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Administering anesthesia is the most important and critical part of being a health care provider.  Hippocrates, the father of medicine famously said, “first do no harm.”  That quote is one which rings no truer than in the use of anesthetic agents.  The good news is, the modern methods of anesthetic protocol are extremely safe.  Owners of older pets express the most concern, and yet these are the very patients who are at the greatest risk of letting oral disease wait too long or denied.  My favorite quote from anesthesiologists is, “age is not a disease.”

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Can you tell me about your work at Boston Children's Hospital?

I really do love my job as an oral maxillofacial surgeon. When people think of oral maxillofacial surgeons, they think of dentists and yes, while we have a dental degree, the practice is about more than teeth. It's jaws, function, joints, aesthetics. In this speciality, I perform surgery and technical procedures and I see a range of problems, from routine to very complex. My patients are of all ages, which means very different types of emotional and physical development. A toddler is a very different patient than a preteen, who is very different from a teenager, who's very different from an adult. 

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A Diagnostic Challenge and A Lesson in The Value of Innocent Life. A veterinarian in general practice has a myriad of experiences.  One of the most interesting aspects of the profession is being a detective who must analyze scientific diagnostic data, use available medical or surgical methods, and be able to utilize experience and apply intuition.  The following case was unusual in several ways and left an indelible impression.  There are elements of this diagnostic challenge that resembled an episode of CSI: (Crime Scene Investigation).   

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Every fall, my clients ask me: “Is it necessary to get Tick Medicine now that the summer is Over?”  The answer is definitely yes!  They are still abundantly out there, and pets infected with Lyme disease may not show any signs for two to five months.

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In the not too distant past, many people would believe that brushing a dog or cat’s teeth was simply absurd.  Furthermore, the idea of spending more money to clean their teeth than a human does for their own teeth was ridiculous.  Things have changed greatly in veterinary medicine, and it is now common knowledge that dentistry definitely extends the life of our pets.

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Cancer in pets is a unique, terrible challenge.  Dr. Larry Lamb writes that the most important aspect about this condition is staging it.  Many tumors can be diagnosed simply by palpation.  Others require biopsy and histopathological interpretation. Once diagnosed, the patient can often be treated medically or with surgery locally.  Read more here.

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The legalization of medical marijuana in Massachusetts has pet parents wondering about its potential harm for cats and dogs.  Recently, I have had to treat several patients with symptoms similar to different types of poisoning.  The truth is pot poisoning is real and is extremely anxiety pro…

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This past year we have been overwhelmed with new patients.  COVID-19 has had a profound effect on the adoption and purchase of new pets.  Families have been confined by the virus and have turned to pet ownership as a relief to confinement and in most cases the experience has been joyful and rewarding.  We are frequently asked, “What pet should our family or single relative get? 

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There are two primary causes of hip dysplasia, genetics and diet.  The genes involved in hip dysplasia have not been conclusively identified, but it is believed to involve more than one gene.  Advances in nutritional research have shown that diet also plays an important role in the development of hip dysplasia.

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Over the past several years, I have experienced a growth in pets with health insurance.  Now more than ever, I highly recommend every pet to be covered with at least a major medical policy.

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As we approach the July 4th holiday weekend many people will be taking pets on trips in cars or be going to the beach.  There are several important details that must be observed to protect our pets from a dangerous medical condition called hyperthermia or heatstroke.

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 I don’t have any “favorite” diseases, but my least “favorite” is Canine Heartworm Disease.  It is a very risky disease to treat and requires a very long period of inactivity and isolation. It can be prevented by using anti-microfilarial medicine such as Heartguard (Macrocyclic lactones) and in addition, additional mitigation such as topical insecticides which prevent the carrier of heartworms, the mosquito.

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Does your dog’s bad breath keep the two of you from spending more time together?  Do you wish you could give your dog a breath mint? “doggy breath” is not normal.  In fact, it could be one of the first signs that your pet has dental disease.  Dental disease is a painful condition that occurs when bacteria, plaque, and tartar build up on the teeth and get trapped beneath the gumline.  The bacteria can be absorbed into the bloodstream and wreak havoc on other major organs throughout the body.

Your feline friend’s healthcare plan must continuously evolve to keep up with his growth and lifestyle. Your feline buddy might seem self-sufficient, but he needs you to help uncover any pain and discomfort that he could be hiding.  Your veterinarian is trained to spot clues to your cat’s health, so annual or bi-annual checkups are key to staying ahead of potential risks.

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Vaccination is one of the easiest and most important ways to protect your dog’s health.  But we live in an age of “overvaccination” scares and a lot of misinformation on the web, and some pet owners are hesitant to vaccinate their dogs.  What is the right way to think about canine vaccinations?

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Behavioral problems affect more dogs and cats than any other medical condition and are one of the most common causes of euthanasia and abandonment. You might think that veterinarians only know about medicine and questions about pet behavior are best left to trainers, but veterinarians have the expertise to help you address all kinds of behavior issues—as well as prevent them.

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“Cancer” is a word no one ever wants to hear from the mouth of a medical professional. Unfortunately, however, the disease is so widespread that most of us have been touched by it at some point in our lives, whether through our own health struggles or those of loved ones. When a beloved pet receives a cancer diagnosis, it can be challenging, to say the least.

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Many diseases can be spread to people from pets.  Dr. Lamb from Manchester Animal Hospital breaks down how to keep pets from contracting diseases in our hospital.