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Vaccination Timetable for Dogs and Puppies

By Jon Geller, DVM Q: We are new dog owners. We want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to protect our dogs’ health. Can you advise what kind of worming and vaccination schedule we should follow? We have two 3-month-old puppies and a 2- year-old dog. […]

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Distemper virus affects wild carnivores of all stripes

Tigers, lions and other wild carnivores, already under threat from poaching and habitat loss, are falling victim to a virus that could soon drive endangered populations to extinction. Canine distemper virus strikes wild carnivores of all stripes, including Amur tigers, — also called Siberian tigers — which roam the Russian Far East in ever-dwindling numbers. […]

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Infection control experts outline guidance for animal visitations in hospitals

New expert guidance by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) outlines recommendations for developing policies regarding the use of animals in healthcare facilities, embracing a nimal-assisted activities, service animals, research animals and personal pet visitation in acute care hospitals. The guidance was published online in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of […]

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Dog DNA tests alone not enough for healthy pedigree, experts say

Breeding dogs on the basis of a single genetic test carries risks and may not improve the health of pedigree lines, experts warn. Only a combined approach that makes use of DNA analysis, health screening schemes and pedigree information will significantly reduce the frequency of inherited diseases. This approach will also improve genetic diversity, which […]

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Scent-trained dog detects thyroid cancer in human urine samples

A trained scent dog accurately identified whether patients’ urine samples had thyroid cancer or were benign (noncancerous) 88.2 percent of the time, according to a new study, to- be presented Friday at the Endocrine Society’s 97th annual meeting in San Diego. “Current diagnostic procedures for thyroid cancer often yield uncertain results, leading to recurrent medical […]

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Bubble on Dog’s Ear Flap

By Jon Geller, DVM Q: I have a pitbull/bulldog mix and he is about 5-6 years old. He has recently developed a bubble of something on the flap of his ear. It doesn’t hurt him, but this is definitely not normal. Can you help us? A: The small bubble you […]

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Diamond Further Expands Dog Food Recall

By | Posted: May 6, 2012, 8 p.m. EDT EDITORS’ NOTE: The production code information has been changed to reflect an update from Diamond. The correct way to tell if one of the listed foods (not including Kirkland Signature food) has been recalled is if it has a production […]

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My Dog Has a Distended Abdomen

By Jon Geller, DVM Q: Can you give a dog with a distended abdomen – but no other symptoms – Pepto-Bismol or Milk of Magnesium? A: A distended abdomen can be a sign of an emergency condition in some dogs. Unfortunately, it may be too late by the time you […]

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Saving Lives

By By Kristina Lotz | Posted: May 8, 2012, 3 p.m. EDT It started out like any other day on the job for yellow Labrador Retriever Blue, an Improvised Explosive Device detection dog and his handler Lance Cpl. Jarrett Hatley. They were passing through a tiny farming village […]

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Solid Gold Recalls Dog Food

By | Posted: May 9, 2012, 8 a.m. EDT Solid Gold recalled one batch of Solid Gold WolfCub Large Breed Puppy Food and one batch of Solid Gold WolfKing Large Breed Adult Dog. None of the products tested positive for Salmonella, but the company voluntarily recalled the products as […]

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