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MAST CELL TUMORS

Michelle LaRue, DVM, MS Diplomate, ACVIM, Oncology Mast cell tumor (MCT) is the most common skin cancer of dogs, though can less commonly originate in other locations, such as the spleen, liver, and bone marrow.  It involves an overgrowth of mast cells, which are part of the body’s immune system.  They can be triggered to …

What to Expect when your Pet is in the Hospital

Rebecca Tims, DVM It is always very stressful when your pet is in the care of someone else, especially if they are sick or recovering from surgery. I wanted to use this month’s blog to go over what to expect when your pet is admitted to the hospital. My hope is that a better understanding …

WHAT IS ENDOSCOPY AND LAPAROSCOPY?

Allison Wilson, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, Small Animal Internal Medicine A very common reason for you and your pet to be referred to VSNT is to have a “scope” or “scope-assisted” surgery.  This is a medical procedure that is used to get biopsies or small pieces of body organs for testing, to try and determine why …

CHRONIC COUGHING IN DOGS

Samantha Bailey, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM If your dog is coughing at home, it can be frustrating when it is not getting better after a few weeks. Chronic coughing can be due to a variety of conditions in dogs, including chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, airway collapse, and cancer. Chronic bronchitis is a condition where there is chronic …

MAMMARY CANCER IN CATS

Mammary (breast) cancer is very common in the cat, and the potential for developing a mammary tumor is directly related to the age when she is spayed.  If a kitten is spayed before 6 months of age, the chance of developing mammary cancer is very low.  If she is spayed at 1 year of age …

COMMON SIGNS OF CANCER: A Dozen Things to Note

Every pet owner fears hearing that their beloved pet has cancer. Unfortunately, cancer has become relatively common in pets- 50% of dogs and cats over the age of 8 will develop cancer. Why has cancer become so common in animals? For one, I believe it is because we are taking better care of our pets- they are …

What is a Veterinary Internist?

Hi guys! After many years working in this profession, it concerns me that many of you are not aware of Veterinary Internal Medicine.  It always surprises me when I hear friends and family members say “Wow! I didn’t even know pets could get kidney disease.” Did you know that pets can develop many of the …

10 Questions You Should Ask Your Veterinary Oncologist

Getting a diagnosis of cancer for your beloved pet is difficult. There are many factors to consider when making a decision about cancer treatment, such as:  How the effectiveness will help length the life of my pet?  What will the quality of my pet’s life be versus the cost?  The following are some questions you …

Careers: Medical Oncologist

Patient Care: Perform diagnostic procedures. Care for hospitalized patients. Client Interaction: Consult with clients during patient visits. Communicate regularly with clients. . . . Click title to read more.