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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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Fescue Toxicosis in the Mare

Fescue Toxicosis in the Mare by Ben J. Character, DVM Fescue is a cool season perennial grass that is very common in Northern Alabama.  It usually grows in clumps, and does very well from September until summer of the following year.  Because of its’ ability to grow during the cooler months, it is an important […]

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Grass Tetany in Cattle

Grass Tetany in Cattle by Ben J. Character, DVM Every spring, it is important to watch for signs of Grass Tetany in cattle herds.  Grass tetany (or Hypomagnesemia) occurs when blood levels of the electrolyte magnesium become too low.   Magnesium is found in all forages and is usually provided for with good quality feed. Grass […]

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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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New Puppy and Kitten Well-Care

New Puppy and Kitten Well-Care by Ben J. Character, DVM   Is there the pitter-patter of FOUR little feet in your home?  If so, congratulations on your new puppy or kitten!  Each will have a variety of different needs to be addressed as they grow over the next year.  It is important to get your […]

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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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