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New Deadly Virus Killing Dogs Circo-Virus

November 13, 2013 Circo-Virus spreading in the U.S. A new virus is hitting dogs throughout the country, and if not treated, it can kill an infected animal in just days. There’s no vaccine, it’s highly infectious, and scientists still can’t say with certainty how it’s transmitted. What is certain is this disease is deadly, especially […]

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Canine Distemper Virus, is your dog protected?

September 28, 2013 Are your dogs up to date on there vaccines? Here is a quick look at the Canine Distemper Virus and how it can affect your pet. What is canine distemper? Canine distemper is a virus affecting dogs that is related to measles in humans. It cannot affect humans but causes a serious […]

A Novel Locus Identified for Glaucoma in Dandie Dinmont Terrier Dog Breed

Glaucoma in Dandie Dinmont Terrier Dog Breed

August 30, 2013: Dandie Dinmont Terrier Dog Breed Professor Hannes Lohi’s research group at the University of Helsinki and Folkhälsan Research Center, Finland, has identified a novel locus for glaucoma in Dandie Dinmont Terrier. The locus on canine chromosome 8 includes a 9.5 Mb region that is associated with glaucoma. The canine locus shares synteny […]

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Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Toxicity in Dogs

The symptoms of acetaminophen toxicity develop in stages Acetaminophen is a medication commonly used to alleviate fever and pain. Common brands include Tylenol®, Percoset®, aspirin free Excedrin® and various sinus, cold and flu medications. Dogs most commonly receive toxic amounts of acetaminophen because owners medicate them without consulting a veterinarian. They also consume tablets that […]

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Champion Merles and Grand Champion Merles CKC and AKC

Beauty Comes In All Colors! Merle Champions & Pets

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Merle Strain

Merle Strain George M. Strain, PhD Recent issues of Top Notch Toys have printed dialog about the merle gene, especially relating to its presence in the Chihuahua breed. One particular article (1) cited research of mine (2) with an incorrect interpretation that I wish to correct. In addition, I would like to provide unbiased up-to-date […]

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Merle Deafness in dogs

Prevalence of deafness in dogs for merle allele Strain GM, Clark LA, Wahl JM, Turner AE, Murphy KE. Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA. strain@lsu.edu Abstract BACKGROUND: Deafness in dogs is frequently associated with the pigment genes piebald and merle. Little is known about […]

Luxating Patella or Floating Kneecap – Patellar Luxation

What is the Patella? The patella is the bone we know as the knee cap. The knee cap for dogs and humans both sit in the same place A groove in the end of the femur allows the patella to glide up and down when the knee joint is bent back and forth. The patella […]

Giardia Health Information for Small Breed Dogs

Giardia Lamblia and Its Health Concerns What is Giardia? Giardia is a microscopic parasite (more specifically a flagellated protozoan parasite) that lives and reproduces in the small intestine. This giardia lamblia causes giardiasis in your chihuahua or dog and mainly effects puppies under 1 yr old. Giardia is infectious to both humans and pets all […]

Whipworms Signs and Symptoms

Whipworms, Threadworms and Lungworms and why they are a concern to you and your dog As a dog owner, new or experienced, it is wise to be aware of different types of worms such as whipworms, threadworms, lungworms and parasites and how they affect your dog and your family. Proper preventative measures and treatment are […]