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Have You Registered for a MyVetStoreOnline Account Yet?

January 1, 2017

Between work, family responsibilities, and caring for your home, you have precious little time to add another errand to the list. However, you can’t very well let your cat run out of specialty food or your dog go without needed medication. When you shop with MyVetStoreOnline through Springhill Animal Clinic, you don’t have to take time out of your already busy schedule to get your pet the things he or she needs. You can set up an account in less than a minute and then order from one or several of the following product categories: 

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FIV - Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

December 29, 2016

Feline immunodeficiency virus, or FIV, is a chronic illness that severely weakens a cat's immune system. It is typically spread between cats by deep bites or, rarely, from a mother cat to her kittens.

Cats infected with the disease may not show symptoms for years or may have periods of sickness alternating with periods of health. All cats should be tested for FIV by blood testing before being introduced to other cats. If you suspect your cat may have been infected, make an appointment right away for an examination.

Signs to watch for include:

- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Fever
- Anemia
- Weight loss
- Disheveled coat
- Loss of appetite
- Diarrhea
- Inflammation of eyes, gums or mouth
- Dental disease
- Hair loss
- Wounds 
- Sneezing
- Frequent urination
- Changes to behavior

The best way to prevent the disease is to keep your cat indoors. Vaccines are available but are not the best option for every pet. The disease is exclusive to cats and can't be spread to humans or other animals. Outdoor male cats who are prone to fighting are at greatest risk of contracting the disease.

FIV can lead to secondary infections and increases the chances of diseases such as cancer, blood diseases and kidney failure. There is no treatment or cure for FIV, but treatment of secondary illness is possible to help keep your kitty as comfortable as possible. These measures may include a healthy diet free of raw foods, fluid and electrolyte replacement, anti-inflammatory drugs, immune-enhancing drugs and parasite control. An FIV-infected pet also should be kept indoors to avoid stress and prevent spreading the disease to other cats.

Contact our office to discuss measures for preventing or managing the disease. If you suspect your cat may have been infected, schedule an appointment right away!

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Pregnancy in Horses

December 28, 2016

Up to 15 percent of broodmares who checked safe in early pregnancy abort by late fall. Have broodmares checked by ultrasound or palpation in early winter to catch any potential problems early enough to treat or make plans to rebreed the mare during the next breeding season if necessary.

Pregnancy checks also provide an opportunity to review vaccine and parasite treatment schedules and test for ailments such as equine infectious anemia (EIA). Broodmares should receive deworming treatment every 60 days throughout their pregnancy. Vaccination requirements include tetanus, eastern and western sleeping sickness and West Nile virus.

We can help guide you through proper nutrition and lighting programs that can hasten gestation. Feed your broodmares normally until the last one-third of pregnancy, when the fetus will require more energy for development. Increasing feed too early can cause excessive weight gain and problems in pregnancy. A 1,100-pound mare should gain about 100 to 130 pounds during the course of her pregnancy. 

Fescue is commonly infested with endophyte fungus, which causes prolonged gestation, lack of milk production and foaling problems. To guard against these concerns, remove your broodmares from pasture 60 to 90 days prior to foaling or consider daily doses of domperidone.

Take time in early winter to check that you have the supplies and equipment for foaling and an emergency plan in place in case complications arise.

Causes of abortion in broodmares include twinning, umbilical cord abnormalities, mare reproductive loss syndrome, fescue grass toxicosis, equine herpes virus (EHV), equine viral arteritis (EVA), bacterial abortion and equine mycotic placentitis.

Watch for warning signs of problems that may require veterinary intervention. Check your mare's mammary glands daily for premature development beginning at about eight months of gestation. Premature development and discharge could indicate a problem with the pregnancy. Also during this time check your broodmare's vulva for discharge, which can indicate an infected placenta.

Problems during foaling that require emergency veterinary attention include uterine rupture, uterine prolapse, perineal lacerations and retained placenta.

Partner with us for a successful breeding season!

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Ringworm in Cattle

December 27, 2016

Ringworm is a common concern in cattle during the winter, especially among those that are confined.

The skin disease most often caused by

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Seasonal Safety

December 19, 2016

The fun and festivities of the holidays can turn stressful and dangerous for your pet. But with a little care and attention, you can keep your pet safe this holiday season.

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