Pet Talk

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Amputating a pet’s limb

For many pet owners, the thought of their furry friend losing a limb can be scary or sad. However, pets with certain conditions, such as bone cancer, can benefit from amputating a limb. In fact, in some situations, amputation can actually improve a pet’s quality of life. Dr. Jacqueline Davidson, clinical professor at the Texas […]

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Is your pet obese?

Like humans, pets can develop excess body fat that can lead to serious health problems such as diabetes or degenerative joint disease. But how can you tell if your pet is obese? In recognition of National Pet Obesity Awareness Day on Oct. 11, Dr. Audrey Cook, associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary […]

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Does your pet have a hot spot?

Have you ever noticed your pet excessively licking, biting, or scratching a specific area on their body? This behavior can lead to an infection in the upper layer of the skin otherwise known as pyotraumatic dermatitis, or a “hot spot.” Dr. Alison Diesel, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & […]

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Adopting adult pets

When considering getting a new pet, we often think of bringing home a puppy or kitten. However, adult pets are just as loveable and can sometimes even be a better fit. Dr. Christine Rutter, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained the advantages of adopting an older […]

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When is your cat hiding illness or injury?

We do our best to take care of our feline friends, but sometimes signs of pain and sickness go unnoticed. Dr. Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, described feline behavior that could mean an underlying health issue. “Cats tend to hide their symptoms, which is […]

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Introducing new pets into the household

Bringing home a new furry friend can be an exciting experience. However, there are a lot of responsibilities to consider in pet ownership, including time, energy, and commitment. After all, pets are a part of the family, too. Dr. Sarah Griffin, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, said to […]

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month

When a disaster strikes, there is often little time to prepare our homes, families, and pets for the damage to come. Thankfully, disaster relief teams, such as the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ Veterinary Emergency Team (VET), can help in times of need. Dr. Angela Clendenin, public information officer for the […]

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Eye infections in horses

Eye infections are common in horses and can negatively impact training and quality of life. However, many eye infections can be prevented. Dr. Lucien Vallone, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, provided some insight on preserving your horse’s vision. “When dealing with eye infections, early intervention is […]

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Game Warden and Veterinarian Couple Save Fawn

When we think of veterinarians, we typically see them caring for house pets, such as cats and dogs. However, veterinarians gain experience in treating a variety of animals, including livestock, “pocket pets”—such as gerbils or hamsters—and even wildlife. Dr. Alice Blue-McLendon, clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences […]

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Mobile veterinarians provide care at home

Whether you are taking your animal in for their regular check-up or making an emergency visit, being evaluated by a veterinarian is a critical part in your pet’s health. But what if an animal is too sick or injured to be transported to the clinic? Some animals, such as livestock, may even require a trailer […]