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Advances in Veterinary Stem Cell Research

Stems cells used to research ways to cure canine diseases have come from parts of the body that include umbilical tissue, bone marrow, and even body fat. Now, scientists in Japan have found a way to get stem cells from dogs’ blood, which can help accelerate the process for reversing dire conditions in our pets […]
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Larger dogs are the ones who often end up with laryngeal paralysis in old age. Especially in warm weather, they might do a lot of panting, even when they’re not being physically active.

Supplements for Age-Related Dementia?

An estimated 28 percent of dogs 11 to 12 years old develop at least one sign of canine cognitive dysfunction — the medical term for age-related dementia. For dogs 15 to 16, the prevalence goes up to 68 percent — two out of three. It’s a difficult process to watch a beloved dog go through. […]
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A Critical Component of Kidney Disease Treatment: Less Stress

A dog diagnosed with chronic kidney failure should be switched to a diet prescribed by a veterinarian as soon as possible. It will contain less phosphorus than her regular diet, which will work to slow the progression of her disease. The mechanism is not completely understood, but a high-phosphorus diet has an effect on parathyroid […]
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Advances in Cancer Treatment

As recently as a decade ago, when a dog came in with cancer that had spread, “there was often nothing we could do,” says Tufts veterinary oncologist Carrie Wood, DVM. “We just put them on palliative care.” But there are new drugs that have “definitely been game changers in the last 10 years,” Dr. Wood […]
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A dog needing blood might feel very weak.

For the First Blood Transfusion, Blood Type Doesn’t Matter

Give a person blood from the wrong blood type, and she can suffer a life-threatening immune reaction as the antibodies in her body work to mount a rejection of the foreign “invader.” But dogs do not start out with antibodies to foreign blood types. It’s only after they receive blood of a different type from […]
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How do they love us? Let us count the ways!

The Heart (Beat) Never Lies

In a small but telling piece of research, researchers in the United Kingdom equipped dogs with special collars that tracked their heart rates for 7 days and found the following: When a dog’s human companion said, “I love you,” their pet’s heart rate shot up by 46 percent, from an average of 67 beats per […]
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Tufts veterinary dermatologist Ramón Almela, DVM, applies cold plasma therapy to Melo, a 16-year-old golden retriever with an infection by his tooth

Faster Wound Healing with New Technology

Tufts University has reportedly become the first veterinary facility in the U.S. to use a new treatment for speeding up wound healing in dogs and other pets. Called cold plasma therapy (or cold atmospheric plasma therapy), it appears to hasten the skin’s return to normal when it has been compromised by such things as cuts […]
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A G-tube that bypasses this dog’s mouth

Feeding Tube: It Sounds Worse Than It Is

The term “feeding tube” may conjure up an image of a terminally ill dog who’s so sick he doesn’t have the strength to swallow his own food and needs to have his nutrients delivered with a medical device as he heads toward death. But for most dogs sent home with a feeding tube in place, […]
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Cloudy eyes

Dear Doctor: Surgery to bring back eyesight?

Q. My 10-year-old golden doodle was recently diagnosed with diabetes after years of enjoying good health. He is now on twice daily insulin injections. But soon after his diagnosis we noticed cloudiness in his eyes, which the vet said often comes with diabetes. An internal medicine specialist on the case observed that he had only […]
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Dear Doctor: Overactive anal glands

Q. My dog seems to have very active anal glands. She will release them whenever we are in the car and lots of times when we are just around the house. She even left a pool of anal fluid in the car just below the console where there is a little place to put stuff. […]
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Dear Doctor: The dog can’t stop sneezing

Q. We split our time between Dallas and Amelia Island off the coast of Florida. In both locations, our 13-year-old Pomeranian sneezes several times a day with an occasional cough. And her breathing sometimes sounds like she has asthma. We adopted her two years ago at age 11, and the vet kept her sneezing to […]
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But Why Is His Breath So Bad?

You brush your dog’s teeth assiduously to keep his mouth free of the bacteria that cause dental disease and can also make his mouth smell rank. You even take him for periodic cleanings under anesthesia, which allows the veterinarian to remove bacteria-friendly debris below the gum line. But still, the odor emanating from his oral […]
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