Is It Malpractice to Not Refer to an “Alternative” Vet?

I recently posed this question to a group of conventional veterinarians who, as might be expected, are not quite as open-minded about “alternative therapies” as the rest of us. My personal feeling is that if the conventional veterinarian has done everything possible for the pet, and that pet is still is not improving, it would be malpractice to refuse to…

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H1N1-The Swine Flu and Your Pets

While H1N1 has caused concern among people, a few pet owners have also expressed concern about the family dog or cat becoming infected with this virus. Influenza viruses are not species-specific viruses, which means they can infect several species of animals, although infection and disease tends to be more common in the species after which the virus is named. There…

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Are Pets Property or Family Members?

Mike Gallagher was discussing an interesting case on his radio show involving the question of whether or not the family pet is considered property or is considered a family member. The case involves a family in Vermont whose dog was shot and killed by the next-door neighbor. The family wants to sue and recoup losses based upon their emotional attachment…

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Tips for the Holidays

With the holidays quickly approaching, here are tips sent to me by a reader to make the time the bit less stressful for you and your pets. Doorbells Can Be Stressful Many pets are agitated by the sound of doorbells. If your dogs bark, run and jump when new people arrive at the house, or if your cat runs for…

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Global Warming Again-Be Careful How Much You Breathe!

As you know, the EPA was just given the authority to regulate CO2, a natural byproduct of simply being alive. What’s next-will government tell us we should all breathe a little bit less so that we exhale even less carbon dioxide? Don’t laugh-this could easily happen. Here’s why. Simply look at the math. If there are approximately 300,000,000 people in…

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