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Heartworm Disease Prevention

Tuesday, April 11 2017


April is National Heartworm Awareness Month. What is heartworm disease and what pets does it affect?

The American Heartworm Society’s website provides owners with a wealth of information on the subject. Here are the basics for pet owners.

Snake Bites in Pets

Monday, April 3 2017

a crotalus atrox snake curled up

What should someone do if their pet gets bitten by a snake? Immediately take your pet to your veterinarian.

First aid on the way to the vet’s office may include:

  • Carry your pet rather than allowing it to walk
  • Try to keep your pet quiet and warm during transport
  • Do not apply a tourniquet as this can cause additional harm to your pet.

If you can safely take a picture of the snake, without putting yourself in harm’s way, this may be useful in identifying the type of snake, its size, etc. Do not try to catch or kill the snake.

Severe Weather Preparedness

Wednesday, March 15 2017


While severe weather can strike at any time, springtime in Oklahoma is often prime time for storms. When making your emergency response plans for your family, remember to include provisions for your pets and livestock.

The National Weather Service suggests that owners make an emergency supply kit for their pets. Here are some items to include:

Responsible Pet Owner

Thursday, March 2 2017

a woman vet holding a puppy

Whether you own a dog, a cat, a horse or a reptile, pet ownership comes with responsibility.

How can you be a responsible pet owner?

Pets are companions that need love, care and devotion. PetSafe® and Morris Animal Inn offer this advice on owning a pet:

Heart Disease and Cats

Thursday, February 9 2017

radiographs of a cat's heart

February is American Heart Month. We all know people can get heart disease but did you know that cats can get heart disease?

Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the myocardium or heart muscle. It can cause the heart to dilate or have poor pumping power. It can also cause the heart to become restrictive impairing the heart’s ability to fill or cause hypertrophy or a thickened heart.

Save the Date: Veterinary Fall Conference Scheduled

Wednesday, February 8 2017

Pistol Pete dressed as a veterinarian

Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences recently announced the dates for its Annual Fall Conference for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians. The two day continuing education event will be held Nov. 9 and 10, 2017, at the Wes Watkins Center on OSU’s Stillwater campus.

In addition to the veterinary conference, several ancillary activities will be held.

The Corral Crawl, where alumni gather to catch up and celebrate class reunions for graduating years ending in 2 and 7, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 9, at Wes Watkins Center.

Pet Dental Health

Wednesday, February 1 2017

a dog with an open mouth showing his teeth

February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Bad breath in your dog or cat may signify a serious health risk that has the potential to damage not only your pet’s teeth and gums but also its internal organs.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, brushing your pet’s teeth daily is a great place to start.

It’s important to use the proper tools. Do not use human toothpaste as the foaming ingredient in fluoride could cause an upset stomach. Only use pet toothbrushes and toothpaste, which you can get from your veterinarian or at a pet store.

The Importance of Breeding Soundness Exams

Thursday, January 12 2017

black and white photo of a bull in a field

The breeding soundness examination (BSE) plays an important role in herd reproduction. Successful operations require that bulls have the ability to identify estrus females, service the females, and produce high quality sperm to fertilize the waiting egg. 

Cow calf operations depend on calves for replacement animals and as a revenue stream. Feeding open cows for an entire season can have a major impact on farm success.

Keeping Pets Safe in Cold Weather

Wednesday, January 4 2017

husky dog in snow

Oklahoma’s winter temperatures can drop very low. Add in the Oklahoma wind and it can spell trouble for your pets’ health. Here are some tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association to keep your pets safe during cold weather.

Just like people, your furry family members tolerate the cold at different levels. Factors such as how thick their coat is, body fat scores, activity level and general overall health need to be taken into consideration.

Happy Holiday Tips

Monday, December 12 2016

cat sitting by a christmas tree

Holidays are a wonderful time for seeing friends and family. Here are some tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association to help keep your furry family members safe and healthy during this holiday season.

Avoid feeding dogs and cats table scraps. During meals, don’t let your dog sit under the table where children may drop or slip them food. Gravy, meat fat, and poultry skin can cause life-threatening conditions like pancreatitis and gastrointestinal problems. Bones can splinter and create bowel obstructions.