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Articles by Christine Navarre, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Treating meat goats for neurological ills

May 1, 2008

Practitioners provide veterinary care for a growing number of meat goats in the United States — animals known to develop neurological disease.

Preventing bovine anaplasmosis

Disease costly to dairy and beef industries seen more frequently in recent years
Mar 1, 2008

Anaplasmosis is endemic in many parts of the country, causing significant economic losses to beef and dairy industries.

Pain management: Graze on these options

Jan 1, 2008

Relief of acute and chronic pain in animals is an important part of the practice of veterinary medicine. Human pain medications frequently are used in small-animal and equine practice. However, food-animal practitioners must follow the Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act (AMDUCA), which limits extra-label drug use to treatment when an animal's health is threatened, it is suffering or death might result from failure to treat.

Local anesthesia in cattle

Nov 1, 2007

Food-animal practitioners commonly perform local-anesthetic techniques due to the dangers associated with general anesthesia. Local anesthetic techniques usually are simple, cheap and have relatively few side effects. Unless otherwise stated, "local anesthetic agent" refers to lidocaine or carbocaine. It is preferable to clip the hair and perform a surgical prep of the site before anesthetic agents are injected, particularly those injected deep into tissues.

Four parts to fostering herd health

Sep 1, 2007

Disease prevention in beef herds is essential if a producer wants to be profitable. Most diseases, once we finally see them, have been smoldering in a herd for months and have been eating potential income. Avoidance is crucial because many common diseases have no treatment.

Drought raises potential for cattle to be exposed to plant toxicities

Jul 1, 2007

Watch out for plant toxicity during drought conditions.

Blood work: revelations, limitations for cattle

Mar 1, 2007

Nutrition problems, and chronic parasitism should be ruled out first.

Selling the importance of biosecurity to producers

Jan 1, 2007

Biosecurity is no joke. Most practitioners are aware of its significance considering the media focus on bovine viral diarrhea (BVD), bovine spongiform encephalopathy and agroterrorism. Yet veterinarians who are known to make a host of producer safety recommendations often omit some security suggestions because they appear excessive.

Extra label use, know the rules

Aug 1, 2006

With the constant infusion of new products to the human and veterinary market, it becomes a daunting task to keep up with veterinary pharmacology and vaccine technology.

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