Mad Cow Discovered in California

I'm in California this week (May 2012) visiting family...and there are so many interesting things happening here! But of course, the one that may most profoundly affect our pets is the discovery of a cow infected with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE or "Mad Cow Disease"). The cow was, as usual, a dairy cow. Dairy cows are the only cattle that stay alive long enough for BSE to be an issue, as the disease takes several years to incubate and manifest. Beef cattle are typically slaughtered too young to show symptoms. ...

2017-03-23T14:46:34-07:00April 26th, 2012|

Mad Cow Disease and Your Pets

By Jean Hofve, DVM In December 23, 2003, the first official U.S. case of "mad cow disease" (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or BSE) was reported in the news; a second followed shortly thereafter. However, astute researchers and even the pet food industry acknowledge that a BSE-like disease has been present in the U.S. for many years. Is this a threat to our pets? Let's look a little closer at this unusual disease. Around the end of 1985, the first cases of a bizarre bovine neurological disease, nicknamed "Mad Cow Disease," were ...

2014-07-24T19:53:10-07:00November 18th, 2010|
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