Patrick Mahaney, VMD, CVA, CVJ

Patrick Mahaney, VMD, CVA, CVJ

VETERINARIAN

Dr. Patrick Mahaney

Recent Articles

Can You Over-Vaccinate Your Pet?
Can You Over-Vaccinate Your Pet?
As an integrative practitioner, I always strive to take a judicious approach when it comes to vaccinations. I recommend and administer vaccines for my canine and feline patients to create a protective level of antibodies to confer immunity to potentially fatal and non-fatal diseases. Yet, I feel that many pets in the U.S. are over-vaccinated and often unnecessarily receive a vaccine simply...
Wildfire Safety and Preparedness for Your Pet
Wildfire Safety and Preparedness for Your Pet
Living in southern California, there are many natural disasters we Golden State dwellers face on a seemingly year-round basis, including wildfires, mudslides and earthquakes. Events where nature one-ups man can occur randomly or may have a seasonal pattern to their destructive tendencies. Fortunately, the seasonal nature of some disasters presents pet owners with the opportunity to prepare ahead...
Staging for Canine and Feline Cancer Patients – The Urine and Fecal Testing Stages
Now that you’ve read What is 'Staging' and Why Is it Important for the Pet Cancer Patient? and Staging for Canine and Feline Cancer Patients – The Blood Testing Stage, it’s time to move on to the next in this series. Having covered the concept of staging and how blood testing is a crucial aspect of the staging process, let’s cover other bodily substances that can be evaluated in...
Staging for Canine and Feline Cancer Patients – The Blood Testing Stage
Now that you’ve read The Importance of Staging for Pets With Cancer, Part 1, it’s time to move on to the next group of diagnostics used when staging cancer patient. Staging is the process of combining a veterinarian’s physical examination with a variety of diagnostic tests to help determine if the presence of cancer is detectable or not. If the cancer is undetectable, then a pet can still...
What is 'Staging' and Why Is it Important for the Pet Cancer Patient?
When a pet is diagnosed with cancer, the degree to which the body is affected by disease often isn't immediately obvious. While an owner may see a mass-like lesion on a pet’s limb, masses having the same or different cellular makeup can potentially lurk elsewhere in the body. For descriptive purposes, I use the term mass-like lesion when referring to any tissue swelling.  While the...
Homemade Pet Food or Store Bought Pet Food – Which is Better for Pets With Cancer? Part 3
Now that you’ve read the first two parts of this series (Processed Food vs. Whole Food for Pet Cancer Patients — What’s Better? Part 1 and Human-Grade Foods Are Better for Pets Than Animal-Grade Foods - Part 2), we’ll continue with what I feel are some crucial feeding strategies for cancer patients based on my holistic veterinary perspective. Can My Pet Eat Homemade Foods?Yes, your pet...