Findings from a Large-Scale Study on Epilepsy in Dogs

A large-scale epidemiological survey of dogs in the UK was recently conducted, with the aim of better understanding the incidence of seizures and epilepsy in dogs. The veterinary health records of over 450,000 pet dogs in the UK were reviewed and the researchers identified over 2,800 seizure cases for further analysis. The full text of … Continue reading Findings from a Large-Scale Study on Epilepsy in Dogs

How Responsible Breeding Can Reduce Hereditary Diseases in Dogs and Cats

The American Veterinary Medical Association convention went virtual this year, and one of the topics discussed was that a greater understanding of how genetic diseases occur can help vets prevent and mitigate their effects in our pets. The speaker, Dr. Jerold Bell, a veterinarian and geneticist at Tufts University, said that many of the most … Continue reading How Responsible Breeding Can Reduce Hereditary Diseases in Dogs and Cats

Evidence Shows Arctic Sled Dogs are the Oldest Dog Breeds

A combination of DNA and fossil evidence is confirming what scientists have long suspected.  Arctic sled dogs have not only been around longer than most dog breeds, they also might be the first known example of our attempts at selective dog breeding. A new DNA study published in the journal Science examined the preserved DNA … Continue reading Evidence Shows Arctic Sled Dogs are the Oldest Dog Breeds

Risk for Heatstroke Rises in Certain Dog Breeds

With summer now in full swing, pet owners need to be more aware of the heat-related dangers that can impact dogs, cats, and other pets.  Did you know that some dog breeds are at higher risk for heatstroke than others? A recent article in Nature’s Scientific Reports studied the incidence and risk factors for heat-related … Continue reading Risk for Heatstroke Rises in Certain Dog Breeds