Multidrug Sensitivity By Sue Floyd, VMD Some dog breeds are more sensitive to certain drugs than other breeds. Collies and related breeds, for instance, can have a genetic predisposition to adverse drug reactions involving many different drugs. These drug sensitivities result from a mutation in the multidrug resistance gene (MDR1 gene.) Dogs with the mutant [...]
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Canine Health Information Center “CHIC” by Gayle Kaye CHIC is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). Working with parent clubs, CHIC provides an important resource for breeders and owners of participating purebred dogs to research and maintain information on the health [...]
GASTRIC DILATATION AND VOLVULUS By Cindi Bossart, VMD Gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV) is an acute life-threatening disorder in dogs. It is considered a medical/surgical emergency. The earlier this disorder is recognized and treated, the better the chance of survival. Gastric dilatation begins with distention of the stomach primarily with air, but the distention may [...]
Familial Canine Dermatomyositis: A Breeder’s Nightmare, Nancy Kelso, D.V.M. Dermatomyositis (DMS) is a frightening disease, which seems to appear out of no where. It hurts the breeder, the pet owner, and most importantly, the dog. All collie fanciers should understand this disease, what is known and what is not, and take steps to eliminate this [...]
AN EXPLANATION OF EYE DISEASE by Gayle Kaye, edited by Nancy M Bromberg, VMD, MS, DACVO Like people, Dogs are subject to a large number of inherited eye diseases. There are two which can seriously affect a Collies eyes and should be of concern to all breeders. COLLIE EYE ANOMALY This is the most common [...]
The Interceptor Shortage – Today… Nancy Kelso, D.V.M Interceptor seems to have disappeared from the market completely. Sentinel (Interceptor and Program, a flea growth regulator) is now available. The main ingredient in Interceptor (milbemycin) is also available in Comboguard and Trifexis, with a flea prevention product, too, but no one is currently manufacturing milbemycin alone. [...]
AKC CHF Fights Bloat in Dogs RALEIGH, N.C. (January 15, 2013) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) announces today a major effort underway to tackle the devastating condition commonly known as bloat. The Bloat Initiative will address the need for both education and research. Gastric dilatation –volvulus, or bloat -- is a devastating condition [...]
COLLIE KALEIDOSCOPE Variations in Collie Color... Kathy V. Moll, Deep River Collies. CCA Breed Education Guest Writer Introduction: Armed with new research information to read suggested to me by my friend Dr. Leigh Anne Clark, we’ll be doing double duty in this article. It will be both a refresher on what we published five years [...]
Report on the 2015 AKC Canine Health Foundation National Parent Club Canine Health Conference - Dr. Nancy Kelso, Chairman, Collie Health Foundation Grants Committee A repeated message repeated throughout the conference was of one health: what we discover in veterinary medicine can often directly relate to human medicine. 1. Stem Cell (SC) Therapy for Supraspinatous [...]
CANINE RENAL DYSPLASIA What you need to know By: Mary H. Whiteley, PhD, DOGenes Inc What is Renal Dysplasia? Renal dysplasia (RD) is a medical term that refers to improper development of the kidneys. This condition can be inherited (genetic) or acquired. The genetic form of this disease is found in many breeds, and has [...]