A larger-than-normal litter size or unusually big puppies can cause a lactating bitch to lose too much calcium – necessary for the dam’s normal life functions – through her milk. Although it is most commonly seen in dams weighing less than 25 pounds, eclampsia – or “milk fever” – is a potentially fatal condition that can affect any breed, with any litter size, and at any time during lactation. Editor Susan Chaney interviews a veterinary specialist to learn the clinical signs of the condition as well as the appropriate methods for treatment.
Kayla Bertagnolli recently attended her first American Rare Breed Association dog show. Meet some of the interesting “new” breeds Kayla captured with her camera lens, and find out why ARBA shows can be a great way to introduce fanciers to the dog show experience.
Many of this year’s top show dogs are featured in their own beautiful mini-websites on Best In Show Daily. Simply click on a banner ad to see the dog’s up-to-date show history, plus a slide show of photos that reveals exactly why it’s a top dog.
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My First ARBA Show
By Kayla Bertagnolli
I recently attended my first American Rare Breed Association show. It was relatively close to my hometown, held in Spanish Fork, Utah, of all places. So how could I pass it up, right?
It sounded like a “must go” for anyone interested in learning about new breeds that could potentially be recognized by the AKC in the future, like the most surprising dog I met, the Swedish Danish Farm Dog. more
Knowing the Signs of Eclampsia Can Save a Dam’s Life
By Susan Chaney
Eclampsia has many names: you may know it as “milk fever,” but in the veterinary field, it’s referred to as “puerperal hypocalcemia,” and in later stages, as “puerperal tetany.”
Mostly seen in dams weighing 25 pounds or less, the potentially fatal condition can, however, occur in any nursing canine, according to Margret L. Casal, D.V.M., Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, who specializes in veterinary genetics, pediatrics and reproduction. more