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Dr. Jeb Cade, an assistant clinical professor at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, is part of a team researching more efficient and cost-effective ways of treating a common condition in Mississippi dogs. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
May 4, 2016 - Filed Under: Pets

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine invites dog owners to enroll their pets in a new study.

In cooperation with local veterinarians, this research initiative is designed to develop practical and cost-effective methods of managing chronic diarrhea, a common condition in dogs.

Chronic diarrhea can be difficult for pet owners to manage, and community veterinarians often have to refer dogs to specialty centers, such as the MSU veterinary college, for care if commonly used treatments do not work.

January 5, 2016 - Filed Under: Pets

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has awarded the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine a grant to support the college’s Mobile Veterinary Clinics.

The $20,000 grant will help offset some of the expenses incurred as the Mobile Veterinary Clinics travel to 20 north Mississippi animal shelters, where students spay and neuter homeless animals. The program is funded solely by grants and donations.

Shelters for pets, such as this cat box, provide a dry place to eat and a warm bed to escape cold weather. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)
December 16, 2015 - Filed Under: Pets

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The holiday season can be just as much fun for pets as it is for their owners if they are treated with love and care.

Dr. Joey Burt, associate clinical professor and hospital director at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, said pets should be treated as small children and not be kept outside in extreme weather.

Pets left inside vehicles, especially on hot summer days, can suffer heat exhaustion and heatstroke. (Staged photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
June 23, 2015 - Filed Under: Community, Family, Pets

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Summers are no laughing matter here in Mississippi, especially for those wearing fur coats.

Dr. Brittany Thames, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences with the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, said dogs and cats are vulnerable to heat, but dogs are more prone to overheating, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

Siba, a 2-year-old lab mix, suffered cuts and abrasions when he was hit by a car in his own driveway. He was photographed in recovery May 6, 2015, in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)
June 9, 2015 - Filed Under: Community, Family, Pets

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Many drivers have experienced the flash of fur and squeal of brakes that ends with an injured dog, but for Starkville pet owner Cindy Callahan, there was just a squeak when Siba was hit in the driveway.

“It happened when we were backing out of the driveway,” Callahan said. “Siba loves tennis balls, and we think he must have dropped his ball and it rolled under the car. He must have tried to get it as we were backing out."

Dr. Sharon Fooshee Grace, a clinical professor in Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, has a passion to protect the vulnerable. She works with a domestic violence shelter to provide care for victims' pets, many of which may also need protection and medical care. (Photo by MSU Public Affairs/Megan Bean)
June 8, 2015 - Filed Under: Community, Family, Pets

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The American Kennel Club Humane Fund has awarded the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine with a grant to support the college’s Safe Haven for Pets program.

The grant will cover some of the program’s expenses in providing care to the pets of women escaping domestic violence. Dr. Sharon Fooshee Grace, the MSU-CVM clinical professor who applied for the competitive grant, administers Safe Haven for Pets along with MSU-CVM assistant clinical professor Dr. Christine Bryan.

Dogs love to taste and chew on many things, so owners should take extra precautions to protect their pets from poisons, a leading cause of emergency trips to veterinary clinics each year. (File photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
March 12, 2015 - Filed Under: Pets

FLOWOOD, Miss. -- March is National Poison Prevention Month, and March 15-21 is National Animal Poison Prevention Week.

The Animal Emergency and Referral Center, an affiliate service of the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, is reminding pet owners to take extra precautions to protect their pets.

Most owners take precautions to keep their pets safe. Leashes, fences, microchips and vaccinations are all routine purchases for responsible pet owners. But for many pets, the average home hides many dangers that sometimes are not obvious.

Michael Hingson escaped the World Trade Center on 9/11 by walking down 78 flights of stairs with his guide dog, Roselle. Hingson will talk about the human-animal bond that saved his life at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine on Sept. 18, 2014. (Submitted Photo)
September 12, 2014 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Pets

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Michael Hingson will soon visit Mississippi State University to explain how the human-animal bond saved his life during the terrorist attacks in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.

Hingson and his guide dog, Roselle, were among those working in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Through trust and teamwork, Hingson and Roselle escaped from the 78th floor of Tower One moments before it collapsed.

Properly disposing of trash and cleaning up litter keep the outdoors safe for wildlife, helps preserve water quality and makes communities more attractive. (Photo by Thinkstock)
September 12, 2014 - Filed Under: Environment, Waste Management, Wildlife, Pets

By James E. “Jim” Miller
Professor Emeritus, Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Aquaculture
Mississippi State University

People discard millions of tons of trash daily in recycling containers or garbage cans, but unfortunately, many people leave trash in other places, where it can harm wildlife and pets.

Whether it is carelessly tossed out of car windows or off the sides of boats, left on the ground from routine farming or construction activities, or casually dropped while walking down the street, litter is more than an unsightly nuisance.

