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A Veterinarian’s Medical Advice for Humans

One of the basic tenets of veterinary medicine is encapsulated in this commandment that all veterinarians live by (or should, anyway): Thou Shalt Not Treat Humans. I am an animal doctor, and a human, but I am not a human doctor. My patients have fur, paws, claws, scales, gills and sometimes a trunk, but they… read more

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AKC Canine Health Foundation Receives $1 Million Gift from the Estate of Cora N. Miller to Further Canine Health Research

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 25, 2016) –  The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat, and cure diseases in all dogs, is honored to announce a one million dollar donation from the estate of Cora Nunnally Miller to CHF’s endowment fund. Cora N. Miller was a philanthropist, and enthusiastic… read more

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Achieving Goals with Dreams, Focus & Occasionally Letting Go

“Set a goal so big you can’t achieve it until you grow into the person who can.” -unknown I was told many years ago by a friend that the reason I hadn’t reached my goals yet was because I wanted them too much. That I was too focused. I needed to forget about it, to… read more

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What Kind of Noses? Zoonoses!

The first time I saw the word zoonoses in a class syllabus in veterinary school, my mind immediately went to the rubber “animal noses” that my father would buy by the dozens in nature stores and zoo gift shops. Few things amuse Dad more than wandering around with a rubber rhinoceros snout fastened over his… read more

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New AKC Position Statement Re-Emphasizes Support for Purebred Dog Breeding

For over 130 years, the American Kennel Club has been dedicated to protecting and promoting the health and well-being of dogs.  This is reflected in AKC events, public education initiatives, inspections, and many programs that celebrate and encourage responsible dog breeding and the preservation of purebred dogs.  At its April meeting, the AKC Board of… read more

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The Little Skipper

Unusually for me, I’ve never had any personal experience with the Schipperke; no friends or family have ever owned one but their understated but smart looks always manage to catch my eye at shows. It has become de rigueur for the ‘pedigree haters’ to put up grainy shots of individuals in various breeds and whine… read more

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World Show in Jeopardy? FCI Asked for Help to Avert Russian kennel club ‘Catastrophe’

TROUBLE within the Russian kennel club might be putting this year’s World Dog Show under threat, it is feared.   There has been turmoil within the Russian Kynological Federation (RKF) for some time and this has led to criminal convictions, the temporary resignation of its president and the views of its most experienced members being… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – How Fares the Fairer Sex in Dog Shows?

The 2016 presidential election cycle has focused heavily on women — in politics, in the workforce, their reproductive health and their roles in society. So, let’s take a look at how the dog show world stacks up. By the Numbers – 5 of the top 20 dogs of all-breeds currently are bitches. – 5 of… read more

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AKC Clarifies Position Statements Related to Spaying and Neutering

The American Kennel Club recognizes the benefits of spaying and neutering dogs that are not part of a responsible breeding program or are not being shown. However, the decision of when and whether to spay or neuter a dog is not one to be taken lightly. Though commonplace, these elective procedures are major surgeries and… read more

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AKC Announces Staff Promotions and Appointments

New York, N.Y. – The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest dog registry and leading industry authority and advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce the promotions and appointments of several of its employees. Mark Dunn has been appointed Senior Vice President of Registration and Customer Development which encompasses Registration Development, Registration Services, Breeder… read more

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