I am a rural mixed-animal practitioner & am finally working out of my own clinic! I'm also a certified veterinary chiropractor.
theatlantic.com A new warning about dog food underscores a problem with certain diets that goes beyond pets.
RANCHERS: Zoetis has announced a recall on certain vaccine lots that you may have purchased this spring for branding. The only serial number I'm aware of that we received is Ultrabac 8, 50-dose size ONLY (not 10-dose size), serial # 317767A. If you used this vaccine for branding, DON'T PANIC! The vaccine is expected to have normal efficacy. The concern was that a very small number of calves (I was told less than 10 calves in approximately a million doses) had anaphylactic-type reactions after being vaccinated. Further testing was done & these lots were found to have a little more endotoxin present than typical for this vaccine. Endotoxin is something that's in certain types of bacterial vaccines, but manufacturers try to keep levels low because too much endotoxin can cause reactions in animals. Some animals are just more sensitive to endotoxin than others & some environmental conditions can make animals more sensitive than usual. Bottom line: if you didn't have a problem with the vaccine at branding, that's great. If you have no vaccine left, you don't have to do anything except respond to the letter that you will probably get in the mail from Zoetis saying that you don't have any product left. If you DO have product left, they would like you to return it & receive replacement product (at their expense) once you receive your packet of information in the mail. If you have further questions regarding this issue, please contact the clinic at 406-328-7399 & we would be happy to visit with you about it. The photos are part of the recall packet with pertinent information.
alreporter.com Thursday, the Alabama Senate passed a bill to ensure that laboratory-grown meat substitutes are not sold to Alabama consumers labeled as “meat.” House Bill 518 was sponsored by State Representative Danny Crawford, R-Athens, and carried in
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Chronic Wasting Disease was recently found in a white-tailed doe that was killed within the city limits of Libby. FWP officials collected the doe after residents reported seeing a very emaciated and sick-looking deer.
This week, initial test results came back positive for CWD. Results of a second confirmation test are expected early next week. This is the first time CWD has been detected in the wild, west of the Continental Divide in Montana.
In accordance with FWP’s CWD response plan, an incident command team has been assembled to respond to the detection. The incident command team will define an Initial Response Area (IRA) around where the infected animal was collected. This will include an area within a roughly 10-mile radius of the collection site. The IRA defines the area within which the disease prevalence and distribution will be determined. In addition, FWP will collect samples from road-killed deer in hunting districts 100, 101, 103 and 104.
For people in the Libby area, who see a deer that appears to be sick, please call 291-6539 and leave a message with your name, number, the location of the animal and the time you saw it. To read full news release visit https://buff.ly/2KgqhbZ
I don't have any personal experience with this company, but I occasionally get asked for a contact that does pest removal, so here you go!
popsci.com Piebaldism is the result of a mutation in the KIT gene, which causes an unusual distribution of melanocytes—the cells that give eyes, skin, and hair or fur pigment.
Dude. I have a black cat and must try this. But I value my eyeballs. #veterinarymedicine #veterinarytechnician #vettech #veterinarystudent #veterinarian #vetmed #repost #batman #cats #catsofinstagram
krem.com Rumors on the Internet are claiming that vaccines can cause autism in pets.
RANCHERS (& anyone that supports ranchers &/or delisting the gray wolf):
I received an email today requesting that we all comment on the proposal to delist the gray wolf. The link below takes you to a page where you can click on a "Comment Now" link to let your voice be heard on this issue. The text of the email that I received follows if you are interested. Ignorant comments by pro-wolf people will be deleted. You are free to think & feel how you want about the wolves, but I don't want it on my page. I've seen too many ranchers lose too much to the wolves to have any warm, fuzzy feelings. If they are killing livestock outside the YNP area, they need to be eliminated. End of story.
Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service posted a Proposed Rule to remove the Gray Wolf (C. lupus) from the federal List of Threatened and Endangered Species (86 Fed. Reg. 9648). This rule would not include the Mexican Gray Wolf, which remains listed as endangered. The posting started the clock on a 60 day public comment period.