From left, Dr. Maria Perez Hernandez, a veterinary resident at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and Lauren Dabney, a third-year doctor of veterinary medicine student, spent months helping Dirty learn to walk again. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
July 29, 2014 - Filed Under: Community, Pets

By Karen Templeton
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- When John and Paula Cormane took their dog to the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, they could only hope he would be able to walk back out the same doors they carried him through.

Dr. Juli Gunter, left, and veterinary technologist Michela Koppens perform a skin test on a canine patient. A skin test is the first step in administering allergy therapy, which is used when pets with flea or environmental allergies do not respond to basic treatments. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
July 21, 2014 - Filed Under: Community, Pets

JACKSON -- Sneezing, itchy skin and swollen, watery eyes are hallmarks of spring and summer for some humans. But allergies can affect pets, too.

Dr. Juli Gunter, board-certified veterinary dermatology specialist and assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, said sensitivities to fleas and environmental elements, such as grass, tree and weed pollens and house dust mites, are the most common allergies in dogs and cats.

April 4, 2014 - Filed Under: Community, Pets

JACKSON – The mild spring weather brings people and pets out to play. But encounters with other dogs, wildlife and moving vehicles often hurt dogs that spend time outdoors.

Supervision is the best way to help Fido avoid trouble, said Dr. Christine Calder, a veterinary resident with a focus in behavior at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

January 24, 2014 - Filed Under: Community, Pets

JACKSON – Winter means cold and flu season is in full swing for humans, but pets can experience similar illnesses all year long.

“Upper respiratory infection is not prevalent during a certain time of year because most cases are caused by viruses, which are present year-round,” said Dr. Christine Bryan, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. “Patients can relapse during times of stress, other illness, injury, or in inadequate or overcrowded housing conditions, such as a shelter.”

New puppy parents can modify behavior by incorporating some training into daily interactions. A fun game of fetch teaches puppies to return items of value. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
January 17, 2014 - Filed Under: Community, Pets

JACKSON – In the months after Christmas, the pitter-patter of puppy paws leads to a lot of puddles and frayed sneakers.

But with proper care and training, the new puppy can become a devoted companion for many years.

Consistent exercise and a balanced diet can keep family pets slim. Veterinarians advise pet owners to avoid feeding table scraps to pets to keep them from gaining weight that can lead to chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and joint disease. (Photo by Jupiter Images/Thinkstock)
December 18, 2013 - Filed Under: Community, Pets

JACKSON – Holiday leftovers often end up in Rover’s dish, but those tasty morsels can lead to more than just an upset stomach.

Dr. Sarah Garcia, veterinarian in the Department of Clinical Science at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, said veterinary professionals advise against feeding table scraps to any pet because they can cause health problems.

Dr. Andy Shores and Dr. Jennifer Gambino, both with the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, examine a patient's MRI. (MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
December 11, 2013 - Filed Under: Community, Pets, Health

By Karen Templeton
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

A special partnership focused on using imaging technology to treat brain tumors in cats and dogs shows promise for treating human patients.

The annual Nestle Purina Human-Animal Bond week at Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine includes an art contest open to students in first through fifth grades. Children should submit an original print, drawing or painting by Oct. 11 that depicts the theme "Arctic Adventure." (Submitted Photo)
September 24, 2013 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Community, Pets

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine invites children to use their creative talents in an art contest that celebrates the connection between humans and animals.

As part of the Human-Animal Bond Lecture Series, sponsored by Nestle Purina, the veterinary college encourages children in first through fifth grades to submit an original print, drawing or painting that fits within the theme “Arctic Adventure.” The artwork should be no larger than 11 inches by 14 inches.

August 15, 2013 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Pets

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Veterinary students will join a diverse group of public health and veterinary experts in late September to explore successes and challenges in rabies prevention on both local and global scales.

The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine will host the sixth annual Merial Rabies Symposium on World Rabies Day, Sept. 28.

This year’s symposium is themed “Protecting Animals, People and Our Future.” Activities will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wise Center in Starkville.

Melanie Barnett (far right), a second-year veterinary student at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, teaches young people enrolled in the college's Vet Camp how to perform a physical examination on a dog. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
June 17, 2013 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Pets

By Kaitlyn Byrne
MSU Office of Ag Communications

Students interested in veterinary school had an opportunity to get an inside look at the profession during the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Camp.

During the recent three-day camp, 13- to 16-year-olds attended labs taught by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine faculty and participated in hands-on workshops.

June 12, 2013 - Filed Under: Pets

JACKSON -- Whether families head to the local park or an out-of-town destination, veterinarians advise them this summer to take steps to ensure pets stay safe and healthy as they travel.

Dr. Joey Burt, assistant clinical professor and director of the Animal Health Center at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said before setting out on any trip, pet owners should make sure their pets are comfortable with riding in an automobile. Burt suggested taking pets on short trips to gauge their tolerance.

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