Posts with tag University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine

GSD Atopic Dermatitis Gene Is No Panacea

Last week’s headline, “Researchers identify gene associated with eczema in dogs,” on the AlphaGalileo Foundation website, got me excited. Having researched atopic dermatitis for an article last September, I immediately imagined what this could mean for dog owners everywhere. However, as is often the case with headlines, the story revealed a less promising tale – not… read more

Intact Dogs Most Often Die from Infection or Trauma

It’s long been acknowledged – and in some cases it’s quite obvious – that sterilized dogs and bitches won’t get certain diseases. After all, if a dog has no testicles, it’s not going to get testicular cancer. But now, as many are questioning the practice of sterilizing pet dogs prior to 4 to 6 months… read more

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Take Control of Atopic Dermatitis

A dog that licks or chews on its feet, rubs its face as if itchy, scratches under its front legs and in the groin area, and licks its anal area excessively may be telling you that it has atopic dermatitis. It starts with a little inflammation, then generalized itching, called “pruritis,” leading to scratching. Next… read more

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Herpesvirus Is Forever, but Proper Care Can Protect Puppies

Once a dog has canine herpesvirus, it has it for life. Fortunately, in adult dogs, “it usually doesn’t cause much of a disease,” says Steffen Sum, D.V.M., an assistant professor at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens. “Usually it’s kept under control by the immune system.” In adult dogs, the virus… read more