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Veterinary students at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2015 hosted the 8th annual “Vets for Pets” 5k walk/run on Sunday, Oct. 27 to promote fitness and fun in the name of a great cause. This year 100 percent of the proceeds were donated to the Capital Area Humane Society. Friendly pets were welcome to participate in the race.
Dr. Ronaldo da Costa, an Ohio State veterinary neurologist, and associate professor in Veterinary Clinical Sciences, diagnosed Theo, a Doberman, with “Wobbler Syndrome.” This is a condition common to Doberman dogs, where discs in their necks need extra support to reduce contact with the spinal cord. A new procedure allowed Dr. Ronaldo da Costa to put in titanium discs to provide the support needed. Watch the video to learn what Ohio State veterinarians were able to do for Theo.
The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center recently distributed a booklet that features some of our patients’ stories. Showcasing these patient stories allows readers to see diverse care provided at the Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) and how it has impacted real people’s lives and improved their animals’ health. The VMC is full of stories of hope, caring, and healing. It is the only comprehensive veterinary referral center in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. Our aging medical facilities need to be enhanced to accommodate our patients and improve medical care.
“Happy” is certainly an appropriate name for Tom and Marsha Dulz’s golden retriever, who is friendly, easygoing and loves life. Happy also brings joy and comfort to the people he meets – thousands of them – through his work as a therapy dog at the Flight 93 Memorial National Park. Marsha says none of this would have ever happened without the care Happy received at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center (VMC).
Alpacas are a herd animal, which means they like to stay in a group to feel more protected. When Shelby, a pregnant alpaca, became distant from the group it raised concerns for her keeper, Bernie Younkman. Bernie sought out the specialists at the Ohio State Hospital for Farm Animals to discover Shelby's medical problem. Dr. Jeff Lakritz, professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, discovered a uterine torsion, or a twisted uterus and cervix. Watch the video to learn what Ohio State veterinarians were able to do for Shelby.
Sarcoma is a rare cancer in adults – just one percent of all adult cancers. Unfortunately, it’s much more prevalent in children and dogs; about 15 percent of all childhood cancers and about 15 percent of all canine cancers.
‘Tis the season for flu at state and county fairs, where the combination of masses of fairgoers, livestock exhibitors and hundreds of exhibition pigs creates an atmosphere ripe for influenza transmission from animals to humans – and in the opposite direction as well.
Last year, more than 300 U.S. human swine influenza cases were linked to 37 fairs in at least 10 states, and 16 people were hospitalized. In Ohio, 107 human cases were traced to 14 county fairs, and one person died.
Dog owners know that hearing a Labrador retriever gagging is not uncommon, however when these actions persisted, Sarah Blouch, owner of a black Lab named Jake, contacted the Emergency and Critical Care Service at Ohio State. Veterinarians diagnosed a twisted stomach, and during the emergency surgery there were complications. Dr. Edward Cooper, Emergency and Critical Care service head, was able to complete the lifesaving procedure for Jake.