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Wise About Wildlife

posted March 25th, 2019 by
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Be Wise About Wildlife

Protect your pet—and wild animals—by preventing unwelcomed encounters





On the kind of Oklahoma day that drives dogs to water, a web-footed lunk of a Lab named Goliath set out for his afternoon swim. Nothing unusual about that, says devoted dog-mom Jennifer Nguyen. Nguyen and her husband live east of Edmond. With a farm pond within a stone’s throw of their home, their amiable canine takes a dip as often as he can.

This time when he returned, he flopped down on the patio rather than barreling into the house as usual. The behavior threw a red flag, so Jennifer stepped out to check. She found Goliath obsessively licking his front foot. A closer inspection revealed something alarming. “I could see his foot was three times its normal size,” she recalls. “Because of where he’d been and what he’d been doing, I assumed he’d probably been bitten by a snake.”

Nguyen knew Goliath needed immediate medical attention. She loaded her dog into the car and headed straight to the veterinary hospital. What followed was a 24-hour, four-alarm snake bite emergency that forced the Nguyen’s to make difficult and expensive decisions to save the life of their dog.

“When they determined it was a snakebite, they asked me if I had seen the snake that had bitten him, but I didn’t,” she says. “We have three of the most common poisonous snakes out here, and they’re all bad.”

She would learn soon enough that Oklahoma’s native pit vipers—copperheads, cottonmouths, and five types of rattlesnakes—pack a powerful bite, but each one delivers a venom with varying effects on the victim, some worse than others. The size of the snake, the location of the wound and the victim’s size can also play a role. While it’s possible for a dog to survive a snake bite without professional care, it’s a tremendous gamble, one the dog-loving Nguyen’s weren’t willing to take.

“We knew if we didn’t do something pretty fast, there was a good chance our beloved fur baby would not be going home with us,” she says.

Goliath received the needed anti-venom that afternoon. At $500 per vial, it’s a costly but highly effective treatment administered for several hours via IV. The next afternoon, the Nguyen’s took Goliath home where he recovered without incident.

Feral Rendezvous

What happened to the Nguyens’ pet is not uncommon for Oklahoma pet owners. As the weather warms, people and pets find themselves whining for the great outdoors. At the same time, Oklahoma’s native wildlife become increasingly active, adding more opportunities for a curious dog or cat to meet with a less-than-friendly feral animal. When this happens, for one species or the other, the outcome is often negative, resulting in injury, disease and sometimes death.

An emergency veterinarian at Blue Pearl Emergency Pet Hospital in Oklahoma City, Dr. Jennifer Jaycox handles the aftermath of pet scuffles with wildlife, among other crises. While Jaycox says the majority of cases are bites and scratches received from rodents and squirrels, she sees her share of more severe injuries. Earlier this year, she treated a dog with deep gore wounds to his body—telltale signs of a brawl with an angry wild hog. While metro pet owners aren’t likely to bump into a feral pig while dog-jogging around Lake Hefner, rural residents with hunting dogs, or other dogs that are prone to exploring, should be aware of the danger.

            A problem more common for residents west of I-35 arrives on the prongs of the slow-moving porcupine. “I’ve seen four or five cases of dogs with porcupine quills in their faces,” says Jaycox. “Often, the dog tries to bite the animal and gets the quills in its throat, mouth and tongue.”

            With roughly 700 to 800 tiny barbs at the end of each tip, porcupine quills are nearly impossible to remove without anesthetizing the dog. Owners who attempt to remove them on their own inflict great pain on their pet and often end up breaking or cutting the quills off in the process, leaving the ends embedded.

            “When quills are embedded, they can continue to work their way inward. I’ve heard of cases where the quills worked their way into the chest cavity of a dog. When we extract the quills, we have to be sure we’re very thorough and get them all out,” Jaycox explains.

Protecting Your Pet

While most dogs and cats tend to receive injuries as they prey on wildlife, it’s not uncommon for smaller pets to find themselves on the menu of some wild predators—namely coyotes, bobcats, hawks, owls and bald eagles. All are proficient hunters who manage to survive and thrive in and around metropolitan and suburban neighborhoods. 

            “People mistakenly assume their busy suburban neighborhood makes it safe for their dog or cat to roam loose,” says Jaycox. “They don’t realize there are some wild animals that adjust very well to city life.”

            She recently treated a puppy with bite wounds received from a mysterious animal that entered the owner’s yard at dusk and tried to drag the puppy away. “The owner couldn’t make a positive identification, but from the description of the animal’s behavior and the wounds, we’re pretty sure it was a coyote,” Jaycox recalls.

