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Veterinary Viewpoints: Giving and Receiving Veterinary Medical Advice via Social Media

Animal owners often turn to social media for answers to all types of questions including medical advice for their pets and livestock. Online information is abundant but not always accurate, and it may be difficult for some owners to differentiate the good from the bad. Most animal owners are also willing to share their experiences and help others via social media, but depending on the advice given, they may be in violation of the law.
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Veterinary Viewpoints: Summer travel with your pet

Thu, Jun 17, 2021

Summer is here, and with it often comes travel. If you plan to take your furry friend with you, there are a few things to consider before you head out on the highway or purchase that plane ticket.

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Calming the anxious pup with music

Mon, May 17, 2021

Dr. Katrina Meinkoth, an Oklahoma State University veterinarian, wanted to know more about the effect of music — and specifically its effect on dogs.

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Veterinary Viewpoints: Rabies continues to be a threat to pets and livestock

Fri, Apr 30, 2021

While all mammals are capable of being infected with rabies, it’s rare in very small mammals, like rats and squirrels. Raccoons, foxes, skunks and other wild animals are often the source of infection for livestock and other domestic animals. Dogs and cats often get it from fighting with wildlife, while horses, cattle and other livestock are likely to be bitten on the muzzle, udder or feet when encountering wildlife.

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Best Gift for Pets

Mon, Dec 07, 2020

This holiday season, give your pet the best gift — a collar with identification tags and a microchip.

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When Your Pet Needs Anesthesia

Mon, Jul 06, 2020

Tens of thousands of pets undergo general anesthesia every year in the United States. It may be scary to think of your pet under anesthesia, but it’s generally very safe: Recent studies show only 0.17 percent of dogs and 0.24 percent of cats die as a consequence of anesthesia.

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Bubbles – Knocking on Death’s Door

Wed, Jun 17, 2020

It’s 1 a.m. on Tuesday, June 2, when Marion Campeau of Fairfax, Oklahoma, pulled up to the emergency entrance of the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Hospital. Bubbles, her 12-week old Pekinese, had literally taken her last puppy breath. Bubbles was in cardiopulmonary arrest.

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Pete’s Pet Posse reinvents itself with virtual therapy

Wed, Apr 22, 2020

America’s dogs have grabbed the spotlight in a world turned upside down by COVID-19. They are becoming digital stars on social media and video conferencing applications such as Zoom, where canine voices and faces are becoming part of a new normal.

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The Use of CBD in Dogs and Cats

Wed, Feb 12, 2020

Over-the-counter hemp CBD products are marketed as all-natural treatments for a plethora of ailments in both humans and pets. Many pet owners look to hemp CBD as an alternative treatment for medical disorders such as anxiety, pain and seizures.

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Clearing up canine cataracts

Mon, Feb 03, 2020

Cataracts are a leading cause of blindness in people around the world and the most common cause of vision impairment in people over age 55. Similar to people, as dogs age, their eyes may start to look cloudier. While many similarities between the human eye and the canine eye exist, there are many differences, including the most common cause of cataracts in dogs.

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