an unexpected expense like this? What would you do if you couldn’t?
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Remembering Our Pets on the Day of the Dead

Article by Dr. Jessica Vogelsang | Featured on PetMD
While most people think of the end of October in terms of Halloween and candy, in my house it’s also time to celebrate an additional holiday: Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead.
These ghoulish holidays bear some relationship to each other. The oldest incarnation is thought to have roots in the Gaelic festival of Samhain. On this day, celebrated October 31 or November 1, the boundary between summer and winter means the veil between the worlds thins and spirits could more easily enter our world.
As Christianity spread into Europe the celebrations became intertwined. All Saints Day and All Souls Day are celebrated November 1 and 2 to commemorate the departed. In Mexico, the Catholic tradition was combined with the traditional Mexican holiday of the Day of the Dead to become Dia de los Muertos.
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What We Do When There Are Tumors On the Inside and On the Outside

Article by Dr. Patrick Mahaney | Featured on PetMD
Before Cardiff became sick with his cancer reoccurrence, a plan to address several superficial skin masses that had gradually developed on the surface of Cardiff’s skin was in the works.
Despite the fact that his teeth appeared quite clean from my nightly brushing endeavors, my plan was to anesthetize him for a dental cleaning and remove the masses for biopsy while he was under. When an abdominal ultrasound revealed another mass-like lesion on a loop of small intestine, this plan was knocked down a few notches on the priority scale.
From their appearance on the skin’s surface, the majority of Cardiff’s masses weren’t clinically concerning. Most were pink, raised, had a lobulated shape, and appeared like a pink piece of cauliflower. I suspected they were sebaceous adenomas, which are benign tumors of oil-producing glands.
Cardiff’s masses had been present for months, but the subtle increases in size and changes in shape along with the dark pigmentation of two of the masses had me somewhat concerned that cancerous cells with malignant characteristics were the underlying causes.
Yet, any mass could have a more sinister cellular makeup than what the outward appearance lends the veterinarian to believe. Therefore, it’s crucial to appropriately monitor all skin masses by measuring their size, describing their physical characteristics, and watching for changes. Additionally, any surgically removed masses or other bodily tissues should always be sent off for biopsy.
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Living with pets linked to stronger social skills in children with autism

A new study suggests that not only having pet dogs in the home, but also living with cats, rabbits and other animals as pets may help children with autism improve their social skills.
Previous studies show that pets encourage social interaction, and there have been reports of dogs helping children with autism develop their social skills. But before this new study, from a researcher the University of Missouri (MU), nobody had shown this might also true of other types of pet.
Dr. Gretchen Carlisle, research fellow in the MU College of Veterinary Medicine’s Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction (ReCHAI), says when pets are present in the home, the classroom, or other social setting, children tend to interact and talk to each other more.
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