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
“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 ventila
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 yo
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 lo
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…