Nutritional Management of Idiopathic Epilepsy in Dogs
Epilepsy is the most common chronic neurologic disorder encountered in small animal practice and is estimated to affect up to 0.75% of dogs in the general population. Evidence suggests that dietary therapy may have a beneficial effect on seizure control as well.
Tick-borne Rickettsial Infections of Dogs
Rickettsial organisms are small, obligate intracellular bacteria in the order Rickettsiales. Two families—Anaplasmataceae and Rickettsiaceae—contain species that infect dogs. These pathogens are transmitted by a variety of tick vectors, maintained in wildlife and domestic reservoirs, and can cause clinical disease in humans, dogs, and other domestic animals. This article discusses the basic epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of canine ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF).
Virtual Reality Brings Dog’s Anatomy to Life for Veterinary Students
Veterinary students at Virginia Tech try out a new virtual reality experience that allows them to see and study a dog’s anatomy, including organs, bone structure and layers of tissue.
Canine Hypothyroidism: Diagnosis and Treatment
Hypothyroidism is a common endocrine disease of dogs. Measurement of T4 concentration is helpful to rule out hypothyroidism but should not be solely relied on to confirm the diagnosis.
Study: French Bulldogs More Likely to Suffer from Difficult Births
French bulldogs are 15.9 times more likely to suffer from difficult births or dystocia than crossbred female dogs; among the dogs that had problems giving birth, French bulldogs were 2.4 times more likely to undergo invasive caesarean sections than crossbred dogs.
Veterinarians Remove Chew Toy Lodged in Dog’s Lower Jaw
Veterinarians had to sedate a seven-month-old-black Labrador retriever named Daisy after a chew toy became lodged onto her lower jaw.
Puppy With Upside-Down Paws Goes Home After Successful Surgery
Milo, a puppy born with upside-down paws, was released from OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences after successful surgery. He is now receiving outpatient rehabilitative care.
New Procedure Fights Cancer in Dogs
Veterinary oncologists at the University of Missouri have developed a vaccine treatment for osteosarcoma — a common type of bone cancer in dogs — which allows oncologists to avoid chemotherapy.
Study: Grain-Free Diet for Dogs Leads to Canine Heart Disease
Alternative diets have long been a suspected cause of DCM. This study looks at other potential causes and how to communicate this information to clients.
Researchers found a link between some popular grain-free, legume-rich dog diets and a type of nutritional deficiency and canine heart disease known as taurine-deficient dilated cardiomyopathy.