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Calf Processing

Calf Processing by Ben J. Character, DVM As fall approaches, many spring calves will be nearing weaning. Weaning time is an excellent time to process your calves while they are up. Calf processing can consist of many things. The standard items include deworming, vaccinating, and tagging. Other things that can be done during this time […]

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Understanding FeLv/FIV/FIP

Understanding FeLv/FIV/FIP by Ben J. Character, DVM Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV), Feline Immunodeficency Virus (FIV), and Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) are three serious viruses that affect domestic cats.  Only Feline Leukemia has an effective vaccination available.  The vaccination is approximately 80% effective in preventing infection with FeLV.  Unfortunately, there is no cure for FeLV.  FIV […]

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Anaplasmosis: What is it?

Anaplasmosis: What is it? by Ben J. Character, DVM   Late summer and early fall are the time of year when cattle are most likely to show signs of an Anaplasmosis infection.  Anaplasmosis (frequently called Anaplaz) is a protozoan parasite that infects red blood cells. It is transmitted from horse flies, which carry the parasite, to […]

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ABSCESSES – WHAT ARE THEY?

by Ben J. Character ABSCESSES – WHAT ARE THEY? Unlike their canine companions, most cats are not very social creatures.  This characteristic frequently leads to squabbles between themselves.  The end result of many of these fights will be an abscess.  The normal feline mouth is full of bacteria.  These bacteria keep the mouth healthy, but […]

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Cancer and Our Furry Friends

Dogs and cats are now living longer and more full lives due to advancements in health care available. Because of their longer life spans, we are encountering more and more cases of neoplastic disease, i.e., cancer.   Tumors occur when the normal cells begin acting in abnormal ways.  They begin multiplying uncontrollably, and will sometimes produce normal […]

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Tapeworms in dog and cats

Understanding tapeworms in your dog or cat Video explains the life cycle of the tapeworms including: the intermediate hosts how your dog and cat “get” tapeworms. It also explains: the proper use of medications for eradication how often to use the medications to make sure that all stages of the worms are killed how to […]

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