Canine Health

New Veterinary CT Scanner One-of-a-Kind in Arizona

Scottsdale, AZ – (August 3, 2015) – Animal Medial and Surgical Center (AMSC) in Scottsdale became the first in the state to offer a special kind of CT scan for pet owners with a new cone beam computed tomography machine, the first of its kind for pets in Arizona. The NewTom 5G Cone Beam CT… read more

“I Thought it Was Just a Little Limp.” When a Diagnosis of Lameness Leads to Something More Concerning…

Duffy’s owners noted he was limping on his right front leg a few weeks ago. They didn’t give it much consideration at the time. It wasn’t unusual for this handsome and active 9 year-old Golden retriever to tweak a muscle once in a while, and after a few days of rest and prescription anti-inflammatory medication,… read more

Preventing Inherited Von Willebrand Disease in the Kerry Blue Terrier

The Irish-bred, Kerry blue terrier (KBT) is historically a well-rounded working dog with its roots in hunting small game and rodents. However, their intelligence and diverse abilities have also led to their success as guard dogs and as a herding breed. Like many terriers, the KBT is known for its high energy and tends to… read more

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VetStem Biopharma and Animal Hospital Announce Partnership

Sunday, July 26, 2015 Poway-based VetStem Biopharma, a veterinary regenerative medicine company, and VCA Emergency Animal Hospital & Referral Center recently announced an educational and clinical partnership in support of local area veterinarians. “Stem cell therapy is an established treatment for arthritic conditions in our pets and is also proving to be helpful in a… read more

Messing With Meds – Not a Good Idea!

There is a situation going around on social media about a breeder who has had a major tragedy. Thinking of economics – and don’t we all?, – she supposedly purchased equine medication at the farm store to treat her dogs. Her goal was obviously to provide good preventive health care for her dogs and at… read more


Long-Term Use of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Medication for Treatment of Canine Arthritis

Just like people, many dogs develop age-related arthritis. Symptoms are far more common in larger breeds. Not only are the big dogs more predisposed to arthritis, their joint pain is intensified because of the extra weight they carry. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) As their name implies, NSAIDs are non-cortisone containing drugs. They have both anti-inflammatory… read more

Preventing Inherited Congenital Stationary Night Blindness in the Briard

With depictions in artwork from as early as the 8th century, the ancient Briard is a French dog breed that has been employed in diverse roles throughout its history, but is most commonly recognized as a herding breed or as a guard dog for flocks of sheep. Though documentation of its early history is sparse,… read more

The Three Step Plan to Curing Cancer…

The 3-step mantra ingrained into my brain during my residency in medical oncology was to “name it, stage it, and treat it.” The philosophy is simple: First you must identify the disease process you’re dealing with (name it). Then you search for where in the body you can find evidence of the disease (stage it)…. read more


Canine Influenza Infographic

An outbreak of H3N2 canine influenza in the Midwest that started earlier this year has since spread to dogs in several other states, including Massachusetts, New Jersey, Alabama, California, Texas, New York, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Georgia. It’s unclear how widespread the virus will become, but it’s likely that cases will continue to emerge… read more

Wanted: 4,600 Dogs for Bloat Study

Tufts University researchers are looking for 4,600 purebred dogs to participate in a landmark study of bloat, a life-threatening condition that primarily afflicts larger canines. The study will use DNA taken from blood and abdominal tissue samples to investigate possible genetic links to bloat. The condition—a stomach dangerously filled with gas, fluid or food—can kill… read more

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