Juvenile Renal Disease

In January of 1990, I had my twenty-one-month-old Standard Poodle puppy put down. She was one of three puppies in a litter of eleven to die of Juvenile Renal Disease. All three of the puppies with the disease appeared healthy and grew normally until clinical signs appeared at ten months in one, and twenty months … Read more

Genetic Disorders in Dogs

This paper is the first product of an effort I have undertaken that was prompted by the discovery that our five-month-old Scottish Terrier suffered from Type III von Willebrand’s Disease (vWD). The existence of this genetic bleeding disorder was unknown to us until he suffered a near-fatal bleeding episode for no apparent reason. Subsequent treatment … Read more

Tick Borne Diseases in Dogs

Babesiosis What Is It: Babesiosis is a tick-borne hemoprotozoan (blood) disease. The organism is called Babesia, the disease is called Babesiosis. Species: Babesia canis, Babesia gibsoni Primary Vector: Brown Dog Tick (must feed a minimum of 2-3 days to transmit) Other Vectors: Deer Tick, blood transfusion, contaminated needles, and instruments, transplacental. Diagnosis: There are two … Read more

What to Know About Rabies in Dogs

Rabies is probably the oldest and most well-known (if also misunderstood) of the diseases that can affect almost all warm-blooded mammals.

5 Common Eye Problems in Dogs

Here is a quick rundown of the most common forms of eye problems in dogs, including collie eye anomaly, progressive retinal atrophy, and glaucoma.