March is typically calving season in Harney County and Dr. Custis knows there will be a number of dystocia or difficult calving situations.  Calves are valuable and it is of no benefit to the rancher if a calf cannot be sold because it did not survive calving. Calving is more often a problem in heifers so from a veterinarians point of view here is a suggested timeline for the progression of labor. First, if the cow is off by themselves and starting heavy labor then the water bag should appear in about 30 to 45 minutes. Allow about 30 more minutes to see the feet appear inside the water bag, Then in another 30 minutes, look for the nose and 30 minutes after that, we need to see a calf.  Now it is a fact that this is not an exact science and cattle don't pat attention to timetables, so it will vary, but the main point is that there must be progression. If any of these steps stops it is time to intervene. Calling for assistance from your veterinarian sooner than later is suggested.  Now if you are waiting for your veterinarian to arrive, you can  assist by getting the animal up and restrained properly in a clean area where the doctor can safely assist her. (By safe, it is meant for the safety of the cow as well as the safety of the people) A squeeze chute will work as well as any sort of safe head catch with gates  that  open, in an area that is cleanable including a dirt floor that can be wiped clean and lime thrown on or concrete that can be washed down.  In the case of a field delivery, Dr. Custis will work with you. If possible bringing the mother-to-be to the Harney County Veterinary Clinic for delivery in their large animal unit is the best recommendation. Hopefully, we will have a healthy calving season this spring but do not hesitate to call, day or night if you have any calving problems of questions. It is better to be safe with your cattle management practices. Call these numbers: 541 589-1795 or Clinic: 541 573-6450

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                           How To Tell If Your Dog Is Overweight

-A dog with a double chin makes a poor .(except a bull dog)                 

-Is your dog as tall as he is wide?

-If your dog is no longer able to cross the room and has a tendency to roll over, it is time to cut down on his food intake.

Your dog is no longer able to fit in the bathtub!

Your bedposts break under your dog's weight!

Puppy's belly drags on the floor.

You can no longer tell the difference between your dogs front and back!

Your dog cannot fit through the front door.

Your child keeps confusing the dog with a beach ball!

A vigorous exercise program can be started such as: 1) Let your dog jump in your lap instead of picking him up 2) Increase the distance between his bed and his food dish 3) Have him come to you, don't go to him 4) Don't let him sit and watch television all of the time!     or

You should consult with your veterinarian for a nutritional, low fat diet and exercise program. This fun scenario from the book "How to Live With a Neurotic Dog" by Stephen Baker brings a laugh but dogs that are over weight can have very serious health problems. Make sure your domesticated canine gets special attention for a long active life.  If your dog has to have special dietary needs, check with the Harney County Veterinary Clinic for your dog food. It is available in the clinic store or by special order.

St. Patrick's Day celebrates the luck of the Irish in March. Be careful if your pet decides to celebrate by tasting some of those pretty new green houseplants that you are getting to spruce up your house. Some of them are poisonous to your dog or cat. If your pet gets sick and they might have ingested or chewed on a plant, call the veterinarian quickly!


Spring brings lots of new baby animals! Live births can be traumatic for some babies and mothers. If you need help, call Dr. Masie and do not wait on vaccinations.  Parvo can kill!

If you have an emergency or just have a question - Dr. Masie Custis is available at (541) 589-1795 - for your convenience.

We can also be reached during regular business hours at (541) 573-6450.

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