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Because the small-dog genetic material is found in small breeds that are distantly related and found in distant regions, the researchers concluded the genetic instructions to make dogs small must be at least 12,000 years old.
Soon after humans began domesticating dogs 12,000 to 15,000 years ago, they started breeding small canines. Now, scientists from the University of Utah and seven other institutions have identified a piece of doggy DNA that reduces the activity of a growth gene, ensuring that small breeds stay small.
Merial, the world's leading animal health company, gained conditional approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a breakthrough vaccine to treat canine melanoma, a common yet deadly form of cancer in dogs.
The joint venture received notification of conditional approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to market a therapeutic DNA vaccine designed to treat melanoma, a serious form of cancer, in dogs.
If you point to hidden food, dogs often grasp what you are trying to tell them. Puppies even do it without prior training, indicating that it is an innate ability, not simply one they acquire through contact with their owners.
The approval of two formulations of Cerenia (maropitant citrate), a new class of drug that is effective against certain causes of vomiting in dogs.
The new law makes it illegal for a person to "tether, fasten, chain, tie, or restrain a dog to a dog house, tree, fence, or any other stationary object".\n
Dogs are wonderful, loyal companions and an integral part of our families. Time flies, though, and in a few short years we start seeing changes in our faithful friends. There may be white hair around their muzzle, dogs may be less active and energetic, and they may be a little slow getting up.
As a dog ages, his metabolism also slows, just like ours, and his health care and nutritional needs may change. Here is a look at how we can make life a little easier for our aging pets.
Dogs with cancer can be helped using holistic pet care; however, depending upon the type of dog cancer, e.g. canine liver cancer and/or other complications such as canine kidney disease, a high protein diet may not be appropriate.
Dogs with a common allergic skin disease, canine atopic dermatitis, will be taking part in a clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies to treat dog itching as conventional meets complementary at Bristol University's School of Veterinary Science.
Dr Peter Hill, Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Dermatology at Bristol's Vet School is embarking on the trial that aims to settle some of the arguments about the practice of homeopathy.
Various breeds of dogs in recently developed suburbs seem to be most affected with leptospirosis, although all dog breeds may be at risk for the disease.
While dogs keep dying from eating pet food tainted with aflatoxin, Veterinary Medicine has developed protein tests that accurately indicate a dog's liver failure caused by the toxin.