Articles Posted by Dr. Nicholas Pappas


Dr. Nicholas Pappas is a former Chairman of the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. He has been involved in veterinary medicine for 40 years and has practiced for more than 30 years. You can reach Dr. Pappas at

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    Cowboy and Canines – The good old days?

    I’ve been in veterinary medicine since the early 1970s.  I am incredulous the changes I have personally witnessed in the span of one career. The evolution of many veterinary and human maladies has been fascinating. …

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    Cowboy and Canines

    Southpaws Are left-handed people sinister?  Well, in a word, yes.  Now, before you “southpaws” go into vapor lock, let me explain. Medical terminology is replete with directional phraseology.  For example, medial means toward the midline…

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    Cowboy and Canines; Understanding feline diabetes New formulated foods help promote lower blood sugar

    “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.”  It’s almost as if Dickens was trying to describe the current state of diabetic care in cats—a tale of two kitties! One of…

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    Cowboy and Canines: Evolution of Veterinary Medicine

    The evolution of veterinary medicine in Northwest Indiana Recently, I had the pleasure of being a guest on the radio program “All Creatures Great and Small” hosted by the redoubtable Larry McAfee.  We’ve been friends…

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    Cowboys and Canines

    One of the most beautiful songsI’ve heard is by Andrea Bocelli.  It is called “Con Te Partirò–Time to Say Goodbye”.  When I hear one of the greatest voices in the world sing a soft, mellifluous…


    The Human-Animal Bond

    Recently, my wife and I had the pleasure of viewing Stephen Spielberg’s “War Horse.”  We found it to be a parable of the human animal bond and gave it a very distinct thumbs up. Why…