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We Just Can’t Put The Canine Distemper Virus To Bed In Mississippi

For years now, we have had pockets of canine distemper outbreaks in dogs, raccoons and foxes in our region.  These outbreaks at first scare our local residents, because these disoriented animals are at first rabies suspects.  What people are observing … Continue reading

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Red Hot Information On Heartworms – The Votes Are In!

Every three years, the American Heartworm Society puts out its heartworm incidence map, which reveals much in the way of where heartworm disease is being diagnosed in America.  Over 4500 veterinary clinics and shelters submitted data to this project, and … Continue reading

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Our Own Bienville AMC Veterinarian Elected To American Heartworm Society Board

Dr. Chris Duke of Bienville Animal Medical Center in Ocean Springs, MS was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American Heartworm Society.  The board is composed of representatives from academia, industry and veterinary practice.  Dr. Duke was … Continue reading

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Is There A Correlation Between Gulf Hurricanes And Heartworm Cases In Dogs?

At first glance, I know that you’re wondering….say what?  I thought that the problem with heartworm disease was that a larval-carrying mosquito bit a vulnerable dog (not on a preventive), and that was the way the process started.  What does … Continue reading

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Kidneys – Most Vital Organs

Often times in veterinary practice, pet owners ask me about the most common reasons that we lose pets.   Certainly, being hit by an automobile takes the lives of many pets.  So also are attacks by other animals (and occasionally man).  … Continue reading

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So What Do You Do With Your Pets If A Hurricane Comes Our Way?

As I compose this column, there have already been seven named storms (one is still active), and several “invests” that our local weather personalities have pointed out to us as potential threats.   This is not unusual for late August and … Continue reading

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A News Flash: Labs Eat a Lot (But There’s Scientific Evidence Why!)

Labrador retrievers.  They are playful, active and energetic dogs for sure.  If their owners claim that they beg for food a lot, well, they must be quite astute.  Researchers in the U.K. and England have linked a gene alteration specific … Continue reading

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An 83 Year-Old Man Looks To Graduate Veterinary Technician School…And That’s Not All!

Occasionally a human-interest story from within your profession grabs your attention.  In this case, reading about this special man touched not only my mind, but my heart.  I thought I’d share this story with local readers, because it is special … Continue reading

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Corticosteroids In Veterinary Practice? Think “CIA”

It really depends on who you talk to.  The use of corticosteroids in veterinary medicine can be a blessing or a curse.  A wise old veterinarian once shared with me that “although antibiotics may be the heart of your practice, … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk Turtles…….

I don’t know about you, but for the past month and a half, turtles have been just about everywhere around here.  My dogs can’t take a walk without sniffing them out and yes, even putting one in their mouths when … Continue reading

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