Friday, January 08, 2016
The holiday season has ended, meaning most families
are returning from their travels. For some people, pets are a part
of the celebration and are included in travel plans. While some
pets are easy travel companions, others are better left at home in
the care of a trusted friend or neighbor. Even if visiting your
veterinarian is the most you travel with your pet, every owner
should understand pet transportation safety.
When making travel decisions, it is important to consider your
pet’s behavior, health, and daily needs. For example, if your
destination will not allow you to spend time with Fido and include
his daily exercise, then it is best he stay at home. As a general
rule, most cats are more comfortable in their home environment and
should probably stay home during family trips.
Taking your pet to the veterinarian for a quick check up will
also help you decide if your pet is healthy enough for travel,
especially if your pet will be travel...
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Like humans, pets can become obese and develop excess body fat,
which can lead to serious health problems, such as diabetes or
degenerative joint disease. In order to provide your furry best
friend with the highest quality of life and increase their life
span, be sure to follow these simple steps to prevent your pet from
Weight gain in pets is often a result of overfeeding and lack of
exercise. To keep your pet at a healthy weight, be sure to provide
a healthy balance between food intake and physical activity. For
example, give your dog or cat two to three meals a day instead of
providing food at all times, and make sure to include at least one
daily walk or some playtime.
Maintaining a healthy weight for dogs and cats also depends on
the type of food they eat on a daily basis. Owners should choose an
appropriate pet food according to the animal’s age, weight, and
activity level. Generally, younger dogs and cats need to co...
Thursday, December 03, 2015
Vaccinations can prevent many illnesses in puppies, but viruses
such as canine parvovirus are still a threat to dogs with
developing immune systems. Young puppies often have immunity
against the virus because they get antibodies from the colostrum in
their mother’s milk, but these antibodies are not always as
effective as a vaccine.
Dr. Johanna Heseltine, clinical assistant professor at the Texas
A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences,
explained the characteristics of parvovirus. “Canine parvovirus, or
‘parvo,’ is a highly contagious virus that affects dogs and often
causes severe diarrhea and vomiting in puppies,” she said.
“Parvovirus lives for months in the environment, so many puppies
can be exposed while their immune system is still vulnerable. Once
dogs are fully vaccinated, they seldom become infected. Even if a
puppy has received some vaccines, they are still at risk for
infection because the antibodies the...
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Diabetes mellitus (also called sugar diabetes) is becoming more
common in our society. Genetics and lifestyle play an important
role in humans; however numerous processes can contribute to the
development of this disease. In addition to the rise of human
diabetes cases, veterinarians are also seeing an increase in the
prevalence of diabetes in cats.
Diabetes mellitus is characterized by an absolute lack or
relative deficiency of insulin. The two most common forms of
diabetes in people are Type 1 and Type 2, and most diabetic cats
have a form that mimics human Type 2 diabetes. During digestion,
nutrients from the cat’s diet are broken down into smaller
components—like glucose—that the body can use as energy. Insulin, a
hormone responsible for the regulation of glucose in the
bloodstream, is produced by the pancreas. Glucose can only enter
the cells to be used as energy in the presence of insulin. If there
isn’t enough insulin, the body begin...
Monday, November 09, 2015
Pets are considered a part of the family for many pet owners.
The unique personalities and characteristics our pets possess are
irreplaceable, and it can be heart-breaking to lose their company.
Stray dogs are a growing problem in the United States, and a
majority of these strays are forced to wander the dangerous streets
or begin a new life in an animal shelter. Learning how to properly
bring a stray dog to safety is vital for your safety, as well as
the stray’s safety.
When trying to care for a stray, safety is always first. It is
easy to become swept up in emotions when you see a stray dog hurt
or in a dangerous situation—like running in traffic. Even if you
have good intentions, it is important to consider all options
before taking action to keep the situation from becoming even more
There are numerous ways to encounter a stray dog, but the most
common scenarios are on foot or in vehicular traffic. Remaining
calm is the ke...
