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The SDMA Kidney Test: The Canary in the Coal Mine

By admin / December 14, 2017

Most pet owners would probably not get much out of their veterinarian talking about symmetric dimethylarginine .  Abbreviated SDMA, this is a newer test for use in dogs and cats, operating on the presence of a biomarker that shows up earlier than traditional blood tests (BUN-blood urea nitrogen and creatinine) when kidneys either age or…

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

By admin / May 22, 2017

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 is what veterinarians refer to as the “neurological” stage of the disease progression, when distemper…

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Red Hot Information On Heartworms – The Votes Are In!

By admin / May 4, 2017

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 at the end of 2016, there were some eye-opening conclusions regarding both the incidence and…

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Our Own Bienville AMC Veterinarian Elected To American Heartworm Society Board

By admin / October 11, 2016

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 elected to a three-year term on the board as an at-large member at the American…

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

By admin / September 22, 2016

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 wind and water have to do with this?  Aside from maybe a bit of heat…

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Kidneys – Most Vital Organs

By admin / September 14, 2016

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).  Yet, I often surprise pet owners when asked about the most common natural causes of…

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

By admin / August 29, 2016

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 early September on the Coast, as there is a spike in potential tropical storm and…

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

By admin / August 9, 2016

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 to these dogs that proves that they possess food-motivated behavior.  The variation occurs frequently in…

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

By admin / August 3, 2016

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 on many levels: This month in Suffolk County New York, Leonard Marino will be graduating…

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Corticosteroids In Veterinary Practice? Think “CIA”

By admin / July 26, 2016

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, steroids are its soul”.  But we also must heed the lyrics of Barry White when…

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