            Coyotes and bobcats typically snatch their prey and take off with it, leaving few, if any clues for the despondent owner. Rather than demonizing wild animals for doing what comes naturally, pet owners are better served by taking precautions to ensure their pet’s safety. Install adequate fencing but be aware that bobcats and coyotes can clear a standard chain-link barrier. To ensure the safety of smaller animals, keep a close eye on them outside, particularly at night or early morning when wildlife tend to be more active. Maintaining your yard will provide less attractive places for snakes, rodents and other food sources preferred by predators to hide, and remember that pet food, food bowls and bird feeders may attract unwelcomed visitors.

Unfriendly Skies

Pet owners tend to focus on earth-bound dangers such as marauding dogs, speeding cars and infighting with yard companions, but attacks from on high are not unheard of for animals of 15 pounds or less. Two dogs treated at Blue Pearl this year suffered injuries after riding the unfriendly skies in the talons of a predatory raptor. The birds dropped the dogs in-flight, Jaycox says, but left identifiable wounds in their flesh. Some might say the dogs were saved by the skin of their teeth; as Jaycox relates, the blessing is their canine epidermis.

            “Dogs have very loose skin, which can make it difficult for the bird to carry them. The talons slip through their skin, especially while the bird is flying. They were lucky they survived,” she says.

Don’t Eat That!

While a tussle with a wild critter isn’t something your dog is likely to forget, the greater risk may lie in what wildlife leave behind. Scat of all kinds holds a special allure for domestic pets, primarily dogs, and especially puppies, who enjoy smelling, eating and sometimes rolling in it. The natural inclinations typically elicit a negative reaction from the owner and rightly so. Animal feces carries nasty parasites; one of the nastiest is raccoon roundworm.

            Named for the masked bandit that serves as its most prolific host, the disease has little effect on raccoons. Thankfully, dogs that contract it typically remain symptom free, but the eggs shed in affected animals’ droppings can release an assemblage of horrors—confusion, loss of coordination, seizures and even blindness— on other animals, particularly humans who ingest it. As Jaycox explains, the microscopic spawn takes two to four weeks to become infectious but may remain so for months, putting people and animals who dig in the dirt at serious risk of ingesting it.

            “The big danger is the fact that it can infect humans and children and cause serious neurologic or ocular problems,” says Jaycox. “Young children playing may put dirt or sand in their mouths that is potentially contaminated with eggs.”

            The eggs also remain viable in an animal’s carcass. The best prevention? Dispose of pet waste daily, keep your dog on monthly heartworm and parasite prevention and away from dung and dead animals. 

Vaccination: Just Do It

Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets appreciate substantial protection from several zoonotic diseases, meaning those that pass from animals to humans. The presence of rabies, leptospirosis, raccoon roundworm and other ailments reinforce the importance of routine vaccinations and other preventive medications. The Oklahoma Centers for Disease Control reports 30 known cases of in-state rabies last year. The disease occurred in domestic and wild animals, with skunks claiming the highest number of cases by far. While rabies can affect any mammal, in the U.S. it prevails in wild species by some 92.4 percent. Notably, animals most likely to carry rabies are those known to thrive in and around the Oklahoma City metro—bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes.   

            “A lot of people think they don’t need rabies vaccine because their pet stays inside all the time, but it only takes a second for them to wander outside or a bat gets in their garage, and suddenly they’re face to face with a potentially rabid animal,” Jaycox stresses. “Vaccinate your pet, even if you think there is no way they could ever be exposed.”

Bobcat Fever

Bobcats found along the margins of the metro may prey on small pets and birds when the opportunity presents itself, but they play host to a far greater threat to domestic cats. According to Jaycox, bobcats carry a disease known as bobcat fever that is present throughout the southeastern U.S. In Oklahoma, it is particularly prevalent in the outlying areas surrounding Oklahoma City. Caused by a blood-borne parasite, domestic housecats contract the ailment when bitten by a tick that has fed on a disease-carrying bobcat.

            Stressing the importance of tick control for cats year-round, she adds the disease is fast acting and obstructs blood flow, causing acute respiratory distress and eventually organ failure. “We have a particularly virulent strain here, and the vast majority of cats die from it,” says Jaycox. “Treatment is supportive care. Really, there’s not much else we can do.”

