This site is all about the treatment of dogs, cats, and other animals.
But there's lots of other information here too. We discuss animal welfare, veterinary history, wildlife issues, pet owner responsibility, and the Human Animal Bond.
We also talk a lot about Preventive Medicine, wellness exams, vaccinations, parasite control and so forth.
And despite some hateful emails, this site also discusses hot issues such as declaw surgeries and vaccine protocols.
The vast majority of this site, though, is a tribute and celebration of my life-long love for animals by sharing with you the knowledge and experience I've gained as a busy veterinarian in the beautiful foothills of South Carolina, USA
Thanks for coming, Roger Ross, DVM
About diagnosing and treating your own pet:
That's not the intention of my comments in the treatment sections of this web site and I think you would be foolish in most cases to treat your pets based on what you read on my site.
In fact, I hope it will become obvious in the treatment discussions just how complex coming up with a diagnosis can be.
In addition to the educational background that veterinarians have, it takes seeing 10 plus cases a day for years to get really good at figuring out what's wrong and what will be needed to get the case under control.
The intention of these treatment pages is to give you an idea of what to expect if your pet has a problem and even better; to give you an outline of the main points you have discussed or considered with me or your vet during the exam.
Another intention of the treatment comments is to instill in you, the pet owner, the idea that while many cases are straight forward and respond well to our chosen initial treatment, there are lots of exceptions...not because the veterinary work was shoddy...but because the nature of curing disease depends on so many factors.
All my treatment comments include options for a reason; there is no one set, best way to treat every case.
And all my comments leave open the possible need of referring to another vet, usually a specialist, because no vet has all the answers or equipment or expertise needed for every case.
And lastly; Trust your veterinarian...the vast majority are extremely dedicated and talented people with you and your pet's best interest at heart.