My alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, is known for pioneering innovative medical and surgical techniques that benefit dogs, cats, horses and many other species. They are also known for medical breakthroughs that benefit humans! The physiologic similarities between dogs and humans are innumerable. One of my former oncology professors, Dr. Karin Sorenmo, was just featured in The New York Times for her research on mammary tumors in shelter dogs, and her findings are likely to benefit women battling breast cancer.
After the Winter That Wouldn’t Quit, it’s so lovely to see the sun and enjoy some warmer temperatures outside. It’s spring cleaning time, not only for your house, but also for Fido and Fluffy! This is a great time of year to think about protecting Fido and Fluffy from parasites (warmer temperatures mean increased numbers of ticks, fleas, mites and worms). In addition to parasite control, there are a number of “pet spring cleaning” items to add to your household list for the season.
April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. In my career, I am fortunate to have dealt with only a very small number of cruelty cases. Newtown Square Veterinary Hospital is privileged to have amazingly caring, compassionate clients who want to make the best choices for Fluffy and Fido. Unlike our shelter veterinarian colleagues, we rarely see any cases of overt cruelty or neglect. However, this is certainly a worthwhile topic, since many cases of animal cruelty may never present to veterinarians, but may occur in your own neighborhood. The most important thing for animal lovers to understand is that neglect is the most common form of cruelty! What are some of the things to look for in cases of animal cruelty or neglect?