Canine Health

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Vaccine Antibody Titers: Are They a Good Choice for Your Dog?

Perhaps you know a little bit about antibody titers (aka, vaccine titers, vaccine serology, and titer testing), but find the topic to be confusing. Rest assured, you are in good company. The topic is somewhat complicated, and recommendations as to how to use antibody titers vary widely. Until relatively recently, antibody titer testing was quite… read more

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KC Decides Not to Fund Semen Bank for Vulnerable Native Breeds

A GROUP called the Canine Gene Bank Group has been attempting to set up a charity and get financial help from the Kennel Club to create a semen bank for the protection and preservation of the UK’s vulnerable native dog breeds. The KC has now advised the group that it does not plan to support… read more

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Chemotherapy for Dogs Everything You Need to Know

I recently participated in an interview with a fellow writer for petmd.com on what pet owners need to know about chemotherapy in dogs. You can find the link to the full text here and a transcription of the article below. By: Carol McCarthy “Your dog has cancer” might be the four scariest words a pet… read more

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If Your Child Dreams of Being a Veterinarian, You Must Read This!

Like many pet-loving youngsters, Chris Carpenter knew that he wanted to become a veterinarian, “no matter what.” No one in his family had the background to help him and, other than when his dog needed care, he had no contact with any vets. “You’ll have to take a lot of science,” was the best advice… read more

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Early Detection to Target Hemangiosarcoma Cells in Dogs: The Shine On Project

Current Status: Phase 1&2 Open and enrolling Principal Investigator: Jaime Modiano, VMD, PhD Contacts: Dr. Modiano: modiano@umn.edu Amber Winter, research study technician: 612-624-1352 or alwinter@umn.edu What is the project? “Early Detection to Target Hemangiosarcoma Cells in Dogs (Shine On)” was conceived to reduce the mortality and the suffering caused by canine hemangiosarcoma. The goal of… read more

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New Superbug in Dogs and Cats: mcr-1

A few years ago, the New Delhi metallobetalactamase-1 (NDM-1) antibiotic resistance gene attracted a lot of attention. This resistance gene can be found in (and passed between) a variety of bacteria, and bacteria possessing this gene are resistant to a wide range of drugs. A drug of last resort for those infections is colistin (a… read more

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When the Patient is Our Own

Veterinary technicians are blessed with pets that, like any other pet owners, may have major medical issues. Not only do we have healthy pets, but also we’re more likely than the general public to take home the three-legged dog the owners no longer wanted, to work with a cat’s diabetes or to, nurse a tiny… read more

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A Primer on Canine Tetanus

Odds are really good that none of the dogs you’ll ever know will develop tetanus. So, why have I chosen to write about this disease? Blame it on Facebook (FB). For those of you who use FB, when I describe the vegetative trance one can enter while scrolling through a FB news feed, you know… read more

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Skunky McSkunkface: Skunk Spray Can be Lethal

Everyone knows about the hazards that skunk spray poses to your nostrils: a drive on a warm summer day is often ruined for a few minutes as you pass through a cloud left behind by some poor run-down skunk. For them, it’s a defense mechanism that is evolutionarily derived from those pesky glands that frame… read more

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Double Handling Under the Microscope as KC Considers Sweeping Changes for GSDs

CHANGES to the German Shepherd’s Standard, a review of its high-profile breed veterinary check and measures to stop the practice of double handling are being considered by the Kennel Club. The KC’s ‘GSD review group’ – formed swiftly after Crufts when the GSD best of breed was heavily criticised for her movement and hyperactivity, is… read more

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