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Center for Veterinary Health Sciences

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Continuing Education

Diabetes in Pets

Tuesday, November 1 2016

close up of a box of insulin

Diabetes mellitus, or diabetes, is a condition that occurs when the body cannot use glucose (a type of sugar) normally. Glucose is the main source of energy for the body’s cells. Insulin, which is produced by the pancreas, is required for the transfer of glucose from the bloodstream to the cells.

In diabetics, glucose isn’t transported into the cells and there is not enough energy for the cells to function normally.  Although diabetes cannot be cured, it can be managed very successfully. 

Halloween Safety

Friday, October 21 2016

two white dogs dressed up as thing 1 and thing 2

Halloween can be a festive time for children and families but for pets, it can be a nightmare. Here are some helpful tips to keep your pet happy and healthy.

The treats are for your two-legged visitors – not your pets.

Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures.

Is It Too Hot to Trot?

Wednesday, September 21 2016

grey horse with a braided mane

Riding horses in hot temperatures is often unavoidable, especially in southern states like Oklahoma.  It is our job to make sure we don’t overdo it and subject horses to heat stress.

When exercising horses in the heat, it is important to be aware of not only temperature but humidity as well. If the combined temperature and humidity is over 150, horses will need assistance in cooling.  If temperatures and humidity are expected to reach 170, it may be best to plan early morning riding or forego intense work.

Yard and Garden Safety

Thursday, September 15 2016

black and white dog sitting in the grass

Let your yard and garden grow—with care. Fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides keep plants and lawns healthy and green; however, their ingredients may be dangerous if pets ingest them. Many dogs like to “nose around” in the grass and often consume some grass. They also tend to lick their paws and coats. 

Always store these products in out-of-the-way places where pets cannot reach them. Consider using metal trash cans with locking lids to prevent your pets from getting into the products.  Follow label instructions carefully.

What is that in my hay?

Friday, July 8 2016

blister beetles on a plant

Most horse owners feed some hay to their horses.  Hay can be used to supplement pasture when growth is slowed by cold or extreme heat. 

If a horse is stabled due to injury or competition, owners will use hay to provide roughage, the basis of the horse diet.  Often hay is fed to horses during long trailer rides. 

To make hay, the plants are cut and laid out to dry in the sun.  When the plants reach an acceptable level of moisture, the hay is baled into round or square bales to make transport and storage easier. 

Warm Weather Pet Safety

Wednesday, June 22 2016

dog on a leash lying in the water on the edge of a pond

Summertime means hot weather. Warm temperatures can pose some health risks to pets.

Make sure your pets have unlimited access to fresh water. Replenish their water with cool water frequently.

If they are outside, they need access to shade.  The dog house may become hot so under a tree or porch might be better. 

Keep your pets free of parasites such as fleas, ticks and heartworm. Consult your veterinarian for the best parasite control for your pet.

Spring Wildlife

Tuesday, May 3 2016

box turtle crossing road with red truck driving by in background

Spring has definitely arrived!  The trees are green, the nights are warming up and thundershowers have come. With the change of season, wildlife of all sorts are bounding, flourishing, reproducing… and crossing roads!  During this time, there are many human-animal interactions and, unfortunately, more unnecessary injuries and deaths. The following are short summaries on how we can initiate a positive outcome for common human-animal interactions.

Severe Weather Preparedness

Tuesday, April 19 2016

police cars on a road with a huge tornado in the distance

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.

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

Veterinary Viewpoints

Thursday, March 24 2016

ASPCA top toxin by state map

What is the top toxin in Oklahoma?

Many foods and products that are safe for humans can be harmful – even deadly – to pets. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has been fielding calls at its Animal Poison Control Center for years. Here are some of the trends reported by state.

Veterinary Viewpoints

Friday, March 11 2016

daisy check up

Visiting the Veterinarian

Some pets find a visit to the veterinarian stressful. Here are some tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association that may help make veterinary visits better for everyone involved.