            From bobcats to opossums, wild animals living free in un-wild places are a call to greater awareness for pet owners. As suburbia swells into areas previously claimed by wildlife, and wild animals adapt to survive, taking sensible precautions will ensure a more peaceful coexistence, better health and broader appreciation for all species, domestic and untamed.

Dr. Deepan Kishore

posted March 23rd, 2019 by
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Dr. Deepan Kishore

By Shauna Lawyer Struby


Photos by Linda Earley



Local vet becomes one of a handful of board-certified Diplomate veterinary specialists in Oklahoma


By the time Dr. Deepan Kishore was 5 years old, he was already thinking about becoming a vet. His father raised racing homing pigeons and show dogs as a hobby, and that played a role in influencing Kishore’s eventual career choice. Kishore found the pigeons fascinating because of their ability to be released miles from home and find their way back.


“Having my dad raise racing homing pigeons and my granddad and then his father too, that’s generations doing this as a hobby,” said Kishore.


Little did Kishore know that his childhood interest in animals would turn into a career, or that years later his drive to provide the best possible care to his patients would compel him to undertake a rigorous and extensive specialty certification process completed by only a handful of vets in Oklahoma. Kishore’s journey from childhood interest to alignment with the best practitioners in his field is a fascinating one.


Born in India, Kishore completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Madras Veterinary College in Vepery, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Kishore came to the United States in 2008 to work on a master’s degree in stress physiology and immunology at the University of Missouri, Columbia. While working on his master’s, Kishore spent much of his time conducting research, and during that time decided to switch his focus to veterinary practice while still maintaining an interest in research.


“That’s when I came to Oklahoma State University (OSU) for a one-year clinical training in 2011, so I could get my license in the United States,” said Kishore.


As part of that licensing process, Kishore came to work at Neel Veterinary Hospital (NVH) in Oklahoma City in a preceptorship, which is a period of study for students under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. NVH is where Kishore now practices veterinary medicine. Dr. Tina Neel, chief of staff and owner of NVH, reflects on her impressions of Kishore during that time.


“That is where I got to know Dr. Kishore and came to realize his abilities then as a young veterinarian. I could see that he was going to excel in the care of pets as well as having great communication skills to provide compassion to concerned pet parents,” Neel said.


Kishore also spent a year working as a vet with a small veterinary practice in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, before returning to Oklahoma and NVH to continue working, but now as a licensed veterinarian. Kishore had always planned to pursue board certification through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). According to the ABVP website, veterinarians holding the certification are known as ABVP Diplomates and are not only aligned with the best practitioners in the field but have demonstrated they are capable of providing specialized clinical practice.


When Kishore began looking at the requirements, he’d realized he’d already satisfied one of the requirements—six years of clinical veterinary practice. In addition to his six years of experience, according to a press release from NVH announcing Kishore’s certification, the rigorous certification process also included submitting two case reports, references, descriptions of practice procedures and professional education records for review. Once the candidate’s papers, records and other materials pass that review process, the candidate is then qualified to sit for, and must pass, an extensive, two-day examination. The entire process from beginning to end requires adherence to high standards of practice, continuing education and a commitment to the well-being of animals. One of the things that Kishore appreciated about the certification was an emphasis on evidence-based medicine.


“I’ve always wanted to diagnose and treat pets, not just do symptomatic care. I wanted to practice good evidence-based medicine,” said Kishore.


Kishore began working on the two required papers while also juggling his veterinary practice and family life. Kishore is married with one child, and because Neel Veterinary Hospital is open 24 hours a day, his work schedule is demanding. Kishore works 15-hour shifts three days a week.


“That’s been the hardest part. My wife and child have been very supportive of me, and it definitely would not have been possible without them. On my days off, I focused on reading, writing the papers, researching and that type of stuff and was able to do that because my wife really supported me,” said Kishore.


Kishore estimates it took about two years to complete the two lengthy papers, which require in-depth coverage of specialty level cases where the certification candidate provides treatment and said treatment is successful. Each of Kishore’s papers were approximately 100 to 110 pages. Summaries of Kishore’s two papers are as follows and give the length of the papers and help illustrate the level of care and attention to detail that were required in order for Kishore to write the papers:


  • “Septic Peritonitis in a Canine.” A female dog presented with an abdomen filled with pus. Exploratory surgery was done to resect perforated intestines and she was treated in intensive care for five days in post op. She recovered well with surgery and intensive care.
  • “Urethral Obstruction and Occult Hypoadrenocorticism in a Canine.” A male dog presented with a stone obstructing the urethra. Emergency surgery was done to help him urinate. He was also diagnosed with an adrenocortical insufficiency (steroid deficiency). Management was successful for both conditions.


