Dr. Larry's Pet Health Updates
Keeping you up-to-date on the latest advances in veterinary medicine.
We certainly live in incredible times. For example, at this very
moment we're using dozens of powerful computers to communicate via
the internet. New technologies have improved our lives in countless
ways. And this is especially true when it comes to taking care of
our pets. The advances in medicine for companion animals has paralleled
that of humans, with discoveries in animals often leading the way
to breakthroughs for people and vice versa. It is a very exciting
time to be a veterinarian.
The challenge is this: how do we, as veterinarians, communicate
all this information to you, the pet owner, and help you to make
informed decisions about the health care of your pet? That is the
essence of this section and in fact, the essence of this website
as a whole. In thinking about the development of this site, my primary
goal has always been to reach out to each and every one of you and
provide you with a clear, concise and friendly forum where you can
learn more about what veterinary medicine has to offer you and your
pets. It is not an easy task and my team and I are still in the
process of learning how to accomplish this goal, so your comments
are always welcome.
There have been hundreds of new developments in veterinary medicine
in the last decade; continued discoveries of new antibiotics, routine
usage of CT scanners ("cat scans") and MRI's, total hip replacements,
feline kidney transplants, corneal transplants, open heart surgeries,
in-depth cancer treatments, laser surgery, telemedicine... the list
goes on and on. Things that once seemed impossible are now routine.
Only five years ago we still had tremendous battles with fleas and
ticks. Now there is no reason for any of our pets to be burdened
with these pesky little bugs. Our medical knowledge is estimated
to double every six months (a number that is hard to fathom in and
of itself). But I guess that makes sense as kilobytes turn into
megabytes and become gigabytes before our very eyes.
This world of great innovation certainly comes with a price. An
ultrasound of your cat's heart may cost $300. A new hip for your
arthritic Golden Retriever may run you $3,000 per side. To have
a kidney replaced, you need to fly to one of the universities in
the Midwest. And some of the newer antibiotics can cost hundreds
of dollars in the very large breeds, for something as routine as
a skin infection. So deciding what care to offer our pets is not
as simple as it is in human medicine, where tests are done without
a second thought and bills are sent to third party insurers. Each
decision we make comes with a cost that we must consider, often
making decisions that are much more complicated. Each day I have
to help clients make decisions that have emotional, medical and
financial implications for their families.
My goal is to try and bring the world of veterinary medicine to you in a way that is easy to understand. It is impossible for your veterinarian to supply you with all the information that is out there in a 15-minute office visit. That is one reason why the Internet has become such a terrific tool. It allows you to research and understand; to discuss and decide; to interact and commiserate; it is an outlet for your intellect and your emotions. I want to help you on that interactive journey. Through the articles that I will supply here, and by answering your concerns via our personal e-mail system, I hope to be able to bring a deeper understanding of the complicated new world of veterinary medicine right into your living room. So pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee, turn the television off, grab your mouse and click away.
If there is a particular area of veterinary medicine that you would
like to know more about, or have a specific question, please contact
me directly. We pledge to respond to your e-mail within twenty-four
As always, I'm happy to help your pets...and their people, too.