Veterinary Science Articles

Most of the articles that appear here were originally posted on the Decoded Science website which, sadly, no longer exists. I am grateful for the work of Vicky Nicks and her editorial team in improving these pieces.

Can a Dog’s Own Platelets Reduce Pain and Lameness From Osteoarthritis?

Can your dog’s own platelets reduce pain and lameness from osteoarthritis? A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association suggests that they can.

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Does Smoking Tobacco at Home Make Your Dog’s Respiratory Disease Worse?

Could second-hand smoke be hurting your household pets? A Japanese study has found that dogs admitted to a veterinary hospital with chronic cough were much more likely to be from homes with smokers than from non-smoking households.

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                           What is Canine Vestibular Syndrome?

When an owner finds their dog unable to stand, head tilting to one side and disoriented they may assume the dog has had a stroke. But Vestibular Syndrome is more likely.

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                       Hot fun in the summertime? Not for your dog’s feet!

A walk on a sunny summer day, even when the air temperature is moderate, can be a painful experience for your dog. The pads of his or her feet, one of the few exposed areas on most dogs’ bodies can burn quickly.

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Canine Degenerative Myelopathy and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Links

Similarities between canine degenerative myelopathy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis led to the finding of a mutation of the superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) protein in dogs with canine degenerative myelopathy (CDM).

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