Canine Health

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Confused by Veterinary Oncology Terminology? Let Me Help You Figure it Out!

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are confusing topics. When complicated terminology is combined with the anxiety associated with a diagnosis of cancer, it’s easy to understand how things become blurry.   Further complicating things are those veterinarians who cross specialties. How can an owner keep be expected to keep it all straight? Chemotherapy is defined as the… read more

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Out of the Mouths of Animals…

Dogs and cats are frequently diagnosed with tumors of the oral cavity. This diverse group of cancers includes growths along the gingiva (gum), lips, tongue, tonsils, the bones and cartilage of the upper and lower jaws, and the structural components holding the teeth in place. The most common oral tumors in dogs are melanoma, squamous… read more

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The Infinite Sadness of HappyTail

The name sounds like it could be a children’s book or the first installment of a Disney franchise – Happytail. Little anthropomorphic creatures cavorting gleefully in some wooded glade somewhere while they sing about the virtues of modesty, proper dental hygiene or hard work. But fairy tale full of wide-eyed childhood wonder it’s not. It’s… read more

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Do You and Your Dog Have Similar Personalities?

Research has shown that owners often choose dogs that look similar to them. Data also suggests that the dogs we choose to share our life with tend to have similar personalities. One study asked owners to rank themselves and their dogs in five personality traits – neuroticism, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness. Owners ranked themselves and… read more

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There’s a Test For That Tick! But Is There a Need?

Some diagnostic tests that are available are more of a situation of a test looking for a market rather than filling a clinical need for additional information. That complicates matters since providing new information isn’t necessarily useful if we don’t know what to do with it. In some situations, it can even lead to bad… read more

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Theriogenology Service Helps African Boerboel Deliver 19 Puppies

Bailey, a four-year-old African Boerboel, recently delivered what is believed to be the largest litter of puppies – 19 – ever born at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. All but one of the puppies survived the April 28 caesarean delivery by a multidisciplinary team of faculty veterinarians at the Wilford and Kate Bailey… read more

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FDA Approves Entyce, a New Animal Drug for Appetite Stimulation in Dogs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the approval of Entyce (capromorelin oral solution), a new animal drug indicated for appetite stimulation in dogs. Entyce is a selective ghrelin receptor agonist that binds to receptors that stimulate appetite. A laboratory study conducted with Entyce showed an increased appetite in normal healthy dogs. In a… read more

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Do Dental Treats Work?

Dental health and hygiene has been well established as important for the health of our dogs. Dental plaque has been correlated with heart and kidney problems in dogs, as well as being potentially painful and seeding bacterial infections throughout the body. Bad breath can reflect illness and is certainly unpleasant for both dog and owner…. read more

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Prevention is Smart Breeding- Cystine Bladder Stones in the Newfoundland Dog

From its early history as a North American working dog used to retrieve fishing nets and perform human water rescues, the beautiful and intelligent Newfoundland dog has carved out a well-deserved place in the heart of dog lovers around the world. Their characteristic large size, marked by heavy bones, powerful musculature, webbed feet, and thick… read more

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Canine Cushing’s Disease

Of the handful of hormonal imbalances dogs develop, Cushing’s Disease is one of the most common. Also called hyperadrenocorticism, dogs with this disease have an overproduction (hyper) of cortisol (corticism) by their adrenal glands (adreno). Cushing’s Disease occurs primarily in middle-aged and older dogs, and, while it can develop in any size or breed, smaller… read more

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