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Subcategories from this category: Large Animal, Companion Animal

February 23 is National Dog Biscuit Day and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Assocition (WVMA) wants help you and your canine  family members celebrate with this dog friend biscuit recipe.

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LA Winterizing and Bedding Photo 2Wisconsin winters bring cold, blustery weather and large animal owners need to pay extra attention to providing care to their livestock during this time of year.

"Winter brings cold conditions that generally require increased shelter for large animals," explains Dr. Bob Leder, of Bear Creek, Wis. "Dietary requirements for animals in the cold are also increased."

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Need a New Year's resolution? How about making sure your pet is healthy by maintaining its ideal weight? It is just as important for your pet to be at an ideal weight as it is for you! Below are some questions you should consider when thinking about your pet's health.

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Is my pet overweight?
Dr. Ken Lambrecht, Medical Director at West Towne Veterinary Center, recommends using the 1 to 9 Purina Body Condition Score (BCS) approach to determine if your pet is overweight. This is accomplished by feeling the pet's ribs and trunk and lumbosacral area (around the hips). By feeling their ribs just behind the foreleg, you should be able to verify if your pet is overweight. It should feel the same as your fingers below your knuckles when you make a fist. If you cannot feel the ribs easily in this area, your pet may be overweight. Muscle condition should be scored at each veterinary visit as well and is especially important in older cats that tend to lose muscle mass.

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

1. Leftovers

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