Canine Health

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Followup: Canine Cruciate Ligament Disease

In response to my recent blog post comparing surgery of canine cruciate ligament disease to treatment with a brace (orthosis), I received several excellent comments, one of which I want to be sure you have the opportunity to read. The comment contains detailed information about orthoses (knee braces), how they work, how they are fitted,… read more

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What if? Communicating CPR Status

Cardiac arrest. Sometimes the unthinkable happens, and if it’s your pet you’d want the medical team caring for them to be prepared for it. You’d also want them to know your wishes and act accordingly. One basic fact that you need to know: CPR in pets isn’t like CPR on TV (or even CPR for… read more

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AKC Humane Fund Announces Winners of the 2016 Sir John D. Spurling, OBE,KCVO Scholarship

Today the AKC Humane Fund, Inc. is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s Sir John D. Spurling Scholarship, which celebrates the human-canine bond. This honor is bestowed every year on five full-time students who are enrolled in courses of study that contribute to the well-being of dogs and the advancement of responsible pet… read more

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Cruciate Ligament Disease: A Comparison of Surgical and Nonsurgical Treatment Outcomes

I was intrigued by the results of a recently published study in which the researchers focused on cranial cruciate ligament disease (CCLD) in dogs. Specifically, they evaluated owner satisfaction with outcomes of two very different treatment options, one involving surgery and the other using a custom fitted brace (orthosis). An all too common injury The… read more

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Causes and Treatment of Canine Liver Disease (part 2)

I’ve got nothing but love and respect for the liver. This amazing, multitasking organ performs a vast array of functions essential for survival. Background information about these functions along with the symptoms and diagnostic testing associated with liver disease, are all found in the first portion of this article. Below is the rest of the… read more

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Mars Petcare Settles False Advertising Charges Related to Its Eukanuba Dog Food

Mars Petcare U.S., Inc., has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it falsely advertised the health benefits of its Eukanuba brand dog food. Specifically, the FTC alleges that the company claimed, but could not prove, that a 10-year study found that dogs fed Eukanuba could extend their expected lifespan by 30 percent or… read more

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Don’t Feed Your Dog These Foods, FDA Warns

The Food and Drug Administration has just confirmed what veterinarians and dog experts have been saying for years: Be wary of feeding your dogcertain “human” foods. On July 27, the federal agency released a warning to pet owners advising that some seemingly harmless foods can be dangerous—sometimes deadly—to our canine companions. “Our bodies may break… read more

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Seizures: When the Brain Misfires

It was not the way to start a morning, brushing my teeth and hearing the scrambling of dog feet on the tile floor with my youngest son hollering “Mooooom” in a panicked voice. I went running out to the kitchen to see my 11-year-old dog, Peanut, having a generalized (grand mal) seizure, while my husband… read more

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Bulldog Study: Outcrossing Needed to Restore Health, Claim Scientists

OUTCROSSING the Bulldog with another breed would be the best way to make it healthier and ensure its survival, according to a new study. American scientists say that due to centuries of selective breeding for physical traits, the Bulldog has become so inbred it cannot be returned to health unless new blood is involved. The… read more

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KC Reveals Tough Plan to Tackle GSD Problems

THE KENNEL Club has clamped down hard on German Shepherd exhibitors and judges.   In its latest move to tackle what it believes are serious problems with the breed it has changed the Standard, suspended judging contracts and tackled double handling head on.    And it has introduced handling changes, with GSDs to be shown… read more

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