Canine Health

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Pacemakers Keep Dogs’ Hearts Beating

No one really knows how many dogs get pacemakers each year. But the people whose dogs’ lives are saved by the devices don’t really care. Yes, in case you hadn’t heard, dogs can get pacemakers if their hearts don’t beat often enough or beat irregularly. The first such implantation was done in 1968, but the… read more

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AAHA Vaccination Guidelines Help Vets Navigate Infectious Disease Prevention Waters

Prior to 2003, veterinarians turned to a variety of sources to decide how often to vaccinate their canine patients. Since then, thanks to the work of experts in immunity, infectious diseases and internal medicine, they have been able to look to a set of guidelines, most recently updated just last year and published in the… read more

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Fungus Might Keep You from Getting Lyme Disease

If you live in deer country, you live in tick country. And because you have dogs, that’s a problem. It can actually be a bigger problem for your own health. But if you’ve hesitated to spray your yard or property to keep ticks away because of the pesticides required, you’ll have a new option in… read more

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OFA Creates New Dentition Database

The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, more commonly known to fanciers as OFA, recently established a dentition database at the request of the American Rottweiler Club. The new database is open to all breeds and is used to certify full dentition. Any licensed veterinarian may perform the examination for submission to OFA, recording the exam results… read more

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Distemper Is Still Out There, But No Need for Fear

Canine distemper on the rise? New strains invading the U.S.? If you’ve had these questions lately, you can put your mind at ease. “The problem you have is canine distemper is a fairly elastic virus,” says Edward J. Dubovi, Ph.D., a professor and the virology laboratory director at the Cornell Animal Health Diagnostic Center in… read more

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Canine Alliance Holds First Meeting with Kennel Club

On the afternoon of March 28, 2012, three members of the recently formed Canine Alliance met with two representatives of the Kennel Club in Great Britain to air their grievances regarding the breeds that were disqualified from Group competition at Crufts this year. Canine Alliance Secretary Robert Harlow, along with Michael Gadsby and Lisa Croft-Elliott, met… read more

Keep Puppies from ‘Fading’ with Proper Management

Puppy fading. Virtually every breeder has heard the term. However, according to Michelle Kutzler, D.V.M., Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of animal sciences at Oregon State University, no puppy born healthy should die within the first two weeks of birth. If it does, it’s a matter of animal management, not “fading,” she says…. read more

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My Favorite Things: There’s No Place Else I’d Rather Be

One of my favorite things about being a dog owner was undiscovered by me until about eight years ago when I moved to California. It may sound like the simplest, most obvious thing in the world, but going for walks with my little pooches has become one of my favorite things about having dogs. As… read more

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My Favorite Things: Flea Circus to Flea-Free in One Week

I love it when something works really well. That’s why I wanted to write about managing a flea infestation for My Favorite Things. We took in a little rescued dog several years ago. At the time, we had no flea issues, though we live in an area that has more than its fair share of… read more

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Test for this Hidden Killer Before Breeding

Brucellosis could easily be called the AIDS of the dog world. Although not as common, it is more easily spread, is always fatal to puppies carried by an infected bitch and has no cure. The disease starts with the bacteria Brucella canis, which a dog or bitch can spread within two to three weeks of… read more

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