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Doggie Alzheimer’s – Part Two

The pharmaceutical drug Anipryl (or generic selegiline) works to alter specific brain neurotransmitters. A standard treatment for Parkinson’s disease in people, it’s also been found to improve symptoms for some dogs with cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS). It’s estimated that 75% of treated dogs will show improvement in at least one clinical symptom within two months […]

Dogs Can Lose Golden Years – Alzheimer’s explained – Part One

Senility, or old dog syndrome, was once a familiar way to describe the family dog that was starting to resemble an elderly grandparent’s strange lapse of memory and bouts of curious behavior. In recent years, the odd forgetfulness plaguing our aging senior population is being followed with an alarming question – could this be Alzheimer’s […]

How I Treat Itchy Smelly Dog Ears – Part 2


The microscopic presence of bacteria and yeast can easily be determined by taking a swab of the ear canal. Topical ear drops or ointments routinely prescribed are basically combo cocktails of antibiotics (to kill bacteria), antifungals (to kill yeast), and anti-inflammatory drugs like cortisone (necessary to dampen inflammation, stop the itch and reduce pain). I […]

How risky are heartworms?

  Here is a question I received last week: “My vet wants to sell me heartworm drugs to be given every month. I live in Palm Springs and don’t travel much. What do you think?” Yes and no. The best predictor of your dog’s true risk for heartworm infection is to know something about mosquitoes, […]

“Up to 8% of clinically ill dogs may die from complications of canine influenza, H3N8…”


What’s the implication of that jaw dropping statement — or this quote by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA): “The AVMA believes there is urgent need for an effective canine influenza virus (CIV) vaccine to improve the health and welfare of animals and reduce the financial impacts of canine influenza.” Good grief! Will our dogs […]

Does your vet go the extra mile for your dog?

Did you know that your vet can quickly find the most up to date medical treatments or get extra help with a challenging case by joining VIN (Veterinary Information Network) for a reasonable monthly fee of only $55? If your busy vet can’t keep up by reading all the monthly journals (guilty as charged!) this […]