Posts with tag DVM

Show Dogs Dual Lives – Giving Back Part 1

Being a therapy dog is a perfect second career for many of our show dogs. In fact, many show dogs are naturals for this kind of work. Your average show dog has just about seen it all, heard it all and done it all. He has walked on slippery cement floors, shiny linoleum and carpet… read more


Among the Shows Closing March 6, 2013

Entries for North Carolina’s Tar Heel Cluster, hosted by the Cary, Alamance, Durham, Raleigh and Fayetteville Kennel Clubs, close next week. In the interest of full disclosure, I am a member of the Raleigh Kennel Club, but this set of shows has plenty of good things going on in any case. The cluster’s five all-breed… read more

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Medical and Surgical Options for CCL Rupture Repair

A cranial cruciate ligament tear or rupture is the most common rear leg injury in dogs, according to Matthew Mahn, D.V.M., an American College of Veterinary Surgeons diplomate and surgeon at the Midwest Veterinary Referral Center in St. Louis., which treats about 200 to 300 such injuries each year. You may have heard the term ACL,… read more

A Belgian Tervuren pup is introduced to tracking. Photo by Tom Eldredge.

Crosstraining Your Show Puppy: Part III

In addition to obedience and agility, you might also want to consider introducing your show prospect to tracking. A big problem that many exhibitors fuss over with their dogs is sniffing in the ring. This is generally more of an issue outdoors. Even a mature, experienced show dog may try to sniff out the huge… read more


Crosstraining Your Show Puppy: Part II

After obedience, the next dog sport to introduce your show puppy to is agility. No, I’m not talking weave poles or jumping – that’s too much stress for your growing puppy’s joints! However, many exercises that agility exhibitors use can help your pup in the show ring. You do not need to aim for a… read more


Crosstraining Your Show Puppy:Part I

Photographs by Tom Eldredge Just the thought of training a puppy for the show and obedience rings simultaneously probably makes some of you cringe. You’re likely thinking, “But then my puppy will sit in the ring!” A dog who knows the obedience commands for stand, sit and down can simply be told to stand. In… read more

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Pacemakers Keep Dogs’ Hearts Beating

No one really knows how many dogs get pacemakers each year. But the people whose dogs’ lives are saved by the devices don’t really care. Yes, in case you hadn’t heard, dogs can get pacemakers if their hearts don’t beat often enough or beat irregularly. The first such implantation was done in 1968, but the… read more

Keep Puppies from ‘Fading’ with Proper Management

Puppy fading. Virtually every breeder has heard the term. However, according to Michelle Kutzler, D.V.M., Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of animal sciences at Oregon State University, no puppy born healthy should die within the first two weeks of birth. If it does, it’s a matter of animal management, not “fading,” she says…. read more