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Orthopedics by Ben J. Character, DVM Orthopedics is the treatment of conditions that involve the skeletal system.  The skeletal system includes muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons as well as bones.  There are several common orthopedic problems seen in dogs and cats.  In general, cats are not as prone to orthopedic problems as dogs are, because they […]

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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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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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by Ben J. Character, DVM Does Fido seem to be itching and scratching much more than usual? He may have a syndrome called “atopy”, or as more commonly referred to, allergies.  Atopy is an allergic condition similar to allergies in humans, except that our pets do not show the upper respiratory symptoms such as sneezing or […]

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