1. OktoberVets 2013

    Veterinarians and their staff work hard, but seldom get the opportunity to socialize with other hospitals except at educational events. This lost opportunity robs us of the chance to come together to collaborate and share ideas. We, as a community, should form more meaningful bonds and friendships.  Studies show that businesses that work to collaborate rather than compete fair far better than those that don’t. These type of social events also create a happier work place.

    These are some of the reasons why The Veterinary Cancer Center, with the support of our premier sponsor Bank of America, will be hosting a wine and beer tasting event during the first annual OktoberVets on October 24, 2013 – from 6-8:30PM!

    This social event is for veterinarians and their support staff only and will benefit the Riedel & Cody Fund (, an organization that provides support, resources and treatment funding for people of limited means whose pets have cancer. The Fund was created in memory of Riedel, a Bernese Mountain Dog, and Cody, a Rottweiler, who waged their own heroic battles against cancer.

    This must attend event is a perfect start to your pre-Halloween weekend. There will be several vendors on hand offering gifts, informative information, seasonal drinks, finger foods and raffles.

    This is a free event (donations to the Riedel and Cody Fund are welcome – www. riedelcody. org), but space is limited. Reserve your space now!

    Why are we raising money for the Riedel & Cody Fund? Over 12 million dogs and cats are diagnosed with cancer each year.  This foundation relies on your donations to provide financial aid to families who are unable to afford treatment for their pet’s cancer.  Through the generosity of people like you, they have been able to provide grants in aid to over 100 dogs and cats.  Many of these sponsored pets include guide dogs, companions to the elderly or disabled and best friends to children.

    Event Details

    Address: 129 Glover Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850

    Date & Time: October 24h at 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

    RSVP at or Phone: 203-838-6626

  2. The VCC’s 1st Annual VetOlympics

    Veterinarians and the staff of local hospitals are invited to send their best to compete for pride and for glory in the 1st Annual VetOlympics. This interactive and intellectual event will consist of teams of five, and can have more than one team per hospital.

    This will be an evening of fun, food, drink, laughter, team building and friendly competition. In the end, however, only one hospital shall stand victorious and hold yearly rights to the coveted 1st Annual VetOlympics Trophy. Awards, trophies and prizes shall also be given based on team spirit, best team uniform and more!

    Space is limited, so if you know your hospital has what it takes to compete, then reserve space now! Details are below:

    When: Sunday, October 6th – From   5pm – 7pm

     Where: The   Field House at Sportsplex-Fairfield, 85 Mill Plain Rd, Fairfield,   CT 06824

     Cost: There is a tax deductible application fee of $200 per team.

    Team application fees is tax deductible and will go to benefit the Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF) which funds the research of cancer in animals and helps to find a cure for both pets and people.

    To register click the RSVP link below and complete the form with your hosptal name, team name, and the name of your team members

    To RSVPS click here or call us directly at 203-838-6626.


    Current Teams Signed Up:

    Team “Suck it Cancer” – The Veterinary Cancer Center

    Team “Hope” – The Veterinary Cancer Center

    Team “Dark Passenger” – The Veterinary Cancer Center

    Team “Furrtastic Five” – Newtown Veterinary Specialists

    Team “Got Specialities?” – Newtown Veterinary Specialists

    Team “To Be Determined” – Miller-Clark Animal Hospital

    Team “To Be Determined” – Miller-Clark Animal Hospital

    Team “Angry Birds” – South Wilton Veterinary Group

    Team “Got Hope?” – Georgetown Veterinary Hospital

    Team “Shore-Thang 1” – VCA Shoreline

    Team “Shore-Thang 2” – VCA Norwalk

    Team “Pawtriots” – Manchester Veterinary Clinic

    Team “Caution ” – Norwalk Animal Hospital

    Team “Will Bite ” – Norwalk Animal Hospital


    About Animal Cancer Foundation

    Animal Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer by funding research in and increasing public awareness of comparative oncology, the study of naturally occurring cancers in human beings and companion animals. ACF provides research grants to medical and veterinary oncology professionals studying comparative oncology models. The organization does not fund research that induces cancer in companion animals.

    Animal Cancer Foundation

    129 Glover Avenue

    Norwalk, Connecticut 06850


    Telephone: 877-448-3223


    Thank you to the VetOlympics Sponsors:

    Premier Great Dane Sponsor Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, The VCC

    Labrador Sponsors PetValu

    Chihuahua Sponsors Canine Company, Vinney’s Ale House, Stop & Shop, and Subway.

    Without their support this event would not be possible!

  3. Sammy – The Power of Fundamentals

    Sammy, a middle-aged Golden Retriever, had no prior medical problems before being brought into the emergency service of one of our partner hospitals for a severely swollen left rear leg.  On initial examination, the board-certified criticalist noted the leg was swollen from the tip of the toes all the way to the hip, among the most severe cases he had ever seen. Sammy had no prior history of leg trauma, no chance the dog was hit by a car, motorcycle or even bicycle. Physical examination revealed no evidence of a fracture, insect bite, snakebite or other diagnosis indicated by such severe swelling.  Sammy’s swollen leg was a mystery symptom.

    Sammy’s mom, faced with inconclusive results and growing financial concerns, began to considering having Sammy humanely euthanized. The criticalist asked mom if she would consent to one fine needle aspirate of the swelling in hope that the sample would yield the information needed to save Sammy’s life.   Luckily, mom said yes.  After thoroughly checking the entire leg, the veterinary criticalist prepared a small area that was very slightly firmer than the rest of the leg for a fine needle aspirate.

    The aspirate revealed mast cells on cytology, so the criticalist referred Sammy’s case to me.   Initially, Sammy’s mom was devastated to learn that her beloved dog had cancer and she, again, considered euthanasia. She believed that Sammy’s quality of life would be affected by treatment and that the financial burden would be too much for the family.  I asked her to consider one week of treatment with prednisone before she made that final decision. This treatment is inexpensive and can be very effective at decreasing inflammation caused by mast cell tumors. By the following week, Sammy was a new dog. The swelling in his left rear leg had completely resolved—except for an area the size of a quarter right near his knee (stifle).

    Because Sammy was enjoying life once again and the massive swelling had been reduced to a small area, his mom could now elect to have the mass surgically removed. Sammy and his mom hit the “Trifecta”—the surgeon was able to excise the entire mass and the biopsy revealed a low-grade mast cell tumor.  Sammy was cured!

    Sammy’s story illustrates the power of fundamentals in the treatment of pet patients:  thorough physical exam, clear communication between pet guardian and veterinary professional, and hope on everyone’s part for the best possible outcome even in the face of a cancer diagnosis.


    Case Notes by Dr. Gerlad Post