Practices and Methods

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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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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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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Cheat Sheets Come of Age

Image from veccs.org Reference charts in the exam room. Sticky notes tacked inside the pharmaceutical cabinet. Procedures transcribed on scratch paper and taped to a crash cart.   Sound familiar? Most clinics use these quick-reference sheets of one sort or another, whether they reference the life cycle of a flea, drug …

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Emergency Preparedness for Horse Owners

This article is written specifically for equines, but all of the information contained can also be applied to any of your pets or those you are responsible for. Please read it carefully and begin your evacuation plan soon. These tips are designed to make the recovery/evacuation process easier because in …

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Signs of Colic in Horses

This is the leading cause of death in horses. Colic can come on very suddenly and often with little or no warning. There are several ways that colic can occur in horses. A horse can get colic from a change in diet that wasn’t gradually introduced. Even changing hay can …

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New Report Shows Surprising Cause of Pet Skin Irritation

Banfield Pet Hospital recently conducted and released a 2018 State of Pet Health Report. The report explores the science behind skin allergies in pets, shedding light on flea, environmental and food allergies. Surprisingly, the latter isn’t as much to blame as some pet owners might believe. According to Banfield’s research, …

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Kickstarting a Hurricane Awareness Program Can Save Lives

As summer reaches its peak, pet owners around the Gulf of Mexico are beginning to anticipate the most stressful time of the year: hurricane season. While individuals prepare their homes and emergency kits for natural disasters, it can be easy to overlook pet preparation. However, pets should receive a similar …

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What MyCatDNA Means for the Veterinary World

You’re likely aware of the current DNA-testing craze. Advancements in DNA testing have spawned recreational testing; now, you can send a company a sample of your DNA, and they will provide you with a comprehensive ethnic profile. Another test will allow you to see which genetic diseases you may carry. …

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What’s New in General Veterinary Medicine?

There are lots of changes happening in general veterinary medicine. Today, we’re going to share information about the most modern and notable changes. Once you understand how these trends are impacting this field, you’ll understand why some vets are deciding to change the way that they do business. It’s all …