Canine Health

Lung Tumors in Pets

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women (not counting skin cancer). In men, prostate cancer is more common, while in women breast cancer is more common. Lung cancer accounts for just over 25 percent of all human cancer deaths and is the leading cause of cancer death among both… read more


Designer Genes – Beauty vs Health

A few years after I began showing and breeding Miniature Schnauzers, I realized that no historical archives existed for champion producers in Canada in the way they have always been catalogued in the U.S. So, I began gathering the data from old CKC stud books and issues of Dogs In Canada, starting with the first… read more


Designer Genes – Genetic Management or Misery?

In the early 1970s, Miniature Schnauzer breeders embarked on a program unprecedented and unduplicated in any popular breed: to eliminate the genetic defect that caused juvenile cataracts. Research had established that juvenile cataracts (CJC) were transmitted as autosomal recessive with complete penetrance and were present at birth. Early diagnosis permitted the use of test-breeding, sanctioned… read more


Them Bones: Orthopedic Issues in Young, Large and Giant Breed Dogs

Maintaining the company of a “Clifford” creates a unique feeling of companionship. Walking beside a giant dog, one feels almost regal. And, not having to bend over to stroke your best buddy’s head is a nice perk. If you adopt a large or giant breed pup such as a German Shepherd, Great Dane, Wolfhound, or… read more

Telemedicine: Tele-Terrific or Tele-Terrible?

One of the main differences between advanced hospitals for animals and humans is that the majority of veterinary referral hospitals may lack one or more of the primary “on-site” specialists and outsource the activities they would typically perform to larger scale organizations through “telemedicine.” Only the largest private practice hospitals or veterinary schools have each… read more

AKC Canine Health Foundation Hosts Successful 2015 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference Sponsored by Nestlé Purina PetCare

ST. LOUIS, MO. & RALEIGH, N.C. — The AKC Canine Health Foundation, a nonprofit organization celebrating 20 years of preventing, treating, and curing diseases in all dogs, hosted a successful 2015 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference August 7-9 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals helped send 25 veterinary students from across… read more

KC Research on Inbreeding Predicts Brighter Future for Pedigree Dogs

‘GROUND-breaking’ research which it hopes will help breeders improve genetic health and protect the future of dog breeds has been launched by the Kennel Club. The review covers 35 years of data and is said to be the most comprehensive research project of its kind, covering the years from 1980 to 2014 for all 215… read more

Spontaneously Occurring Cancer in Dogs Helps to Inform Human Disease

In a paper published on September 16, 2015 in Genome Research by Elvers et al, a collaboration between eight US and international institutions of veterinary and human medicine and biomedical research, the benefits of One Health become clear. With funds provided by the NIH, the AKC Canine Health Foundation and others, the researchers successfully defined… read more

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Eight Tips for Keeping Your Dog Free of Tick-Borne Diseases

Ticks are such annoying little creatures, but far more significant than the nuisance factor is their ability to spread disease. Ticks that embed in a dog’s skin can transmit a variety of serious and even life threatening infectious diseases including: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Ehrlichia Anaplasma Babesia Lyme disease (Borrelia) Another problem ticks can cause… read more

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Snakes and Spiders and Bears, Oh My!

My husband and I have purposefully chosen to live in the country. There are no other houses within eyeshot, we can run outside naked if we like, and there is no need for worry that our barking dogs are bothering the neighbors. The countryside we’ve chosen is in western North Carolina where we live atop… read more

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