Canine Health

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Blood Glucose Curves Help Keep Diabetic Pets on the Straight and Narrow

Diabetes is not one of those diseases that you get to set it and forget it; it requires constant monitoring and evaluation of the insulin dose to give us control of the disease and decrease its symptom and side effects. After a few decades, people with unregulated (uncontrolled) diabetes tend to end up with retinal… read more

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Diseases We Shouldn’t See

Considering the horse’s signs could have been an example in a textbook for baby veterinarians, it took longer than I’m proud of to make the diagnosis. The filly stood stock stiff, drooling, wild-eyed, trembling, and sweating. She couldn’t eat, her heart rate was sky-high, and her distress was evident. It wasn’t until I went to… read more

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Can’t You Just Give Me the “Chemo Pill”

I’ve been a major slacker lately when it comes to writing articles. I blame the fact that a few months back, the staff at PetMD cut back on asking me for contributions, therefore reducing my incentive (read: deadlines) for completing my tasks. My absence doesn’t stem from a lack of thought. I still possess a… read more

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Hospice for Pets – Is it Right for You?

It was another hot summer afternoon, and I found myself with my friend and her family in their back yard preparing to euthanize Daizy, their middle-aged, oversized Beagle. The family was assembled around Daizy, who had finally reached the end after a two-week battle with her kidneys that were no longer doing the job they… read more

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Blinding Disease in Canines and Humans Shares Causative Gene, Pathology

Ciliopathies are diseases that affect the cilia, sensory organelles that most mammalian cells possess and which play a critical role in many biological functions. One such disease is Senior Løken Syndrome, a rare condition that can involve both a severe kidney disease and the blinding disease Leber congenital amaurosis, or LCA. A decade ago, researchers… read more

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Tracheal Collapse: A Common Cause of Canine Coughing

“My dog can’t stop coughing, and I’m not getting any sleep!” What veterinarian hasn’t heard this complaint? Many different disorders cause coughing in dogs. One at the top of the list, particularly in smaller breeds, is a disease called tracheal collapse (aka, collapsing trachea). Normal tracheal anatomy and function The trachea is part of the… read more

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AKC Canine Health Foundation Makes Strides in Tick-Borne Disease Research to Benefit Dogs

RALEIGH, N.C. (September 20, 2016) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat and cure diseases in all dogs, is pleased to announce ongoing progress through its Tick-Borne Disease Initiative. Launched in February 2016, this comprehensive Initiative addresses important health concerns that include Lyme disease, bartonellosis, and… read more

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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

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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

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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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