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All Posts in Category: Large Animal

Large Animal Vaccinations

Large Animal Vaccinations by Ben J. Character, DVM With all of the choices available for the vaccination of livestock, it is hard to know what vaccinations are best for the needs or your herd. Unfortunately, there is no magical protocol.  Each vaccination regime should be tailored to the specific needs of each operation.  The following […]

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The Retained Placenta in Horses and Cows

The Retained Placenta in Horses and Cows by Ben J. Character, DVM “Retained placenta” is a self-descriptive term referring to the inappropriate lack of passage of the fetal membranes (that is, the calf  or foal’s “bag”) after birth. This condition can occur in any species, but the severity and importance for removal depends greatly on […]

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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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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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Abortions

If you have brood cows, you will occasionally experience an abortion.  For every one hundred cows, three cows will abort during a given year.  Most “abortions” occur during the first month or two of pregnancy, and will be recognized as a cow that “didn’t take” or “slipped her calf”.   In most of these cases, abnormalities in the fetus […]

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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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