Canine Health

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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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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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