Retired stone mason David Brod recently returned from a five-week stay with his son in Berkeley, Calif. He spent time with his in-laws and vis… Read more

Parvo is a very contagious virus and primarily a gastrointestinal disease. The disease can be prevented by vaccination. Parvovirus is highly c… Read more

A maggot infestation on dogs, or myiasis, is a parasitic disease that affects thousands of dogs each year. Myiasis happens as flies deposit th… Read more

Too much sitting is hard on our bodies and can add to the prevalence of low back pain. Thirty-three bones make up the spinal column with three… Read more

Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is one of the most common infectious diseases in cats. It affects about 2-3% of cats in the United States. Unfort… Read more

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Have you run into these little guys on the bike path recently? It’s that time of year again, when the sheep are making their way north for the… Read more

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a tick-borne disease. It is found most commonly in Wyoming, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, North … Read more

When hiking with your dog in the summer, beware of stagnant water. It can house blue-green algae, which is made up of cyanobacteria that, if i… Read more

Perusing our local Farmers’ Markets, you may relish in the overwhelming array of spring greens, sprinkled with a few herbs and a side of blush… Read more

Heat stroke can occur when body temperatures rise to 104 to 106 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat stroke usually involves exposure to high environmenta… Read more

All -star pitcher Pedro Martinez was one of the lucky players to return to the major leagues after a complete rotator cuff tear, typically a s… Read more

Electrical cord injuries usually occur when animals chew on live cords. Puppies and kittens are affected most often because the cords make att… Read more

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“Winter Sports Under A Summer Sun” was the tagline created for the late 1930s as part of the publicity campaign created by Steve Hannagan to s… Read more

Giardia is an acute or chronic gastrointestinal-tract disease. It is characterized by diarrhea and weight loss. It is caused by the single-cel… Read more

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Natalie “Nani” Smith grew up in Friedberg, Germany, and moved to Texas in 1990, following a boyfriend who wanted to become a bush pilot. She worked as a waitress and studied painting and experimental theater in Dallas. She was far from the town where she attended a school that was built in t…

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Kennel cough is an infectious bronchitis of dogs characterized by a harsh, hacking cough that most people describe as sounding like “something stuck in my dog’s throat.” This bronchitis may not last long and be mild enough to not need any treatment, or it may progress to a life-threatening p…

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When I handed in my first Melville Minute (unsolicited, I’ll add) on March 16, 2020, my editor said, and I quote, “This is awesome. We will do it until the public demands we stop.”

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It’s almost June, national What You Think About Grows Month. Also Dairy, Country Cooking, Soul Food, Fresh Fruit and Veggies, Great Outdoors, Camping, and Candy Month. Common denominator? Food.

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Castration is performed in dogs to reduce overpopulation and unwanted dogs. It is also used to decrease male aggressiveness and roaming behavior. It also decreases the incidence of undesirable urination behaviors. It reduces diseases of the prostate and helps prevent, eliminate or remove tum…

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Somebody once told me that the Wood River Valley doesn’t have an arts community; it is an arts community. I can’t remember who said it, or when, or where, or if I just made it up (I’m a really, really good and dependable reporter and always have been), but the comment stuck with me.

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Elective sterilization of female dogs is done primarily to prevent estrus, or heat. This goal is accomplished by removing the ovaries and the uterus of the dog. Sterilization also prevents or dramatically reduces the incidence of breast tumors. This procedure is called an ovariohysterectomy,…

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If you feel like you have the weight of the world on your head right now, it could be time to change that situation. If it’s your habit that your head juts forward and is ahead of your shoulders, muscular neck and head pain could be the culprit. It’s very possible that headaches, jaw pain or…

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Many people found their way to Idaho from California following the pursuit of gold. Moving to Idaho for mining was strenuous and mortality was high. Initially, gold was the motivator. In the 1870 census, most of the miners in Idaho were in Boise County working on gold claims. Miners and pros…

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Blood transfusions are necessary to replace components of the blood that are needed to maintain vital functions. These substances may include whole blood, red blood cells only, platelets or plasma. The type of transfusion recommended depends on the underlying disease or condition being treat…

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Janet Parry, a retired nurse and entrepreneur, was comfortably retired a few months ago when she got a call from pharmacist Luke Snell at Luke’s Family Pharmacy in Hailey to help give COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Association is a powerful thing. Think about the ability of an aroma or a song or even a joke to cast us back to a particular moment in life.

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This week’s Super Moon invites reflection, clarity and a fresh approach. Coupled with the fickle snowy/sunny weather, the changing season beckons us to look around, look within, notice. There are so many ways to mimic springtime’s rejuvenation—what would you like to create?

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It must be exhausting to so energetically, passionately, loudly and vitriolically hate everything all the time, and yet here we are and it seems so many people just default to a boiling, abject rage. Can they not think of anything more productive to do with their time?

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A food allergy is a reaction to food by the body’s immune system. Food allergy is different from food intolerance which doesn’t involve the immune system. In most situations, protein in the food causes the immune reaction. Often, the protein sources come from animals—meat, eggs or dairy prod…

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Did you know that on this day in 1516, Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria formally endorsed the Reinheitsgebot: the German Beer Purity Law, ensuring longstanding criteria for the brewing and sale of beer and stipulating that fine German ales and lagers can only be brewed from three ingredients: wate…

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Motivation comes in many forms. When it comes to why you do or don’t stick to an exercise program, research shows that physical exercise that focuses on enjoyment, competence, and social interaction leads to long-lasting exercise engagement.

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The brain needs oxygen and nutrients like glucose to provide energy to support normal body function. They’re delivered to the brain through the blood. If the blood supply is disrupted, the brain is deprived of oxygen and nutrients, which results in neurologic dysfunction. An obstruction in a…