Some diagnostic tests that are available are more of a situation of a test looking for a market rather than filling a clinical need for additional information. That complicates matters since providing new information isn’t necessarily useful if we don’t know what to do with it. In some situations, it can even lead to bad… read more
Theriogenology Service Helps African Boerboel Deliver 19 Puppies
Bailey, a four-year-old African Boerboel, recently delivered what is believed to be the largest litter of puppies – 19 – ever born at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. All but one of the puppies survived the April 28 caesarean delivery by a multidisciplinary team of faculty veterinarians at the Wilford and Kate Bailey… read more
FDA Approves Entyce, a New Animal Drug for Appetite Stimulation in Dogs
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the approval of Entyce (capromorelin oral solution), a new animal drug indicated for appetite stimulation in dogs. Entyce is a selective ghrelin receptor agonist that binds to receptors that stimulate appetite. A laboratory study conducted with Entyce showed an increased appetite in normal healthy dogs. In a… read more
Do Dental Treats Work?
Dental health and hygiene has been well established as important for the health of our dogs. Dental plaque has been correlated with heart and kidney problems in dogs, as well as being potentially painful and seeding bacterial infections throughout the body. Bad breath can reflect illness and is certainly unpleasant for both dog and owner…. read more
Prevention is Smart Breeding- Cystine Bladder Stones in the Newfoundland Dog
From its early history as a North American working dog used to retrieve fishing nets and perform human water rescues, the beautiful and intelligent Newfoundland dog has carved out a well-deserved place in the heart of dog lovers around the world. Their characteristic large size, marked by heavy bones, powerful musculature, webbed feet, and thick… read more
Canine Cushing’s Disease
Of the handful of hormonal imbalances dogs develop, Cushing’s Disease is one of the most common. Also called hyperadrenocorticism, dogs with this disease have an overproduction (hyper) of cortisol (corticism) by their adrenal glands (adreno). Cushing’s Disease occurs primarily in middle-aged and older dogs, and, while it can develop in any size or breed, smaller… read more
Snake Oil or Cure All? How Can We Tell the Difference?
Have you ever heard of snake oil? It’s an expression generally reserved for unproven remedies for various ailments or maladies, but is also often used to describe any product with questionable or unverifiable benefit. Chinese workers, building the First Transcontinental Railroad in the mid-19th century, used snake oil to treat the painful inflammatory joint conditions… read more
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Receives Grant to Subsidize Cancer Treatment for Pets
ITHACA – Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has received a three-year, $350,000 grant to subsidize the cost of cancer treatment for dogs and cats. By establishing a “Petco Foundation & Blue Buffalo Foundation Cancer Treatment Support Fund,” the Cornell University Hospital for Animals will be able to provide financial assistance for owners who could… read more
Addison’s Disease in Dogs
In 1855 Dr. Thomas Addison was the first person to describe a human affliction he dubbed Addison’s disease. Since that time, this disease has become a well-recognized syndrome in both people and dogs. The scientific name for Addison’s disease is hypoadrenocorticism– an insufficient production of essential hormones manufactured by the adrenal glands. Addison’s disease can… read more
Do Dogs Dream?
Whether or not dogs dream isn’t known with scientific certainty, but it sure is difficult to imagine that they don’t. We’ve all watched our dogs demonstrate behaviors in their sleep that resemble what they do in a fully awake state. Paddling legs, whining, growling, wagging tails, chomping jowls, and twitching noses inspire us to wonder… read more