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Archive for March 2014

VMSG Implements Environmental Protection Measures

Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group, Inc.

The Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group (VMSG), provides world class medical, surgical and critical care for pets in Ventura, California. Besides taking wonderful care of animals, Leah Basinais, Chief Operations Officer, has empowered VMSG to implement sustainable measures that help protect the environment. After a meeting with Environmental Specialist, Courtney Lindberg, VMSG realized they could…

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Veterinary Collaboration 03-2014


When it comes to the management of a veterinary center, generally a large corporation owns a facility and has a lot of influence over the inner-workings due to their financial backing. The Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center (PVSEC) works under a unique model in which the five founding partners maintain their independence and manage…

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Parvo New Test


A revolutionary diagnostic test has been developed by researchers at Kansas State University to recognize a new strain of the Canine Parvovirus. Parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that attacks white blood cells and causes damage to the intestines. It can be fatal to puppies with compromised immune systems, or those still awaiting vaccination.

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Laminitis is an excruciating disease of the foot in hoofed animals, occurring mostly in horses and cattle, characterized by pain, swelling, and eventually the inability to walk. This affliction is caused by the weakening of the laminae, the sensitive tissue surrounding and supporting the bones of the hoof. Once this tissue becomes weakened and inflamed,…

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Dogs Bite


Dog Bites Happen. To act as if every incident is avoidable is naïve; however, a good percentage could certainly be prevented. We must learn to first stop the provoking behavior, and second, recognize signs that the dog has reached his limit.

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Dog Dust Breeds Helpful Gut Bacteria


A new study funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) reveals risks of asthma and allergies are greatly reduced if an infant child lives in a home with a dog present. The scientists concluded that the gastrointestinal microbiome in mice (the bacteria present in the gut of the mouse) is restructured…

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Reconstructive Surgery for Pets


In December 2011, a shepherd mix named Kabang threw himself in front of a motorcycle which was about to hit his owner’s 9 year old daughter and her 3 year old cousin. While the driver and girls had only minor injuries, Kabang was caught in the front wheel of the motorcycle, which crushed her nose…

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New Study Shows Dogs Recognize Faces


Dogs are known as man’s best friend, and as a dog owner, you are likely used to your dog greeting you excitedly when you get home. Perhaps you have even wondered if your dog is recognizing you by sight or smell. Up until recently, scientists believed that the specific brain mechanisms needed to recognize faces…

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Interactions between Children and Dogs


Sadly, it’s a story often told. A cherished family dog bites a child seemingly out of the blue, and the owners feel the only appropriate thing to do is to put their suddenly aggressive pet to sleep. This does not need to happen to your family. While the actions of both children and dogs can…

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Dogs and Cats Can Be Friends


In October 2013, Animal Services personnel in Seminole Valley, Florida discovered a 2 year old Dachshund standing guard over a 7 month old paraplegic cat on the side of the road. When the animals were brought in for treatment, the veterinary staff named them Idgie and Ruth, respectively, after the film Fried Green Tomatoes. The…

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