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Warm Weather Pet Safety

Wednesday, June 22 2016

dog on a leash lying in the water on the edge of a pond

Summertime means hot weather. Warm temperatures can pose some health risks to pets.

Make sure your pets have unlimited access to fresh water. Replenish their water with cool water frequently.

If they are outside, they need access to shade.  The dog house may become hot so under a tree or porch might be better. 

Keep your pets free of parasites such as fleas, ticks and heartworm. Consult your veterinarian for the best parasite control for your pet.

Biosecurity for Horses

Friday, June 17 2016

woman riding a horse in a show arena with an audience in the background

Owning a horse is an investment. Participating in events where horses mingle increases their exposure to many diseases that can spread from horse to horse. 

Equine herpes virus, or EHV, is a family of viruses named by numbers such as EHV-1, EHV-2 and so forth. These viruses are common worldwide. Most horses have been exposed to them by two years of age without serious side effects.

Owl Release at Nature Camp

Wednesday, June 15 2016

students watching as a vet tech helps another student release an owl

Ian Kanda, RVT with OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital (left), and Shelby Fraser, camp counselor, prepare to release a great horned owl while Nature Camp attendees watch. 

Flea Control

Wednesday, June 15 2016

dog scratching

Fleas are a major nuisance for pets and pet owners alike. Many pets reside indoors and fleas have become a year-round problem with contamination of both the yard and the home. 

Fleas constantly irritate pets and can cause flea allergy dermatitis and spread intestinal tapeworms.

Fleas can also transmit several diseases.  Heavy infestation of homes and surrounding areas may result in humans being bitten by newly emerging fleas, inciting an allergic response.  The rash can be mild to extensive depending on numbers of fleas and individual sensitivity.

Making It Count

Tuesday, June 14 2016

a woman sitting next to her beagle dog

Dani Martin of Newalla, Okla., doesn’t know how much longer she’ll have Daisy, her 15 ½ year-old beagle, but she’s doing all that she can to ensure Daisy has a good quality of life.

4-H Members Visit OSU

Friday, June 10 2016

students standing near a horse during 4H day

Thirty 4-H members from counties across Oklahoma recently visited OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. They started the day with an overview of veterinary medicine given by Anna Teague and Robin Wilson with Student Services.

Their first activity with Dr. Brian Herrin involved learning about parasites and properly identifying common ones veterinarians see on a regular basis.

Part of their day was spent in the equine section of OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital hosted by Drs. Dan Burba and Elisabeth Giedt.

Herrin Wins National Award

Thursday, June 2 2016

headshot of Brian Herrin

Brian Herrin, DVM, Ph.D. candidate, with Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences received the 2016 AAVP-CAPC Graduate Student Award in Zoonotic Disease. The award recognizes research excellence in zoonotic disease and is sponsored by the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists and the Companion Animal Parasite Council. Herrin’s research focuses on investigating the geographic expansion of Borrelia burgdorferi in North America.

Veterinary Care on Dairy Farms

Tuesday, May 31 2016

dairy calf lying down in the grass

If you enjoyed a glass of milk, a bowl of yogurt or a latté this morning, you can thank a veterinarian.

Veterinarians play a crucial role in ensuring dairy farms have healthy, productive herds. Veterinarians regularly visit the farm to help manage the health and well-being of the herd.

Veterinarians work with the dairy producer to develop a health management plan, which becomes part of the guide in caring for the herd. The goal of the plan is to ensure the health and well-being of the entire herd. 

Get Involved, Stay Involved

Tuesday, May 31 2016

roy smith standing in office, leaning on a desk with one hand and other hand in his pocket

Dr. Roy Smith of Round Rock, Texas, believes in being involved in every level of veterinary medicine. At age 14, he began working for a veterinarian in his hometown of Quincy, Mass. His mentor told him, “…this is a great profession and to keep it that way, you need to be involved in community work and in association work.” Smith took that advice to heart and has been volunteering and giving back to the community ever since he earned his DVM degree from Oklahoma State in 1962.

Give to the OSU Animal Relief Fund

Tuesday, May 24 2016

brown foal

With tornado season just underway in Oklahoma, animal lovers everywhere are encouraged to support the OSU Animal Relief Fund to enable Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary Medical Hospital to continue to provide needed care for animals like this mare and her foal.