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Many children look up to their parents and dream to be just like their Mom or Dad. New dreams and life changes lead people in different directions and down other career paths. But sometimes the passion for a career can start at a young age and never burn out.

Dean-and-Ray-Pawlisch-for-webDrs. Dean and Ray Pawlisch are one father-son pair with the same passion for the veterinary medical profession. Both faced hurdles and difficulties while pursuing their doctorate in veterinary medicine. They found an area they loved to practice in, witnessed change in agriculture and veterinary medicine and both gave back to their profession by serving as president of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA).

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With the invention of kitty litter in 1947, cats began to make the transition from outdoor pest control to indoor family members, chasing fake mice instead of real ones. As cats started to have a bigger role in the lives of their humans, members of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) began learning and developing more methods to provide the best care possible for your feline friend.

"Prior to cats becoming indoor pets, they were receiving little to no veterinary care, and sick cats were often treated with home remedies or by donation funded organizations that had no veterinary training," says Dr. Ann Sosalla, WVMA member and veterinarian at Antigo Veterinary Clinic.

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The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reminds pet owners that if you're planning to make a New Year's resolution for 2014 to lose weight that you should include your pet in your plans for a healthier life.

It's estimated that between 25 and 40 percent of dogs and cats and 31 percent of people in this country are overweight. Studies have found that other domesticated animals, including horses, are also prone to obesity.

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The agency has repeatedly issued alerts to consumers about reports it has received concerning jerky pet treat-related illnesses involving 3,600 dogs and 10 cats in the U.S. since 2007. Approximately 580 of those pets have died.

To date, FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has conducted more than 1,200 tests, visited jerky pet treat manufacturers in China and collaborated with colleagues in academia, industry, state labs and foreign governments. Yet the exact cause of the illnesses remains elusive.

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AVMA's Holiday Tips for Pet Owners

December abounds with holiday celebrations, and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is reminding pet owners that nothing can spoil good cheer like an emergency visit to a veterinary clinic to save a pet from a not-so-happy holiday disaster.

"Veterinarians often see an increase in the number of emergency calls during the holiday season. Whether it's exposure to chocolate or fatty foods, or pets injured through exposure to festive decorations such as electric cords, ornaments, tinsel, etc., the holidays can present hazards for pets," explains Dr. Clark K. Fobian, AVMA president. "The most important way you can enjoy your pet through the holiday is by providing oversight and supervision so that they are not exposed to foods, decorations, strange people, or other things that can cause a disruption or an upsetting trip to an emergency clinic. For example, children often want to give pets extra treats during the holidays, but these treats should never include candy or table scraps. A little extra diligence is required to ensure that pets get proper foods and healthy pet treats."

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