Morris Animal Foundation: Heart Disease in Dogs

Help your best pal stay healthy
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Five common signs of heart disease in dogs

By Dr. Kelly Diehl
Scientific Adviser
Morris Animal Foundation

Heart disease is a common problem in dogs that can be caused by a variety of underlying diseases including heart valve degeneration, irregular heart rate and rhythm (arrhythmia), and heart muscle disease. Despite the different types of heart diseases affecting dogs, many share common signs that can alert an owner to a problem….

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Morris Animal Foundation: Diabetes in Dogs

Are we being too good to our furry pals?
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Written by Kelly J. Diehl DVM MS Dipl. ACVIM

Insulin: A century of treating diabetes

Almost 100 years ago, a team of Canadian medical doctors made an astonishing finding; a new hormone responsible for blood sugar regulation. Before the discovery of insulin, diabetes (a group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood) was a feared and fatal illness. The discovery of insulin revolutionized the treatment of diabetes mellitus in people, and within two years of its discovery insulin was available worldwide.

People weren’t the only ones benefitting from the discovery of insulin. References to treating diabetes in dogs go back to the 1940s and treatment options for dogs have advanced significantly in the last two decades. Insulin has been, and remains, a cornerstone of diabetes therapy….

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American versus English Labradors

English-bloodline, American-bred Labrador retrievers make great pets and gun dogs.
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Before I start on this interesting topic, let’s establish that I’m talking about field bred dogs here, not bench bred dogs. There’s a difference, but I’m not about to get into that thicket, so I’ll just stick . . .

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Petfinder: A Happy Ending for a Champ

Comet: A Retired Athlete
Photo by Cache Humane Society

Take a look at that picture! Is that a gorgeous dog or what?! Her name is Comet, and in her youth, she was a champion Iditarod racer. She was born and raised in France, where her owner bought her and brought her back to the United States to breed her. What self-respecting male dog could pass up a face like that?! …

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Video: “A Dog’s Purpose” Trailer

Here’s a beautiful, heartfelt trailer for the film version of W. Bruce Cameron’s 2010 book, A Dog’s Purpose. Told from a dog’s perspective (though the narration of actor Josh Gad), it’s a story . . .

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Cops Pay Vet Bills for Dog Who Protected His Owner

Fellony, above, a 10-month-old mixed breed who was shot while in front of his owner Wednesday night.
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When two Boston police officers showed up at the scene of a shooting on Wednesday night, they found a 10-month-old mixed-breed pup wounded and limping. According to Fellony’s owner, . . .

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Celebrate National Dog Day With Us on Friday!

Song, Cayenne, Ellie, and Brix are just a few dogs belonging to Orvis associates who’ll be celebrating.
Photos by Nina Ossont, Steve Hemkens, Christine Atkins, and Scott McEneney

This Friday, August 26, is the 12th annual National Dog Day, an annual event conceived by animal advocate Colleen Paige back in 2004. The mission of the celebration is straightforward: . . .

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