Canine Health

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Medical Questions to Ask a Prospective Pet Sitter

If you’re like me, the most stressful part of preparing to go out of town is feeling reassured that the animals left behind will be well cared for. I prefer to have my menagerie cared for in their own surroundings by a professional pet sitter, or at the pet sitter’s home (emphasis here on “home”… read more

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Basset Hound Removed From ‘High Profile’ List

THE BASSET Hound is to be removed from the category three – high-profile – breeds list.   It is to be transferred to the category two list of the Kennel Club’s Breed Watch system from January 1.   The reclassification, which follows a recommendation from the KC’s Dog Health Group, means that Basset bests of… read more

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Coughing, Coughing, Coughing, But Why?

It was like those Robitussin commercials where the wife can’t sleep because the husband is coughing, coughing, coughing. Except in this case, the coughing culprit was not the husband, but Portia de Rossi, a 10-year-old Bichon Frise. The effect, however, was the same: PdR’s parents could not get a peaceful night’s sleep. Eventually, dog-tired (yes,… read more

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Celebrate the National Dog Show Presented by Purina® and the Holiday Season by Thanking Your Favorite Pooch to Benefit Canine Health Research

 ST. LOUIS, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — In celebration of the National Dog Show Presented by Purina and the Thanksgiving holiday, Purina invites dog lovers across the world to share why they are thankful for their four-legged friends and how they show their thankfulness through its #DogThanking initiative. Johnny Weir Teams up with Purina   Dog… read more

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Say NO to Sago!

As a young kid I never thought I’d outgrow going to the toy store. But alas I was wrong. Little did I know that for me, stores like Best Buy and Lowes would replace Toys R Us. Instead of Star Wars action figures, I now buy Samsung washer dryer sets and attractive plants to spruce… read more

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School Aids Injured K9 Officers

Not many patients are transported to the veterinary hospital by ambulance. As a matter of fact, none ever had before. So it was odd to see a German shepherd arrive in one last spring. With several police officers in tow, it was clear something was unique about this dog. Hit by a car while attempting… read more

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FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Canine Noise Anxiety

Does your dog have “noise anxiety?” Is he afraid of loud sounds like thunder or fireworks? Chances are he isn’t alone. According to the New York Daily News, research shows that 40 to 50 percent of dog owners say their pup is scared of loud sounds. Well, the good news for dog owners is the… read more

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You’re a What? What’s a Pathologist?

A lady at my gym asked me what I do for a living.  “I’m a veterinary pathologist,” I said and then paused, smiling, as I waited for the inevitable furrowing of brows and subsequent barrage of questions about my line of work.  “You’re a…what?” she asked, her voice trailing off at the unexpected constellation of… read more

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New Help for Dogs With Megaesophagus

There’s some exciting, hot-off-the-press news for dogs with megaesophagus. Researchers at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine have new insights about this frustrating and often devastating disease. What is megaesophagus? The term megaesophagus refers to weakness, dilation, and decreased motility of the esophagus, the muscular tube that normally propels food, water, and saliva… read more

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Major Breakthrough Made on Mitral Valve Disease

THERE has been a major breakthrough in the management of the most common form of canine heart disease, mitral valve (MVD) which has the potential to extend dogs’ lives. A global study has found that treatment with the drug pimobendan delays the onset of heart failure secondary to MVD, Research results showed that treating dogs… read more

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