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Pet Dental Health

Wednesday, February 1 2017

a dog with an open mouth showing his teeth

February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Bad breath in your dog or cat may signify a serious health risk that has the potential to damage not only your pet’s teeth and gums but also its internal organs.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, brushing your pet’s teeth daily is a great place to start.

It’s important to use the proper tools. Do not use human toothpaste as the foaming ingredient in fluoride could cause an upset stomach. Only use pet toothbrushes and toothpaste, which you can get from your veterinarian or at a pet store.

International Lab Animal Technician Week

Friday, January 27 2017

2017 Tech Week Logo

International Laboratory Animal Technician Week is Jan. 29 through Feb. 4, 2017. Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is taking this opportunity to publicly acknowledge the technicians working in Animal Resources.

OSU Hosts Inter-Institutional Zoological Medicine Rounds

Thursday, January 26 2017

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Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences hosted the Inter-Institutional Zoological Medicine Rounds today at the center’s McElroy Hall on the OSU Stillwater campus. Organized by the Oklahoma City Zoo, the Tulsa Zoo and the veterinary center, this meeting is held every four months with the location rotating among the three organizations.

Yoda's Prognosis

Thursday, January 26 2017

doctors and the man who owns the sheep pose with Yoda the sheep

Yoda is expected to live a full, happy and healthy life after veterinarians at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences performed surgery in December to correct a congenital heart problem called a patent ductus arteriosus or PDA.

"I couldn't be more thrilled, Dr. Baumwart and the whole team up here have just been incredible," says Bob Williams, founder of Ranch Hand Rescue where Yoda is a therapy animal. "It's important to work with the best."

Dugat Named Cohn Family Chair

Tuesday, January 24 2017

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Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is proud to announce that Dr. Danielle Dugat has been named the Cohn Family Chair for Small Animals. The appointment was approved during the OSU/A&M Board of Regents meeting held on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

Dugat is a board certified small animal surgeon at the center’s Veterinary Medical Hospital. Currently, she is the only small animal surgeon on staff.

Malayer Named McCasland Foundation Endowed Chair in Food Animal Research

Tuesday, January 24 2017

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Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is proud to announce that Jerry Malayer, Ph.D., has been named the McCasland Foundation Endowed Chair in Food Animal Research. The appointment was approved during a recent OSU/A&M Board of Regents meeting. Malayer is the veterinary center’s associate dean for research and graduate education and professor in the Department of Physiological Sciences. He is also an adjunct professor with OSU’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Payne CART Receives ASPCA® Grant

Monday, January 23 2017

man in ASPA shirt overlook wreckage

Payne County Animal Response Team (CART) recently received a $5,000 Midwestern Disaster Resiliency grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®). The funds will be used to purchase disaster sheltering supplies to be stored in a disaster response trailer purchased by Lincoln CART and stored in a place accessible by both counties.  The ASPCA® is working with various organizations across the country to help them increase their ability to respond to disasters involving animals while maximizing their resources.

Ellie: First SUB Port Patient

Thursday, January 12 2017

a cat being cared for by two veterinarians

Ellie Undergoes the First Ureteral Bypass Surgery Performed at OSU

Ellie is a 5 year old cat owned by Alexa Hunter. Hunter, originally from Folsom, Calif., is a member of the class of 2020 at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. So when Ellie stopped eating, Hunter knew exactly where to take her.

The Importance of Breeding Soundness Exams

Thursday, January 12 2017

black and white photo of a bull in a field

The breeding soundness examination (BSE) plays an important role in herd reproduction. Successful operations require that bulls have the ability to identify estrus females, service the females, and produce high quality sperm to fertilize the waiting egg. 

Cow calf operations depend on calves for replacement animals and as a revenue stream. Feeding open cows for an entire season can have a major impact on farm success.

Keeping Pets Safe in Cold Weather

Wednesday, January 4 2017

husky dog in snow

Oklahoma’s winter temperatures can drop very low. Add in the Oklahoma wind and it can spell trouble for your pets’ health. Here are some tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association to keep your pets safe during cold weather.

Just like people, your furry family members tolerate the cold at different levels. Factors such as how thick their coat is, body fat scores, activity level and general overall health need to be taken into consideration.