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Tackling Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome

Image from azequine.com Equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) is common in horses. Ulcers can be found in the terminal esophagus, stomach (nonglandular and glandular regions) and the proximal duodenum. Prevalence estimates range from 25 percent to 50 percent in foals and 60 percent to 90 percent in adult horses, depending on …

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Ready, Set, Glue!

Image from EQUINE Ink For centuries, the only way to get a shoe to stick on a horse’s hoof was to nail it on. Sometimes that didn’t work because the feet were in too poor condition to hold the nails. Compounding the problem was when a nail was driven into …

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Coping with Equine Geriatric Lameness

Image from Wagwalking.com Old age claims more horses’ lives than any other cause, according to the National Animal Health Monitoring System. The most common specific causes of death in these aged horses were weight loss and inability to ambulate; one researcher suggests the two are related.  You will find that …

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Are Large Animal Practitioners Ready for Corporate Practice?

Image from College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida A large share of small animal practices turned corporate have several things in common. Corporate medicine allows veterinarians to escape the management aspects of a large practice and the majority of veterinarians want a profitable exit from a profitable practice.  The …

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Protecting Against Bioterrorism

Image from VCA Animal Hospitals Veterinarians are already versed in the understanding of infectious disease and toxicants; this understanding must now be applied to bioterrorism agents. Since the Pandora’s box of anthrax has already been opened, this discussion will be restricted to the most probable spectrum of biologic agents terrorists might consider.  …

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Supplemented Diets Can Boost Piglet Immunity

Image from FeedNavigator.com Swine diets supplemented with fish oil and spray-dried plasma may boost immunity in piglets and eliminate the use of growth-promoting antibiotics in piglets younger than 21 days, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service reported today. Researchers at the ARS Livestock Issues Research Unit in Lubbock, Texas, …

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Life Insurance for the Pet with Cancer

Image from TrustedChoice.com While many believe that a chance to cut is a chance to cure, when cancer might have spread outside the primary site, adjuvant chemo-therapy should be considered.  The word “adjuvant” means the use of additional measures to prevent or delay the cancer’s recurrence. This type of treatment …

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Tips for Gaining Repeat Customers

Examine a veterinary practice that provides award-winning service, and it becomes clear that it’s because of all the small things the staff does right. I frequently tell my staff it’s the 101 or the 1001 little things we do that make our clinic a great practice.  Here are 10 of my …

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Designing, Remodeling, and Equipping the Practice

Building or remodeling a clinic can be more than just including an extra exam room or larger office space. Today’s clinics are becoming one-stop shops.  Technology has also advanced so that services normally associated with referral clinics can be incorporated into small practices. With the function of veterinary clinics changing, …

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Customer Service is the Entire Staff’s Job

In her book Client Satisfaction Pays (AAHA Press, 1998), Carin Smith, DVM, sums it all up: “Client satisfaction is whatever your clients say it is.”  The challenge, Dr. Smith said, lies in “taking the time and effort to think about it and to take action, in the midst of a …

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