The activist community is already heavily engaged against this Proposed Rule and are mobilizing to submit bulk form-comments in opposition. We are requesting that state affiliates, county and local livestock associations, individual ranchers, and others submit comments in support of the rule before the deadline of May 14, 2019. Comments can be submitted online using this link or sent via the postal service, postmarked prior to May 14th, to:
Chief, Branch of Delisting and Foreign Species
Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Headquarters Office, MS: ES
5275 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803
Comments can be as simple as a short paragraph expressing support, but are most useful to the Service if they are individually crafted, outline your organization’s/personal history with listed wolves, and explain how delisting and a return to state management would help your organization/operation. For your convenience, attached is a “bare-bones” template for comment submission.
NCBA and PLC are working with the Western Resources Legal Center to prepare detailed, technical comments, which we will circulate upon completion. In addition, NCBA/PLC will soon launch a media campaign asking ranchers to submit comments of their own. Please feel free to share this content in your publications and across social platforms. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact Ethan ([email protected]) or I with any questions or concerns.
Tanner J. Beymer
Manager of Government Affairs, ESA & NEPA
Public Lands Council &
National Cattlemen's Beef Association
Center for Public Policy
Stuart's House of Vacuums
Remember when scheduling vaccinations this spring how easily your horse can be exposed to rabies.
Brock Veterinary Clinic
Since I first became a veterinarian I have hated this disease in horses and my goal has always been to defeat it. It used to be called navicular disease and over the years the name has changed many times.
Whatever you want to call it....it is extremely common in the kind of horses that we practice on and has been the end of more athletic careers than anything else by far.
In 2012 a veterinarian in England named Ian Wright described a surgical approach to the bursa of the navicular bone and began carrying out surgical procedures in that area that had never been done before.
He works on mostly sport horses and we work on western horses. We wanted to see how well it worked in the horses that come to our practice.... and we were amazed at the good it did.
We have modified some of the surgery to adapt to the quarter horse and added some cyst drilling osteostixis to the procedure. This surgery is done through two very small incisions with the arthroscope, working inside the hoof. It is the most exciting thing I have done in my career.
A few weeks ago I gave a talk to veterinarians in California about the procedure and, in preparing for the talk I gathered some statistics on the effectiveness of the surgery that we have seen so far
Most of the horses we have done the procedure on are what we title as “end stage”. Which means no other treatment is working on them and they are effectively no longer able to be used for their intended purpose.
I used the first 100 cases we did the surgery on and found that 72 percent that had the lesions described by Dr. Wright were back to doing their athletic event. These numbers are in line with what Dr. Wright found in England.
The surgery is of course coupled with mechanically corrected shoeing and physical therapy post-op.
I have been a vet for 30 years and I have spent the entire course of those years trying to find a way to help these horses continue doing what makes them and their owners smile. It has been a blessing to still be so excited about being a vet after all these years. And this procedure, developed by the vets in Lamesa, Texas, has kept me motivated and feeling so lucky to get to practice veterinary medicine.
The use of MRI diagnostics on the equine foot has opened many doors on this front. We can see problems in this area that we never knew existed just a few years back. Now we can identify them and as time goes by, we are developing ways to correct the problems. Veterinary medicine is at the forefront of the mechanics of motion and we are making strides that I never dreamed of thirty years ago.
I've been asked about CBD for pets. This article does a pretty good job of explaining why I'm not able to recommend, prescribe, provide or even intelligently discuss using CBD for animals. I cannot afford to lose my DEA license or I won't be able to obtain the drugs I need to be able to do surgery, sedate animals or control their pain on a daily basis. Until the federal government changes the legality of CBD use, my hands are tied.
freep.com While nearly 300,000 humans depend on marijuana for medical problems, a growing number of dogs also are using cannabis to help ease ailments.
We currently have a few openings for March and April. We specialize in cutting horses, but also offer colt starting and horse training for all disciplines and breeds. Jeremy works out of Keyser Creek Arena just North of Columbus Mt. Large indoor heated riding arena and stalls. Feel free to give us a call with any questions.
Catt County Cat Nippers
Just for a giggle
A clothing-based climate catastrophe.
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Time to #spay and #neuter! 🐱 🐈 #catsofinstagram #veterinarymedicine #veterinarian #veterinarytechnician #veterinarystudent #vetgirl #vetmed #repost @lcvets
[02/27/19] I suppose we will have to worry about the mice developing autism due to the vaccine.
