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An Interview with Susan Lilly, New CEO of the AKC Canine Health Foundation

In this podcast we hear from Susan Lilly, the new CEO of the AKC Canine Health Foundation. A native of Michigan, Susan boasts a strong fundraising background. After holding development positions at Central Michigan University, she served as Director of Development at Michigan State University and, most recently, was Executive Director of the North Carolina State University Veterinary Health Foundation. In this podcast Susan discusses her passion for helping animals, her enthusiasm about being a part of CHF and its mission, and her desire to connect with you and the many supporters of CHF.

This podcast was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, A KeyBank Trust.


Interview with Rony Doedijns

Scott Zverblis spoke to Rony Doedijns about the Amsterdam Winner Show, which takes place on December 13-14th


Hospice Care / End of Life Care For Dogs

In this podcast we are wrapping up our "Old Dogs Rule" educational series with a difficult, but important conversation about end of life care. We are very fortunate to feature Dr. Kathleen Cooney, founder of "Home to Heaven," an in-home pet hospice and euthanasia services practice. She is also the owner of the first-ever pet euthanasia center in the United States. The center is located on her 35-acre farm in Loveland, Colorado and offers two comfort rooms for pet euthanasia. It is open year-round for families looking for an alternative to standard clinic or in-home euthanasia. Dr. Cooney graduated from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in the spring of 2004. That same spring, her family had to say goodbye to their 15-year-old yellow lab, McKenzie. McKenzie passed peacefully under the aspen tree in their front yard. From this experience, Dr. Cooney learned just how important it was for pets to be at home for the end of their lives. In 2012, she completed writing the book "Veterinary Euthanasia Techniques: A practical guide." Dr. Cooney served on the 2013 American Veterinary Medical Association's panel on euthanasia guidelines. She is currently the Vice President and conference coordinator for the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC). She travels frequently to speak on her work and on the current advancements in end-of-life care.

This podcast was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, A KeyBank Trust.


Caroline Kisko: Discover Dogs

Scott Zverblis spoke to Caroline Kisko from the Kennel Club about Discover Dogs which takes place at Earls Court this weekend.


CHF and Zoetis Reproduction Series: Ovulation Timing

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) and our corporate alliance, Zoetis, are pleased to bring you the sixth installment in a podcast series devoted to canine reproduction education for pet owners, breeders, and veterinarians.

In this podcast we will be speaking with Dr. Scarlette Gotwals, of Country Companion Animal Hospital in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. Dr. Gotwals received her DVM from The Ohio State University in 1983. She has a special interest in canine reproduction and has been involved with canine reproduction and semen cryopreservation for 21 years. She is a nationally recognized authority in these areas and serves as a consultant to veterinarians through the Veterinarian Information Network. Dr. Gotwals is a consultant for the Canine Reproduction Division of Zoetis. In this podcast she will be discussing ovulation timing in the bitch as well as ways breeders can use data from heat cycles and whelping dates to understand more about ovulation timing.


CHF and Zoetis Reproduction Series: Infertility In The Bitch

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) and our corporate alliance, Zoetis, are pleased to bring you the fifth installment in a podcast series devoted to canine reproduction education for pet owners, breeders, and veterinarians.

In this podcast we are discussing infertility in the bitch, with reproductive specialist Dr. Cheryl Lopate of Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic in Wilsonville, Oregon. Dr. Lopate received her Master’s degree in reproductive physiology and DVM from The Ohio State University. She completed a residency in comparative theriogenology (reproduction) at Purdue University and is boarded in theriogenology. She has worked in a variety of practice settings including general mixed practice, referral practice and academia. She believes strongly in providing client education and speaks at breed group meetings regularly. She also speaks at many veterinary conferences and has written many journal articles on a variety of reproductive topics.


CHF and Zoetis Reproduction Series: Shipping Canine Semen

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) and our corporate alliance, Zoetis, are pleased to bring you the fourth installment in a podcast series devoted to canine reproduction education for pet owners, breeders, and veterinarians.

