Health, Wellness, Genetics

  • The Dog Did It… Really! Why Does My Dog Have Gas? (4/7/2014) - Yes, it’s time to start taking responsibility for your own odoriferous emissions and stop blaming the dog! But if it really is the dog who frequently clears the room, it’s time to play detective and get to the, bottom of the issue. Your dog’s gas may be much more than just unpleasant aromatherapy. Click here … Continue reading »
  • Hypomylenation in Weimaraners : The Final Shake Down (3/12/2014) - This is a long entry for me. I realize that not many people stick with things past the third paragraph. Give it a shot though, I have a lot to say. On Jan. 7 of this year I received an e-mail from Dr.Duncan, a scientist we’ve worked with for many years. I think it is … Continue reading »
  • A Mutation in the Canine Gene Encoding Folliculin-Interacting Protein 2 (FNIP2)Associated With a Unique Disruptionin Spinal Cord Myelination (1/10/2014) - Novel mutations in myelin and myelin-associated genes have provided important information on oligodendrocytes and myelin and the effects of their disruption on the normal developmental process of myelination of the central nervous system (CNS). We report here a mutation in the folliculin-interacting protein 2 (FNIP2) gene in the Weimaraner dog that results in hypomyelination of … Continue reading »
  • Study identifies gene mutation as cause of canine tremor disorder (1/10/2014) - Weimaraners – sleek, athletic dogs originally bred for hunting — are known for their striking, silver-tinged coats. Unfortunately, they also are known for a rare tremor disorder reported widely throughout North America and Europe. Sometimes called “shaky puppy syndrome,” the condition occurs almost exclusively in Weimaraners. It first appears in one- or two-week-old pups, and … Continue reading »
  • Your Dog Needs To Be Spayed Or Neutered – Right? (1/10/2014) - What’s become of greater interest to me of late are several studies showing the ill effects of surgical gonadectomy, or instant hormone-pause. A study done in UC Davis and published in February 2013 revealed some startling health consequences of neutered animals, both male and female. The research tracked 759 Golden Retrievers, and looked at early neuter … Continue reading »
  • Another reminder about what is toxic to dogs (1/6/2014) -
  • True Cause of Bloat Goes Under The Microscope (3/20/2013) - By Susan Chaney It won’t be this year, and most likely not next, but sometime in the next few years, we may actually find out – once and for all – what causes gastric dilatation-volvulus, more commonly known as bloat, and what triggers its occurrence. Read the entire article here:  http://www.bestinshowdaily.com/blog/2013/03/true-cause-of-bloat-goes-under-the-microscope/
  • Adventures in Canine Artificial Insemination : Inaugural Edition (1/18/2013) - Modern veterinary practices make using stud dogs, in other parts of the country, much more accessible than in the past. In the old days, if you lived in Colorado and wanted to to breed your female to a stud in Florida, you either risked shipping her or planned 10 days off from your normal life … Continue reading »
  • Quick reference guide for GVD – Bloat (11/26/2012) -
  • Long-term health risks and benefits associated with spay/neuter in dogs (9/25/2012) - By Laura J. Sanborn April 1, 2007 INTRODUCTION Dog owners in America are frequently advised to spay/neuter their dogs for health reasons. A number of health benefits are cited, yet evidence is usually not cited to support the alleged health benefits. When discussing the health impacts of spay/neuter, health risks are often not mentioned. At … Continue reading »
  • The 4 Stages of the Dog Heat Cycle (Signs Your Dog Is In Heat) (9/25/2012) - What are the Signs of a Dog in Heat? One of the problems that many dog owners face is preventing unwanted pregnancy. If you own a male (also called a Sire), you may never know where your dog has sewn his “wild oats”. If you have a female (also called a Dam or a Bitch), … Continue reading »
  • Trimming dog toenails (8/16/2012) - I’ll never forget the day Jane Forsyth, long time breeder/owner/exhibitor, chewed me out because my show dogs’ toenails were too long. She made a point of giving me reserve just to show that little things can make the difference. My dogs aren’t any better about allowing me to do their nails than they were 15 … Continue reading »