Calving season is an exciting time of year, with baby calves starting to sprinkle the ground of many cattle farms. Thankfully, most calves are born uneventfully. Occasionally, however, some cows require assistance for issues such as an incorrectly positioned calf, or if the calf is too large to fit through the birthing canal. Knowing when to intervene is essential in helping minimize calf losses this spring. Don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian for advice, and remember that emergency services are always available for those after- hours difficulties as well! For more information, check out Dr. Corinna Goodine's AHN column on when to call your vet during calving season!
Despite the love and care families provide, pets often require critical care due to accidents and illness. Pet insurance can be an effective solution to minimize the stress of caring for a pet during a crisis. Insurance plans can be customized to your family’s needs and range from emergency care to more comprehensive preventative care. Search "pet insurance" in our Animal Health Database below for more information and ask us for assistance.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Anthrax livestock producer meeting on October 30th. For any who were unable to attend, Energetic City has posted a link to their livestream of the seminar here.
Anthrax bacteria are normally present in the soil. While the recent diagnosis of anthrax in our area is the first documented in BC, effective strategies have been developed to deal with outbreaks in other areas. Anthrax in livestock in Saskatchewan and Alberta has occurred sporadically and good control measures are available including vaccine for at risk animals. Contact, risk assessment and education are ongoing for our affected livestock producers. Be reassured that natural anthrax is not a risk for the general public. The likelihood of disease in exposed individuals (those in direct contact) is low and if it occurs it is commonly a characteristic skin lesion that responds well to antibiotics.
For more information, check out Dr. Sydney Routley’s column in the Alaska Highway News here.
What to do when your once young, bright, bouncy pet isn't bouncy anymore? As responsible pet caregivers we need to decide when our pets need help. Changes are often slow and can easily be missed but are significant over time. Quality of life assessments coupled with veterinary expertise are tools that can help you make difficult decisions regarding your pet’s comfort. To learn more about this tool, call us at 250-785-4578.
To print out your own Quality of Life Assessments, right-click on the below image and select "Save Image As", then print from your saved location.