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Dog Health

Evolutionary Event Underlying Origin Of Dogs With Short Legs

Jul 17 2009 - 11:45am

A single evolutionary event appears to explain the short, curved legs that characterize all of today’s dachshunds, corgis, basset hounds and at least 16 other breeds of dogs, a team led by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health, reported today. In addition to what it reveals about short-legged dogs, the unexpected discovery provides new clues about how physical differences may arise within species and suggests new approaches to understanding a form of human dwarfism.

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FDA Approved First Dog Cancer Treatment Drug

Jun 4 2009 - 12:14pm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the approval of Palladia (toceranib phosphate), the first drug developed specifically for the treatment of cancer in dogs.

Palladia is approved to treat canine cutaneous (skin-based) mast cell tumors, a type of cancer responsible for about 1 out of 5 cases of canine skin tumors. The drug is approved to treat the tumors with or without regional lymph node involvement.

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Gene Delivery System Targets Blood Vessels In Dogs With Cancer

Mar 30 2009 - 12:56pm

In a preliminary study of pet dogs with naturally occurring cancer, researchers have developed a way to target delivery of a gene to tumor blood vessels, where the gene product damages the vessels, disrupting blood flow to the tumors but not to the surrounding tissue. The delivery method was well tolerated, and in some dogs, the size of tumors decreased or remained stable. This study provides valuable information that may aid in the design of future clinical trials.

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First Salmonella Case Strikes Levi the Family Dog

Feb 7 2009 - 12:05pm

Levi, the family dog in Oregon stricken with salmonella is thankfully doing fine. Levi ate multi flavor dog biscuits from Happy Tails, which were apparently tainted with Salmonella. The first reported salmonella case in a pet was found in Oregon.

The dog biscuits that sickened the Oregon pet were tested and found to be positive for salmonella. Happy Tails biscuits have now been recalled.

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Carolina Prime Pet Recalls Dog Treats

Jan 28 2009 - 8:12am

Carolina Prime Pet, a manufacturer and distributor of dog treats, is voluntarily recalling four of its dog treats that contain peanut butter made by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). PCA is the focus of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation into potential salmonella contamination of peanut butter and paste.

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New Pet Food Recall Started Affecting Dog Biscuits

Jan 21 2009 - 12:14pm
Grreat Choice Dog Biscuits that PetSmart Recalls

PetSmart is issuing a new pet food recall that affects certain types of dog food and biscuits as the latest peanut butter product recalls expand.

PetSmart is voluntarily recalling seven of its Grreat Choice® Dog Biscuit products that contain peanut paste made by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). PCA is the focus of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation into potential salmonella contamination of peanut butter and paste made at its Blakely, Georgia facility.

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Malawi: Confirmed Rabies Case In Puppy

Nov 21 2008 - 12:28pm

The Health Protection Agency has been made aware of a case of confirmed rabies in a puppy that may have been in contact with UK travellers at the Mabuya Camp backpacker lodge near Lilongwe (the capital of Malawi).

The Agency is asking anyone who stayed at the lodge between 28th October and 14th November and who had any contact with the puppy to seek medical advice. It is understood that around 75 UK travellers stayed during this time.

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Hypoallergenic Dogs And Best Breeds For Allergy Sufferers

Nov 8 2008 - 6:31pm
Obama and Hypoallergenic Dogs

The world is dancing in the street at the election of Barack Obama. His every word is news and everyone wants to know what he will do next. During his victory speech he announced he will be getting a new family dog for the white house and animal lovers everywhere are weighing in on the best Hypoallergenic Dog for the first family. The blogosphere is buzzing with names, breeds and advice for this major decision.

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Salmonella Prompts Tops, Pedigree Pet, Dog Food Recall

Sep 13 2008 - 1:47am

Pedigree has announced a voluntary dog and pet food recall of Mars brands from its Everson plan and Tops market are alson announcing the recall from the shelves.

Mars Pet Food recall from Pedigree is a Class I recall, which means that this is the most serious. Eating the food may cause health problems or even death.

Here is the letter from Debra Crew (Pedigree US General Manager) about the dog food recall.

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Study: 9/11 Dogs Suffered Few Health Effects

Jul 4 2008 - 9:44am

A new study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association reveals that New York Police Department dogs deployed to the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, have not experienced any long-term health effects.

The study focuses on 27 dogs that assisted in relief efforts at the site, many of which remained deployed throughout the 37-week cleanup operation. Both short-term and long-term health assessments were conducted.

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American Red Cross Releases Book Devoted To Your Dog's Health

Oct 5 2007 - 12:12am

American Red Cross is dedicated to helping every member of a family be safer and better protected, including the family dog. To make this possible, the Red Cross has released a new book dedicated solely to the health and well-being of dogs. Dog First Aid is a unique health and emergency preparedness guide packaged with a full- length instructional DVD to make caring for your dog even easier.

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