February 2016

February 21, 2016 - 8:14pm

By Dr. Amy Plankenhorn

Feline leukemia virus (FELV) was recognized as a serious infectious disease of cats in the late 1960s, and by the 1970s blood testing for the disease was widely available. Until fairly recently, FELV-related tumors were the most common cancers in cats. Fortunately, the development of safe and effective vaccines for FELV has reduced the frequency and risk for the disease in our domestic cat population. The bad news is that there are plenty of unvaccinated outdoor cats who are still spreading and carrying this incurable disease.

February 17, 2016 - 7:30pm

It is important to be very careful about buying rawhide chews because some are toxic to pets. The safest policy is to buy rawhide chews that are made in the US from hides originating in the US, but you must be very careful in your selection in order to know where they actually come from. Very few companies make them from the hides of cattle that lived in the United States.

February 16, 2016 - 8:40pm

By Dr. Dave Thompson

Dr. Betsy Thompson, Dr. Jim Earley and I recently attended the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) in Orlando, FL, which is a learning experience for veterinarians that has no equal. The NAVC has occurred each year in January since 1984, and Betsy and I have attended almost every year. We were delighted to have Jim with us this year. The purpose of this article is to give you a little insight into this exciting learning opportunity that also gives us the chance to examine and learn about the latest equipment.

February 16, 2016 - 7:04pm

It's about that time of year again when the “big time change” happens. Daylight Savings Time is usually accompanied with a cheer or a groan. No matter if you look forward to more sunlight in the morning or being able to enjoy the natural light a little longer after work, adjusting your clocks means a change to your daily routine. It not only affects people but it can cause stress and confusion in pets too.  

February 16, 2016 - 6:54pm

Our own Dr. Jim Earley and his wife, Georgia, are happy to announce an addition to their family-and not a four-legged one. Obie is a border collie from West Virginia who suffered severe damage to his right rear leg when he got caught in a leg-hold trap. The leg was so badly damaged and infected that it required amputation. Poor Obie suffered terribly before he was found, but he is now all set for a wonderful life as the beloved three-legged member of the Earley family.