Canine Health

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Blinding Disease in Canines and Humans Shares Causative Gene, Pathology

Ciliopathies are diseases that affect the cilia, sensory organelles that most mammalian cells possess and which play a critical role in many biological functions. One such disease is Senior Løken Syndrome, a rare condition that can involve both a severe kidney disease and the blinding disease Leber congenital amaurosis, or LCA. A decade ago, researchers… read more

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Tracheal Collapse: A Common Cause of Canine Coughing

“My dog can’t stop coughing, and I’m not getting any sleep!” What veterinarian hasn’t heard this complaint? Many different disorders cause coughing in dogs. One at the top of the list, particularly in smaller breeds, is a disease called tracheal collapse (aka, collapsing trachea). Normal tracheal anatomy and function The trachea is part of the… read more

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AKC Canine Health Foundation Makes Strides in Tick-Borne Disease Research to Benefit Dogs

RALEIGH, N.C. (September 20, 2016) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat and cure diseases in all dogs, is pleased to announce ongoing progress through its Tick-Borne Disease Initiative. Launched in February 2016, this comprehensive Initiative addresses important health concerns that include Lyme disease, bartonellosis, and… read more

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The AKC and the Theriogenology Foundation Announce 2016 Companion Animal Residencies

The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry, the Theriogenology Foundation and the AKC Canine Health Foundation announce that the recently established American Kennel Club/Theriogenology Foundation Companion Animal Residencies in Theriogenology have been renewed and expanded to four universities in 2016. The schools are The Ohio State University, University of Pennsylvania, North… read more

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What Would You Do With an Injured Stray? Part 2

Last week’s conundrum was the stray dog, who we’ve affectionately dubbed Big Bopper, in the hands of our capable Dr. Harbinger after the dog sustained injuries from being HBC (hit by car, in ER parlance), which is not nearly as bad as being HBW (hit by wombat – invariably fatal) or BEBZ (brain eaten by zombies). He… read more

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Cancer Therapies for Dogs May Speed the Development of New Treatments for Humans

In my favorite childhood photo, I’m sitting in a big laundry basket in a pile of lab mix puppies. They’re licking my face, pulling on my curls and I’m laughing with absolute joy. Dogs are good at teaching us to live in the moment. But did you know they also inform us about diseases we… read more

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What Would you Do With an Injured Stray? Part 1

It might seem, at first blush, like veterinarians would love this sort of thing: A busted little stray critter comes to you, and your best medical instincts kick in. You want go all out to save the animal, reuniting him with his loving family as a choir of heavenly angels sing and the afternoon light… read more

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A Smart Phone Device Records Canine and Feline ECG’s (Electrocardiographs)

A decade or so ago, I never would have dreamed of running an ECG (electrocardiograph) on a dog or cat using my smartphone. When I learned this new technology exists, my response was “ Wow! Really?” A company called AliveCor has produced just such a product. Word on the street is that increasing numbers of… read more

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AKC Canine Health Foundation Announces Funding to Address Canine Thyroid Disease

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 29, 2016) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat and cure diseases in all dogs, announces an exciting new grant that aims to address thyroid disease in dogs. Funding for this grant is made possible by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), a… read more

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Real Vets Use Duct Tape: And Other ‘Tails’ of Veterinary Improv

A black cotton dress, a science fiction novel, and a roll of duct tape have a lot in common. As I turned the last pages of The Martian and set it on my hotel nightstand, I heard myself sigh. I was in a hotel and my luggage was lost. In the bathroom, I attacked the same… read more

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