Small Animal

UC Davis Investigates Link Between Dog Diets and Deadly Heart Disease

July 19, 2018
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued an alert about reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating certain pet foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients. UC Davis is leading the investigation between these dog diets and heart disease.

Veterinarians and Physicians Team Up to Treat Brain Malformation in Dog

July 02, 2018
Crash, a 6-year-old male German shepherd, was starting to tire more easily on his walks and seemed “spacey” and listless. An MRI revealed an intracranial arteriovenous malformation (AVM)-more commonly seen in humans-located within the brain and behind his eyes. Veterinary neurosurgeons collaborated with human specialists to treat his condition.

Stem Cell Therapy: Helping Cats with Unresponsive FCGS

June 18, 2018

A rescued domestic shorthaired cat named “Lily” has helped prove the efficacy of a game-changing treatment for feline chronic gingivostomatitis (FCGS), or stomatitis for short. The lucky feline, adopted by Cyndi Luke of Davis, California, had been treated unsuccessfully for three years when she was recruited to take part in a stem-cell therapy trial testing a cutting-edge procedure for the painful oral condition.

UC Davis Neurosurgeons Successfully Remove Brain Tumor, Extending Dog’s Life

June 04, 2018

Dazzy, a 4-year-old male French bulldog, began having seizures and acting aggressive toward strangers – a behavior he had never previously displayed. His owners took him to see their primary veterinarian who ultimately referred them to a neurologist near their home in Southern California. An MRI performed by the neurologist revealed a left intra-axial cerebral mass, most consistent with a glioma (brain tumor).

Million Cat Challenge Reaches Goal Early

May 22, 2018

The Million Cat Challenge has reached its goal of saving a million shelter cats in five years--a year ahead of schedule. After more than 1,000 animal shelters in North America joined forces to save the animals, the campaign announced last week that it has exceeded that number just four years after the campaign’s launch. 

Researchers Review Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy Potential

April 18, 2018

In a review published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, Jessica M. Quimby, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University, and Dori L. Borjesson, DVM, MPVM, Ph.D., Veterinary Institute for Regenerative Cures at the University of California, Davis, consider both the current and potential clinical applications of mesenchymal stem cell therapy in cats.