Canine Health


Core Conditioning for Your Dog

While attending the Purina Sporting Dog Summit, several experts gave advice on ways to keep your dogs healthy and injury free. Jennell Appel, DVM, CCRT; James L. Cook, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR Purina’s Arleigh Reynolds, DVM, PhD, DACVN all stressed the importance of warming a dog up prior to competition/hunting/exercise and then cooling down afterwards…. read more

Dog Lying In Home Office With Man In Background

My Veterinary Support Group: Clients Helping Clients

So many veterinary diseases take pet owners by storm and leave them feeling disoriented — and sometimes distrustful of the diagnosis and the doctor behind it. Misdiagnoses do happen, but for a pet owner to agree to a diagnostic or treatment plan they have to, at the very least, believe that the doctor has some… read more


Prevention Is Smart Breeding- Urate Bladder Stones in the Spanish Water Dog

Though reliable accounts marking the early origins of the Spanish water dog (SWD) are lost to history, likely ancestors of the SWD (and probably the Portuguese water dog) were described in the Iberian Peninsula around the 12th century. Primarily used as a herding breed, the Spanish water dog has also been trained to perform tasks… read more


When Both the Owner and Their Pet Have Cancer

A surprisingly large number of owners of the pets I see with cancer are cancer survivors themselves. Aside from how unusual I find it when people are willing to share their personal medical histories with me, I usually also feel a particular pang of sadness for their situation. My expertise lies in diagnosing and treating… read more


Our Pets are Living Longer – and Developing Aging Issues Common to Humans

Yoda, a canine senior citizen with the physique of a greyhound and the face of a basenji, started behaving oddly a couple of years ago. Every so often, he would loop aimlessly around the living room of his home in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Sacramento. He stared blankly at bare walls. For the first time… read more


Epilepsy Task Force

Far and away, epilepsy is the most common neurological disease affecting dogs and cats. Within the United States, it is estimated that approximately 780,000 dogs are diagnosed with this disorder every year (sorry, no numbers available for cats). In spite of the prevalence of epilepsy in small animals, relatively little is understood about its cause… read more


Popping the Corn Myth

I’m just gonna come right out and say it: corn is not the problem. This innocent grain is responsible for more misplaced consumer ire than any other ingredient in pet foods and there’s no need to listen to the panic-mongers and get all up in arms and demand grain-free pet food. If you have an… read more

LOWER LAKE, CA - JULY 31:  Goats run away from their pen after firefighters freed them as the Rocky Fire approaches on July 31, 2015 in Lower Lake, California. Over 900 firefighters are battling the Rocky Fire that erupted to over 15,000 acres since it started on Wednesday afternoon. The fire is currently five percent contained and has destroyed 3 homes.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Animals Injured In California’s Devastating Wildfires Continue To Be Treated

It’s been two months since the massive wildfires in Calaveras and Lake Counties, and some injured animals are still being treated at the UC Davis Veterinarian Hospital. But now some of those pets whose owners could not be found are finding new homes. Wilbur, a 500-pound pig, is among the animals rescued from the flames… read more


What Happens When You Care Too Much?

There is a quote from a prominent veterinary oncology text taped above the computer monitor in my office stating: “True oncological emergencies are rare. Emergencies of emotion, however, are quite common.” I realize this expression may not resonate well with an owner of a pet with cancer and could even be misconstrued in an offensive… read more


Can This Drug Make Our Dogs Live Longer?

If you want your dog to live longer, you might soon get your wish. Researchers at the University of Washington are studying whether a drug used to treat kidney-transplant patients could help dogs live two to five years longer than their average lifespan. The scientists have begun trials to learn if the anti-inflammatory effects of… read more

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