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Though many people get a thrill from the frightening masks and
costumes on Halloween night, our pets are less likely to appreciate
the spooky tradition. To ensure your pet’s safety this holiday
weekend, follow these simple guidelines.
Collecting candy is one of the most well-known traditions of
Halloween. We might appreciate the array of tastes in our
assortment of candy, but is it safe to offer Fido a few bites? Dr.
Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained
how candy can be harmful for pets. “For individual ingredients,
chocolate is the biggest offender,” she said. “Dark chocolate is
the most dangerous candy, followed by milk chocolate and white
chocolate. Chocolate can cause vomiting and diarrhea, a rapid heart
rate, tremors, seizures, and death. Other ingredients in candy can
also be of concern, such as certain nuts and raisins.” Eckman added
Thursday, October 08, 2015
Although the name often misleads pet owners into thinking a worm
has invaded their pet’s bodies, ringworm is actually a fungus that
can affect the hair, skin and nails. Common in cats, this fungus
can lead to circular patterns of hair loss and red, scabby bumps.
Before you introduce another pet into your home, knowing the facts
about ringworm and how to prevent the skin condition from spreading
Dermatophytes, fungi that feeds on protein in the skin, hair,
and claws, is the agent of ringworm. Infections are transmitted by
contact with infected hairs from another infected pet in the
environment, or through bedding, grooming tools, and even fleas.
The fungus can be passed between animals and humans, but young and
elderly people are more susceptible to developing the infection.
Those with weak immune systems are also more prone to ringworm.
Dr. Adam Patterson, clinical assistant professor and chief of
dermatology at the Texas A&am...
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Hip dysplasia, a condition that results from poor joint and bone
health, can significantly alter your dog's quality of life. Though
larger breeds like Labrador retrievers, Mastiffs and German
Shepherds are especially prone to hip dysplasia, dogs of all ages
and breeds can develop the painful condition.
Genetics often takes the blame, but there are many causes of hip
dysplasia in dogs. Dr. Jacqueline Davidson, clinical professor at
the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical
Sciences, explains how the condition can develop in dogs of all
ages and breeds. "Hip dysplasia is considered to be multifactorial,
meaning there are many factors that determine whether an individual
will be affected," she said. "Genetics is one factor, but it is not
simple. Breeding dogs that are free of hip dysplasia will reduce
the risk of puppies with hip dysplasia; however, it is possible for
a puppy to develop the condition even if the parents ...
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Pets have a way of touching our hearts and becoming a part of
the family. It’s only natural to wish that our pets could be with
us forever, but this is unfortunately not the case. Sometimes
owners become so close to their pet that they believe breeding them
is the closest thing to duplicating the pet they already own. In
their mind, breeding a pet with ideal personality and character
traits will produce the perfect new puppy or kitten. No matter the
inspiration behind breeding your pet, there are many important
factors to consider first.
When some people think about breeding their pets, the first
thing they think about is how adorable the offspring will be. Many
people also assume raising puppies or kittens is a fun experience.
Though this is true, there is a lot of time, work, and cost
involved in producing healthy offspring for potential owners. Dr.
Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant professor at the College of
Veterinary Medicine & Bi...
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Although horses have historically been known as working
livestock, today they are often referred to as companion animals.
More and more people are seeking to own pet horses, making large
animal veterinary medicine even more important. With a growing
horse industry, first-time horse owners should be aware and
educated about one of the most common illnesses horses are
susceptible to: colic.
“Colic in the horse refers to a pain originating from within the
abdominal cavity. Most often, colic is associated with the
gastrointestinal tract; however, it can also arise from other
intra-abdominal organs like the kidney, liver, and uterus,” said
Dr. Noah Cohen, professor at the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. “Horses that
experience colic will show varying degrees of pain with varying
clinical signs. These can include turning to stare at the flank
region, pawing at the ground, restlessness (such as getting up an...
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