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For Animal Owners

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With the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) wants to help keep yours pets safe. As you prepare for all the parties and festivities, please keep these tips from WVMA Member, Dr. Ann Sherwood Zieser in mind.

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April is National Heartworm Awareness Month and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association asks all dog and cat owners to visit their WVMA member veterinarian to have their pets tested and make sure they are protected.

"Heartworms can be life threatening for your pet," says WVMA Member, Dr. K.C. Brooks. "By meeting with your veterinarian and discussing the best preventative options, you can help to ensure they live a long and healthy life."Fotolia 61804072 Subscription Monthly M

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As you navigate the slippery sidewalks outside this winter, members of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA), want you to be aware of the dangers associated with commonly used sidewalk salt.dog in snow

"Sidewalk salt/deicers can often be a hazard to dogs for several reasons. The most commonly used deicer is rock salt, Sodium Chloride, because it is inexpensive and effective at melting ice on sidewalks," says WVMA Member, Dr. Kevin Landorf. "It is dangerous to dogs because it is irritating to their paws, and toxic if ingested."

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With the season of giving upon us, many people are reaching out to help those less fortunate. Members of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) do this throughout the year by volunteering their time knowledge in developing countries and impoverished parts of the United States.

These trips, with the mission of helping those in less fortunate situations, go hand in hand with the One Health concept of human and animal health being interconnected. WVMA Member, Dr. Judy Batker has volunteered on many mission trips to other countries and within the U.S.

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Raising "backyard" chickens is becoming increasingly popular for people living in urban settings. Not only do you get fresh eggs, but it allows you to have some family fun while doing so! Below are tips on starting your own chicken flock and providing veterinary care for the flock.

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