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  • July 4 Hazards

    Friday, June 30 2017

    dog with american flag and sunglasses

    According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Animal Poison Control Center, the four most common problems reported nearly every July 4th holiday are fireworks, food, lawn products and pool chemicals.

    Fireworks are divided into personal use or professional use. Personal fireworks can be purchased and used where allowed by law. Professional fireworks are restricted.

  • Ticks: What You Need to Know

    Tuesday, June 20 2017

    two ticks

    Ticks in Oklahoma could be abundant this year due to the mild winter and large numbers of wild animal reservoir hosts. These little creatures are very hearty and can actually survive the winter even if it freezes. Ticks are a year-round problem.

    Prevention is first and foremost. Place your dog or cat on an approved acaricide, which is a pesticide that kills mites and ticks. Be sure to always follow directions according to the product label. Your veterinarian can recommend the best preventive for your pet.

  • A Different Kind of Dairy

    Thursday, June 1 2017

    goats in hay

    June is National Dairy Month. In recent years, more and more people are turning to goat’s milk as their source of dairy products.

    Goat milk accounts for about 2 percent of the world’s total annual milk supply. Here in Oklahoma, Langston University maintains several breeds of goats at the E (Kika) de la Garza American Institute for Goat Research including the Alpine dairy herd.

    The 120-acre Main Farm is home to 90 lactating dairy goats. A creamery for dairy goat milk research and technology transfer is also housed on the Langston dairy farm.

  • Dog Bite Prevention

    Friday, May 19 2017

    black and white photo of a dog barring its teeth behind a chain link fence

    National Dog Bite Prevention Week is May 21 – 27, 2017. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs each year.

    More than 800,000 of those people receive medical attention for dog bites. At least half of them are children, the most common victims of dog bites.

    Here are some tips from the AVMA to prevent dog bites.

  • Cytauxzoonosis in Cats

    Monday, May 1 2017

    cat lying down

    Cytauxzoonosis is an acute, frequently fatal disease in cats caused by the red blood cell parasite, Cytauxzoon felis. Cytauxzoonosis is a devastating disease that often strikes previously healthy, young adult cats with outdoor exposure.

    Approximately two weeks following transmission of the pathogen, the cat will become anorexic and depressed. A high fever, anemia, respiratory signs, and icterus or jaundice (yellowing of the skin) are common.