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Canine Obesity October 19, 2011

Obesity is the number one nutritional disease affecting our pets. As Americans have packed on the pounds, so have the canine and feline companions with whom we share our homes and, occasionally, our meals. Obesity is also the number one disease Dr. Patrick Mahaney diagnoses in dogs and cats in his clinical practice.

Laser Therapy for Dogs October 19, 2011

Often called low-level laser therapy, cold laser therapy or Class IV laser therapy, by any name, is still a relatively new concept that is being used more recently to treat dogs with arthritis, tendon or soft tissue injuries and to promote wound healing.

Blastomycosis - Bruiser's Silent Killer October 1, 2011

Bruiser was a six-year-old Miniature Pinscher who enjoyed the outdoors but unexpectantly passed away due to respiratory failure shortly after a hiking trip. He died from a disease known as Blastomycosis which is caused by a serious systemic fungal organism that hid in his system for two weeks before showing any physical symptoms of illness.

Preventing Torsion When Bloating with Prophylactic Gastropexy September 26, 2011

If your dog is prone to a digestive disorder that surfaces suddenly and can kill quickly, there’s good news: Veterinarians are increasingly recommending a preventative procedure for this life-threatening medical condition known as gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV).

Managing Canine Arthritis September 19, 2011

If your dog experiences difficulty getting up, tires easily or seems stiff, arthritis may be the culprit. The most common type of canine arthritis is degenerative joint disease, or osteoarthritis, affecting one out of five adult dogs in the United Sates, the Arthritis Foundation recently reported.

Development of New Lymphoma Treatment Strategy with a Selective Inhibitor of Nuclear Export September 13, 2011

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is one of the most common tumors seen in dogs, and as is true in humans, cures for this disease are elusive. To circumvent this problem, researchers have worked diligently to establish new therapeutic strategies for lymphoma

A Gene Therapy Clinical Trial for Dogs with Glioma September 12, 2011

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are currently conducting clinical trials to find new and better ways to treat gliomas. In the past 12 months, they have recruited 10 dogs for a gene therapy study. Preliminary data hint at improved times of progression-free as well as overall survival in dogs treated with gene therapy.

Bone Cancer Immunotherapy Using a Genetically Modified Salmonella September 12, 2011

Salmonella is an organism that strikes fear due to its potential to cause severe gastrointestinal illness, but it is not a word many people associate with cancer therapy. Think again. Dr. Dan Saltzman of the University of Minnesota Medical School and his colleagues have taken Salmonella organisms, weakened them using genetic engineering to eliminate their disease-causing potential, and developed a new drug by adding Interleukin-2 (IL-2), a series of proteins that act as “flavors” to activate the immune system.

Immunotherapy for Canine Meningioma September 12, 2011

Historically, the survival time of dogs with meningiomas treated with surgery alone has been four and one-half to seven months. Systemic therapies so far have had limited effectiveness. However, based on preclinical data from our research program,we embarked on the development of anti-tumor vaccinations to treat dogs with spontaneous meningiomas after surgical removal.

Recognizing Pneumothorax is Key to Survival September 6, 2011

Recently Dr. Nancy Kay saw two cases of pneumothorax in her practice. Recognizing the condition is key to dogs recover from this condition most often caused by a trauma.

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