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Heartworm Disease: A Hidden Killer

AUBURN, Alabama — Many household pets in the United Stated suffer from a serious and potentially fatal disease, especially in the southeast. Heartworm disease affects mainly dogs and cats. Mature heartworms can damage an animal’s heart, lungs and arteries. “Once heartworms get into a dog, cat or ferret, the larvae can mature into adults, which affect the heart, lungs and ... Read More »

Late-Season Drought Causes New Year Issues for Producers

AUBURN, Ala.—The late-season drought that seized much of Alabama’s crop and pastureland late in 2016 is causing issues for producers in the new year. Though substantial amounts of rain have fallen since nearly 100 percent of the state was battling extreme drought, more than 70 percent of the state is still fighting drought conditions. Winter annual grasses took a heavy ... Read More »

Extension Specialists Encouraging Farmers to Sign Up for Assistance Programs

AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama Cooperative Extension professionals are encouraging livestock producers to sign up for the Farm Service Agency’s Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP). Ken Kelley, a farm and agribusiness management agent, is encouraging producers to sign up for assistance through local FSA offices. “More than half of the state is eligible for assistance from the FSA,” Kelley said. “With widespread drought, ... Read More »

Screwworm Outbreak in Florida, Alabama Producers Urged to Keep Watch

AUBURN, Ala.—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed three New World screwworm cases in Florida last week. Three Wild Key Deer on a wildlife refuge in Big Pine Key, Florida are the first locally confirmed cases of New World screwworms in more than three decades. In 2007 and 2010, dogs from Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela were ... Read More »

Drought Conditions Affecting Goat Producers

AUBURN, Ala. – Most goat producers rely on pastures as a primary food resource for their herds. Because of ongoing drought conditions, forage has become limited. That means producers must find ways to overcome these challenges. Depending upon the available resources, every situation will vary. Browse Goats are best suited to eat browse (tree leaves, shrubs, vines and bramble). If ... Read More »

Pot Belly Pigs as Pets

AUBURN, Ala.- Recently, it has become a trend to own pot belly pigs as pets, but is the responsibility it entails worth the instagram post? According to the American Mini Pig Association, the responsibility of taking in a pot belly pig should not be taken lightly. Here is some things you need to know if you are considering a pig as your ... Read More »

Heartworm’s in Household Cats- Rare but Serious

AUBURN, Ala.- Heartworms, also known as Dirofilaria immitis, infect household cats just like they can infect any other animal. Since cats are an atypical host for heartworm parasites many people believe cats are not susceptible to heartworm disease. Heartworm disease  affects cats differently from dogs. Heartworms rarely mature to adulthood in cats and therefore, only live for two to three years, at most. ... Read More »

Auburn Animal Sciences Department to Host HORSE U Nov. 12

AUBURN, Ala. — A one-day educational program for children and teens who own or have a passion for horses is Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. at the Stanley P. Wilson Beef Teaching Unit on the Auburn University campus. “The fifth annual HORSE U—or Horse Ownership Resources, Skills and Education for Youths—will offer youth ... Read More »

Canine Heartworm Disease- What you Need to Know

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AUBURN, Ala.- Dirofilaria immitis, commonly known as heartworm or dog heartworm, is a parasite that affect many different animals, including household dogs. The definitive host is dog, but it also infects cats, many wild animals, and even, under very rare circumstances, humans. “Heartworm disease is prevalent in all 50 states and affects more animals every year,” said Dr. Xing Ping Hu, an ... Read More »

Drought Conditions Make it Difficult for Horses

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AUBURN, Ala. – Droughts can make things difficult for horses because of the high temperatures, limited water sources and scarce forages. Dr. Courteney Holland, an Alabama Extension animal science specialist, said that there are ways to help horses maintain good health despite severe weather. Scouting and Evaluating Pasture  If pastures have limited or a poor quality of forages, producers should ... Read More »