One morning, Einstein, an 8 ½ year old Leonberger, failed to make his way upstairs in anticipation for his morning walk. The unfortunately diagnosis was hemangiosarcoma. Unlike some of the other canine sarcomas, hemangiosarcomas are very invasive, fast-growing tumors that often migrate to the spleen, heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, muscle, lymph nodes or skin.
Focus on Canine Cancer Research April 1, 2012
Cancer can be a devastating diagnosis for both humans and our beloved canine companions. There are 77.5 million owned dogs in the United States and a fourth will develop cancer - including those in the bone, breast, pancreas, liver, prostate, lung, and skin.
Become Snake-Smart to Protect Your Dog March 1, 2012
Shy and rarely aggressive, snakes bite only when injured or sensing a threat - such as defending themselves against curious dogs.
Canine Tick-Borne Disease February 27, 2012
Thousands of dogs are infected annually with dangerous tick-transmitted diseases. Learn more about common ticks and tick-borne diseases, and how you can protect your dog.
Oh, That Flexible Neck February 1, 2012
Part 2 in a Series on Posture: So, what are some of the reasons our dogs have trouble standing comfortably or “stacking” correctly? The upper neck, the feet, and dentition/skull shape turn out to be the biggest players in abnormal posture, because they are areas rich in nerve cells that report on the body’s relationship to gravity, especially that of the head and neck.
Overview of Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD) January 2, 2012
Intervertebral disk disease is degeneration and protrusion of the intervertebral disk that results in compression of the spinal cord, spinal nerve, and/or nerve root. It is a common cause of spinal cord disease in dogs.
Canine Dental Health Care January 1, 2012
Canine dental disease starts with unremoved plaque, a pale yellow film formed by bacteria adhering to tooth surfaces. Plaque build-up turns into tartar (calculus), an accumulation of bacteria that eats away at teeth and gums and can cause halitosis, periodontal disease, oral pain and tooth loss.
What is Posture and Why Should We Care about it? December 9, 2011
In all animals the ability to stand quietly at rest is critically important for health and soundness. Many dog owners don’t realize that the reason their dogs flop down on the ground as soon as they come to rest may be that they have postural problems that make it uncomfortable or tiring to stand up for very long.
Dehydration and Overheating in Dogs December 6, 2011
Potentially serious if left untreated, dehydration and overheating can be prevented by recognizing early warning signs. While field dogs are especially vulnerable, these conditions can impact all dogs.
How to Handle a Seizure in Your Dog November 22, 2011
A seizure is an abnormal, uncontrolled burst of electrical activity in the brain. Seizures can look like almost anything from a twitch to uncontrollable shaking and last less than a minute.
Help Future Generations of Dogs
Participate in canine health research by providing samples or by enrolling in a clinical trial. Samples are needed from healthy dogs and dogs affected by specific diseases.