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Our mission is to provide quality veterinary medicine and promote regular preventative care so that our patients may enjoy a lifetime of good health.
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DNA, diet shed light on dog evolution (01/29/2013)
Dogs evolved from wolves some 11,000 years ago to live and work -- and apparently eat -- alongside humans, according to a new study. Genetic analysis has revealed that dogs possess more genes that code for production of the starch-digesting enzyme amylase than wolves, which helps dogs digest a more human-like diet. Dogs also produce a longer form of the enzyme maltase that is more characteristic of plant-eating animals. "Dogs are different from wolves and don't need a wolf-like diet," said evolutionary biologist Robert Wayne, commenting on the significance of the findings. Read the entire article: http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2013/01/dog-domestication-tied-to-starch.html?ref=hp
Pet trusts protect animals if they outlive their owners (09/19/2012)
According to the 2012 AVMA pet ownership survey, there are some 164 million cats and dogs in homes across the U.S., and attorneys Elizabeth Carrie and Robert Kass recommend that pet owners plan for the possibility that they may no longer be able to care for their animals. Naming a caregiver, providing detailed pet care instructions and dedicating money specifically to the pet's care are all important parts of the plan, according to Kass and Carrie. Bundling all the essentials into a specific, separate trust is the best way to ensure the plan will be implemented in the manner the owner intends, they said. Fox Business (9/17)
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Oncolytic viral therapy shows promise in treating canine cancer  (09/13/2012)
Myxoma, a pox virus that infects rabbits but not dogs or humans, successfully infected and killed canine cancer cells in culture, according to a recently published study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Oncolytic therapy, as the process is called, has been successful in cats with cancer when combined with traditional treatment. "Ideally, what would happen is the virus would get into a few cancer cells, cause cell death and then spread to the other tumor cells nearby," said veterinarian and pathobiology professor Amy MacNeill. Trials in dogs are a few years away, but it's possible the treatment will one day also benefit humans with cancer RedOrbit (9/11)
Canine distemper outbreak leads to euthanasia of 200 dogs 09/30/2012)
More than 200 dogs were euthanized at the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter after the animals were exposed to canine distemper virus. Wild animals such as raccoons, foxes and coyotes may be serving as a reservoir for the virus, according to veterinarian Danika Harvey. The dogs couldn't be adopted because they would expose other dogs in the community to the virus, Dr. Harvey said.
Note: This was a tragic occurrence for many reasons including the fact that Canine Distemper is preventable by proper vaccination. Call us to update your dog's protection.
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Researchers say pets improve social skills in children with autism (08/03/2012)
U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (8/1) See article:
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/08/01/pets-may-help-kids-with-autism-develop-social-skills
Microchip reunites owner and dog after 8 years  (August 26, 2014)
At only 2 years of age, Fatcat the pure white English bulldog was stolen. Owner LaShena Harris had a sinking feeling she'd never see her beloved dog again. But eight years and many miles later, Fatcat's microchip led to their happy reunion. The dog needs medical attention to treat heartworm infection and dental disease, but thanks to online fundraising, Fatcat's veterinary care should be covered. Read More ...
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Animals use nature to prevent infections; humans may benefit (04/18/2013)
Whether intentionally or as a result of innate behavior, animals regularly use natural compounds to prevent and address health problems, and studying their habits could lead scientists to new drugs to treat human diseases, researchers say. "When we watch animals foraging for food in nature, we now have to ask, are they visiting the grocery store or are they visiting the pharmacy?" said ecology professor Mark Hunter. "We can learn a lot about how to treat parasites and disease by watching other animals." National Public Radio/Shots blog (4/11), ScienceDaily (4/11)M
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Dog Bite Prevention Week starts Sunday
The AVMA's National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which starts Sunday, calls attention to the importance of responsible pet ownership, training and other safety precautions. "Understanding how dogs behave and how to behave around dogs could save countless people from the serious physical and emotional consequences of a dog bite," said AVMA President Dr. Douglas G. Aspros.
For more interesting and useful information about the subject, see the following link from the American Veterinary Medical Association (Click the Widget to the Left for more information).
National Dog Bite Prevention Week 2013, May 19-25

Research explores the ways dogs help people heal  (06/11/2013)
In findings that support what many animal owners already know, Washington State University researchers conclude that spending time with dogs is good for people. So good, in fact, that canine companions can help address mental health disorders among humans. The study looked at teens in residential treatment centers for substance abuse. The participants' mood and attentiveness improved after spending time with dogs, and symptoms of depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder dropped dramatically. Researcher Lindsay Ellsworth said canine companionship may stimulate the release of opioids. Discovery (6/7)

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Lyme Disease and Tick Prevention Month
Study: Cats may not be as aloof as they seem
Despite the common belief that some cats are indifferent to their human caretakers, new research indicates cats are more likely to respond to their owner's voice than a stranger's. However, the response is, in typical cat fashion, subtle: ear or head movement or pupil dilation. The study contributes insights into cats' cognition and shows how their natural tendency to mask their responses to stimuli translates into the home environment. Discovery

http://news.discovery.com/animals/pets/cats-do-not-ignore-humans-130625.htm

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VIDEO: Why does my pet need a blood test?
Even though the thought of your pet being stuck by a needle can be scary, blood work is an important part of diagnosing and treating a sick pet. In AVMA's latest video, Dr. Joyce Ashamalla covers the basics of why blood tests are needed, how they are performed, and what they can help uncover. Watch the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdGsKAHCx6Y&feature=youtu.be


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The following alert was received from the Indiana Board of Animal health on July 18, 2013

