March 17, 2010
A long awaited blood test to detect cancer in dogs has been developed by Canadian company BioCurex.
The test identifies the presence of a universal marker for malignant cell growth, and in trial studies was able to detect 85 percent of a variety of the most common types of cancers in dogs at the standard 95 percent specificity.
Read more for breeds most susceptible to cancer and the types of cancer @
Sometimes it can be hard to get a dog to eat his complete and balanced food. This can be a problem, especially if it means your dog is not getting enough nutrition or is getting the wrong nutrition from somewhere else. Read more about Finicky Eaters >
Breed-specific diet information from a well-respected professional. The focus is on raw and cooked, home-prepared diets. They also do laboratory testing and provide results on their site.
Quick list of grainless foods:
Innova Evo (poultry or red meat varieties)
Origen (poultry or fish varieties)
Natures Variety Instinct (chicken, rabbit, and turkey/duck)
Taste of the Wild (bison/venison, fish, duck/chicken)
Merrick Pet Foods - Before Grain varieties (salmon, chicken, or buffalo)
Did you know that a common cause of sunburn for dogs is the sun reflecting up from the sidewalk to a dogs underbelly?
Protect Your Pets From Sunburn
Ah, the sunny days of summer are here--time for dogs to take long walks and play Frisbee at the park or beach and for cats to sunbathe on the windowsill. Before stepping out to enjoy the summer weather, you should protect your pet as well as yourself from the harmful effects of too much sun.
Sunlight is healthy for pets as it is for people; sunlight helps the skin produce vitamin D, which protects the skin and helps balance the body's calcium levels and metabolism. However, too much of anything can be harmful, and too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause sunburn, or solar dermatitis, in cats and dogs.
According to Dr. Karen Campbell, veterinary dermatologist at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, sunburn starts as redness and hair loss on the ear tips, bridge of the nose, or abdomen and can lead to skin ulceration, infection, and carcinoma. Excessive sun exposure can also exacerbate existing skin problems. Read more >
General Concerns and Health Tips from the American Kennel Club
Winter's cold air brings many concerns for responsible dog owners. Keep the following precautions in mind:
Don't leave your dog outside in the cold for long periods of time. Wind chill makes days colder than actual temperature readings. Be attentive to your dog's body temperature, and limit its time outdoors. Read more >