March 7, 2010
In 2003, my lab, BlackJacks, developed a quick-growing tumor on his face. His vet ran some tests, performed a biopsy, and discovered it was cancer. It was a scary time for all of us. And one thing that made it worse: I had no idea what the vet was talking about. I didn't understand the medical lingo and terminology. This lack of understanding added to my fear. If only I had known about an awesome website, provided by Purina, that allows individuals to search for and learn about various medical problems / procedures that you may have to deal with during the life of your dog.
The website (http://pethealthlibrary.purinacare.com/) provides articles, and sometimes videos, all designed to educate you. Did you know, for example, that a dog may show signs of an upcoming seizure for minutes or even hours before the seizure actually occurs? The website also contains tips on care at various stages of your pet's life, articles on emergency treatment, and a glossary of technological advances in veterinary medicine.
Hopefully your dog will never have to deal with anything quite as scary as cancer, but if something scary does come along, at least you now have a tool that can provide answers to some of your inevitable questions.