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A Message

From the President

by Matt Peuser, DVM

September/October 2014

It’s that time of year again.  Kids are back to school and our office slows down.  Hopefully once everyone gets back into their school year routines they’ll remember to bring their pets back to see us!  Our oldest son started second grade this year and our little guy started kindergarten.  Boy how time flies.  It seems like just yesterday we were bringing them home from the hospital.  I’ve been told over and over to enjoy it because it doesn’t last long, and I realize that more and more every time a new milestone (such as the first day of kindergarten) happens.

Before we get into business, I want to thank those of you who reached out to me after my last President’s letter.  My arrhythmia was determined to be premature ventricular contractions of unknown cause.  My cardiologist isn’t too worried about it since a low dose beta blocker has it mostly under control, combined with an otherwise normal Holter and a normal echo.

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Ready for Ebola: How the Past is Influencing the Present

By: Jen Nigro

The deadly Ebola virus continues to expand its reach in West Africa with the number of infected people topping 2600, and the number of deaths close to 1500. With easy travel heightening the risk of infected persons crossing borders into other parts of Africa or even the world, people are asking what if—what if the Ebola virus reaches U.S. borders? Dr. Jerry Jaax, Associate Vice President for Research Compliance and University Veterinarian at Kansas State University, has that answer. He and his wife, Nancy, were on the front lines of an Ebola outbreak in Reston, VA, in 1989.

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