Canine Health

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Alaska’s New Divorce Law: Pets Are More Than Property

My interest is always piqued by news of changes in laws that view animals as family members rather than personal property. Case in point is a newly amended law in Alaska (Amendment HB 147) that requires consideration of the best interest of companion animals who are caught up in the tangle of divorce. In the… read more

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Exhibitors Wary of CRUFFA Presence at Crufts

Rumours that supporters of Jemima Harrison’s campaign are going to be busy at Crufts no sign of abating. Over the weekend a new meme appeared on Facebook warning exhibitors that Ms Harrison’s Campaign for the Responsible Use of Flat-Faced Animals (CRUFFA) allies may be mingling with exhibitors at the show. It says, ‘Crufts 2017 warning!… read more

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What Do You Do When Ear Drops and Oral Antibiotics Don’t Work?

It’s a problem many of us dog owners have experienced, especially someone like myself who is in love with the Labrador Retriever.  You wake up to find that Fido is dragging his ear along the ground as if trying to pick up a radio signal from China.  You lift that floppy ear up only to… read more

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AKC Canine Health Foundation Awards First Research Grant Through the Comparative Brain Tumor Consortium with the National Cancer Institute

In September, 2015, a group of clinicians and investigators in the fields of veterinary and human neuro-oncology, clinical trials, neuropathology, and drug development came together at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. This meeting served as the inaugural event launching a new consortium, the Comparative Brain Tumor Consortium (CBTC) focused on improving the… read more

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A Dog’s Nose: The Next Tool in Detecting Cancer?

Imagine being able to give a sample of your saliva, urine — or even your breath — to get tested for cancer. Believe it or not, an early cancer detection test that’s non-invasive, inexpensive, and safe could soon be a reality. How would this be possible? Through the power of a dog’s nose. Research has… read more

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Ovary-Sparing Spay Surgery (OSS)

My last blog focused on the boys, specifically canine vasectomy, a surgical technique for sterilizing male dogs without removal of their reproductive organs (testicles). Now, it’s time to talk about the girls! The corollary surgery in female dogs is called ovary-sparing spay (OSS). What exactly is ovary-sparing spay surgery? The canine spay surgery traditionally performed… read more

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2017 Canine Breeder Excellence Seminar at Penn Vet

We have expanded this year’s seminar to include not only Veterinary CE credits, but also AKC Bred with H.E.A.R.T. CE credits! Cost if you pre-register is only $75, On-site $125 Registration cost includes breakfast and lunch Webinar session also offered 3/4/2017 When:Saturday, March 4, 2017 Sessions from 9:00 AM – 5:30 PMWhere: Map this event »… read more

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Guidelines for End-of-Life Care

Some truly lovely guidelines pertaining to end-of-life care for pets have recently been published. I use the word lovely because everything within this document feels exceptionally loving and humane, not only for the animals, but also for their human companions. The guidelines were a collaborative effort, created by the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care… read more

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Those Pesky Veterinary Myths

Back in the last century when I was in veterinary school, I distinctly remember a dermatology lecture given to our junior class. The lecturer, an internationally respected veterinary dermatologist, stopped mid-way through a talk about nutrition and skin disease to ask: Does anyone in this room believe that when a dog eats bacon grease, the grease… read more

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Blood Purification Process Saves Anemic Dog

Bella, a 5-year-old female pit bull terrier, was acting lethargic a few months ago and then produced dark urine and was icteric (jaundice-like). Her owner Carol, a veterinarian and UC Davis alum, knew something was wrong and ran blood tests on Bella. The tests indicated extremely low red blood cell (RBC) counts, and Carol suspected… read more

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