“The papers are the hardest part to get through. You do all this work; you submit your credentials and papers to the certification committee,” said Kishore. “The committee decides if you have the correct credentials for being a specialist; they read your two papers and decide if they are approved. If they approve your credentials and your papers, then you’re allowed to sit for the test.”


Kishore passed all elements of the process in one try, and in November of 2018 Kishore received notice he had obtained Diplomate status. He was officially an ABVP board-certified specialist in canine/feline practice and one of only a few ABVP board-certified vets in the state of Oklahoma.


“I’m very grateful and satisfied that I did the certification. It makes me very happy. It tells us that we practice good medicine in this hospital. If we didn’t practice good medicine, we wouldn’t have had the cases approved at the specialty level,” said Kishore.


For Kishore’s furry patients and their humans, the certification brings an added level of confidence for treatment and care.


“Our clients can be assured their pets are getting the most up-to-date care. Also, with the speed at which science changes—because the certification requires ongoing continuing education—they can be assured we are practicing the latest up-to-date, evidence-based medicine,” said Kishore.


“I have been a strong supporter of Dr. Kishore’s quest to become a boarded specialist in canine and feline practice. He has worked very hard to provide the necessary case reports as well as studying for the examination,” said Neel. “This knowledge allows Dr. Kishore to provide the best care possible to our patients.”


Dr. Chris Logan, one of Kishore’s colleagues at NVH, notes Kishore’s demeanor and dedication to his patients even in the face of long hours.


“You never know what a day will be like at NVH. Our shifts can vary from 10 hours to 18 hours, just depends on the day of the week and the time of the day. However, I can certainly count on the days that I work with Dr Kishore to be fun/enjoyable and a learning experience,” said Logan. “He seeks to learn and gain as much knowledge and experience as he can attain. You can count on him not going home until all the pets have been seen and treated regardless of when his shift ended.”


Kishore’s specialty certification has also broadened and deepened the care NVH can provide.


“Dr. Kishore is extremely bright and never takes a day off mentally. He thinks about and plans his surgeries to provide the best outcome possible. In addition to his surgical skills, he is an excellent diagnostician, by being able to work through even the most difficult cases,” said Neel. “He strives to do his very best with every pet, every time. He is not satisfied with ordinary practice. He wants to provide the best care possible, and he studies, reads and goes across the country taking classes to hone his skills.”


For Kishore, it all boils down to an abiding compassion for animals and a deep passion for science.


“This is something that I’ve always wanted to do,” Kishore said. “I love working with animals, and I have this very, very deep interest in science and veterinary medicine.”

Your Pet’s Golden Years

posted February 22nd, 2019 by
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Golden Years

How to Take Care of Your Pet 
in Their Golden Years

by Nick Burton 

Golden Years

Pets can now enjoy longer lives than ever before. Much of their longevity is because of better diets, modern medicine, and improved veterinary care. However, this doesn’t mean that your pet will live a long and happy life all on their own; it takes special care and attention on part of the owner to give them a chance at long-lasting health and well-being. This is particularly true when your pet has reached their golden years. If you have a senior pet, here are some important tips for taking care of them and, possibly, extending their life.


Dietary Habits


The food and nutrition your pet needs in their later years will change. Healthier snacks (such as apple slices, mini carrots, and other fruits and veggies), lower calorie food, and an increase in omega-3s are common adjustments for senior pets. Also, many pets need antioxidants and joint supplements added to their diet as they age. Each pet is unique, so be sure to consult your veterinarian before radically changing your pet’s diet.


Another supplement that can be beneficial for your older pet is CBD oil. This oil can help ease joint inflammation and pain, skin problems, and mental health issues. If you want your pet to thrive in their golden years, check out Remedy Review’s guide to see the top 10 CBD oils of 2019. As with their diet, don’t give your pet a new treatment without consulting your veterinarian.


Veterinary Care


You’re probably used to annual visits to the vet, but you’ll need to bump that up to twice a year for your senior pet. Medical issues come more often for older pets, and going to the vet every six months will help you stay on top of their health. You can expect appointments to be similar to when your pet was younger, except there will probably be more bloodwork and other tests.


