A Veterinary Perspective Myths and Marketing Ploys In The Food Animal And Agricultural I

This blog may be preaching to the choir but have you ever heard people say they buy meat “raised without antibiotics” because they don’t want to eat meat with chemicals in it? Well as many of you know, that marketing tagline has several implications that susceptible consumers may not realize. According to the USDA, the title “no antibiotics added” requires the producer to display proof that the animal was raised without antibiotics administered at any point in their life. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is 110 years old. That is 110 years of an agency solely dedicated to food safety and oversight of drug labeling and use. The FDA has a list of drugs (mostly antibiotics) that are absol

"A Breathtaking Topic"

“What are you seeing lots of Doc?’ This is a pretty common question, so I figured might as well blog about a current issue. The answer for today is PNEUMONIA. Cause: Pneumonia is a multifactorial disease Infectious Agents There are many viral, bacterial and even some fungal causes Some infectious agents are contracted while others can be normal inhabitants of the respiratory tract that have overpopulated. Environmental Conditions Low temperatures, high humidity, poor ventilation (if housed) Extreme or sudden weather changes Overcrowding Symptoms: Dull or depressed Decreased appetite Fever Eye or nasal discharge Coughing Drooped ears Increased respiratory rate Treatment: Many cases of pneumo

A Happy New Year (and Blog warnings for the New Year)

If you are reading this blog you are probably an owner of animals. Predominately farm animals. Animals that require husbandry, animals that get bred, animals that give birth. Animals that need raising, on the teat or the bottle. You have probably at least once brought a newly-born into your kitchen – and popped it in the bottom oven of the Aga to warm it up if you have been watching too many episodes of Downton Abbey. Some of you may even have taken that newly-born into your bed, although, to be fair, I have only ever known one person who did that. But the point is, you know that a new-born must be kept warm. Depending on your species of choice, this New Year will either ease into it (a S

As Gracie's World Turns....

Gracie is an adult Jersey cow who provides house milk to a family in Louisa county. Recently Gracie gave birth to a little heifer calf! Before she calved Gracie escaped from her pen and got down by the woods. When a cow as big as Gracie gets down....its high drama! Her owners sat her up, delivered her baby, gave her calcium under her skin, and sat with her until the sun came up. Dr. Melinda came to see Gracie and gave her some anti-inflammatories, and lots and lots of Calcium. Jersey cows are very prone to a condition called hypocalcemia (low calcium in the blood). Hypocalcemia is called "milk fever." This usually happens right around the time of calving because the cow has ma


OK, so first a brief explanation about this blog in general. Most often the blogs are written by a 4th year vet student who has spent time with us. As such, those pieces are meticulously researched, peer reviewed, and are of sound veterinary value – for example, all those pictures of trees, and ticks. See Aug and July blogs. However, sometimes this blog is written by me. And this month’s blog is about the Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler in aid of Breast Cancer Research… You see, if you have not been following our FB page, you will not know that we ran it. But we did. The whole lot of us - minus new member of the team Debbie, who slipped in after the entry date, and who texted back in


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