By Brenda Phillips, DVM, DACVIM, (Medical Oncology)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in January, has given conditional approval for the first new animal drug to treat canine lymphoma. Also called lymphosarcoma, lymphoma is a type of cancer in dogs. Lymphoma can affect virtually any organ in the body, but it most commonly starts in organs that function as part of the immune system, such as the lymph nodes, spleen, and bone marrow.

Read more: ...

Veterinary Specialty Hospital and SymbioCellTech are conducting a new clinical trial using canine stem cells to treat pet dogs with diabetes. SymbioCellTech has developed a novel method for the treatment of canine insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus using canine stem cells. After extensive pre-clinical research, this treatment is now being offered at VSH as an FDA-approved pilot study. The goals of this novel therapy are to: 

Read more: ...

Veterinary Specialty Hospital Holiday Pet Food Drive an Overwhelming Success! A tremendous thank you goes to everyone who helped make Veterinary Specialty Hospital’s 5th annual holiday pet food drive such an overwhelming success! We had a goal to collect 5,000 pounds of cat and dog food. Due to the generosity of the entire San Diego community, 11,293 pounds of food was donated! This is over 5 ½ tons of pet food that will go to needy families throughout San Diego County to help keep pets and their families together. In addition, we received $5,725 in cash donations for the purchase of additional pet food – this won’t buy just a few more pounds of pet food. It translates to tons more pet food which will help beyond the holiday season.

Read more: ...

Donations keep pets fed and in the care of their owners this holiday season

Starting December 1, Veterinary Specialty Hospital, (VSH), kicks off its annual holiday pet food drive to help keep families and their pets together. Although this is the season for holiday cheer, many families throughout San Diego have a difficult time feeding their human family members, let alone their furry companions. In partnership with the San Diego Food Bank, all dog and cat pet food items will be donated and distributed within the community to benefit San Diego families and their four-legged friends. 

Read more: ...

As we gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, many of us also want to include our dogs and cats in the festivities. Unfortunately, what’s delicious and safe for us to eat, is often dangerous for our pets. From a simple stomachache to more severe complications that can lead to surgery or even death, please follow some simple tips to keep your pets safe this Thanksgiving. If you must include your pet in the celebrations, boil them some turkey meat in plain water. 

Read more: ...

Dalilah broke her back foot and from the moment I called until we left with her, I was kept informed of everything they were doing for her and everyone from the front desk people to the techs to the doctors were amazing.

Read more: ...

Hydrotherapy

By Dr. Matt Cleveland, DVM, DACVS 

Hydrotherapy (water therapy) comes in different forms.  Underwater treadmill therapy and swimming are the two mainstays of hydrotherapy and both are fantastic options for patients needing to improve strength, joint range in motion, coordination, limb function, and potentially stimulate more rapid post-operative healing.

Read more: ...