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Epilepsy in Dogs

October 3rd, 2014

Epilepsy is the most widespread neurological condition found in canines. This chronic condition affects around 50,000 canines in the UK alone, not to mention more than half a million people. The most standard course of action for canine epilepsy is anti-epileptic drugs or AED’s. Although the drug works for most dogs, this treatment fails to reduce the number of seizures experienced in one-third of the dogs to which it is given. Further, even if the drugs do “work” it does not mean the dog will remain seizure –free indefinitely. According to a recent study which analyzed six years of data from the RVC epilepsy clinic, they found that only 14% of those dogs studied were in seizure-free remission at the point of follow up. Read more about Epilepsy in Dogs

Snake Bites in Dogs and Cats

October 1st, 2014

There has been a significant increase in the reported number of venomous snakebites in animals in and around Nashville, TN. Although snakebites in animals are common for the region, any increase is cause for concern, because of the serious nature of such bites. Snakes are usually found near water or in wooded, rural areas. Copperheads, water moccasins and rattlesnakes are the three most common threats. Read more about Snake Bites in Dogs and Cats

New Surgical Procedures for Ligament Repair

September 29th, 2014

Two new surgical procedures being performed on animals may alter the methods surgeons use to repair damaged cartilage and meniscus tears in human knees and other joints. If these trials produce the desired results in animals, then they can be approved for use in humans. The team of surgeons and researchers involved in these trials is comprised of medical staff from Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare Systems’ Hospital for Special Surgery, and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, who also works with the New York Giants football team. Read more about New Surgical Procedures for Ligament Repair

Stem Cell Research and Treatments in Animals

September 26th, 2014

Stem cell research is changing veterinary medicine. Unlike bone marrow transplants or cord-derived stem cells, a new method of obtaining and purifying cells from fat is gaining popularity. Adipose-derived procedures, as they are also known, have only been performed on humans in research trials at Universities. Treating animals this way, however, has become possible in local veterinary hospitals across the country. Read more about Stem Cell Research and Treatments in Animals

Dental Health

September 8th, 2014

A new method of pet dental care called Nonprofessional Dental Scaling (NPDS) is becoming popular among pet owners. It is also known as anesthesia-free dentistry. Many pet owners are either fearful of anesthesia or cannot afford it, but want to provide some form of oral care for their pets, so they decide on NPDS. The concern is that it is an essentially cosmetic procedure that addresses only the visible parts of your pet's teeth. The problem with just scraping teeth is that it can launch oral bacteria into the bloodstream through the mouths’ many blood vessels. This excess bacterium can infect organs like the valves of the heart, resulting in a disease known as vegetative valvular endocarditis. Read more about Dental Health

Doggy Lawsuit

September 8th, 2014

Residents of the East River Housing Coop on the Lower East Side of have brought a federal lawsuit against the board and managers of their building. The 1,627 unit apartment building has had a strict, 84-year long policy of not allowing pets and the current residents are seeking to change that. Read more about Doggy Lawsuit

Depression in Animals

September 7th, 2014

It is known that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain that is treated with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. It is not unlikely that this imbalance occurs in other species besides humans. In the past, depression in an animal was synonymous with lethargy, but today it is widely considered a mental illness and/or clinical condition. Read more about Depression in Animals

Neutering Effects in Retrievers

September 2nd, 2014

UC-Davis veterinary researchers did a study of the incidence of joint disorders and various cancers in neutered retrievers compared to those that were not neutered. The data suggests that the rate of cancers and joint disorders increases in neutered animals, and the effects are even more significant in Golden Retrievers than in Labrador retrievers. Further, they concluded that the age at which the animals are neutered also plays a role. Neutering before the age of 6 months, which is common practice in the United States, significantly increases the occurrence of joint disorders, especially in Golden Retrievers. Benjamin Hart, DVM, PhD, DACVB, a professor emeritus in the school, confirmed that Labrador retrievers are less vulnerable than Golden Retrievers to long-term health problems such as joint disorders and cancer. Read more about Neutering Effects in Retrievers

Pet Food Trends

August 18th, 2014

The vast majorities of pet owners considers their pet a member of the family, and thus are transitioning to healthier food options for their pets. In fact, nearly 80% of pet owners say the quality of their pet’s food is as important as theirs, and nearly 40% of US households now have a dog, which is 8% more than those that have children. This is an expansive industry and a few of the recent trends in this burgeoning market are discussed below. Read more about Pet Food Trends