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  1. Man’s best friend in War and Peace

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    March 15, 2012 by Linda Ford

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    I’m borrowing this information from a piece by Maria Goodavage in the Feb. 25 Wall Street Journal. Horses and dogs have long been used in battle with soldiers. It is reported that during the Vietnam War, the military sent recruiters to bases to buy dogs from neighboring communities. In all, about 3,800 dogs served in Vietnam. When they returned to the U.S., many of them went to Fort Chaffee near Fort Smith. And although they were de-ticked before returning, many of these dogs were carrying a tick-borne disease called Ehrlichia. I just found out the other day that the Ehrlichia we have in our area is called Ehrlichia chaffeensie in honor of Fort Chaffee. Of all the dogs I test in my clinic, 80 percent of dogs over six years of age are positive for this disease. And I’m now finding it in larger percentages in much younger dogs as well. Dogs have been used in battle for attack, protection and as sentries. Many have served as trackers, messengers, sled dogs and deliverers of first aid and medicine. They are often a comfort to the wounded and stressed soldiers. There was a pit bull dog in WW1 known as Sgt. Stubby who …

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  2. What They Ate in 2011

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    February 24, 2012 by Linda Ford

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    Last year about this time I wrote an article about all the non food type items found in dog and cat GI tracts. Every year Veterinary Practice News holds a contest called “ They Ate What?” In Vet Medicine we refer to it as dietary indiscretion. Here is a sampling of what they ate in 2011. A dog came in to a clinic with the signs of lameness. On radiographic image they found nine handballs in the dog’s stomach. Another dog’s radio-graphs showed a hodgepodge of stuff and the surgeon re- moved shoelaces, mulch, a knee high stocking, a plastic plant, plastic twist ties, and the bristles of a car snow cleaning brush. A six month old bulldog ate a metal slip collar and became ill and was taken to the vet. At surgery the doctor found 2 slip collars. Ten baby bottle nipples were found in the stomach of a four month old golden retriever puppy. One dog owner was feeding his dog pea- nut butter from a spoon and the dog grabbed spoon and all and swallowed it. Upon surgical removal they also discovered a piece of a collar and a toy. One dog was taken to the …

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  3. The Biggest Loser (AKA New Year’s Resolutions)

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    January 20, 2012 by Linda Ford

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    Personally I can’t stand to watch that re- ality show, but one of my daughters just is addicted to it. I still like Survivor though. I haven’t seen anybody get fat on that show! January is the month for resolutions and a large number of large people choose this month to get started losing. Did you know that the CDC says that 33 percent of Americans are obese? And guess what? The American Veterinary Medical Association puts pet obesity at the same percentage. The correlation cannot be a coincidence. And both of these figures are on the rise. Obese people and pets are subject to the same diseases associated with obesity as well. After all we have the same organs — stomach, liver, kidneys, joints. However, pets do not have opposable thumbs. That means they can’t open the refrigerator door. When dogs are obese, they are prone to contracting diabetes, heart disease, respiratory issues, urinary tract issues and arthritis often in the form of hip dysplasia. Obese cats can develop a very serious and life threatening disease called hepatic lipidosis or “fatty liver.” Here is your three-step program for Fido to become the biggest loser on your block: 1. First, …

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  4. Happy New Year, 2012!

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    January 8, 2012 by wcobserver

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    Can you believe it’s the year 2012? I can’t. I’m still stuck on the year 1999! Anyway, here we are the end of the world or so they thought in 1999. Here’s hoping the year 2012 is the best ever for you, your family and your pets. Here are a few reminders to help start off the year healthy and happy for your pets. If you received a puppy or kitten for Christmas this is the perfect time to begin their health care program. Puppies and kittens are born with worms and they can be transmitted to children.

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