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Dog Articles

Our extensive Pro Club article library features topics important to dog breeders
and enthusiasts alike. This includes rich information in subjects ranging from dog
nutrition to breed-specific health and hereditary concerns, as well as best practices
in breeding, kennel management, conditioning, and more.

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Spring is a great time to give your kennel a refresh. Get tips for spring cleaning your kennel, from a fresh coat of paint to caulking tubs, here.

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When Erika Werne adopted her 4-year-old white female Standard Poodle named “Calli” from a friend, she knew the dog had seizures and required a prescription for phenobarbital. The dog’s sweet, happy disposition won her over, taking away any concerns about managing an epileptic dog.

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Twelfth Night Dachshund breeder Anne Carson takes to heart the importance of educating Dachshund fanciers about hemangiosarcoma. Her firsthand experiences losing dogs to the aggressive, silent cancer that snares its victims without a sign of illness are insightful and passionate.

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The first documented case of endocarditis associated with Bartonella clarridgeiae, a bacterium causing bartonellosis, was in April 2000 in a Boxer being treated at the University of California-Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

The collective efforts of members of 195 parent breed clubs resulted in a record Purina Parent Club Partnership (PPCP) donation in 2018 to the AKC (American Kennel Club) Canine Health Foundation.

Fueled by the nutrition of Purina Pro Plan, a Wire Fox Terrier named “King” (GCH Kingarthur Van Foliny Home) took Best in Show honors at the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
Tricuspid valve dysplasia (TVD) is believed to be the most common heart disease in Labrador Retreivers. A congential condition, TVD involves malformation of the triscuspid valve, potentially leading to congestive heart failure. A new study is investigating the genetics behind TVD in Labrador Retrievers with a goal of identifying a genetic marker.
Chagas disease, a potentially fatal illness caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, is estimated to affect from 5 to 13 million dogs in the U.S. Transmitted via a bite or from feces of the kissing bug, which can be found in 28 states, the disease can cause an acute or chronic infection. Puppies born to infected bitches may be infected as well. Although Chagas disease is not well known or recognized, treatment is available to help affected dogs, with a new, more affordable treatment soon to be available.
One in eight Golden Retrievers develops lymphoma, a cancer of lymphocytes, which are a type of immune cell. A recently completed study, supported by the Golden Retreiver Foundation, looked at biomarkers of B-cell lymphomas of Golden Retrievers to help detect risk of disease and outcome for affected dogs. The ability to detect risk may lead to more effective treatment, with promising research into drug therapy to improve chemotherapy results currently underway.