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Companion Animals and COVID-19

ONGOING RESEARCH There is more and more information about SARS-CoV-2 and animals coming out often – almost on a daily basis!  Many papers being released to the internet as prepublications, meaning they have not been peer-reviewed. For that reason, a lot of information is out there, but as it is new, and untested, it is …

COVID-19 and Companion Pets

Dr. Derek Burney updates viewers on COVID and companion pets on April 10, 2020.

COVID-19 and Pets

Dr. Derek Burney updates on COVID and companion pets.

Companion Animals and COVID-19

With the news over the weekend, of the tiger in the Bronx Zoo showing clinical signs of COVID-19, it is likely that there will be concern about people with their pet cats. There are also three African lions and three tigers that are showing clinical signs of respiratory disease at the Bronx Zoo, but their …



For some reason, we have been seeing increased numbers of dogs with hyperparathyroidism.  This is not a common disorder, but it results in calcium levels that are far greater than normal in the body.  Normally, calcium levels are tightly controlled and not allowed to elevate. The most common complaints by owners of dogs with hyperparathyroidism …

Common Signs of Cancer

Common Signs of Cancer in Pets Lumps and bumps on their body Sores that don’t heal Bleeding or discharge from any opening in the body Persistent bad breath or offensive odors Unexpected weight loss Change in eating and/or bowel habits Labored breathing Persistent limping Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating Lethargy/unwilling to exercise Change in interaction …

COVID-19 Update

VSNT is committed to doing everything we can to mitigate spread of the novel coronavirus in our population. Our goal is to accomplish that while serving our patients that need our help. We are encouraging our clients to work with us in this endeavor.  We realize guidelines may change as guidance from the CDC, as …


Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA)

We are seeing a fairly larger number of patients with immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) in our Fort Worth office at this time. This is a devastating disorder of the immune system, where cells and molecules that normally work to protect our beloved pet’s bodies are destroying their red blood cells. It results in anemia, that …

Osteosarcoma Vaccine Available

We have conditional availability of an autologous vaccine and immunotherapy for osteosarcoma for dogs that have not yet undergone amputation for osteosarcoma. This treatment is available on a conditional basis through a collaborative effort for cases that meet certain criteria. Your oncologist will discuss this approach along with other available therapies for osteosarcoma. Please feel …