Understanding canine bloat for better treatment

Assistant Professor Laura Nelson awarded grant by the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation to research causes of bloat in dogs.

Laura Nelson, assistant professor in the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (SCS), has been awarded a 2-year, $233,774 grant to fund research on the causes of Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) in . . . → Read More: Understanding canine bloat for better treatment

Dr. Nicola Mason Bone Cancer Vaccine update

It is now over 16 months since the first dog diagnosed with spontaneous osteosarcoma received an experimental bone cancer vaccine at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. The vaccine is being administered to pet dogs that have been diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an aggressive tumor that affects the long bones of large and giant breed dogs.

With current standard of care, that consists of amputation and follow up chemotherapy, median survival times are between 200 and 300 days. The aim of the vaccine, given to dogs after amputation and chemotherapy, is to prevent metastatic disease and prolong overall survival. Of the first 5 dogs vaccinated in this clinical trial, 4 of the dogs are still alive and have survived between 500 and 590 days; three of these dogs are tumor free. Other dogs have been vaccinated more recently so long term survival data for these dogs is not yet available. Continue reading Dr. Nicola Mason Bone Cancer Vaccine update

Canine Influenza Maryland 2013

Canine influenza was reported in Montgomery County, Maryland, 21 Aug
2013, with an initial 6 cases reported and 2 fatalities. As of one
week later, up to 20 total cases have been reported in the county.

The virus subtype is likely to be H3N8 as subtypes detected previously
in the US have been H3N8; however, there is an H3N2 canine influenza
of avian origin circulating in China and Korea currently, and further
subtype testing is needed to determine the subtype of these Maryland
cases. Subtyping of the current virus is still pending and will take
up to 2 to 3 weeks, based on early reports from Cornell Diagnostic
Laboratory and Iowa State University conducting viral isolation on
Continue reading Canine Influenza Maryland 2013

Assessment tool :Quality of life in Canine Cancer patients

Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
June 15, 2013, Vol. 242, No. 12, Pages 1679-1687
doi: 10.2460/javma.242.12.1679

Development of a survey instrument to assess health-related quality of life in small animal cancer patients treated with chemotherapy
Maria A. Iliopoulou, DVM, MS; Barbara E. Kitchell, DVM, PhD, DACVIM; Vilma Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan, PhD
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences and the Comparative Medicine . . . → Read More: Assessment tool :Quality of life in Canine Cancer patients

AVMA media library

The AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) has an online media library. Access podcasts, PSAs, news releases, audio and video about a multitude of topics of interest to . . . → Read More: AVMA media library

17 Points to consider when breeding.

..”although this set of guidelines cannot be made into hard and fast rules or (worse yet) regulations — because the situations of each individual dog breed and even each breeder are different — yet I believe we all need faithfully to attempt to apply the principles discussed …, in order . . . → Read More: 17 Points to consider when breeding.

Auto-immune Thyroid disease


“Most of the confusion about the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disease in purebred or mixed breed dogs today stems from the expectation that affected animals must show clinical signs of inadequate thyroid hormonal production (i.e. hypothyroidism) in order to have the disease….The most common cause of canine thyroid disease is autoimmune thyroiditis (estimated 90% of cases).

please refer to complete article by Dr Jean Dodds DVM at http://www.canine-epilepsy-guardian-angels.com/ThyroidDisease.htm

highlights of the article presented here Continue reading Auto-immune Thyroid disease