Canine Health

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Using a Sire From Across the World

Thanks to all kinds of new technology in use in the 21st century, the world seems much smaller than it once did, and dog people now work more collaboratively with other breeders around the world. Importing dogs to the U.S. from other countries, of course, is a practice that originated in the 19th century with… read more

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My Favorite Things – Spot-On Preventives

I remember my dad applying flea powder to our dogs when I was a kid. It was a rather messy operation that involved him dousing, for example, our German Shepherd in white, rubbing it into his coat, down to the skin. A big white patch on the lawn where the excess remained let us know… read more

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Dramatic Hair Loss Inches Toward Solution

The coat abnormality commonly known as “alopecia X” leads to significant loss of hair that typically will not be recovered over a particular dog’s lifetime. It starts as unexplained, symmetrical hair loss on the rear of the dog, moves to the neck area, then to various parts of the trunk, according to Alane Levinsohn, health… read more

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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