Canine Health

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FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Canine Noise Anxiety

Does your dog have “noise anxiety?” Is he afraid of loud sounds like thunder or fireworks? Chances are he isn’t alone. According to the New York Daily News, research shows that 40 to 50 percent of dog owners say their pup is scared of loud sounds. Well, the good news for dog owners is the… read more

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You’re a What? What’s a Pathologist?

A lady at my gym asked me what I do for a living.  “I’m a veterinary pathologist,” I said and then paused, smiling, as I waited for the inevitable furrowing of brows and subsequent barrage of questions about my line of work.  “You’re a…what?” she asked, her voice trailing off at the unexpected constellation of… read more

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New Help for Dogs With Megaesophagus

There’s some exciting, hot-off-the-press news for dogs with megaesophagus. Researchers at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine have new insights about this frustrating and often devastating disease. What is megaesophagus? The term megaesophagus refers to weakness, dilation, and decreased motility of the esophagus, the muscular tube that normally propels food, water, and saliva… read more

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Major Breakthrough Made on Mitral Valve Disease

THERE has been a major breakthrough in the management of the most common form of canine heart disease, mitral valve (MVD) which has the potential to extend dogs’ lives. A global study has found that treatment with the drug pimobendan delays the onset of heart failure secondary to MVD, Research results showed that treating dogs… read more

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Lick Granulomas: An Annoying Little Problem That is Difficult To Solve

If you’ve no idea what a lick granuloma is, count your blessings! What a nuisance they can be. The official name for this disease is acral lick dermatitis. “Acral” refers to an extremity (leg) and “dermatitis” means inflammation of the skin. The “lick” is thrown in because incessant licking behavior is what causes the problem…. read more

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Who To Test? – Canine Autosomal Recessive Genetic Diseases

Genetics play an enormous role in the health of dogs walking through the doors of any veterinary hospital. However, the treatment of an animal with an inherited disease rather than proactive testing of the genetic mutations responsible for disease has been the traditional role of the veterinarian. With an increase in the availability of canine… read more

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Flesh-Eating Parasite Infestation in Florida Threatening Pets,Wildlife

A parasite not seen in the United States for three decades is raising alarm in Florida after the U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed an infestation and a state of agricultural emergency in Monroe Country. The New World screwworm (Cochliomyia hominivorax) threatens both wildlife and pets—and it can even affect humans. What Is Screwworm Infestation?… read more

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Is Giardiasis Getting Too Much Attention for Diarrhea?

You remember the Pepto Bismol jingle, right? “Nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea!” Some of you may be running for the toilet paper just thinking about it. But in all seriousness, those signs sum up the bulk of what your dog or cat may experience if they have an active infection with Giardia. How does… read more

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Setting Up a Trust for Your Pet

A dear friend of mine just entered hospice care. After a courageous battle, she is finally surrendering to ovarian cancer. In a conversation shared yesterday, she told me that she wants her beloved horse Partner to go to one of our mutual friends along with her truck and trailer and money to take care of… read more

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AKC Canine Health Foundation is partnering with VetVine to present a free educational webinar on Cancer Immunotherapy

The AKC Canine Health Foundation is partnering with VetVine to present a free educational webinar on Cancer Immunotherapy: Basic Concepts and Strategies for Improving Treatment Outcomes, on Tuesday, October 18 at 8:00 p.m. EDT. This special event will feature Timothy M. Fan, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (oncology).  Dr. Fan will provide dog lovers with information on: – The cellular and non-cellular participants involved… read more

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