Canine Health

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Lymphoma’s Newest Enemy

For the first time in a very long time, a new drug has been approved for dogs with lymphoma. The drug is called Tanovea-CA1 and it is produced by VetDC Inc., a startup company associated with Colorado State University. Earlier this month, Tanovea-CA1 received conditional approval from the Food and Drug Administration for treatment of… read more

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Study Shows How a Dog’s Diet Shapes its Gut Microbiome

Studies of the gut microbiome have gone to the dogs—and pets around the world could benefit as a result. In a paper published this week in mBio, researchers from Nestle Purina PetCare Company report that the ratio of proteins and carbohydrates in a canine’s daily diet have a significant influence on the balance of microbes… read more

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Prostate Gland Cancer in Dogs

I periodically force myself to write about one of a handful of diseases I truly despise, and canine prostate gland cancer definitely falls into this category. Why do I dislike this disease so much? There is no cure for it and, for as long as I’ve been alive, there remains no effective treatment that consistently… read more

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FDA Warns of Illnesses and Deaths in Pets Exposed to Prescription Topical (human) Cancer Treatment: Fluorouracil

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting pet owners, veterinarians, health care providers and pharmacists that pets are at risk of illness and death when exposed to the topical cancer medication Fluorouracil Cream USP 5% (5-FU.) intended for use in people. Fluorouracil may also be marketed under the brand names Carac, Effudex and Fluoroplex…. read more

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Spay/Neuter Recommendations

Next month I’ll be speaking to veterinarians at the North American Veterinary Conference about, “Current Spay/Neuter Research: Tips for Counseling Your Clients.” I love this topic for a couple of reasons. Based on results of some relatively recent and compelling research, the veterinary profession must now question some of its long-held beliefs about neutering dogs…. read more

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What Would You Do, Doc?

I’d venture to say that almost every veterinarian has been asked at least once in his or her career: “What would you do if this was your own pet, doc?” In veterinary school, many of us were taught to avoid answering the question. So we have developed a few common responses, such as “I can’t… read more

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Xylitol Toxicity in Dogs

For some folks, the start of a new year is a catalyst to lose weight and this may mean switching from plain old sugar to lower calorie sweeteners. Xylitol is one such sugar substitute that is safe for human consumption, but is toxic for dogs. In fact, it can be deadly. What exactly is xylitol?… read more

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This Fungus is Everywhere and Wants to Kill Everyone

You may never have heard of blastomycosis (or if you have, my condolences), but it is caused by a ubiquitous fungus calledBlastomyces found in certain parts of the U.S. and it wants to eat your dog and, very rarely, your cat. It lives in soil and sometimes it also wants to eat you (although – important… read more

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What Makes a Veterinary Specialist So Special?

Becoming a veterinary specialist is difficult. I don’t say this looking for sympathy, as I am well aware I chose this career, and the stresses I’ve sustained thus far are primarily of my own doing. But there are times when I do question my path. Not because I’m thinking about pursuing a completely different profession,… read more

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Why is My Veterinarian not Recommending Chemotherapy

The results of a study titled “Survey of UK-based veterinary surgeons’ opinions on the use of surgery and chemotherapy in the treatment of canine high-grade mast cell tumour, splenic haemangiosarcoma and appendicular osteosarcoma” were recently published. The study examined what percent of general veterinarians recommended chemotherapy for the three specific tumor types listed in the… read more

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