Category: Animal Health & Welfare

What You Can Do To Make Your Veterinarian’s Job Easier

Waiting For Veternarian

My veterinary practice is purely mobile at this point. I travel to peoples’ homes and farms to see their animals. This can go very smoothly, or it can be an exercise in frustration depending on what is going on. Some people call me for an appointment and are prepared for my arrival. Others think they…

How To Give Animal Injections

Injection Site For Pigs

As a veterinarian, I’m always giving animals injections for one reason or another. I give vaccines, I give antibiotics, I give pain medications and other drugs. Often when I’m treating an animal, I give owners instructions on how to administer the medication themselves so that they can continue the treatment. Many of my clients already…

Common Veterinary Abbreviations, Words and What They Mean

Filling A Syringe To Give Animal Injection

With every profession there seems to be a secret language or code spoken for the purpose of confusing everyone else. Veterinary medicine is no different with our alphabet soup of acronyms and abbreviations that we use as short hand. Usually I remember to ask my clients if they understand what I mean when I give…

Supplies To Keep Hand For An Animal Health Emergency

Supplies

Animals rarely pick a convenient time to have an emergency. So when one comes up, it is good idea to be prepared and to have some basic supplies on hand and to keep a few things in mind. For starters ask yourself, is this animal a pet? Or it this an animal that will be…

Keeping Animals Warm in Cold Temperatures

Cold Temperatures

Winter can be a slog through cold mud that won’t freeze or a frozen tundra to slip on. Be it cold rain or a blizzard, farmers can’t take a bad weather day off from going out and taking care of their animals. And when we’re done with chores, we can come back inside to the…

Retained Placenta in Sheep & Goats – Treatment & Considerations

Shedding A Placenta

Normally after lambing or kidding, a ewe or nanny will expel the afterbirth or placenta within an hour or two. But sometimes the placenta can be stubborn about being released during the cleansing phase of lambing or kidding. In sheep and goats a placenta that does not evacuate the uterus after about 12 hours or…

Care And Management Of Hypothermic Lambs & Kid Goats

A Mildly Hypothermic Lamb

Gosh it’s cold outside! Hypothermic lambs and kid goats can become a real problem in this kind of weather. Throughout much of North America, the record cold is interfering with the health and well-being of many early season neonatal lambs and goat kids. Lambs and goat kids can take quite a bit of cold as…

Raw Pumpkin Seeds As A Dewormer For Livestock

Connecticut Field Pumpkins

This year sure has been a good year for pumpkins! We’ve harvested all the pumpkins from the garden and have set them on the front porch to cure. Last week I made a fresh pumpkin pie, and sometime this week, I plan to either freeze or can some of the extra pumpkins that I don’t…

Bottle Jaw – What You Need To Know

A Bottle jaw

Bottle jaw is the vernacular term given to pendulous lower jaw swelling in sheep, cattle and goats. The swelling is a soft tissue edema cause by anemia. It is characteristic in animals that are carrying a heavy load of blood sucking internal parasites – better known as worms. Most often in sheep and gaots, the…