Pet Talk

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Helping our pets cope with loss

Like humans, pets experience a complex array of emotions. The loss of a beloved human or a housemate can be devastating to animals in a household, leading to a period of grief and mourning. It may be difficult for owners to tell if their pet is in mourning, but Kit Darling, infection control coordinator at […]

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Bovine vaccinations keep cows ‘happy’

Vaccinations are an essential component of preventative medicine when it comes to protecting the health of a herd of cattle. As National Immunization Awareness Month comes to a close, Dr. Brandon Dominguez, a clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, recommends that cattle begin a routine vaccination schedule […]

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Routine vaccinations are essential for equine health

Vaccines are one of the easiest and most efficient ways to protect your horse’s health, preventing the contraction and spread of infectious diseases including Rabies, West Nile Virus, and Influenza. In continuation of National Immunization Awareness Month, Dr. Leslie Easterwood, a clinical assistant professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, offers recommendations […]

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Immunizations are one of the easiest ways to ensure that your pet lives a long and healthy life. According to Dr. Kate Creevy, an associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, vaccinations are an essential component of preventative medicine for companion animals. “The diseases against which vaccinations have been […]

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Be on the lookout for vision impairment in pets

Like people, dogs and cats can experience poor or failing eyesight as they age The onset of vision loss in our pets can occur for a number of reasons, including cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal diseases such as sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS), and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). SARDS, a disease that affects the function […]

Superfund Event to Encourage Aggies to ‘Plan Ahead, Be Prepared’

In honor of Disaster Preparedness Month in September, the Texas A&M Superfund Research Center will bring together members of the emergency response community to share with students, faculty, and staff valuable tips on planning ahead. “Plan Ahead Be Prepared” will be held on Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Rudder Plaza, during […]

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Texas A&M Theriogenologist Explores Alternate Method of Identifying Genetic Disease in Horses

Dr. Allyson Ripley, a senior equine theriogenology resident in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), has been working on an exciting research project for the last year that aims to find an alternate means of determining fetal genotype. Currently, determining if future offspring will be filly or colt, roan or […]

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Brucella canis is a disease of dogs and humans

Brucella canis, a strain of brucellosis that can be carried by dogs, is one of the leading causes of canine infertility. The highly contagious, and often underrecognized, bacterium can lead to abortions,  stillborn puppies, testicular abnormalities, and failure to conceive, but can also cause back pain and inflammation of the spinal column in dogs. Dr. Angela […]

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Training your pet parrot

The benefits of training parrots extend well beyond the entertainment value of owning a talking bird who can do entertaining tricks. Training strengthens the bond between owner and parrot, provides companionship, and increases the health and well-being of the parrot. Connie Woodman is a bird enthusiast and a graduate student at the Texas A&M College […]

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Protect your pets from coyotes and other wild animals

Although most wild animals mind their business and don’t bother humans, some wild animals, such as coyotes, can wander into human environments and cause harm to pets. “It’s pretty amazing how much damage coyotes can do to pets, especially when you consider that coyotes are roughly the size of a domestic dog,” said Christine Rutter, […]