If you see a post or hear rumors about a recall on Hill's pet food, don't panic (or share supposed pet owner Hill's-bashing sob stories unless you confirm them to be true). There is a recall. It only involves certain varieties of CANNED DOG FOOD. No dry foods, cat foods or treats are being recalled at this time. The link lists affected foods, a FAQ & the press release. Hill's is one of the best pet food manufacturers out there. I feed my own dogs Hill's food. One of their ingredient suppliers made a formulation error that resulted in too much vitamin D in some products. At the time of the recall, there were 1 confirmed & 2 suspected reports of affected dogs. https://www.hillspet.com/productlist/faq
hillspet.com Frequently asked questions about the Hill's® Pet Nutrition voluntary product recall - wet dog food
beefresearch.org Beef production is responsible for only 1.9% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Click to learn more.
Ag101 Weekend Funny: Cattle and methane production -seems appropriate this week.
Diary of a Dairy Wife
Animal Clinic of Billings
Our poll last week displayed a fairly even split when it comes to giving Heartworm prevention year round or just during our warmer months. Check out why we reccomend it all year: the first map shows Heartworm incidences in 2010; the second picture jumps 6 years forward to 2016. Unfortunately, the severity of Heartworm continues to grow throughout the United States. As people move and travel, it has become impossible to predict "mosquito seasons". Keep your pet protected from this serious (and expensive) disease!
[01/31/19] The following is a quote from the President's Message in the Feb 2019 newsletter of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP): "In 2017, our national cattle herd produced 26.2 billion pounds of beef with 90 million head of cattle. An equivalent amount of beef production in 1975 required 144 million head (a 53% larger herd size). The United States provides 20% of the world’s beef supply with only six percent of the world cattle population. Sixty percent more milk is produced today in the U.S. compared to 1950, even with a reduction in dairy cow numbers from 24 million to nine million. The carbon footprint for a glass of milk is approximately one-third of what it was 70 years ago." It's amazing how much progress agriculture has made in such a short time, yet how unappreciated our industry is by so many.
nadoi.org Right now, I have a lovely black German Shepherd guide dog that I trained for a blind woman 4 years ago. She is back to me to help her stop barking at other dogs. Why does she bark at other dogs? …
I agree with this author that MOST dogs (& cats) do not require a grain-free diet.
slate.com Just because humans are enamored with grain-free food doesn’t mean it’s good for your pets.
Cows are awesome!
In case you forgot, cows are incredible!
The master strikes again! 🥇
Rocking the crowds of Olympia, The London International Horse Show, Boyd Exell showed everyone why he really is a champion - taking ANOTHER win in the FEI Driving World Cup!
Making light work of the drive-off time, Boyd and team were a full 11 seconds faster! Talk about speed! 😱
[12/18/18] FYI, the clinic will be closed from this Friday, 12/21/18, through next Wednesday, 12/26/18, for Christmas. The clinic will also be closed from Monday, 12/31/19, through Wednesday, 1/2/19, for New Year's. There will be times that I will be out of cell service during the days the clinic is closed. Hopefully, you all will be enjoying Christmas with your family & no emergencies, but if you call my cell & don't get a call back within a short time (15 minutes or so) & you have an emergency that can't wait, you can try calling one of the other clinics in town, (Valley Vet Service or Stillwater Vet Clinic) or for small animal emergencies, I'd recommend the Animal Clinic of Billings. For equine emergencies, I'd recommend Montana Equine of Billings. Merry Christmas & happy New Year!!
It amazes me that humans think that "expensive" = "better," or "different" = "better," or "good marketing" = "better."
vetnutrition.tufts.edu Dr. Freeman provides an update on diet-associated dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs
This looks like a great idea! If any of you have tried this cat feeding system, please comment & share your experiences with it.
inventorsdigest.com When inventor Liz Bales learned during the September 2014 Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference that euthanasia is their leading cause of death, she was shocked.
If you're shopping for a puppy for Christmas, here are some local ones!
Life isn’t fun unless you’re jackin’ around!😁 🐶 These lil dudes are ready for their bow and spot under the 🌲. $700, Out of both registered parents. One rough coat, three smooth. All males. UTD on vaccs and dewormed. Tails docked.
West Texas Livestock Growers
Just in case you were actually worried about bovine belches & farts impacting the ozone layer... You DON'T have to worry about that any more!
beefmagazine.com Good news — researchers have debunked the cattle and climate change myth! Check out the latest findings and share this blog post far and wide!
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