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The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reminds pet owners that if you're planning to make a New Year's resolution for 2014 to lose weight that you should include your pet in your plans for a healthier life.

It's estimated that between 25 and 40 percent of dogs and cats and 31 percent of people in this country are overweight. Studies have found that other domesticated animals, including horses, are also prone to obesity.

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The agency has repeatedly issued alerts to consumers about reports it has received concerning jerky pet treat-related illnesses involving 3,600 dogs and 10 cats in the U.S. since 2007. Approximately 580 of those pets have died.

To date, FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has conducted more than 1,200 tests, visited jerky pet treat manufacturers in China and collaborated with colleagues in academia, industry, state labs and foreign governments. Yet the exact cause of the illnesses remains elusive.

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Gregory E. Scallon, Esq., DeWitt Ross & Stevens, s.c.

In addition to my law practice advising professional service practices, practitioners and owners of professional services organizations and other businesses, I frequently consult regarding estate planning. A question that I've often gotten is how the owners of pets can be sure that their pets are adequately provided for after the owners' deaths.

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The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) awarded Lisa Peters, DVM, DACVECC, of Freedom, the WVMA Veterinarian of the Year Award at its 99th Annual Convention on Friday, Oct. 10.

Dr-Peters-for-webLyn Schuh, public relations director for Fox Valley Animal Referral Center, has work and served with Dr. Peters for 17 years.

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Four WVMA members were recognized for their 50 years of continued membership at the 99th Annual WVMA Annual Convention on October 10.

Robert W. Elkins, DVM
Dr. Robert Elkins graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1956. He came to New Glarus to start a one man practice which was common in the 1950's and 60's. After several years, Dr. Elkins turned his one man practice into a 

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Dr. Thomas Howard and Dr. Robert Leder Receive WVMA Meritorious Award

The Meritorious Service Award is given to veterinarians in recognition of their service, commitment, and contributions specifically to the WVMA and organized veterinary medicine. Two veterinarians were selected as recipients due their years of commitment and service to the WVMA and organized veterinary medicine.

Howard-Meritorious-for-webHoward-Meritorious-webRemaining exceptionally active within the WVMA, Dr. Thomas Howard, Poynette, has served as the WVMA treasurer for the past 14 years. He had also served on the Residue Task Force, Auditing and Budgeting Committee and has served as chairman of the executive search committee, seeing through the selection of WVMA's new executive director.

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Jane Clark, DVM assumed the Presidency of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) at the WVMA 99th Annual Convention on Friday, Oct. 10. She will serve as president for one year.

Dr. Jane Clark"My vision is to increase participation within our membership," says Dr. Clark. "The future belongs to all of us, I want to encourage our younger members to have a voice in what that future is going to look like."

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John Been, DVM assumed the role of President Elect for the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) at its 99th Annual Convention on Friday, Oct. 10. Dr. Been will serve as President Elect for one year before assuming the presidency in 2015.

Dr. John BeenDr. Been attended the University of Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and earned his DVM 1988. Currently, Dr. Been is working as relief large animal veterinarian for area clinics.

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Some of the dangers from the retractable cord include rope burns if rapidly extended while touching it, wrapping the cord around you and/or your pet, and the cord breaking. Dogs approaching other dogs without permission and the dog running with the owner being pulled, and possibly injured, at the other end are other dangers, warns Dr. Alan Holter, WVMA member and veterinarian at Dodgeville Veterinary Service.

The WVMA recommends using a standard length leash for all dogs to help ensure the safety of you, your dog and others. However, if you are planning on using a retractable leash, take precautions to help ensure a safe and enjoyable excursion.

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Before your dog's first day of daycare, the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) wants you to consider which daycare would be best for your pets and what research you should do beforehand.

"Daycare is a wonderful experience for many dogs. Pets that enjoy the company of other dogs and people are usually eager to attend," says Dr. Brenda Johansen, WVMA member and the owner of Harmony Pet Care in Waukesha, which offers veterinary medical care, daycare and boarding.

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