Physical Activity


Exercise is also vital for your pet’s health, as it helps them to maintain their mobility and keep their weight under control. You still want to get your pet physical activity when they’re older, but you will need to watch them more closely and modify when necessary. For instance, instead of playing fetch in the backyard for 45 minutes, it may be safer to take your aging pet on a walk in the neighborhood for 30 minutes. However, it’s important to not overexert your pet.


Managing Parasites


Parasites tend to affect senior pets more frequently than younger animals. This is because their immune system becomes weaker over time, which opens them up to health concerns from fleas, ticks, and worms. Fortunately, there are numerous options to prevent parasitic diseases, so ask your vet what the best path is for your pet.


Home Modifications


Just like with people, home modifications are often necessary for aging pets. For instance, since mobility and joint issues are common among senior pets, it’s sometimes best to keep their living space (bed, food, and water, etc.) downstairs; that way they won’t have to move up and down stairs every day. Here are some other modifications to consider for your senior pet.


  • Purchasing a portable ramp (for arthritic pets)
  • Purchasing an orthopedic bed
  • Putting in slip-resistant mats throughout the home
  • Installing a doggy door for easy access to potty outside


You can make changes to your pet’s life that will help them thrive in their golden years. Remember to ask your veterinarian for any dietary improvements that can be made, and look into whether CBD oil would be beneficial. Start taking your pet to the vet twice a year, and be sure to monitor their exercise. Finally, take preventative measures for parasitic health issues, and make the necessary home modifications for your pet to live comfortably and happy.


Photo Credit: Pexels

Oklahoma State Free Service Animal Eye Exams

posted March 31st, 2018 by
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Oklahoma State University Veterinary Medical Hospital to Provide Free Eye Exams to Oklahoma Service & Working Animals through the ACVO® and StokesRx Annual Event in May

Registration for the 2018 National Service Animal Eye Exam event in U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico opens April 1  

Stillwater, Oklahoma (March 29, 2018) – Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary Medical Hospital to provide free eye exams to Service and Working Animals in Stillwater during the month of May as part of The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO®)’s 11th annual ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam event. Board certified veterinary ophthalmologists across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will collectively provide more than 7,500 free eye exams as part of the annual program in 2018.

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists is an approved veterinary specialty organization of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties that board certifies veterinarians as ophthalmologists. The organization developed the ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam event in 2008, and since its inception, nearly 60,000 Service and Working Animals have received free screening eye exams — including approximately 7,500 in 2017 during the 10th Anniversary event.

Honor, a three-year-old yellow lab Service Dog trained by Freedom Dogs in San Diego, received her first free eye exam during the ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam event in the 2017 10th Anniversary event (picture can be found here). Like many Service Dogs, Honor works loyally each day to help her handler, Marine, Cpl. TJ Melhus, with tasks such as, medication retrieval, retrieval of dropped items, blocking people from approaching, alerting of people approaching from behind, and redirecting anxiety attacks through pressure from her chin.

“It was so important for Honor to take part in the ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam event for the first time in 2017,” said Katie Stoll, Honor’s trainer/puppy raiser at Freedom Dogs. “The free eye exams provide Service Animal handlers with the comfort of knowing their animals are healthy — sight is an asset these dogs use each day to keep their handlers safe.”

Around 300 board certified veterinary ophthalmologists throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will donate their time and resources to provide free screening exams to Service and Working Animals in May. In addition to dogs, other Service or Working Animals including horses, miniature horses, donkeys, alpacas and cats can receive free sight-saving exams.

The goal of the ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam event is to provide as many free screening exams as possible to eligible Service and Working Animals. The following types of Working or Service Animals may qualify: guide, handicapped assistance, detection, military, search and rescue, and current, registered therapy animals – all whom selflessly serve the public.

This year’s event is sponsored by ACVO® and Stokes Pharmacy, as well as several generous industry sponsors.  Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary Medical Hospital and participating board certified ophthalmologists volunteer their services, staff and facilities at no charge for Service and Working Animals and their owners/agents to participate in the event.



To qualify, Service and Working Animals must be “active working animals” that have been trained through a formal training program or organization, or are currently enrolled in a formal training program. The training organization could be national, regional or local in nature. More qualification details are available here. Owners/agents for the animal(s) must FIRST register the animal via an online registration form beginning April 1 at Registration ends April 30. Once registered online, the owner/agent will receive a registration number and will be allowed access to a list of participating ophthalmologists. Then, they may contact a specialist to schedule an appointment, which will take place during the month of May.  Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary Medical Hospital requires that participants meet all event qualifications and provide the assigned registration number over the phone. Times may vary depending on the facility and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so owners/agents are encouraged to register and make appointments early.

