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Nancy Kay, DVM describes the idea of a "normal abnormality" - something that is worthy of note within a patient's medical record, yet is an anticipated abnormality given the animal's age, breed, or circumstances and is highly unlikely to ever become a significant health issue.
Your dog's changing behavior may be more than simply aging. Pet owners may be unaware of a common condition called cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS), similar to Alzheimer's disease in humans.
Dogs face serious risks when temperatures rise. Owners should be aware of the signs of heat stroke and know how to prevent it from happening to their dog.
Syringomyelia is a disorder of the central nervous system that commonly occurs in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Most Cavaliers are believed to have SM secondary to Chiari-like malformation (CM), a condition in which the brain is too big for the skull, causing it to be crushed and pushed out of the foramen magnum, the funnel-like opening to the vertebral canal. This obstructs the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in and out of the skull, causing fluid to accumulate in the spinal cord. While it is not known how widespread SM is in Chihuahuas, multiple cases have been reported. Other affected toy breeds include Brussels Griffon, Maltese, Pomeranians and Yorkshire Terriers.
Diana Gerba warns of the dangers of death cap mushrooms to dogs. Her Bernese Mountain Dog puppy, Donato, died after eating one of these mushrooms.
The H1N1 influenza virus that caused great concern in 2009 has recently reemerged in cats who contracted the disease from humans.
Recent surveys suggest that 25 to 40 percent of dogs visiting veterinary clinics are overweight or even obese. This article provides healthy diet advice for overweight dogs.
The most recent AKC Canine Health Foundation grant to benefit sporting dogs investigates “mean seeds” and the role they play in grass awn migration disease. In the sporting dog world, there is a perception among owners that there has been a dramatic escalation in the incidence of grass awn migration disease in the last 20 years.
Approval of a grant request submitted by Professor William K. Lauenroth of the University of Wyoming for a study entitled “Assessment of CRP Plantings of Grasses with Barbed Seeds” constitutes a major step forward in addressing the escalation in recent years of illnesses (and sometimes fatalities) in dogs, generally viewed as attributable to infections resulting from barbed grass awns.
The Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) can best be described as the factory floor of the immune system. An autoimmune disease is basically a condition where something “goes haywire” with the codes produced by the MHC, and the body basically turns on itself.
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