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Tartar – A Silent But Smelly Enemy

Tartar – A Silent But Smelly Enemy by Ben J. Character, DVM What is that smell? You know the one; it comes with the sweet kiss from your favorite pooch! Chances are, that smell is coming from his or her teeth. The build-up of tartar on the teeth of our dogs and cats is a constant battle for […]

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What are Hotspots?

What are Hotspots? by Ben J. Character, DVM Hotspots are areas of severe skin infection.  Often, you will find that in the area of a hotspot, the hair is matted together. This is due to an oozing of serum from the inflamed skin.  Commonly occurring at the base of the tail, scratching and biting at […]

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Crate Training – Simple Steps for Success

Crate training is a very effective way of house training most puppies. This idea is based on the fact that dogs instinctively prefer dens for shelter.  That is, similar to wolves, dogs will seek shelter in dens, and they instinctively will try to keep these areas clean and dry.  Research has shown that wolves will […]

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Can you remember your last visit to the emergency room? Most of us have had to have medical assistance after the doctor’s office has closed.  The same is true for our pets.  Over half of our patients have needed emergency treatment at some time in their lives. There are numerous reasons why a pet may […]

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How To Administer Excede Antibiotic Injections

Administering Excede Antibiotic in Cattle  This video from Zoetis Animal Health demonstrates the correct way to administer Excede using the opposite eye injection method. From Zoetis: Important Safety Information: People with known hypersensitivity to penicillin or cephalosporins should avoid exposure to EXCEDE. EXCEDE is contraindicated in animals with known allergy to ceftiofur or to the […]

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Veterinary Feed Directive

Understanding the Veterinary Feed Directive As of January 2017 the FDA has made changes to the use of several antibiotics that have been commonly used in animal feeds.  As a way to regulate these antibiotics, the FDA has created the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) . In order to purchase feed (this included minerals feed alone […]

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