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The AKC and the Theriogenology Foundation Announce 2016 Companion Animal Residencies

The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry, the Theriogenology Foundation and the AKC Canine Health Foundation announce that the recently established American Kennel Club/Theriogenology Foundation Companion Animal Residencies in Theriogenology have been renewed and expanded to four universities in 2016. The schools are The Ohio State University, University of Pennsylvania, North… read more


What Would You Do With an Injured Stray? Part 2

Last week’s conundrum was the stray dog, who we’ve affectionately dubbed Big Bopper, in the hands of our capable Dr. Harbinger after the dog sustained injuries from being HBC (hit by car, in ER parlance), which is not nearly as bad as being HBW (hit by wombat – invariably fatal) or BEBZ (brain eaten by zombies). He… read more


Cancer Therapies for Dogs May Speed the Development of New Treatments for Humans

In my favorite childhood photo, I’m sitting in a big laundry basket in a pile of lab mix puppies. They’re licking my face, pulling on my curls and I’m laughing with absolute joy. Dogs are good at teaching us to live in the moment. But did you know they also inform us about diseases we… read more

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What Would you Do With an Injured Stray? Part 1

It might seem, at first blush, like veterinarians would love this sort of thing: A busted little stray critter comes to you, and your best medical instincts kick in. You want go all out to save the animal, reuniting him with his loving family as a choir of heavenly angels sing and the afternoon light… read more


A Smart Phone Device Records Canine and Feline ECG’s (Electrocardiographs)

A decade or so ago, I never would have dreamed of running an ECG (electrocardiograph) on a dog or cat using my smartphone. When I learned this new technology exists, my response was “ Wow! Really?” A company called AliveCor has produced just such a product. Word on the street is that increasing numbers of… read more


AKC Canine Health Foundation Announces Funding to Address Canine Thyroid Disease

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 29, 2016) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat and cure diseases in all dogs, announces an exciting new grant that aims to address thyroid disease in dogs. Funding for this grant is made possible by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), a… read more


Real Vets Use Duct Tape: And Other ‘Tails’ of Veterinary Improv

A black cotton dress, a science fiction novel, and a roll of duct tape have a lot in common. As I turned the last pages of The Martian and set it on my hotel nightstand, I heard myself sigh. I was in a hotel and my luggage was lost. In the bathroom, I attacked the same… read more

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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


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


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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