About the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists®

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists® (ACVO®) is an approved veterinary specialty organization of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties, and is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Its mission is “to advance the quality of veterinary medicine through certification of veterinarians who demonstrate excellence as specialists in veterinary ophthalmology.” To become board certified, a candidate must successfully complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, a one-year internship, a three-year ACVO® approved residency and pass a series of credentials and examinations. For more information, please visit

About Stokes Pharmacy

Stokes Pharmacy is a national, full-service compounding pharmacy specializing in the art and science of the custom formulation of prescription medicines for humans and animals. Leading the way in innovation, Stokes invites veterinarians to prescribe compounded medications online securely, quickly, and accurately via iFill, a cloud-based prescription management system. For more information, visit

About Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary Medical Hospital

Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary Medical Hospital is part of OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, one of only 30 veterinary colleges in the United States. The Hospital is open to the public and provides routine wellness and specialized care for small and large animals. Certified by the American Animal Hospital Association, the Hospital offers 24-hour emergency care. For more information, visit or call (405) 744-7000.

Dr. Carlos Risco is new OSU Veterinary Dean

posted October 20th, 2017 by
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Oklahoma State names Dr. Carlos Risco Center for Veterinary Health Sciences dean


(STILLWATER, Okla., October 20, 2017) – The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents today approved the appointment of Dr. Carlos A. Risco as dean of the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. He is expected to assume his position in March.

Carlos RiscoRisco is currently at the University of Florida where he serves as a tenured professor and chair of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences.

“I am excited for the opportunity to serve as dean,” Risco said. “The strong culture of scholarship, outstanding curriculum and the multidisciplinary approach to improve both animal and human health has led to the excellent reputation of the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.

“This reputation makes Oklahoma State a place where students want to attend,” Risco said. “As dean, I look forward to working with our talented faculty and staff to continue progress in the center’s role as a regional, national and international leader in veterinary medical education, research, and service.”

OSU Provost and Senior Vice President Gary Sandefur said, “We are pleased to have Dr. Risco join the OSU team. He will provide strong vision and leadership for our excellent veterinary program. I want to thank Vice President Thomas Coon and members of the search and screening committee for leading our national search and identifying an outstanding pool of candidates. I also appreciate Chris Ross and his solid leadership as interim dean.”

Risco received his DVM degree in 1980 from the University of Florida and advanced clinical training as an intern in private dairy practice at the Chino Valley Veterinary Associates in California. He is a diplomate in the American College of Theriogenologists.

From 1982 to 1990, he was a full partner at Chino Valley Veterinary Associates, a nine-veterinarian dairy practice. In 1990, he joined the faculty at the University of Florida as an assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Risco’s main research focus pertains to metabolic disorders and reproductive management of dairy cows.


CONTACT: Gary Shutt | OSU Communications | 405-744-4800 | [email protected]

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 36,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, Oklahoma State has graduated more than 260,000 students who have been serving Oklahoma and the world for 125 years. 


Derinda D. Blakeney, APR

Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator

Oklahoma State University

Center for Veterinary Health Sciences

308 McElroy Hall

Stillwater, OK 74078

(405) 744-6740 (office)

(405) 744-5233 (fax)

(405) 612-4019 (mobile)

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Obstruction in Dogs

posted December 30th, 2016 by
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Obstruction in Dogs

We can’t even begin to tell you the things we have seen at the ER that cause obstructions in dogs!!  Socks, towels, bedding… the list just goes on and on. 

Intestinal obstruction in dogs refers to complete or partial blockage of fluid and food flow through the small intestines.  This can quickly become a life-threatening situation. 

Symptoms to watch for that can indicate your dog is possibly obstructed include:


Loss of appetite

Straining during bowel movements


Tarry stools

Inability to defecate



Excessive drooling

Abdominal bloating

Abdominal pain

Remaining still

Refusing to lie down


If you see your pet swallow something that can become stuck in their intestinal tract, take them to the vet immediately!  The vet will work to induce vomiting to try and produce the object.  If this is unsuccessful, the next step is to try an endoscope to pull the object back out with the last resort being surgery to remove the object from the intestinal tract. 

Your pet will require several days of hospitalization to ensure they have recovered completely.  All of this will make an obstruction a costly trip to the vet! 

Check your pets’ environment and remove any items that can potentially cause an obstruction.  Having your pet in a crate when you can’t be around is a good way to ensure they remain safe. 

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