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Diagnosing Ketosis with Ketocheck™

2019-10-21T20:15:28+00:00

Diagnosing Ketosis with Ketocheck™

Ketosis, also known as acetonaemia, describes a metabolic state in which cattle are using more body fat in production than they can metabolize. It is a metabolic disorder which halts milk production, and is typically developed within a postnatal state. For dairy cattle, this is typically within the first few weeks of lactation. For beef cattle, however, it is likely to begin in late pregnancy. In an article written by the National Animal Disease Information Service, data was shown that points to ketosis cases “increasing significantly in the winter.”

The most notable effect of ketosis is reduced milk production. This can also be indicative of problems with overall production from the herd. Multiple cattle slowing down rampantly in production can be devastating for breeders. Along with this, affected cattle also show a lack of appetite, heightened nervousness, and weight loss. These outwardly signs, however, may not appear in every affected cow.

Treating ketosis is very important for production. The typical methods are glucose replacement, which is usually done intravenously, and hormonal therapy. Both of these methods may involve some sort of injection, and dedicated follow-up treatments are always recommended. Veterinarians who specialize in cattle are familiar with these treatments. However, being able to treat ketosis depends on being able to diagnose it.

Ketocheck™ makes diagnosing ketosis very easy and very quick. Ketocheck™ is a powder that tests for ketosis by changing a distinct purple color. By dropping milk, urine, or plasma from the affected cattle onto the powder, and waiting for the color change, one can easily detect the presence of ketones in the animal’s fluids. Results can appear in as little as two minutes after testing. Once the powder becomes purple in color, ketones have been detected. Only a small amount of powder is needed for this process, leading to one bottle of Ketocheck™ lasting for many different tests. A bottle of Ketocheck™ fits easily in one’s pocket or medical bag, and it is especially ideal for use out in the field.

Available in 20gm and 50gm bottles

Diagnosing Ketosis with Ketocheck™2019-10-21T20:15:28+00:00

Protecting Your Pet’s Paws With Pad-Tough™

2019-09-17T13:46:40+00:00

Protecting Your Pet’s Paws With Pad-Tough™

455 Sovereign Court, Ballwin, MO | 888.506.3039 | spatterson@creativesciencellc.com

Pad protection is one of the most important parts of being a dog owner. Extreme heat and cold can crack the pads, and rough terrain can cut into them and leave your pet injured or uncomfortable. Although dogs’ pads are naturally very resistant, they can cause your pet a great deal of pain when injured. Preventing their injury is as simple as not walking your dog on extremely hot pavement or through tough terrain, but to ensure the best protection in any condition, spraying their pads liberally with Pad-Tough™ is the most efficient option.

Along with using Pad-Tough™, dog owners should check their pets’ pads after rigorous activity to check for cracks, cuts, or splinters. Checking for any swelling or discoloration is always a good practice to keep, and looking out for foreign objects between their paws can prevent further damage. Both extreme hot and extreme col d temperatures can be dangerous for dogs, as the heat can damage the pads, and with cold weather comes ice, rocks in the snow, and other hazards during dog walks. If pavement is too hot for your hand to rest on, it is too hot for your dog’s paws. Along with the problems the heat brings, extreme cold usually results in a lot of ice-melting products to be on pavement. Most ice-melting products (ice salt, etc.) can be harmful to a dog’s pads, and thus should be considered when planning a walking route. Many deicers are fine for your pets, but many can lead to dried out, cracked, or even burning pads.

Many people suggest dog booties to protect pads, but these can be uncomfortable for the pet and lead to a lower compliance within the animal. An injured paw can be extremely painful for your pet, and Pad-Tough™ is the best way to guarantee paw protection. When used routinely prior to extensive outdoor activity, Pad-Tough™ can ensure a protected pad and a happy animal.

Available in 4 oz bottles.

Protecting Your Pet’s Paws With Pad-Tough™2019-09-17T13:46:40+00:00

Proud Flesh: Effects, Causes, and Solutions

2019-08-20T13:47:39+00:00

Proud Flesh: Effects, Causes, and Solutions

455 Sovereign Court, Ballwin, MO | 888.506.3039 | spatterson@creativesciencellc.com

Proud flesh is a term used to describe excess growth of granulation tissue around a flesh wound. In normal amounts, granulation tissue helps the healing process of a wound, protecting it from infection and helping reduce its size. However, developing too much granulation tissue will prevent the wound from fully healing, leaving it exposed to infection. When left to grow, proud flesh can become tumor-like in appearance.

Proud flesh is more likely to develop on horses than any other animal, and on these horses, it tends to develop most on the lower part of limbs. The American Association of Equine Practitioners has stated several factors for the development of excessive proud flesh: excessive movement of the healing tissue, a reduced blood supply, infection of the wound, and minimal soft tissue coverage around the wound.

Proud flesh is unsightly and dangerous. It can cause disqualification from shows and other activities, while causing the animal a great deal of discomfort. If the proud flesh on a wound becomes too exuberant, surgery may be required to remove it. However, topical ointments such as Proudsoff™ can be used to treat proud flesh before it spreads too far.

By applying a thin layer of Proudsoff™ to the infected area once daily, one can ensure the elimination of excess granulation tissue. Before each application, one should clean the dead tissue and other debris from the lesion. This can be done with soft cotton or gauze. Once the proud flesh is gone, discontinue using the ointment and bandage the wound. Proudsoff™ is not for use on wounds that do not contain proud flesh.

Available in 3 Oz Jars

Sources:
https://aaep.org/horsehealth/proud-flesh
https://equusmagazine.com/horse-care/prevention-proud-flesh-28482

Proud Flesh: Effects, Causes, and Solutions2019-08-20T13:47:39+00:00