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Failure of Passive Transfer

Failure of Passive Transfer by Ben J. Character, DVM Failure of passive transfer occurs when a newborn does not receive colostrum (“first milk”) from it’s mother.  The colostrum contains antibodies that protect the newborn from infection, until it’s own immune system can defend itself.    Unlike humans and some other species of animals, most of […]

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Breeding Cycles of Dogs and Cats

Breeding Cycles of Dogs and Cats by Ben J. Character, DVM The dog and cat, for all their similarities, have very different estrous cycles.   The average dog will come in heat twice per year,  about 6 months apart.  The heat cycle generally lasts about 4 weeks, with the 2nd week usually being the week of […]

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Hip Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia by Ben J. Character, DVM Hip dysplasia is a common and controversial skeletal condition that affects many dogs.  Any of the large breed dogs (dogs weighing greater than 50 lbs.), and occasionally, a smaller breed dog can have problems with this disease. Commonly affected breeds include the German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, Rottweiler, and […]

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Uterine and Vaginal Prolapses in Cattle

Uterine and Vaginal Prolapses in Cattle by Ben J. Character, DVM Vaginal and uterine prolapse are two problems that can be seen during calving season.  They are both related, in different ways, to the calving process.  Although related, each has a different cause and should be considered differently as the producer makes decisions pertaining to […]

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Calving Season

Calving Season by Ben J. Character, DVM Calving season is just around the corner for most producers, and with it comes the occasional calving problem.  The following are a few tips to help during problem cases: Daily herd checks, even if it’s just a quick drive by twice a day, may help in locating problems.  […]

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Renal Failure in the Older Pet

Renal Failure in the Older Pet by Ben J. Character, DVM A common problem experienced by older cats and dogs is the decreased function of the kidneys, also known as Renal Failure.  When this occurs in an older animal, the most common cause is the gradual replacement of normal tissue with scar tissue. Other causes […]

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