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  1. Pet food recalls


    May 27, 2012 by Linda Ford

    There have been a number of new pet food recalls in the last couple of months. The newest being that of the Diamond pet food company. The recalls so far are from their plant in South Carolina. The offending ingredient this time is the GI pathogen known as Salmonella. This bacteria is one that can be transmitted from pets to people. It causes vomiting and diarrhea. Some cases are severe enough to cause dehydration which can lead to kidney failure. The liver can also be affected. It can be deadly to the very young and the very old or debilitated. If a person comes in contact with the vomitus or fecal matter or even handles the pet food, he can become infected. Diamond makes puppy and dog food. They also make Taste of the Wild but I have been assured that the food carried at Halbert’s and here at our clinic are not on the recall list and were made at another plant.


  2. Tick Season


    March 26, 2012 by Linda Ford

    In case you haven’t noticed, the ticks are out again. I noticed the first wave about a month ago when my horses started swishing their tails. Sure enough, when I checked under the tails ticks were already attached and feeding. I got out my doggy Frontline and wiped a small amount on each horse. That took care of the first wave. Almost every dog we get in the clinic now, if it’s not on a preventive, is covered in small ticks. There are number of diseases that dogs, cats, horses, cows and people can get from tick bites. The worst one for dogs is Eh- rlichiosis. We just had a dog in the hospital that was drowning in his own blood that had leaked into his chest. We removed 1.5 liters of blood from his thoracic cavity and he was finally able to breathe again after many sleepless nights of sitting up—the owners, too. Ehrlichiosis destroys the plate- lets in the blood. Platelets cause the blood to clot to prevent bleeding out after a trauma or cut. I’ve seen many dogs die suddenly and blood come gushing from the nostrils. Young dogs aren’t nearly as susceptible to bleeding out as …


  3. When is it Time to Say Goodbye?


    October 22, 2011 by Linda Ford

    Veterinarians are frequently asked about the appropriate time to euthanize their beloved aging pets. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if a pet is suffering or in pain since they can’t speak. However, they can speak to you with signs and mannerisms. Unfortunately, our pets do not live as long as we do; time seems to fly by and suddenly your pet is old.