In this podcast Kim Hesler of Zoetis Reproductive Services discusses shipping canine semen and how it may be easier than you think. Ms. Hesler grew up on a Herford cow-calf and row crop operation in northern Missouri before attending the University of Missouri, where she majored in Animal Science. She interned with Select Sires, which entailed estrus timing and artificial insemination of cattle throughout the country. In 2007, she joined the Synbiotics Reproduction Services team in Kansas City, Missouri. Through a corporate merger she is now a Reproduction Service Specialist with Zoetis where she provides assistance to customers and Zoetis Freeze Centers regarding storage and international shipment of canine and equine frozen semen.


Interview with Victoria Stillwell

Scott Zverblis spoke to dog trainer and television presenter Victoria Stillwell on the telephone. Victoria has served as a judge on the CBS show Greatest American Dog the Animal Planet dog training TV show It's Me or the Dog, counselling problem pets and solving their dogs' behaviour problems. She will be at the National Dog Bite and Prevention Conference May 31st - June 1st. See her website for more info.


Interview with PetSavers

Scott Zverblis spoke to PeSavers chairman Pedro Martin Bartolome and European Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology, Sue Paterson at the BSAVA Congress last week. This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the charity.


Interview with Marc Abraham

Scott Zverblis spoke to celebrity vet Marc Abraham on the telephone. Star of the It's me or the Dog, The Paul O'Grady Show, BBC Breakfast, My Pet Shame and More 4's coverage of Crufts. Here he talks to Scott about the upcoming Pup Aid on September 6th.


Interview with Amanda Stranack

Scott Zverblis spoke to Amanda Stranack ahead of the BSAVA conference on the 3-6 April.


Positive Training and Behavior Modification for Dogs

In this podcast we bring you an interview with Karen and Bob Deeds of the Canine Connection, a training facility in Fort Worth, TX that specializes in a wide range of training and behavior modification for dogs.

Having returned from searching Ground Zero with his dog, Kinsey, after 9/11, Bob believed that people could accomplish much more with their pets if they understood their dogs’ potential. Utilizing proven, science-based, positive techniques, Karen and Bob are dedicated to providing education, training, and behavior modification to enhance the overall relationship between a dog and his owner.

Bob is currently an evaluator for FEMA's federal K9 program where he tests dog and handler teams for certification. Karen is a Certified Dog Behavior Consult with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

Bob and Karen are regular speakers at conferences and last year they spoke at the PennVet Working Dog Conference. For more information about their training program visit www.deedscanineconnection.com.


Interview with Peter Purves

We have a new podcast online. Scott Zverblis spoke to British broadcasting legend Peter Purves about Crufts and his involvement with the Houndwaves radio station.


Interview with Jack Bispham

Scott Zverblis spoke to Jack Bispham on the telephone, ahead of his BIS judging appointment at Crufts.


Interview with Luke Gamble

Scott Zverblis spoke to Jack Bispham on the telephone, ahead of his BIS judging appointment at Crufts.


Interview with Neil Fox

We have a new podcast online. Scott Zverblis spoke to award winning Radio DJ and TV presenter, Neil Fox, before of his stint as a DJ on the Houndwaves Radio station at Crufts.


Interview with Sue Williams

Scott Zverblis spoke to Sue Williams from the Guild Of Dog Trainers about her new DVD 'Science Led Dog Training' which is available to purchase, at a special Crufts price, from the OUR DOGS shop


Interview with Mary Ray

Mary Ray is the leading dog trainer in the United Kingdom and is the only handler to have achieved such success in many different canine disciplines. She has been winner of the Crufts Obedience Championships four times (including this year's), - has qualified or won every major British dog agility competition and is the leading authority on Freestyle and Heelwork to Music, having started the sport in the United Kingdom in 1990


Interview with Carrie Russell-Smith

"We are alive!" These were some of the first words that friends and fans of photographer Lisa Croft-Elliott, her partner Carrie Russell-Smith and Anastasia Egorova (Twinky) saw following their horror smash last weekend which left them injured and four of their dogs dead.


