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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. 

Behind the Scenes with Bullet

Friday, October 21 2016

Here comes Bullet rings out loud and clear during Oklahoma State University home football games but the mascot really doesn’t need an introduction. He is a well-recognized and much adored part of OSU athletics. But what happens behind the scenes when Bullet isn’t galloping around Lewis Field at Boone Pickens Stadium?

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.

Pet Obesity

Wednesday, October 5 2016

An estimated 58 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese according to the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention.

Weight loss is tough for anyone—two-or four-legged. However, losing weight and getting in shape can add years to your pet’s life and can increase the quality of those years.

As few as five pounds for dogs and two pounds for cats above their normal weight can put your pet at risk for developing serious medical conditions.

Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows Welcome

Wednesday, October 5 2016

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The Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences encourages individuals seeking new career challenges to contact the graduate program office. The veterinary center is looking for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to explore careers in teaching, research or other aspects of veterinary medicine.

Page to Speak at OK State Veterinary Conference

Monday, October 3 2016

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Dr. Rodney Page will present “One Health War on Cancer” as the Class of 1963 Distinguished Lecturer at Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences’ Annual Fall Conference for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians. The two-day conference will be held on Oct. 13 and 14 in the Wes Watkins Center on the OSU Stillwater campus. Page will speak in the auditorium at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Inside Your Animals

Wednesday, September 28 2016

man standing in front of a radiology machine

Dr. Corey Wall is a veterinary radiologist at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. He leads the digital imaging services provided by the center’s Veterinary Medical Hospital.

“We have several pieces of imaging equipment here at Oklahoma State University,” said Wall. “We have three radiology suites where we take x-rays of our veterinary patients. One is an equine specific suite. We also have two small animal suites. In addition, we have a mobile radiographic capability where we can go stall-side or potentially out to a trailer.

Dr. Panciera Recognized

Monday, September 26 2016

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Roger Panciera, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVP, was recently inducted as the 2016 Beef Award Recipient into the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame during the 49th American Association of Bovine Practitioners Annual Conference in Charlotte, N.C.

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.

Loafmann Named Distinguished Alumnus

Monday, September 19 2016

older man in glasses and a cowboy hat

Thomas G. Loafmann, DVM, of Glencoe, Mo., was recently named a 2016 Distinguished Alumnus of Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Loafmann earned his DVM degree from OSU in 1963 and serves as the class representative.

Loafmann owns and operates Equine Medical Associates, Inc., one of the first equine medical and surgical clinics in the St. Louis, Mo., area. He still practices today, doing ambulatory calls and specializing in dentistry.