DOG HEALTH AND MEDICINE

Dogs who live in desert terrain have an increased chance for developing for Valley Fever.

Valley Fever

Veterinarians in the Phoenix area are reporting a rise in canine cases of Valley Fever, a potentially deadly fungal disease. As many as 10 percent of dogs living there will contract it. But it’s also a threat throughout the hot, dry climate of the desert Southwest, including Southern California, southwest Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, and […]
This beautiful Great Dane is at least 10 times as likely to develop bone cancer as many other breeds.

Bone Cancer Risk Extremely High for Certain Breeds

The risk for bone cancer is at least ten times higher for large breeds like Rottweilers, Great Danes, and Rhodesian ridgebacks than for mixed breeds. Researchers made the finding when combing through the medical records of more than 900,000 dogs. At the same time, they found, the risk is particularly low for a number of […]
arthritic dog

Keep a Pain Diary!

If your dog is experiencing pain, a very important step for relieving it is to keep a pain diary once your veterinarian has put a treatment plan in place. It can be as simple as jotting down a few words on a calendar each day (“stiff upon rising,” “lameness,” “doesn’t want to play”). Once you […]

Blind Dogs Pave the Way for Blind People

There’s no effective treatment for a common form of blindness called inherited retinal dystrophy that affects millions of people worldwide. It’s going to take gene therapy. We’ve now gotten one step closer with research on blind dogs that has identified a gene responsible for a significant proportion of all canine cases of the disease. It’s […]
Are female dogs more feminine, or do we just decide they are?

Male Pattern Dog-ness

People often wonder which makes a better pet — a male or a female dog. Part of it is that different personality traits are ascribed to a dog depending on its sex. Male dogs are often called goofy and playful, while female dogs are often considered more “mature” and demure. Is it true? Do male […]

10 Warning Signs of Cancer

In dogs, just like in people, cancer doesn’t tend to markedly affect life out of the blue. More frequently, signs of the disease progress...
Spondylosis can make it really difficult for a dog to walk comfortably.

The Growth of Bony Spurs Along the Spine

Your geriatric dog has begun walking very slowly and seems to be in pain, with perhaps a twist or weakness in his gait. He also seems to be experiencing pain when he goes from lying down to standing. If the veterinarian rules out arthritis, there’s a chance it’s spondylosis, the growth of spurs on the […]
A couple of weeks after the operation, your young dog will be good to go.

When a Testicle Doesn’t Descend

With reports coming out that neutering a male dog as a puppy can increase his risk for certain cancers, some people are opting to leave their male pets intact for a couple of years — or longer. But in up to 3 percent of cases, a dog’s testicle remains undescended, and that in itself raises […]
Vet examining dog

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 […]
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. […]

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 […]

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 […]