Syringomyelia (SM) in the Brussels Griffon

In this podcast we bring you a research updatewith Dr. Simon Platt of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Platt received his veterinary degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1992, he completed a residency in neurology and neurosurgery in 1998 at the University of Florida, and afterward spent two years as an assistant professor of Neurology at the University of Georgia. In 2000, Dr. Platt returned to the UK where he was Head of the Neurology/Neurosurgery service at the Animal Health Trust until 2006. Since then he has been an associate professor and then professor in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia. Dr. Platt discusses his CHF-funded research on Syringomyelia, or SM for short, entitled "Syringomyelia in the Brussels Griffon: magnetic resonance imaging finding, clinicopathology and prevalence."


The Comprehensive Approach to Spinal Cord Injury in Dogs

In this podcast we bring you an interview with Dr. Brian Hare. Dr. Hare is an associate professor in Evolutionary Anthropology and Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University. In 2009, he started the Duke Canine Cognition Center which is dedicated to the study of dog psychology and the effect of domestication on cognition and he has recently co-authored the book, The Genius of Dogs. Dr. Hare is the keynote speaker at CHF's 2013 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference.


Canine Cognition and the Genius of Dogs

In this podcast we bring you an interview with Dr. Brian Hare. Dr. Hare is an associate professor in Evolutionary Anthropology and Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University. In 2009, he started the Duke Canine Cognition Center which is dedicated to the study of dog psychology and the effect of domestication on cognition and he has recently co-authored the book, The Genius of Dogs. Dr. Hare is the keynote speaker at CHF's 2013 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference.


Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA)

In this podcast we bring you an interview with Dr. Darren Wood of the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. Dr. Wood is an Associate Professor of Pathobiology and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. In this podcast Dr. Wood discusses his CHF-funded research which focuses on immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA).


Service Dogs: Providing Assistance to Returning Veterans

In this special edition of Genome Barks we celebrate Veteran's Day. When our soldiers come home with physical injuries their medical needs are obvious and physicians are available to provide help. But far too often our soldiers come home with invisible injuries that are as debilitating and too often go untreated. Two of the most common invisible injuries are Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). An innovative treatment for PTSD and TBI is underway by a special group of dog trainers who formed a non-profit in 2011 called "This Able Veteran." In this podcast we hear from their President and founder, Behesha Doan.


Gastrointestinal Foreign Bodies and Intestinal Obstructions

In this podcast we bring you an interview with Dr. Lisa C. Shaw. Dr. Shaw is a graduate of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has been practicing veterinary medicine for 17 years and is the owner of the Indian Land Animal Hospital just outside Charlotte, NC. Dr. Shaw discusses the diagnosis and symptoms of intestinal obstructions and gastrointestinal foreign bodies in dogs and what you can do if you suspect your dog has ingested something dangerous.


Keeping Your Dog Safe During the Holidays

In this podcast we hear from Dr. Lisa Shaw, a graduate of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Shaw has been practicing veterinary medicine for 17 years and is the owner of the Indian Land Animal Hospital just outside Charlotte, NC. In this podcast she discusses tips to keep your canine companion safe and healthy during the holiday season.


Parasite Control in Dogs

In this podcast we hear from Dr. Susan Little, a regents professor and the Krull-Ewing endowed chair in veterinary parasitology at the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Little teaches veterinary parasitology and oversees a research program that focuses on zoonotic parasites and tick-borne diseases. She is also a board member of the Companion Animal Parasite Council and will be telling us about this interesting council and their recommendations for parasite control in the dog.


Early Spay and Neuter

In this podcast we hear from Dr. Benjamin Hart, a distinguished professor emeritus and active researcher at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hart is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and discusses his CHF-funded research into the health implications of spay and neuter in Golden Retrievers, the results of which he and his research team have just submitted for publication.


Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease

In this podcast we hear from Dr. Jimi Cook, a veterinarian, Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College for Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Director of the Comparative Orthopedic Laboratory at the University of Missouri. Dr. Cook discusses Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease in dogs and how both biology and biomechanics play a part in this disease.


Osteoarthritis

In this podcast we hear from Dr. Duncan Lascelles, an expert in clinical pain management and General and Orthopedic surgery at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Lascelles discusses canine osteoarthritis: how it affects a dog’s quality of life, diagnosis, treatment, and ways you can help a dog with osteoarthritis regain mobility and strength.


Conditioning for the Canine Athlete

In this edition of Genome Barks we hear from Dr. Joseph Spoo, a recognized expert in canine athlete conditioning. Dr. Spoo holds a special passion for sporting dog health and today he will be discussing the importance of conditioning a dog for athletic events as well as how health and environment factors contribute to a canine athlete's overall health. He holds a special passion for sporting dog health, manages a sporting-dog-health website, gundogdoc, and is a consultant for sporting dog owners and the sporting dog industry.


Canine Athlete Initiative

In this edition of Genome Barks we hear from Dr. Shila Nordone, Chief Scientific Officer of the Canine Health Foundation. Dr. Nordone discusses the Canine Athlete Initiative (CAI), a newly launched fundraising and public awareness campaign of CHF. The Initiative focuses on providing information on the proper conditioning, nutrition, training, and rehabilitation that are specific to the canine athlete. Dr. Nordone also discusses the importance of funding research in the emerging field of canine sports medicine, which benefits not only canine athletes, but all dogs.


Atopic Dermatitis

In this edition of Genome Barks we hear from Dr. Natasha Olby, professor of neurology and Dr. Thierry Olivry, professor of immunedermatology at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine discuss their CHF-funded research of atopic dermatitis, a chronic allergic skin disease. Drs. Olby and Olivry are researching the gene or genes responsible for this disease, hoping for better treatments, earlier intervention, and possibly a cure.


Hemangiosarcoma

In this special 35 minute edition of Genome Barks we hear from Dr. Jaime Modiano of the University of Minnesota. Dr. Modiano discusses his CHF-funded research of hemangiosarcoma, as well as providing an overview on the progress being made in the field of hemangiosarcoma research.


The Future of Cancer Research

In this edition of Genome Barks we hear from Dr. Bruce Smith of the Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC). The Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine recently received a $1 million appropriation from the state of Alabama for cancer research. Specifically, Dr. Smith discusses the focus of the "One Medicine" approach which links human, animal, and environmental health, and where discoveries in one species advance the health of all species.


Pet Cancer Awareness Month

In this special edition of Genome Barks we hear from Dr. Shila Nordone, Chief Scientific Officer of the AKC Canine Health Foundation. May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month and throughout the month CHF will be highlighting currently-funded cancer research projects, providing information about different types of canine cancer, care for dogs with cancer, and other cancer-related health resources.
In this podcast, Dr. Nordone provides an overview of the Foundation's commitment to canine cancer research, the future of canine cancer research and prevention, and the One Health / One Medicine approach to research which benefits not only dogs, but humans as well.


Nutrigenomics

In this edition of Genome Barks we hear from Dr. Rhondo Middleton of Nestlé Purina PetCare Company. Dr. Middleton discusses nutrigenomics, a field of study that measures how a nutrient or diet affects gene expression. Dr. Middleton shares the progress in the field, how studying nutrigenomics enables researchers to create diets that are healthier for dogs, and how these diets and nutrition plans can address specific symptoms of some canine health concerns.


Canine Allergies

In this edition of Genome Barks we hear from Dr. Bruce Hammerberg of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hammerberg discusses allergy season, how it impacts dogs, common allergens, and treatments. Dr. Hammerberg also discusses his CHF-funded research that looks to develop a novel therapeutic drug for canine allergies.


Heartworm Disease

In this edition of genome barks we hear from Dr. Betsy Sigmon, founder of Creature Comfort Veterinary Hospital, who discusses the signs and symptoms of heartworm disease. Additionally, Dr. Sigmon discusses the current treatment recommendations for this preventable disease.

