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Yellow Labrador Retriever, Sage, Deployed on USS Gerald R. Ford as Part of the FIRST Expanded Operational Stress Control Canine Pilot Program


Sage, a three-year-old female yellow Labrador Retriever, has been deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford, as part of the Expanded Operational Stress Control Canine pilot program. This innovative program is aimed at providing a unique outlet and comfort for Sailors during deployment, with the goal of helping them cope with the operational [...]

May 5th, 2023 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured,Health & Training,The Buzz | Read More »

Purina Petcare and Texas A&M Veterinary Gastrointestinal Laboratory Join Forces to Advance Pet Microbiome Health

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The veterinary industry can anticipate exciting new breakthroughs in the frontier of pet microbiome health thanks to a new partnership between Nestlé Purina PetCare Global Research and the Gastrointestinal Laboratory at Texas A&M University’s School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. The partnership is made possible through a $2 million Purina PetCare Research Excellence Fund, which will run from [...]

April 21st, 2023 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured,Health & Training | Read More »

Could a Parasite Make Your Dog Reckless? Maybe.


By Caroline Coile Is it possible for a parasite to affect your dog’s behavior? Maybe. Look at the case of the gray wolf and toxoplasmosis. In a study that encompassed 26 years of data on more than 200 gray wolves from Yellowstone National Park, researchers found that wolves infected with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii developed markedly increased [...]

April 4th, 2023 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured,Health & Training | Read More »

New Study Compares Health Effects of Spay, Castration, Vasectomy and Ovary-Sparing Spay in Dogs


Gonadectomy is the most common surgery performed on dogs in the United States, with about 64% of all dogs gonadectomized. This surgery involves removing the gonads; that is, the testicles in males and ovaries (and uterus) in females. For many years dog owners and veterinarians believed gonadectomy of dogs increased a dog’s odds of a [...]

March 14th, 2023 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured,Health & Training | Read More »

NH Alert: Support Police K-9s at Hearing Next Tuesday, March 7


On Tuesday, March 7, 2023, the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee will hear public testimony on SB 268, allowing for pre-hospital treatment and transportation for police K-9s injured in the line of duty if no human needs transport or ambulance services. The American Kennel Club (AKC) values the contribution that working and detection dogs make to [...]

March 1st, 2023 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured,Health & Training | Read More »

Dalmatian Deafness, Extreme-White Spotting—and a New Risk Haplotype


By Caroline Coile It’s long been known that dogs with the extreme-white color pattern, especially Dalmatians, have greater incidence of deafness. This deafness, called congenital sensorineural deafness, has been reported in up to 30% of Dalmatians. Extreme-white color patterning, which dog breeders know as Sw, causes a mostly white coat with few or no patches of color. [...]

February 25th, 2023 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured,Health & Training | Read More »

Potential new non-surgical treatment may offer hope for small dogs with acute disc herniation


By Caroline Coile Many short-legged dogs suffer from herniated spinal discs, in which the disc ruptures and compresses or injures the spinal cord.  This acute condition can lead to rear-end paralysis and incontinence. Conservative treatment is usually with strict cage rest, pain medication and physical therapy. If that doesn’t work, surgery to remove the disc is [...]

February 24th, 2023 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured,Health & Training | Read More »

Diet-associated dilated cardiomyopathy: The cause is not yet known but it hasn’t gone away


By: Lisa M. Freeman, DVM, PhD, DACVIM Recently, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued their fourth update on diet-associated dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) – this time, in the form of frequently-asked questions about this serious heart disease.  To make sure pet owners have the most accurate and up-to-date information, I thought this would be a good [...]

February 22nd, 2023 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured,Health & Training | Read More »

Morris Animal Foundation Funds Four New Canine Health Studies

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Morris Animal Foundation announced it is funding four new studies focused on two common health issues in dogs – ear infections and obesity. “Chronic, sub-acute diseases in dogs often are overlooked for research funding,” said Dr. Kathy Tietje, Vice President of Scientific Operations at Morris Animal Foundation. “These new studies focus on common disorders affecting [...]

February 18th, 2023 | Posted in Featured,Health & Training,The Buzz | Read More »

New Jersey: Problematic Bill May Make Dewclaw Removal ‘Cruelty’; Contact Your Lawmakers


The American Kennel Club has learned that New Jersey Senate Bill 1803, which seeks to prohibit declawing procedures from being performed on cats and other animals unless deemed necessary for a therapeutic purpose by a licensed veterinarian, has been moved to the Senate Economic Growth Committee.  Please see updated committee contact information below. The American Kennel Club [...]

February 15th, 2023 | Posted in Featured,Health & Training,The Buzz | Read More »


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