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Dr. Nancy Kay, DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Nancy Kay is a board certified specialist in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Her veterinary degree is from Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, and she completed her residency training in small animal internal medicine at the University of California—Davis Veterinary School. In addition to working as a specialist in private practice for more than 30 years (she is currently retired from clinical practice), Dr. Kay has provided consulting services to a number of veterinary-associated businesses including AAHA, AVMA, Ark Sciences, Pfizer, and Merial. Twenty to thirty years ago, she also did consulting work for Veterinary Reference Laboratories and IDEXX.

Dr. Kay is published in several professional journals and textbooks, and she lectures professionally to regional and national audiences. One of her favorite lecture topics is communication between veterinarians and their clients. Since the release of her book, Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life, Dr. Kay has lectured extensively and written numerous magazine articles on the topic of medical advocacy. She was a featured guest on the popular National Public Radio show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Dr. Kay’s newest book is called, Your Dog’s Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet. Her award winning blog, “Spot Speaks” is posted weekly (

Dr. Kay was selected by the American Animal Hospital Association to receive the Hill’s Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award. This award is given annually to a veterinarian or nonveterinarian who has advanced animal welfare through extraordinary service or by furthering humane principles, education, and understanding. Dr. Kay also received the Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award, presented every year by the American Veterinary Medical Association to a veterinarian whose work exemplifies and promotes the human animal bond. Dr. Kay has received several awards from the Dog Writer’s Association of America.

Dr. Kay’s personal life revolves around her husband (also a veterinarian), her three children (none of whom aspire to be veterinarians) and their menagerie of four-legged family members. When she’s not writing, she spends her spare moments in the garden or riding atop her favorite horse. Dr. Kay and her husband reside in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Posts by Dr. Nancy Kay, DVM, DACVIM

Obese lab on the floor A Vet's LifePets, Obesity and Diabetes: An Epidemic in 2016

A recent survey shows just how big of a threat obesity is for our pets.

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lab dog panting in field Dog Diseases & Conditions A-ZWhen is Dog Panting Abnormal?

Panting is not always normal in dogs. Learn when you should take notice, and what conditions and diseases could be causing your dog to pant.

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Shaking, trembling and shivering puppy shys away from camera Dog BehaviorWhy is My Dog Shaking?

Learn why your dog might shake, shiver or tremble.

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Dog on Street A Vet's LifeThe Overwhelming Street Dogs of Ecuador

Learn about the dogs Dr. Kay found on the streets of Ecuador, and the impression they made.

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Cat BehaviorWhy Do Cats Purr?

Have you ever wondered why your cat purrs? You're not alone. Learn what the experts are saying.

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Sleepy White Cat Cat Diseases & Conditions A-Z5 Tips to Spot Heart Disease in Cats Sooner

Heart disease is a deadly condition that many cats do their best to hide. Learn what you can do to detect it sooner.

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Sleeping Dog Dog BehaviorDo Dogs Dream?

If you've ever watched your dog sleep, you probably assume he dreams regularly. Now, find out what science has to say.

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Cat in Crate Cat Diseases & Conditions A-ZCombating Cat Car Sickness

Cats can get sick in the car too. If your kitty is showing signs of motion sickness, learn what the experts suggest.

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Sad Dog on Wood Floor Dog Diseases & Conditions A-ZCombating Dog Car Sickness

If your dog is frequently sick during car rides this article can help you. Learn what strategies that the experts recommend to prevent queasy dogs and car messes.

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Sad Dog on Wood Floor Dog Diseases & Conditions A-ZEight Tips for Coping With Your Dog’s Age-Related Hearing Loss

If your dog seems to be having a harder time hearing you with age, you're not alone. Learn what you can do help your dog deal with this problem.

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