Recommendations for Whelping Bitches

Recommendations for Whelping Bitches Kimberly S. Cole, DVM Gestation time: 64 days. Most dogs whelp at 56-66 days after the first breeding. Nutrition: We recommend that bitches in whelp be fed a commercial brand dog food for the first half of the pregnancy. About...

Common Ticks of Virginia

Common Ticks of Virginia  American Dog Tick  The American Dog Tick, Dermacentor variabillis, is about 5mm long with short stout mouthparts.  It is dark brown with light wavy lines or reticulations on its back.  It is found mostly in the western sections of Virginia...

Veterinary Feed Directives (VFD’s)

 Article provided by the Virginia Department Of Agriculture And Consumer Services  January 1, 2017 will significantly change the way medically important antibiotics are used in animal agriculture. In 1996, the FDA issued A Guidance for Industry (GFI) document #209...

Pasture Management

Thomas B. Massie, Jr., DVM It is in the fall that I think most about changes that should be made to improve spring and summer pastures. While I am not by any means an agronomist, I do see many examples of successful techniques used by clients. Unfortunately, I also...

Routine Medical Testing Recommendations

Kim Cole DVM Heartworm/Lyme/Erlichia Simple blood test completed in office Should be conducted annually Used to test for Heartworm (a parasite that lives in the right side of the heart and is transmitted to dogs by mosquito bites. If left untreated, it can cause heart...