March 08, 2012
For many FFA and 4-H youth and their animals, it's showtime.
Now is the time of year when many young adults are showing off
such livestock as cattle, sheep, swine, and goats at fairs and
competitions all over the country. Dr. Floron Faries,
professor and extension veterinarian, Texas AgriLife Extension
Service, Texas A&M System, has some advice for youth to ... (Read More)
March 01, 2012
Like people, dogs are susceptible to the negative effects of
aging on the mind and body. Canine cognitive dysfunction or "doggie
dementia" is a disorder similar to dementia in people.
"Signs for canine cognitive dysfunction include problems with
learning, housetraining, awareness of surroundings, and problems
with the wake/sleep cycle," said Dr. Joseph Mankin, clin... (Read More)
February 23, 2012
A tummy ache is never fun for people, but it can be life
threatening for your pet.
"It's not uncommon for most animals to have upset stomachs and
vomit from time to time, but there's usually a simple reason," says
Dr. Deb Zoran, associate professor at the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
Vomiting may be caused by a hairball in t... (Read More)
February 16, 2012
In seconds your life can be changed forever. As distractions
increase for drivers, so does the number of car accidents.
Unfortunately, pets are often affected by distracted drivers and
can incur serious injury.
"On average, here at the Texas A&M Small Animal ER, we tend
to see at least three to five animals that have been hit by a car
each week," said Dr. B... (Read More)
February 09, 2012
An ounce of prevention may be worth a pound of cure, but when it
comes to Spot or Fluffy's health; practicing good dental hygiene
may make a ton of difference.
"In fact, an animal's teeth may be more important to its overall
health than most pet owners realize," says Dr. J.R. "Bert" Dodd,
clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine... (Read More)
February 02, 2012
What would you do if your pet's heart suddenly stopped working
properly? February is the month of National Heart Awareness and
Valentine's Day. February should also be a reminder for pet owners
to educate themselves on their pet's heart health. The best place
to start is your veterinarian.
If your pet has an irregular heartbeat or low heart rate it
should be evaluated... (Read More)