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A RESEARCH TALE WITH A HEART TO MATCH: PROFESSOR LOOKS AT CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE IN DOGS: For more than 15 years, Kansas State University researcher Michele Borgarelli has studied heart diseases in man's best friend. But there is an interesting twist in his work with mitral valve disease: chronic mitral valve disease in dogs is similar to the same disease affecting humans, making Borgarelli's research beneficial to dog's best friend, too.

PREVENTATIVE DENTAL CARE, DAILY TOOTHBRUSHING ARE KEYS TO HEALTHY PET: When it comes to pet dental care, two Kansas State University veterinarians hope that owners remember an important message: Prevention is always better and often cheaper than treatment. November 2010

VETERINARIAN OFFERS TIPS FOR GIVING BEST CARE TO AGING PETS: As pets get older, there are many ways pet owners can ease the aging process for their cat or dog, according to a Kansas State University veterinarian. October 2010

CHOCOLATE HALLOWEEN CANDY NO TREAT FOR PETS, SAYS K-STATE VETERINARIAN: Eating a bag full of chocolate Halloween candy is more of a trick than a treat for the average household pet, according to a Kansas State University veterinarian. October 2010

VETERINARIAN SAYS NATURAL FOODS NOT ALWAYS BEST FOR PETS: While natural food is a rising trend among humans, pet owners should be careful before feeding similar types of food to their pets, according to a Kansas State University veterinarian.

K-STATE VETERINARIAN SAYS DEADLY FELINE DISEASE TULAREMIA MORE PREVALENT IN SUMMER MONTHS, ZOONOTIC IN NATURE: Summer is a prime time for animals, especially cats, to contract the bacterial disease tularemia, according to a Kansas State University veterinarian. July 2010

K-STATE VETERINARIAN SAYS OWNERS SHOULD COUNT HOW MANY CALORIES THEIR OBESE PETS TAKE IN AND CONSIDER SEVERAL FACTORS WHEN FEEDING PETS FOR GOOD HEALTH: You might watch your daily calorie intake or glance over nutritional information on food packages, but do you do the same for your pet? Dr. Susan Nelson, a veterinarian and assistant professor of clinical sciences at Kansas State University, said there are several guidelines to follow when feeding your pet to ensure that it maintains good health. October 2009

K-STATE VETERINARIAN SAYS OWNERS SHOULD DO PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES WITH THEIR DOGS BASED ON SPECIFIC NEEDS, INTERESTS OF PET TO PREVENT OBESITY: People and their dogs both need physical activity to fight obesity, and there are many exercises that owner and pet can do together that can improve their health and their relationship, according to a Kansas State University expert. September 2009

K-STATE VETERINARIAN SAYS EXOTIC ANIMALS LIKE LIONS, TIGERS AND MONKEYS SHOULD NOT BE KEPT AS PETS: Tigers, monkeys and mountain lions can be fascinating, but a Kansas State University veterinarian said people cross the line of intrigue when they try to make extreme exotic animals their pets. July 2009

SIDEBAR: K-STATE VETERINARIANS TREAT PECULIAR PETS THAT MEET THE EXTREME: Kansas State University veterinarians in zoological medicine often receive requests for help from owners of a variety of animals, but some requests are far from ordinary. July 2009

PET BITE INJURIES -- K-STATE VETERINARIAN SHARES TIPS TO MINIMIZE RISK OF BITES AND BITE-RELATED INFECTIONS: When a dog or cat bites, an infection can follow. "Wounds that are most likely to become infected are those on the face and hands or when people wait more than eight hours before seeking medical attention," said Dr. Kate Stenske, a clinical assistant professor at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. "If you are bitten, first wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water, and then call your physician right away." June 2009

K-STATE VETERINARIAN SAYS WHILE EXOTIC PETS CAN BE GREAT COMPANIONS, THERE ARE HEALTH FACTORS THAT CAN AFFECT BOTH THE ANIMAL AND HUMANS: Owners of exotic animals like reptiles and birds need to be aware of illnesses that can affect both their pet and humans, according to a Kansas State University veterinarian. June 2009

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOUR CAT GETS A COMMON COLD? K-STATE VETERINARIAN DISCUSSES OPTIONS FOR THESE CHALLENGING CASES: Most people know that asking a physician for antibiotics to treat the common cold won't do any good, but many of them ask anyway. According to a Kansas State University veterinarian, it's not any different when the patient is their cat. February 2009

K-STATE VETERINARIAN'S RESEARCH FINDS THAT DOG OWNERS MORE LIKELY TO SHARE GERMS WITH PETS BY NOT WASHING HANDS THAN BY SLEEPING WITH DOG, GETTING LICKS ON THE FACE: Dog owners who sleep with their pet or permit licks on the face are in good company. Surveys show that more than half of owners bond with their pets in these ways. January 2009

K-STATE STUDENT RESEARCHES BREAST CANCER IN CATS AND DOGS: Just like in humans, cancer can occur in any part of the body of dogs and cats. That's why one Kansas State University student is researching breast cancer that affects these common pets. January 2009

K-STATE VETERINARIAN WARNS PET OWNERS OF COMMON HOUSEHOLD DANGERS: Household products that people use every day can pose threats to a pet's health, according to Dr. Susan Nelson, a Kansas State University veterinarian. January 2009

K-STATE VETERINARIAN SAYS EDUCATION IS NECESSARY BEFORE BECOMING AN ALPACA OWNER: They're as soft as cashmere and as huggable as your best friend. They also make great companions and can have high value. These are just some of the reasons alpacas have become common livestock and pets, according to a Kansas State University veterinarian. December 2008

