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Holiday Dos and Don’ts

Thursday, December 14 2017

cat and christmas tree

Holidays are a wonderful time of year for spreading good cheer among family and friends, including your family pets. Here are some tips to keep the holidays safe for the entire family.

Don’t feed pets table scraps or let them sit under the table where children may drop food. Gravy, meat fat, and poultry skin can cause life-threatening conditions like pancreatitis and gastrointestinal problems. Bones can splinter and create bowel obstructions.

Dr. Margi Gilmour: 2017 Regents Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient

Wednesday, December 13 2017

marji gilmour

It’s easy to see why Dr. Margi Gilmour received the 2017 Regents Distinguished Teaching Award. Watching her in the classroom or talking with her, Gilmour’s passion for teaching comes shining through.

Less is More: Improving Equine Treatments

Friday, December 1 2017


Mike Schoonover, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR, assistant professor of equine surgery at Oklahoma State’s Veterinary Medical Hospital, is always looking for ways to improve patient care. The equine section sees anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 equine cases a year with the surgery service treating about 800 cases a year.

“Horses spend their whole life trying to kill themselves,” says Schoonover. “So we treat a lot of traumatic type injuries. We also treat a lot of sports medicine injuries such as western performance horses with injuries to the musculoskeletal system.”

Flying with Pets

Thursday, November 30 2017

airplane wing in flight

The holidays are coming, which means some pet owners will be traveling with Fluffy or Fido. If you plan to fly with your pet, here are some helpful tips from DVM360 Magazine and the Humane Society.

Research the airline of your choice to learn what airline specific rules they have regarding pets.

Are there breed, size, destination, and time of year restrictions for the cabin and cargo area?

What types of carriers and kennels are allowed and how should they be labeled?