Chronic Degenerative Valve Disease in Dogs
Chronic Degenerative Valvular Disease (CDVD) is the most common cardiac disease of dogs.  It is the most common cause of a heart murmur in an adult dog.  It estimated to account for approximately three-quarters of all cases of cardiac disease seen in veterinary practices. 

Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia
Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) is one of the more common autoimmune disorders that we see in canine patients as well as being one of the most common causes of anemia. Recognition of the disease is critical to allow for swift treatment to allow for the most favorable outcome as mortality can be high with these cases with varying rates of 29%-77%. The practitioner also needs to rule out other diseases and causes of anemia that may complicate the presentation and alter prognosis or therapy.

War on Opioids Moves to Veterinarian's Offices
Some states are taking the war on opioids into veterinarians' offices, aiming to prevent people who are addicted to opioids from using their pets to procure drugs for their own use.

Veterinarians typically do not dispense such widely abused drugs as Vicodin, OxyContin or Percocet, but they do dispense Tramadol, a painkiller; ketamine, an anesthetic, and hydrocodone, an opiate used to treat coughing in dogs - controlled substances that humans abuse.

MRI Scans provide window into the mind of a dog
Pet Nutrition Calculator-
A great tool for veterinarians and owners
Is it possible for humans to understand what a dog really wants? Neuroscientist Gregory Berns thinks so, thanks to MRI technology that has allowed him to map the brain's structural and functional connectivity and assess how this informs experiences. Berns has trained 90 dogs to sit for scans, and one such experiment measured brain activity in dogs to assess preferences for food or praise, and Berns asserts that this "window into their brains tells us things that their behavior does not."

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is applauding the launch of the Pet Nutrition Alliance's (PNA) revamped website ( 

The upgrade, officially revealed at the PNA Board meeting held in conjunction with AVMA Convention 2017 in Indianapolis, makes it easier for veterinary health care teams to more effectively use the website's nutritional calculator for dogs and cats.

Cataracts can lead to impaired vision and blindness in both humans and dogs, according to veterinary ophthalmologist Bianca Martins of the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana. Surgery to treat cataracts in dogs can be more invasive than for humans because the condition may take longer to be noticed and because canine lenses are larger.

Welcome Kristen Kicenuik, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology) to the
Hope VS Oncology Team this fall!
Dr. Kristin Kicenuik was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in the Biologic Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania. She then attended Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine where she received several scholarships and awards.

Dr. Kicenuik completed one-year internships in small animal medicine and surgery
at Oradell Animal Hospital in New Jersey and oncology at both Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, TX, and the University of Georgia. She subsequently completed her three-year residency at the University of Georgia and obtained board certification in Medical Oncology from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Dr. Kicenuik's professional interests include clinical trials, translational medicine, and chemotherapy safety. During her residency, she conducted a clinical study investigating the usability of different chemotherapy administration devices. She also spent time with Oncologists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City to better understand  current and novel treatment strategies being used in children with osteosarcoma.
Cassie Wilcox, DVM to join Radiation Oncology at Hope this fall!
Dr. Cassie Wilcox is our second radiation oncologist to join our team at Hope Veterinary Specialists. Originally from southern California, she graduated with a BS in Biology from Point Loma Nazarene University. She then graduated from veterinary school at the University of Tennessee (go Vols!) and subsequently completed a rotating medical and surgical internship at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. After completing her internship, she finished a residency in Radiation Oncology at University of California at Davis.

Her professional interests include improving patient comfort and palliative
care. She lives with her boyfriend and two adorable miniature dachshunds.

Feline Symposium
Keynote: Susan Little, DVM, DAVBP
Date: Sunday October 15, 2017
Location: The Inn at Villanova University
Credits: Pending 4 CE credits

Veterinary Surgical Oncology Symposium
           Keynote: Sarah Boston, DVM, DACVS- University of Florida
           Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017
           Location: Normandy Farms, Blue Bell, PA
           Credits: Pending 4 CE credits