Pet Talk

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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, […]

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Could your pet benefit from acupuncture treatment?

If you’ve ever wanted to try a safe and effective form of alternative medicine for your pet, consider acupuncture. Part of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, the act of inserting small needles in certain parts in the body, can offer many benefits to a variety of pets, according to Dr. Daniel Eckman, a veterinarian at the […]

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Heartworms in cats

Heartworms, which are spread by mosquitos, can cause serious health complications in pets. Although heartworms are more commonly diagnosed in dogs, cats are also at risk for this disease. Megan Arroyo, a veterinary student at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained how heartworms can harm our feline friends. “The adult […]

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Texas A&M Seeks Healthy Dogs for Second Phase of ‘Aging Project’ Trial

Veterinarians from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) are seeking middle-aged, healthy dogs of any breed, or combination of breeds, to participate in a clinical trial as part of its Dog Aging Project. The growing focus of the aging research at Texas A&M—led by Dr. Kate Creevy, an associate professor […]