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Confer earns Leave the Ladder Down Award

Friday, December 16 2016

two men and posing together, one holding a glass award plaque

Congratulations to Anthony Confer, DVM, MS, PhD, class of 1972, on receiving the “Leave the Ladder Down” award. This award recognizes individuals for their mentorship. Confer is a Regents Professor and Walter Sitlington Endowed Chair in Food Animal Research in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.

Disk Surgery for Dogs: Does it Work?

Tuesday, December 13 2016

veterinarians in surgery

Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences has been offering percutaneous laser disk ablation surgery for dogs for more than 20 years. The procedure offers relief of the risk that a future disk herniation will occur in dogs who had previously suffered from herniated disks. First investigated by former OSU professors Drs. George Henry and Kenneth Bartels, the American Veterinary Medical Association just released follow up research on the recurrence of disk herniation following the procedure.

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.

OSU Releases Barred Owl

Thursday, December 8 2016

barred owl sitting on a wood post

The Center for Veterinary Health Sciences at Oklahoma State University recently released a rehabilitated barred owl. Helping with the release were the wife of the Good Samaritan, who brought the injured owl to OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital, and a client of the hospital’s Avian, Exotics and Zoo Medicine Service.

Dr. Joao Brandao, assistant professor of zoological medicine, shared information about owls in general with the small group who gathered to watch the release of one of nature’s magnificent creatures.

Thanking Our Veterans

Thursday, December 8 2016

Air Force cadet holding the American Flag

Lt.  Col. Benjamin Dahlke presented “The Next Greatest Generation” at the 2016 Center for Veterinary Health Sciences’ Veterans Day observance. Dahlke is the Commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 670 at OSU, a professor and head of the Department of Aerospace Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

“Veterans Day is our day to thank and remember all veterans and to let them know we appreciate them for their service and honor them for their sacrifices,” he said.

University Awards Convocation

Monday, December 5 2016

three men and one woman

Pictured above left to right are: Drs. Andrew Hanzlicek, interim dean Chris Ross and Anthony Confer, and Michelle Kuehn.

The University Awards Convocation took place on November 30, 2016. Several members of the CVHS team were recognized at the ceremony. 

Dr. Andrew Hanzlicek received the Kirkpatrick Chair in Small Animal Medicine.

Dr. Anthony Confer received the Leave the Ladder Down Award for his mentorship of others.

Trash or Treasure: Keeping Your Pets Healthy

Monday, December 5 2016

dog's nose sniffing a chewed up ball dog toy

DVM 360 has some expert advice on some pet items you might need to toss in the trash right now. Whether you are a cat owner or a dog owner, these general rules apply to you and your pets.

Plastic Bowls

Plastic may be a wonder to the modern world, but it is difficult to get truly clean. The surface is naturally greasy and easily scratched. Scratched surfaces can trap bacteria and oil, which can create issues for dogs or cats.

Pets and People Food

Monday, November 14 2016

dog licking his lips with banana peel at this feet

Giving our pets a treat or feeding them table scraps may seem harmless. In reality, people food can cause our pets problems including weight gain.

Do not feed table scraps to your dog or cat, especially if they are trying to lose weight. While it may seem like a snack to you, in most cases, it is an entire meal for your pet.

Hill’s offers these suggestions regarding feeding human treats and what it would mean to your pet in human terms:

LTC Duffy on Zika Virus

Monday, November 7 2016

man in military uniforms in front of flags

Lieutenant Colonel Mark R. Duffy, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, of Cibolo, Texas, earned his DVM degree from OSU in 1994. He recently returned to Oklahoma State University’s Stillwater campus to accept a 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award from OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. While he was in Stillwater, he sat down with Maggie Jackson with the State Department of Health to talk about his involvement in identifying and studying the first known Zika virus outbreak, which occurred on Yap Island in Micronesia.

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.