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Yew and Your Animals

Tuesday, March 13 2018

yew shrub

Yew is a common evergreen shrub used in landscaping that is extremely poisonous to all species. This includes dogs, cats, horses, cattle, birds, and humans.

According to Pet Poison Helpline, all parts of the plant are very poisonous, including the succulent red berries, as they contain taxines.

There are several varieties of plants in the Taxus spp. including the Japanese Yew and English Yew.

If ingested, dogs and cats may exhibit one or more of the following clinical signs:

Going Home: Hawk Release

Friday, March 2 2018

three people releasing a hawk

Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences recently released a rehabilitated red shouldered hawk back to the wild. When it came time to release this beautiful raptor, Dr. Joao Brandao, assistant professor of zoological medicine, was assisted by Dr. John Vonhof, sponsor of the Hank Vonhof Memorial Foundation Scholarship, and Beverly Mullins, both friends of the veterinary center.

Hyperthyroidism in Cats

Thursday, March 1 2018

orange fluffy cat

According to petMD, there is no known genetic predisposition for hyperthyroidism or excess thyroid hormone in cats. However, it is quite common.

Hyperthyroidism is the most common hormonal (endocrine) disease in cats. It is often seen in late middle-aged and older cats. The mean age of discovery is approximately 13 years, with a range of 4 to 22 years old.

Ektate Receives Kocan Award

Friday, February 16 2018

kalyani ektate

Kalyani Ektate, PhD candidate at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, recently received the Kocan Memorial Graduate Student Award. This $500 award recognizes excellence in graduate research at the veterinary center. Ektate’s research project is “Motion Compensated Ultrasound Imaging Allows Thermometry and Image-Guided Drug Delivery Monitoring from Echogenic Liposomes.”