Canine Health

Nails affected by disease. Removal or amputation is sometimes the only way to determine the disease's cause. Photo courtesy of Angell Animal Medical Center.

Nail Diseases Are Rare, but Tough to Cure

It’s unlikely that any of your dogs will have a nail disease that isn’t related to trauma of some kind. So, if none of them ever pulls off a nail or cracks one by getting it stuck in a grate, you aren’t likely to need the expertise of a specialist like Klaus Loft, D.V.M., of… read more

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Helping Dogs Overcome Pain

Prior to the 1990s, treating dogs and other companion animals for pain was rare, if not unheard of, in most veterinary practices. Scientists and veterinarians simply did not have research data confirming that animals experience pain, whether post-operatively or as a result of an acute injury or chronic condition or disease. At least they didn’t… read more

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Kiska Lives On – Thanks to Texas A&M

It was already 8 p.m. when 3-year-old Japanese Spitz Kiska started fainting. “I’ve seen dogs have seizures,” says owner Cora Fortin. “It wasn’t like that. It was a faint. She just like wobbled and fell over. In about a minute, she started waking up.” Ten minutes later, Kiska fainted again. Horrified by this alarming behavior,… read more

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Warning: These Foods May Be Toxic For Your Dog

Everyone knows there are certain things that you should never feed your dog. Dogs and chocolate don’t mix, because chocolate contains theobromine, a substance that can cause a rapid heart rate and central nervous stimulation, possibly leading to seizures and even death. Most people know that dogs should never eat cooked bones because they can… read more

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Bordetella: To Poke, To Spray or To Squirt?

The bacterium Bordetella bronchiseptica can cause symptoms often referred to as “kennel cough.” It is not the only cause of the hacking cough often associated with infectious tracheobronchitis, however. Canine parainfluenza virus and canine adenovirus type 2 can also lead to infection. “Bordetella bronchiseptica is a well-adapted pathogen of the canine upper respiratory tract,” wrote… read more

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Know the Warning Signs of Pyometra

Few things strike fear in me, as a breeder and as the owner of one intact bitch, more than the thought of pyometra. I had an experience several years ago with one of my older champion bitches who developed pyometra, and afterward I discovered that lots of people who breed and show dogs have never… read more

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Solving the Cancer Puzzle One Cell at a Time

In Matthew Breen’s lab at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, you won’t see dogs in cages, not even those that are sick with cancer and will soon die. Instead you will find microscopes. And under those microscopes, cells, and within those cells, chromosomes, the building blocks of what our dogs are. Specifically, you’ll find… read more

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My Favorite Things – Muriel Lee’s Whelping Book

My mother was a great “midwife” when it came time to whelp Cairn puppies when I was growing up, and I’ve whelped a couple dozen litters of Toy Poodles myself since then. I was also fortunate to spend a number of years working for my vet at one time, so I know my way around… read more

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Protein Blocker Might Keep Dogs with Spinal Cord Injuries Walking

In just a few years, dogs with spinal cord injuries may have better mobility than most do today, thanks to a years-long collaboration and a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. In the early 2000s, Linda Noble-Haeusslein, Ph.D., a professor in the University of California, San Francisco, Department of Neurological Surgery and Department of… read more

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First Three Months Strategic to Preventing Hip Dysplasia

Breeders may be able to do even more about preventing dysplasia in their litters than previously known. While genes set up the possibility of hip dysplasia, studies have pointed to weight and rapid growth as triggers for its development. Now, new research indicates that the environment during a puppy’s first three months of life may… read more

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