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Keeping your pets’ teeth clean improves overall health

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COLUMBUS, OHIO — FEB. 1, 2011 — We are all aware of the importance of good dental hygiene for ourselves. But how many of us know that it is just as important for our pets? Good oral health has a direct impact on good overall health. While this is important all year round, this month is a reminder to take good care of your pets’ teeth, as February is National Pet Dental Health Month.

Periodontal disease is the most prevalent disease among adult dogs and cats. In fact, 80 percent of dogs and cats show signs of oral disease by age 3 (American Veterinary Dental Society). Left unchecked, plaque and subsequent tartar accumulation progresses to infection, destroys the gums, results in the loss of the periodontal structures and ultimately loss of teeth. Worse yet, severe periodontal disease can result in systemic disease, affecting the kidneys, heart muscle and liver.

 

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Wings, Tails & Scales: An Art Exhibition Celebrating Animals – Call for Artists

COLUMBUS, OH — DEC. 2, 2010 — “Wings, Tails & Scales: An Art Exhibition Celebrating Animals” is seeking entries for the annual all-media juried art exhibition to take place Feb. 24 to 27, 2011.

The exhibition, held in conjunction with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association’s annual Midwest Veterinary Conference, is a fundraising event benefiting a different pair of charities each year. In 2011, The Wounded Warrior Project and the Josh Project at OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine will be given a portion of the proceeds.

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Rabies awareness day a reminder to take precautions

COLUMBUS, OHIO — SEPT. 27, 2010 — Not long ago, intense media attention to the avian, swine and canine influenza viruses caused widespread panic across the globe. At one time, the rabies virus received as much attention, but in recent decades, Old Yeller is long forgotten and the panic over rabies has died down.However, rabies is alive and well. It is easy to contract and has the highest case-fatality rate of any infectious disease, annually killing more than 55,000 people around the world.

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Hold your horses! Before purchasing a horse, the OVMA recommends planning, commitment.

COLUMBUS, OHIO — AUG. 2, 2010 — You and your family have just returned from the Ohio State Fair, and the kids are begging for a horse, just like the ones they saw in the junior horse competitions. Suddenly, they have an intense desire to learn how to ride. Sound familiar?

Every child dreams about being given a horse, but the decision to bring one home is much more complicated than simply indulging these wishes. Owning a horse involves extensive research beforehand, lots of planning, providing veterinary care and a commitment from the entire family.

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Traveling with your pet this weekend? Be sure to prepare your pet for the ride with these simple steps.

COLUMBUS, OHIO — JULY 2, 2010 — The July Fourth holiday marks one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. If you’re heading out on vacation with your family and bringing Fido along for the ride (if he’s healthy enough to make the trip, of course), the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) recommends you follow these suggestions to make sure both you and your pet enjoy a relaxing, stress-free holiday weekend.

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OVMA commends animal welfare agreement

COLUMBUS, OHIO — JULY 1, 2010 — The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) commends the efforts of Gov. Ted Strickland, the Humane Society of the United States, and livestock organizations to reach a consensus on important animal care and well-being issues. The evolving nature of animal welfare discussions in Ohio were advanced by these dialogues.

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OVMA responds to footage from Plain City dairy farm

The organization Mercy For Animals today released footage from an undercover investigation at Plain City-based Conklin Dairy Farms. The video, recorded over the past month, depicts numerous acts of animal cruelty by several farm employees, including owner Gary Conklin.

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