K-STATE VETERINARIAN DISCUSSES PAIN RELIEF OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR DOGS AND CATS; SAYS TO USE CAUTION IF RAIDING YOUR MEDICINE CABINET TO FIND RELIEF FOR YOUR PET: A pain-free pet is a happy pet. "And when pets are happy, you're happy to be around them," said Dr. Butch KuKanich, a veterinary pharmacologist and assistant professor of anatomy and physiology at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. November 2008

K-STATE VETERINARIAN TESTING WHETHER COMMON DRUG COMBINATION GIVEN TO HORSES AFTER SURGERY COULD CAUSE MUSCLE TREMORS, SEIZURES: No veterinarian wants to see a patient experiencing muscle tremors, difficulty standing or seizures. When that animal can weigh as much as a thousand pounds, it also becomes a safety concern for the patient and the caregivers. November 2008

K-STATE VETERINARIAN SAYS NEW DRUG IS AVAILABLE FOR DOGS WITH CUSHING'S DISEASE, BUT CAUTIONS THAT TREATMENT CAN BE COSTLY: A new medication is available to treat dogs with Cushing's disease, but pet owners should be prepared for the cost of managing the disease, according to a veterinarian at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. November 2008

WORRIED ABOUT YOUR DOG'S HEALTH? K-STATE VETERINARIAN OFFERS TIPS ON WHEN TO BRING YOUR DOG TO THE VET: Good veterinary care for your dog includes preventative care, according to Dr. Susan Nelson, a veterinarian and assistant professor of clinical sciences at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. September 2008

SENIOR PET HEALTH PROGRAMS HELP OLDER PETS LEAD LONGER, HEALTHIER LIVES: Being proactive and taking an active role in health management of your older pet will help assure your cat and dog lead a full and high-quality life as long as possible. June 2008

K-STATE VETERINARIAN OFFERS TIPS FOR CHOOSING A PET SITTER: A pet sitter can be an option when a pet owner must be away from home for work, vacation, emergency or other reasons and doesn't want to leave the pet in a boarding kennel. February 2008

K-STATE ANIMAL POISON CONTROL HOTLINE AVAILABLE 8 A.M. TO 5 P.M. REGULAR BUSINESS DAYS: A pet owner comes home for lunch to discover that a beloved puppy has knocked over the kitchen trash can and rummaged through the waste. The puppy now lays on the floor swollen and breathing heavily. Help is just a phone call away with the Kansas State University Animal Poison Control Hotline service. December 2007

COLD WEATHER PET CARE TIPS OFFERED BY K-STATE VETERINARIAN: Cold weather is here, which means it's time to give special attention to your pets. Dr. Susan Nelson, veterinarian and clinical assistant professor at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, encourages pet owners to be alert to seasonal health issues, especially as the temperature drops. November 2007

TRAVELING BY CAR WITH YOUR PET? K-STATE VETERINARIAN SAYS PET RESTRAINTS WILL MAKE THE TRIP SAFER FOR ALL: As a practicing veterinarian, Susan Nelson has seen some pretty gruesome injuries following accidents where pets had been improperly restrained in vehicles. October 2007

K-STATE VETERINARIAN HAS TIPS FOR OWNERS OF THUNDERSTORM-PHOBIC DOGS: It's not just people, such as young children, who may find thunderstorms an anxiety-raising experience. Some dogs also are afraid of thunderstorms, according to a Kansas State University veterinarian. July 2007

K-STATE SMALL ANIMAL SURGEON SAYS SOME COMMON HUMAN INJURIES ALSO COMMON IN DOGS: Like their human owners, dogs are at risk of suffering broken bones, torn ligaments, arthritis and congenital diseases. Fortunately for both pet owner and pet, there are veterinarians who can treat these ailments and get pets back on their feet. James Roush, an orthopedic surgeon at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at Kansas State University, is one such veterinarian. June 2007

SIDEBAR: K-STATE SMALL ANIMAL SURGEON OFFERS TIPS ON PREVENTING ORTHOPEDIC INJURIES TO DOGS: James Roush, an orthopedic surgeon at Kansas State University's Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, offers tips to help dog owners, especially those with young puppies, prevent injuries to their pets. June 2007

K-STATE VETERINARIAN OFFERS WARM WEATHER PET CARE TIPS: While warm weather is welcomed by most people, spring and summer can bring certain dangers to pets. A Kansas State University veterinarian says pet owners should be alert to seasonal health issues. April 2007

K-STATE'S VETERINARY MEDICAL TEACHING HOSPITAL OFFERING UNDERWATER REHABILITATION TREATMENT: Dogs and cats may find themselves under water for rehabilitation at Kansas State University's Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. February 2007

FOODS LIKE RAISINS AND NUTS THAT ARE GOOD FOR US CAN BE BAD FOR OUR DOGS, K-STATE VETERINARIAN SAYS: Many conscientious dog owners wouldn't think of giving their canine a tasty but dangerous chocolate bar. But they may not know that giving a dog a handful of fruit or nuts can be just as risky. January 2007

NEW ANTI-OBESITY MEDICATION AVAILABLE SOON FOR PAUNCHY POOCH, BUT K-STATE VETERINARIAN SAYS THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO HELP SLIM PET: An anti-obesity drug for overweight dogs that recently got approval from the Food and Drug Administration may soon be on its way to your veterinarian's office. January 2007