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  • Poor Temperament in Beef Cows Affects Profit Open link in new window
    In every beef herd there seems to be a few cows that are just ill-tempered and wild. The owners say “Doc, she is crazy, but she always raises a good calf.”   There have been several studies looking at the temperament of cows and profitability.
  • Treating Equine Stomach Ulcers with Omeprazole Open link in new window
     A large number of performance horses suffer from gastric or stomach ulcers. A recent study reveals a method to make treatment more successful and potentially less expensive. 
  • Medications for Degenerative Arthritis in Dogs and Cats Open link in new window
    Arthritis pain causes discomfort and loss of mobility in aged pets, and there are numerous remedies on the market. Which ones can be combined? Which are proven reliable and which may only work in some individuals?
  • Teaching Chin Rest to Dogs Open link in new window
    Teaching voluntary behaviors such as a chin rest can be useful when you want your dog to hold still and show you they are comfortable. A chin rest shows that your dog is willing to be an active participant in their care.
  • Insulin Alternatives Open link in new window
    When the body is not able to produce insulin at all, there is no choice but to give insulin injections. Sometimes, however, the body can produce some insulin, just not enough. In this situation, there may be some room for alternative therapy. Read on.
  • Cisapride (Propulsid) Open link in new window
    One of the stomach's most important functions is to grind the food we eat into a fine slurry that will pass through the intestines freely. A strong rhythm of contraction is necessary to effect this and this rhythm creates the stomach's motility. Cisapride is thus an excellent alternative to those patients who have unacceptable side effects with metoclopramide.
  • Euthanasia of Companion Animals Open link in new window
    The decision to euthanize a pet should be one that you always look back upon and know that the best decision was made and that you would make the same decision again in the same situation. So how do you know if it is time?
  • Avoiding the Post-Weaning Slump in Dairy Calves Open link in new window
     Although getting dairy calves to weaning time is not easy, the job is not quite done since many calves will also have problems after weaning. There are several recommendations to decrease stress in these calves, including only making one change at a time. 
  • Dexamethasone (Azium, Voren) Open link in new window
    Dexamethasone is a member of the glucocorticoid class of hormones. This means they are steroids but, unlike the anabolic steroids that we hear about in sports, these are catabolic steroids. Instead of building the body up, they are designed to break down stored resources (fats, sugars and proteins) so that they may be used as fuels in times of stress.
  • Azathioprine (Imuran) Open link in new window
    Immune mediated diseases are conditions where the immune system becomes inappropriately active and damages the body. Azathioprine is a common medication used in the treatment of immune mediated disease. It is a drug to respect and use wisely.

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