Tag Archive for animal health

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

Penned Up Pony

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…

Common Veterinary Abbreviations, Words and What They Mean

Weanling Piglets

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…

Retained Placenta in Sheep & Goats – Treatment & Considerations

Border Cheviot Ewe With Lambs

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…

From Bottle To Bucket Then Back To Bottle Again

Mistletoe One Month

Mistletoe is a purebred Kerry heifer calf. She was born 2 days before Christmas and was orphaned at birth. Her mother was one of my older Kerry cows and died from a prolapsed uterus just a few hours after she was born. Like most Kerry calves, Mistletoe is very healthy and very vocal. I’ve noticed…

Feather Loss – Molting & Treading Marks in Chickens

Buff Orpington Hens

About once a year chickens go through a molt. Molting is the time that a chicken will shed their old feathers and grow new ones. It is a completely natural occurrence and takes anywhere from 5 – 12 weeks to complete. Molting usually follows a period of heavy egg production and hens will not lay…