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Welcome to Episode 74!

We are broadcasting from beautiful Lawrenceville, GA! 

In today's episode, we will start off by talking about news stories! researchers are hopeful they can figure out what viral disease is making elephants drop dead in the wild. A herpes virus that is deadly, many are investing time and resources into figuring out how to help those afflicted by the disease. 

Sheep pigWe all talk about sheep pigs! Look how cute! 

Our word of the week is Thrombocytopenia, a condition characterized by abnormally low levels of platelets, also known as thrombocytes, in the blood. A normal human platelet count ranges from 150,000 to 450,000 platelets per microliter of blood.

In today's Healthy Pet, Happy Life segment, we will talk about why people have pets as well as spaying and neutering! Spaying and neutering can be safely performed on pets around the age of 6 months. This is our official reccomendation at GVA. In current studies, there has been no consensus on when is the best time and what complications can arise, if any, from spaying before a year old. Typically we recommend spaying your female pet before their first heat cycle. Not only are they a pain to deal with each heat cycle can increase the chance of breast cancer in females dogs exponentially. Spaying or neutering your pet can have its benefits as well. From the obvious to not having an accidental litter, to minimizing behavior issues such as roaming and aggression, spaying your pet can set them up for a long happy, and healthy life! 

Do you have a medical condition you'd like Dr. Miller and Angel to talk about? Let us know! Email us at [email protected] or message us on Instagram or Facebook

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