To learn more about heartworm disease and to access the information shared in this podcast, visit these resources:
The American Heartworm Society -- animation of development of heartworms
Parsite Prevalence Maps -- search for heartworm incidence by state and county
Heartworm Q & A --  questions and answers from NCSU college of vet medicine cardiology service


Osteosarcoma

In this edition of Genome Barks we hear from Dr. Snaevar Sigurdsson of the Broad Institute who discusses his research of genetic risk factors for osteosarcoma. Dr. Sigurdsson and his team are specifically looking at the Greyhound and other large breed dogs that have a higher incidence of osteosarcoma. After completing a genome-wide scan of the Greyhound, Dr. Sigurdsson and his team are now looking at the possibility of a tumor suppressive gene that may aid in better diagnosis and provide breeders with key genetic information.


Testing and Submitting Canine DNA Samples

In this edition of Genome Barks we hear from Dr. Roe Froman, a practicing veterinarian and a researcher at the Van Andel Institute in their Canine Hereditary Cancer Consortium (CHCC). Dr. Froman discusses the importance of testing and submitting DNA samples to organizations like the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC), and how dog owners and clubs can encourage sample collection from both healthy and affected dogs.


Coat Colour Genetics

In this edition of Genome Barks we hear from Dayna Dreger, a Ph. D. student at the University of Saskatchewan. Dreger discusses agouti signaling proteins (ASIP) and how testing for agouti alleles offers breeders / owners the opportunity to determine possible coat colour outcomes from specific matings.


Canine Herpes Virus (CHV)

In this edition of Genome Barks we bring you an interview with Dr. Eric Ledbetter, an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. Dr. Ledbetter discusses Canine Herpes Virus (CHV) and the signs and symptoms in dogs and puppies.


Leonberger Polyneuropathy (LPN)

In this edition of Genome Barks we hear from Dr. Kari Ekenstedt who discusses Leonberger Polyneuropathy (LPN). Through her research Dr. Ekenstedt, along with a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota, the University of Bern, and the University of California San Diego, has identified a genetic mutation that points to the early onset of inherited LPN. In identifying this genetic mutation, Dr. Ekenstdet has been able to develop a genetic test for the leonberger breed. By testing leonbergers, an early diagnosis can be made and carriers of the mutation can be identified for breeding purposes.


Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD) and Legg-Calve-Perthes (LCP)

In this edition of Genome Barks we bring you an interview with Dr. Alison Starr, a scientific investigator at the Clemson Canine Genetics Research Group, which studies hereditary diseases in the domestic dog. Dr. Starr has received funding from the AKC Canine Health Foundation and her current research is focused on the development of genetic tests to help predict and screen for hereditary diseases.

In this podcast Dr. Starr discusses her study of Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD), a bone disease that usually affects young, rapidly growing, large breed dogs. Specifically, she is looking at HOD in Irish Setters. Additionally, Dr. Starr discusses her study of Legg-Calve-Perthes (LCP), a disease that results in the abnormal deformity of the ball of the hip joint and usually occurs in young miniature and small breeds of dogs. Specifically, she is looking at LCP in West Highland White Terriers and other Terrier breeds. For both HOD and LCP, Dr. Starr is hoping to discover the gene or genes responsible for these diseases so that genetic tests might be developed as a tool for producing better and healthier dogs.


Podcast on Genetics of Canine Behavior 

In this edition of Genome Barks we bring you and interview with Dr. Mark Neff, scientific investigator and Director of program for canine health and performance at the Van Andel Research Institute.  Dr. Neff has received funding from the AKC Canine Health Foundation and his current research is focused on neurological and behavioral disorders in the dog.

In this podcast Dr. Neff discusses how researchers are learning about the genes responsible for behaviors like pointing and herding and how understanding the principals of the mind can help them understand the intrinsic reward system that motivates dogs to do what they do.