PET OWNERS should be advised of the problems that occur after pets have been exposed to blue-green algae. BOAH (Board of Animal Health) has already received one report this spring of a dog dying after swimming in a pond with the aquatic plant, which typically grows in stagnant bodies of water after long periods of hot weather. After pets swim in outdoor ponds or lakes (private or public), owners should bathe them to remove any possible algae that the animal(s) could ingest, causing illness and sudden death.
Smoking also bad for pets' health (08/20/2013)
Exposure to secondhand smoke puts pets' lives at risk much as it threatens children, according to veterinary oncologist Heather Wilson-Robles, who recommends ways smokers can help protect pets. Dr. Wilson-Robles says quitting is the best remedy, but owners can also consider smoking outside, washing their hands and possibly changing clothes after smoking. Animal exposure occurs through inhalation and direct contact, as smoke and tar accumulate on pets' fur. Cats, who regularly groom their coats, are of particular concern because they can ingest the toxins while doing so. MedicalDaily.com
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Video: Puppy socialization
We all appreciate the joy and companionship that a well-behaved dog brings to our lives. What we don't always appreciate is that there are many different factors that can determine whether or not a puppy grows into that wonderful lifelong companion. In this AVMA video, Dr. Christopher Pachel explains the ins and outs of puppy socialization. Watch the video.
ANIMAL CPR (09/15/2013) 
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Puppy lost in Ill. storm recovered 9 days later (12/04/2013)
Six-month-old puppy Dexter was buried in rubble for nine days following a tornado in Illinois last month. He was found by people searching for a cat. Owner Jacob Montgomery said the storm destroyed most of his possessions, but his dog's well-being was his biggest concern. Dexter was malnourished, but a veterinary exam confirmed no more serious effects. Las Vegas Review-Journal/The Associated Press
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DENTAL DISEASE THE HIDDEN THREAT TO YOUR PETS HEALTH (04/15/2014)
 
Your pet may be showing signs of dental disease that you may not be able to see.

Make an appointment for your petís yearly checkup, and letís take a look at those teeth!
 
Click the picture to learn more about Dental disease and what you can do for your pet.
EBOLA AND YOUR PET  (October 30, 2014)
Click the picture to your left for more information about this very important topic.
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Tips for ensuring pets stay safe on flights
The case of Ty, a 6-year-old pit bull who disappeared while in the care of Delta Air Lines, has put pet travel in the spotlight. Last year, there were 21 animal deaths, 15 injuries and six lost animals reported to the federal government by airlines. Owners who intend to let their animals fly should take precautions, including not sedating pets during flights, according to the AVMA, as the drugs may inhibit balance as well as cardiovascular and respiratory function. Click the Picture to read more.

Sex, disease resistance linked to elite aging in study of oldest-living dogs
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CANINE INFLUENZA (DOG FLU) (July 2015)
 

Canine Influenza is a highly contagious infection caused by an influenza A virus. It is spread through respiratory secretions, contaminated objects and people moving between infected & uninfected dogs. The virus can survive for up to 48 hours on surfaces, up to 24 hours on clothing & up to 12 hours on people's hands!

 

Dogs can be shedding the virus before they even show symptoms, which may include coughing, fever, loss of appetite & a snotty nose.

 

Given the recent outbreak in the Mid-West we are now recommending the Canine Influenza vaccine for all "social" dogs(dogs that go where other dogs gather). The current vaccine available is for the H3N8 strain & it is unknown if it will also protect against the other H3N2 strain recently identified. As always, we will provide your pet the most current & effective vaccines available.

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Pets exposed to secondhand smoke in the home are more likely to gain weight and develop cancer than animals in smoke-free homes, according to research by veterinarian Clare Knottenbelt of the University of Glasgow in the UK. Pets, especially cats, are particularly vulnerable to the effects of secondhand smoke because they spend so much time inside, grooming and in close contact with the carpet, where toxins accumulate. Read More ...

Diesel, a 7-year-old Belgian malinois killed during a shootout in a French police raid seeking suspects in the Paris attacks, was awarded the Dickin Medal for gallantry by the UK charity People's Dispensary for Sick Animals. Diesel was sent into an apartment complex following gunfire to gauge whether it was safe for police to enter when he encountered the suspects and died from multiple gunshot wounds. The Dickin Medal has now been awarded to 30 dogs, 32 messenger pigeons, three horses and a cat.   Read More ...

How Peety the dog saved his new human companion  (March 2016)
 

When a naturopathic doctor advised Eric O'Grey to get a shelter dog, he found one that was obese like he was, and the pair started taking 30-minute daily walks together. The dog, Peety, lost 25 pounds; O'Grey lost 140 pounds and was able to stop taking medication for high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. The pair inspired the Mutual Rescue initiative, built on the notion that people who help animals often improve their own lives in the process.   Read More ...

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THE IMPORTANCE OF PUPPY TALK (02-2017)
In proceedings of the Royal Society B. researchers report that puppies respond playfully t high-pitched singsong human speech recordings while older dogs exhibit little response to any type of recorded human speech.  The researchers conclude that "puppy talk" is similar to the way humans talk to babies, and it may serve a similar purpose such as helping puppies learn to understand words.  ScienceMag.org (1/10)

DOG / CAT FOOD RECALL DUE TO POSSIBLE SICKNESS - DEATH (Feb 2017)
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Elderly Pets and Your Veterinarian (March 27, 2017)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERZq_QZ_kX0&feature=youtu.be

 

 Hot Cars and Loose Pets   (June 18, 2017)
Brutus, Duke, Coco, Lola and Jake...sure, they're fairly common pet names, but they're also the names of just a few of the pets that died last year because they were left in cars on warm (and not necessarily hot) days while their owners were shopping, visiting friends or family, or running errands. What's so tragic is that these beloved pets were simply the victims of bad judgment..   Read More:  https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Hot-Cars-and-Loose-Pets.aspx?utm_source=smartbrief&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=smartbrief-article