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Warm weather is here and it's the perfect time for you to get active with your dog! But before you hit the pavement, the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) has some tips to ensure you're taking the proper steps with your sidekick.

"Before you start exercising with your dog, consider their ability to go on runs or longer walks," says
WVMA Member, Dr. Kimberly Kratt. "Just as a person does, dogs need to build up endurance to be able to enjoy a run." Fotolia 96317013 Subscription Monthly M

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Spring is finally making its entrance people are spending more time outside with their pets. It is often during this time of the year that pet parents start thinking about tick preventive options, but the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) wants pet owners to know that only providing tick prevention during the warmer months is not enough.

"Is there a season of the year where you don't need to worry about ticks? The answer is no," says WMA Member, Dr. Ed Loebach. "Your dog may not need tick control every day, but they need it every month."  tick

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By Kim Brown Pokorny, WVMA executive director

In February, I had the opportunity to travel to Haiti as part of a veterinary mission trip. Haiti is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere and it was a life-changing experience that I have reflected on every day since returning.

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Fluffy bunnies and fuzzy chicks might seem like a wonderful addition to the Easter holiday, but remember these quaint, cute and cuddly creatures grow up, and grow up fast.

Many Easter pets are abandoned, taken to a shelter or released into the wild because the "novelty" feeling faded or they required more care than anticipated. The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association encourages potential owners to do their homework before purchasing Easter pets.

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On January 1, 2017 the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) went into effect, resulting in stricter regulations for medicated feeds. Leading up to the change there was a lot of confusion from feed mills, farmers and veterinarians on what these changes would mean and how they would be implemented. Many veterinarians and farms used this time to look at their Veterinarian Client Patient Relationship (VCPR) to see how it would have to adjust with the new requirements.

"As January became near, we started to have discussions with clients about information we would need to be compliant," says Dr. Chris Booth, WVMA member. "We also had many conversations with the various suppliers in our area to help clear up questions and become knowledgeable about what products they would be stocking."

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