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Do you have questions about your pet’s health? Are you interested in searching accurate, reliable information regarding medical conditions and how to prevent disease? Check out our pet health care articles for current, accurate information regarding care for your pet.

ProHeart 12 for heartworm disease prevention

ProHeart 12 for heartworm disease prevention

One Dose.  Once a Year. LVC is proud to now offer ProHeart 12 to our patients as a new option for heartworm prevention!  ProHeart 12 is the only once-yearly injection to prevent heartworm disease and intestinal parasites in dogs. Heartworm disease is on the rise in...

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Beef Cow Fall Program

Beef Cow Fall Program

Fall is an important time in the management of beef cows. Valuable management can include pregnancy exams, vaccinations, deworming and delousing.  Pregnancy exams done in the fall can determine whether or not a cow is bred. Early determination of open cows can have a...

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Septic Arthritis in Cattle

Septic Arthritis in Cattle

Septic arthritis (commonly known as joint infections) are common in all breeds of cattle and can be life threatening to the animal. They are most commonly seen in young calves as secondary infections to umbilical (navel) infections shortly after birth. They may also...

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Vitamin E and Selenium for Your Horse

Vitamin E and Selenium for Your Horse

Vitamin E and Selenium are involved in many systems within the body. Selenium is a mineral which is important for wound healing, stress tolerance, fetal development, healthy hair coat, and detoxification of drugs and other chemicals. In addition, selenium is critical...

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Our Gallant Geldings and the Importance of Sheath Cleaning

Our Gallant Geldings and the Importance of Sheath Cleaning

If you have geldings and get dental work done on them regularly you will be used to this familiar question from your veterinarian: “Would you like his sheath cleaned today?”. While many owners have geldings that are patient enough to have their sheaths cleaned without...

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What You Need to Know Before Taking Your Pig to the Fair

What You Need to Know Before Taking Your Pig to the Fair

Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) are common diseases present in pig populations. PRRS is a viral respiratory and reproductive disease which causes abortions and infertility in adult sows. PEDv is a virus...

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Are grain-free diets harmful to your dog?

Are grain-free diets harmful to your dog?

The FDA is currently researching a potential link between grain free dog food and development of heart disease. Grain-free food may lack taurine, an essential ingredient for your dog's heart health. Grain-free dog foods are high in carbohydrates, such as peas,...

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Managing Calf Scours

Managing Calf Scours

Scours, or diarrhea, is a common illness of young calves and one of the leading causes of mortality prior to weaning.  Affected calves may suffer from decreased appetite, weakness, and eventual death from dehydration or electrolyte imbalances. Fortunately, scours can...

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Feline Diabetes Mellitus

Feline Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus is a common problem in cats. Caring for a diabetic animal requires some effort, but most pets remain happy and comfortable. Successful patient management requires a team effort between you and our veterinary care team. What is diabetes mellitus?...

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Laryngeal Paralysis

Laryngeal Paralysis

The larynx (or voice box) is a structure located in the throat that helps direct air into the lungs and food into the esophagus. Its function is important in preventing food/water from entering the lower airways when swallowing. The larynx opening and closing is...

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Vestibular Disease

Vestibular Disease

The vestibular system is a combination of sensing receptors in the middle ear which help us determine our orientation and movement. These receptors then send signals via nerves to parts of the brain that help us maintain balance and coordinate our movements. If any...

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Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC)

Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC)

Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC) is a cancer of the urinary bladder. Transitional cells are the cells that line the bladder wall, TCC is a cancer that arises from these cells. The exact cause is unknown, however, an increased risk of this cancer is found in certain...

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Keratoconjucntivitis Sicca (KCS)

Keratoconjucntivitis Sicca (KCS)

Keratoconjunctivitis sicca, otherwise known as KCS or Dry Eye is a condition in which tear production is abnormally low. Symptoms may include one or more of the following: Dry appearance to the eye Increased thick ocular discharge Conjunctivitis – red/inflamed eyes...

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Flea Control Guide

Flea Control Guide

How to Look for Fleas on Your Pet Examine your pet's coat carefully. Using a fine-toothed comb (flea comb), look for adult fleas, or for specks that look like pepper (flea dirt). The most common areas to find fleas/flea dirt are the groin, armpits, tailhead, and the...

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Equine Euthanasia and What Comes Next

Equine Euthanasia and What Comes Next

Making the decision to euthanize an equine companion is never easy. Even if the time may be right for our horse, it may not feel like the right time for us to be saying goodbye to our friend. The end of a beloved horse's life can be a very difficult time. Not only are...

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Hay Analysis

Hay Analysis

Hay is a crucial part of an equine diet in the Midwest, and its nutrition content can play a big role in what grain and supplements your horse may or may not need. When creating a nutrition plan for your horse(s), we recommend a hay analysis. A hay analysis is easy to...

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How-To: Giving Subcutaneous (SQ) Vitamin B12 Injection

How-To: Giving Subcutaneous (SQ) Vitamin B12 Injection

Take a new syringe from the package (syringes are single use only, call or visit us to get refills on syringes when needed) Draw up 0.25ml of the red Vitamin B12 solution (measure from the top of the black plunger).​ Pull up the skin between the shoulder blades to...

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How-To: Giving a Pill to a Cat

How-To: Giving a Pill to a Cat

One thing to keep in mind is that cats will do their best to make pilling difficult. Cats are not too fond of having their mouths pried open, let alone allowing you to insert a pill in their mouth. Some cats will salivate excessively, so it is very important that you...

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Strategic Deworming of Horses

Strategic Deworming of Horses

The way it used to be: Traditionally, horses were dewormed every couple months using a rotation of different dewormers. Daily feed-through dewormers were also utilized. However, newer research has shown that large strongyles (which used to be prevalent, and the target...

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