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Articles tagged: Client Education

Don’t Feed Snacks to the Ducks and Geese!

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

Tufts Veterinary Specialists Caution on Danger of Feeding Inappropriate Snacks to Ducks and Geese Ms. Cindy Thomas-Griffith, a long-standing client, has been receiving her veterinary care at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center for more than 25 years. With… Read More

Why is there a EEE vaccine for horses but not for humans?

Friday, September 13th, 2019

Cummings School Professor Sam Telford, an expert on infections spread by mosquitoes and ticks, explains

Actually, there is a human vaccine for eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), but it has never been approved for public use.

Reduce Mosquito Exposure on the Farm

Friday, August 30th, 2019

A viral illness primarily transmitted by mosquitoes, Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is fatal in more than 90% of infected horses. There’s no specific antiviral treatment available, so appropriate vaccination and other protective measures are urgently needed… Read More

Grey Percheron mare showing her pretty eye with mosquito on eyebrow.

Ever Wonder: How Does Anesthesia Work?

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

There’s local and general—and they work very differently The Tufts video series Ever Wonder features faculty and other experts answering questions for the curious about all manner of topics—from how we forget to what are… Read More

How to Stay Safe from EEE

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

The rare but potentially fatal mosquito-borne virus has been detected in Massachusetts and Connecticut A second human case of Eastern equine encephalitis virus infection this year was confirmed in Massachusetts last week, in a young… Read More

Is scruffing the best way to handle an upset cat?

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

Veterinary behaviorist Stephanie Borns-Weil, V07, and emergency/critical care veterinary technician Michelle Damon from the Foster Hospital for Small Animals, respond Many of us were taught that “scruffing” a cat—or grabbing the animal by the loose… Read More

Why Are Horses So Fast?

Friday, June 7th, 2019

Breathing only through their noses—and having big hearts—give them a boost
The Tufts video series Ever Wonder features faculty and other experts answering questions for the curious about all manner of topics—from how parrots talk to why cats purr.

Backyard Chickens and the Risk of Lead Exposure

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Urban dwellers need to take precautions to prevent their egg layers from bringing the heavy metal into the food chain
When Teresa McGowan and her husband first bought their Somerville, Massachusetts, home in 2004, one of the first things they did was test the soil in their yard for lead. It was a recommendation from local gardeners, who knew that produce grown in contaminated soil can be dangerous.

Research has shown that lead is a potent neurotoxin, associated with reduced IQ, attention-related behavior problems, and poor academic achievement in children exposed to it through food or environmental factors.