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Surgery for Extrahepatic Liver Shunts September 18, 2009

A condition common in toy and small breeds, liver shunts occur when dogs develop an abnormal blood vessel, the shunt, connecting the portal vein to the vena cava, the large vein in the abdomen that carries blood from the back of the legs to the heart.

Treating Bladder and Kidney Stones September 18, 2009

When a 7-year-old, 6-pound Yorkshire Terrier named “Sasha” came to Ryan Veterinary Hospital in 2006 from Florida for treatment of a very large kidney stone, her owners were relieved there was a minimally invasive treatment option.

Collapsing Trachea September 18, 2009

A persistent cough that at times turned into an obnoxious hacking, honking clatter landed a Yorkshire Terrier named “Charlie” at the University of Pennsylvania Ryan Veterinary Hospital. The 6-year-old, 7-pound Yorkie had a collapsing trachea, a potentially life-threatening condition in which the windpipe collapses, cutting off airflow to and from the lungs.

Canine Lymphoma August 30, 2009

An overview of canine lymphoma, the available treatments and research on the disease.

Epilepsy Treatments March 3, 2009

The AKC Canine Health Foundation has approved nearly $1.3 million in epilepsy research. While epilepsy is a complicated disease, we are hopeful that we will soon have information available to help with treating and preventing disease.

Spread of a Recently Evolved Strain of Parvovirus in US Dogs May 5, 2008

Canine parvovirus type 2 (CPV2) was first detected in 1978 as the virus which causes a severe diarrheal disease in dogs, now particularly puppies. The first detection of the most recent variant, CPV2c, was found in the Americas in 2007.

Canine Hemangiosarcoma - The Road from Despair to Hope August 16, 2007

Experts in canine cancer research describe the current state of knowledge for canine hemangiosarcoma, including what it is, why it may happen, and how it can be managed. In addition, they present recent findings from their programs that promise to help us improve our ability to diagnose, treat, and prevent this disease.

Researchers at the University of Georgia Search for Causes of Meningoencephalitis June 21, 2007

Meningoencephalitis, a general term for inflammation of the brain and its outer covering (meninges), is a naturally occurring disease that is relatively common in toy breed dogs. At the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, a neurology research group lead by Dr. Scott Schatzberg is working to identify potential infectious causes for canine meningoencephalitis.

Recognition of Canine Dental and Oral Pathology December 16, 2005

The recognition and treatment of canine dental and oral pathology is an important component in successful management of canine health. Many dental and oral lesions occur frequently in dogs but may have a variety of presentations and treatment options.

The Genetics of Canine Aging and Longevity May 17, 2005

It is a well-known phenomenon among owners and breeders that purebred dogs exhibit a decrease in life expectancy as the breed size increases. Researchers at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine believe that this unexpected trend seen in the dog is due in part to underlying genetic factors.

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