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Ira Gordon, DVM DACVR (Radiation Oncology), has been a veterinary radiation oncologist since 2007. He is the chief operating officer of The Oncology Service (TOS) and co-founder of VetPrep, ViralVet, and VetTechPrep (subsidiaries of XPrep Learning Solutions).
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STOP using Tramadol in Dogs?

Posted by Ira Gordon on Feb 23, 2018 7:41:08 AM
As a veterinarian who frequently works with pet owners to manage chronic and painful conditions, I have long utilized tramadol as one of the many weapons in our arsenal to battle pain and support the quality of life of dogs and cats in my care.  

So imagine my surprise and potential embarrassment to review a recent study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) which reports on the lack of effectiveness of tramadol in dogs.  So should we stop using Tramadol in dogs?
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Topics: Dog Breeds, Tramadol

When a Veterinary Oncologist’s Work Really Hits Home

Posted by Ira Gordon on Jan 29, 2018 10:21:22 AM


I got the call on January 12th 2017 from my parents across the country in California that their/our 10.5 year-old Golden Doodle, “Yankee” had just experienced a generalized seizure, the first of his life. 

It lasted for what seemed like an eternity but was probably just a few minutes and my parents were extremely worried.  Fortunately, the episode subsided and no additional seizures occurred immediately after.  

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Topics: Veterinary Blogs, Cancer, Oncology

SAVMA 2017

Posted by Ira Gordon on Mar 30, 2017 4:21:08 PM


I have to say that I had an absolute blast at SAVMA 2017.  Having supported and attended SAVMA now for over 10 years in a row, I always get inspired and see something new each year.  Thanks to the Texas A&M students and their faculty for putting on this event! 

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Topics: Conferences, SAVMA

Corporatism and the Future of Veterinary Medicine

Posted by Ira Gordon on Jan 25, 2017 2:37:50 PM


There has been a great conversation going on in a ViralVet thread regarding recent corporate consolidation. The recent acquisition of VCA by Mars has prompted many of us to think about how corporatization of our profession may impact the future of veterinary medicine.

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Topics: Career

Iowa State University puts on spectacular SAVMA Symposium

Posted by Ira Gordon on Mar 22, 2016 9:06:02 AM

I have to hand it to the students at Iowa State University! 

The SAVMA leadership put on one of the best symposiums that we have had the pleasure of attending.   After attending a large veterinary conference the previous week, it was such a breath of fresh air to be around “our people” again.

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Topics: Career, Clients

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