Canine Health


The Variability of Certain Canine Diseases

In my last blog, I defined words that described when symptoms may present themselves in a dog affected with a genetic condition.  Today’s topic of discussion is how those symptoms show up (or not show up).  These terms are easily confused with each other.  I’ve even heard some geneticists can get these definitions mixed up. … read more


Puppies, Puppies Everywhere!

With spring, come thoughts of puppies. Whether you are adding a puppy to your family or looking to place your puppies in excellent forever homes, it is important to consider behavior. More dogs end up in shelters, rescues or returned to their breeders for behavior than any other reason. A recent issue of Clinician’s Brief… read more


All About Prognostic Factors

Prognostic factors are characteristics possessed by a patient, its tumor, or both. They predict the likely course of the cancer, and ultimately, your pet’s prognosis, or final outcome. Prognostic factors could help estimate a patient’s survival time, chance of success with a particular treatment plan, or risk for recurrence of disease following surgery, radiation, or… read more

GSD Crufts 2016

Judges Must Be ‘Sorted Out’, Says KC after GSD Best of Breed Debacle

THE KENNEL Club was forced to swing into damage-limiting action after the German Shepherd best of breed at Crufts attracted widespread criticism. KC footage of Stuart and Susan Cuthbert’s Cruaghaire Catoria (Tori) moving was edited out of Saturday evening’s Channel 4 coverage of the group; every other breed was televised. But footage could be found… read more


When Cancer Hurts, but Only Part of the Time…

People readily associate a diagnosis of cancer with severe adverse clinical signs. I’m not speaking of the effects of chemotherapy or radiation; rather I’m referring to the decline in a patient’s quality of life occurring secondary to progression of disease. Regardless of whether the patient is a human or an animal, we’re equally capable of… read more


The Von Willebrand Disease Type II Mutation and the Boykin Spaniel

Von Willebrand disease (vWD) is a group of relatively common, inherited disorders of blood clotting in dogs. First described in humans in the 1920’s, vWD is now known to be caused by various mutations in the vWF gene which serves as a blueprint for a protein known as von Willbrand factor (vWF). The vWF protein… read more


The Good Thing About Science Is…

While recently searching for information on the role of evidence-based information in medical decision-making, I came across the following quote by Neil DeGrasse Tyson: “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.” My initial impression of the statement was one of complete agreement. I approach both my… read more


Neurological Condition Found in Vizslas

A RARE neurological condition has been identified in a small number of Hungarian Vizslas. Cerebellar ataxia is an aggressive and progressive condition which affects gait and co-ordination from about two to three months of age and for which there is no treatment. Dogs affected have to be put to sleep on welfare grounds when the… read more


Why Does My Dog Tremble?

Have you ever watched your dog tremble or shiver in warm weather and wondered why? While it’s tempting to think that trembling and shivering are always a result of being too cold, such is not the case. Here’s a list of causes to consider. 1.Thermoregulation (temperature control): Shivering is a very effective means of creating… read more


Penn Vet to Host Canine Breeder Excellence Seminar Featuring NIH Distinguished Investigator Dr. Elaine Ostrander

Philadelphia, PA] – Genetics play an increasingly important role in the advancement of canine health. The Canine Breeder Excellence Seminar, sponsored by Penn Vet and the Theriogenology Foundation, gives breeders the opportunity to learn from top experts in canine health. The seminar will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 8:00am-5:30pm at Penn Vet’s… read more

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