Dogs

Study Finds Spike in Deadly Heart Disease Linked To Trendy Dog Diets

January 30, 2019
UC Davis veterinarians led a team that has found a link between some popular grain-free, legume-rich dog diets and a type of nutritional deficiency and canine heart disease known as taurine-deficient dilated cardiomyopathy. The study was recently published in the journal PLOS ONE.

A Bulldog's Screw Tail Might Help Us Understand a Rare Genetic Disease in People

January 16, 2019
One of the most distinctive body parts of your typical English bulldog, French bulldog, or Boston terrier—their coiled screw tail—might be caused by a specific genetic mutation, suggests recent research. And more importantly for humans, that same genetic quirk might help scientists better understand a rare disorder in people.

How Cannabis Litter Can Attract and Harm Animals

January 16, 2019
The Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital is seeing an increasing number of cannabinoid intoxication since legalization. Animals find it on trails and in parks without their humans realizing it. Some dogs and cats need nothing more than extra comforting and fluids to counteract the effects, but others require additional medical intervention

Senior Dogs Can Suffer from Dementia Just Like People Do; Find Out If Your Older Pup Needs Help

January 16, 2019
Growing older can be tough – and that goes for all species. When it comes to age-related illnesses, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are some of the most notorious and least understood human afflictions. If you’ve noticed your senior dog has been increasingly irritable and disoriented, having sleep troubles (including sleeping all day) or having frequent accidents inside the house, he or she may be suffering from a disease that manifests very similarly to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in people.

Dog Adapts to Tongue Amputation after Accident with Toy

September 19, 2018
Arai, a 5-year-old female pit bull terrier, loves to chew on balls. Her owners describe her as a “100 percent ball dog.” So when she had a ball in her mouth for a few hours, they didn’t think much was out of the ordinary. When Arai wouldn’t drop the ball when it was time to eat, however, they knew something was wrong. 

PET Imaging at UC Davis Continues Success

August 23, 2018
Positron emission tomography (PET) scanning technology has now been in place at the UC Davis veterinary hospital for two years. In 2016, UC Davis became the first veterinary hospital in the world to implement an equine PET scanner, and has since added a small animal scanner in 2018.

Surgery for Disc Disease Helps Return Dog to Mobility

August 21, 2018
Roxie, a 12-year-old female Shih Tzu, was having trouble moving her hind legs, to the point of becoming partially paralyzed. After being referred to the Neurology/Neurosurgery Service at the UC Davis veterinary hospital, an evaluation of Roxie showed her to have an arched posture, avoided moving her neck, and had some incoordination in her hind legs.

Here’s How to Make Sure Your Pooch is Ready for the New Baby

August 15, 2018
Your dog is a member of the family, right? So when that family expands to include a new little human member, your pup is one of the many "loved ones" you'll need to prepare for the arrival of a baby.

Update from Nutrition Services on Concern Between Diets and DCM in Dogs

July 23, 2018
There are recent concerns about reports of heart disease in some dogs eating commercial diets. UC Davis Nutrition Support Services provides this statement to offer guidance to owners/veterinarians regarding the nutritional aspects of this condition and best practice information regarding blood testing for taurine status.

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.