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…

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus

Weanling Piglets

I’m confounded and I’ll tell you why. Because there is an epidemic of death and contagion sweeping across the farms of this country that is barely getting a mention in the mainstream media. If you ask me it should be front page news. And I’ll wager that unless you live in farming community or you…

Mobile Veterinary Clinic

Portable Vet Clinic

A Porta-Vet or Bowie mobile clinic on the back of a pickup truck is a familiar sight in rural America. A country veterinarian carries most everything they will need for a routine farm call or for an emergency. Including hot water. The local veterinarian always has time for questions and often stays for a short…

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…

Feeding Kitchen Scraps & Garden Waste

Pigs Eating Roma Tomatoes

Throughout most of the year our ordinary food scraps and kitchen waste will end up in one of two compost piles we keep near the garden. But during the summer months when we raise pigs the situation changes. During those months all the kitchen scraps and garden waste are fed to pigs instead of being…