Pet Talk

Unearthing The Truth About Scorpions: How To Prevent Stings

Our curious cats and daredevil dogs are always eager to investigate anything moving across the carpet or in the grass. If that object of your pets’ curiosity is a scorpion, your pet may find itself in a situation worse than just getting painfully stung—your animal can be in a potentially dangerous situation. Dr. Dalton Hindmarsh, […]

West Nile Virus Doesn’t Pose A Huge Threat, But Animal Owners Should Remain Cautious

This summer, mosquitos sampled as part of routine surveillance in Texas have tested positive for West Nile Virus, a disease commonly associated with humans but that can also affect birds, bats, horses, cats, dogs, and rabbits.  Although the summer months are waning, because mosquitos remain active during warm months, people and pets are not out […]

Getting To The Heart of the Matter: Canine Cardiac Murmurs

Dog owners do not need to be veterinarians to know that a healthy heart is as important for our furry friends as it is for humans. Yet there can be a lot of confusion surrounding cardiac issues in animals, especially when it comes to heart murmurs.  Dr. Sonya Wesselowski, an assistant professor of cardiology at […]

A Little Support Can Go A Long Way: Mobility Care And Rehabilitation

Veterinarians are making strides in learning more and more about man’s best friend, thanks to recent discoveries in the field of canine health, but a lot of questions still exist when it comes to mobility issues in our four-pawed friends. A dog’s mobility may be compromised because of age, injury, or birth defect, and animals […]

Being The Voice for The Voiceless: Rehabilitating Abused Animals

Rescued animals often come from difficult backgrounds of abuse, neglect, or both and, as a result, sometimes exhibit erratic behaviors in their new homes. These behaviors can come as a surprise to pet owners and can leave the animal’s adopted family feeling ill-equipped and unprepared. Dr. Lori Teller, a clinical associate professor at the Texas […]

The Warning Signs Of Rabies In Cattle

Rabies is usually associated with dogs or bats, but it also can develop insidiously in a variety of mammals. Rabies in livestock, such as cattle, may be rare, but its ability to spread through the herd still poses a serious risk.  Recently, rabies in cattle has been increasing in Texas; cases this year have already […]

Fireworks, Picnics, Heat Stroke–Oh My!: Keep Pets Safe On Fourth Of July

Independence Day is a lively, outdoor holiday that offers many opportunities to include your furry friend. Although these summer festivities can be enjoyable for both pet and person, owners should be wary of possible hazards associated with the celebration. Kate Kimble, a fourth-year veterinary student at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical […]

Bad To The Bone: Fibrous Osteodystrophy In Large Animals

Horses, camels, llamas, and alpacas have more of a bone to pick with metabolic bone diseases—diseases associated with dietary deficiencies—than many owners realize. Fibrous osteodystrophy, in particular, can have serious consequences if not caught and treated early. Dr. Evelyn MacKay, a clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences […]

Some Angels Have Fur: Coping With the Loss of a Pet

We all know that death is an inevitable part of life and pet ownership; however, the grief that comes with the loss of a loved one, including pets, is never easy. Although some pet owners may feel uncomfortable mourning an animal, Michael Hawkins, a licensed professional counselor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine […]

Taking The Right Steps: What To Know About Hoof Care

In the equine world, the saying “no hoof, no horse” is well-worn for a reason.  A correct foot care regimen may be the key to keeping a horse happy and trotting, and having a good working relationship with a farrier is essential to solving and preventing common hoof problems.  Jason Maki, a farrier at Texas […]

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