Podcast on Bioinformatics

In this edition of Genome Barks we bring you an interview with Dr. Elinor Karlsson with the Broad Institute and the Sebeti Lab at Harvard. Dr. Karlsson has focused her research on the genetic cause of disease, including diseases associated with coat color traits such as ridgelessness in the Rhodesian Ridgeback and behavioral traits such as aggression.

In this podcast Dr. Karlsson discusses the technique of genome wide mapping; her research on canine compulsive disorder; the discovery of the gene for flank sucking in the Doberman Pinscher; and the implications of her research for human psychiatric disorders.


Podcast on Canine Compulsive Disorder

In this edition of Genome Barks we bring you an interview with Dr. Elinor Karlsson with the Broad Institute and the Sebeti Lab at Harvard. Dr. Karlsson has focused her research on the genetic cause of disease, including diseases associated with coat color traits such as ridgelessness in the Rhodesian Ridgeback and behavioral traits such as aggression.

In this podcast Dr. Karlsson discusses the technique of genome wide mapping; her research on canine compulsive disorder; the discovery of the gene for flank sucking in the Doberman Pinscher; and the implications of her research for human psychiatric disorders.


Podcast on Cryptorchidism and Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease

In this edition of Genome Barks, we bring you and interview with Dr. Max Rothschild,
distinguished professor of agriculture and life sciences and director of the
Center for Integrated Animal Genomics at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation primarily for his research in cryptorchidism,
Dr. Rothschild’s areas of research interest are gene mapping, reproduction and immunogenetics
of swine, new statistical methods to evaluate animals and gene identification in dogs.


Podcast on Coat Color Research

In this edition of Genome Barks, we bring you an interview with Dr. Sheila Schmutz a professor at the University of Saskatchewan. Funded in small part by the AKC Canine Health Foundation, Dr. Schmutz’s canine research has focused on coat color genetics. 

Dr. Schmutz discusses the challenges of studying coat color, whether diseases are associated with coat color, and gives advice about coat color to those seeking a new puppy.


Podcast on Emergency and Critical Care

In this edition of Genome Barks, we bring you an interview with Dr. Gary Stamp, Executive Director of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. Dr. Stamp served as commander of the United States Army Veterinary command until 1999 when he retired from active duty.

Dr. Stamp discusses how much first aid training dog owners should have, when emergency veterinary care is necessary, and how to select an emergency service.


Advantages of Purebred Dog Research

In this edition of Genome Barks, we welcome C.A. Sharp, President of the Australian Shepherd Health and Genetics Institute, an organization dedicated to sharing knowledge about the genetics of the breed. C.A. is also a prolific writer on canine health.

In this podcast C.A. discusses the reasons why purebred dogs are good research models;
why purebred dogs are helpful to human medicine and to veterinary medicine for all dogs;
and the need to participate in research by providing DNA samples.


Major Histiocompatability Complex

In this edition of Genome Barks, we welcome Dr. Lorna Kennedy, a member of the faculty of the University of Manchester Center for Integrated Genomic Medical Research in the United Kingdom.  Dr. Kennedy has received funding from the AKC Canine Health Foundation for her work in the genetics of hypothyrodism, immune mediated hemolytic anemia and anal furunculosis.

These diseases are all associated with changes in an area of the canine genome called the Major Histiocompatability Complex (MHC).  In this podcast, Dr. Kennedy discusses the MHC, autoimmune diseases, her research on these diseases and similarities to human conditions.  


Shar Pei Fever

In this edition of Genome Barks, we welcome Mia Olsson a doctoral student at Uppsala University in Sweeden. Ms. Olsson discusses Shar Pei Fever and her research on the condition. Shar Pei Fever is a recurring fever-like condition that is similar to an auto-inflammatory condition in humans. Ms. Olsson is part of an international research team from Uppsala University and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard who discovered the gene associated with the condition.


Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence

In this edition of Genome Barks, we welcome Dr. Anne Hubbs, the Health Committee Chair of the Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA). GRCA and the Golden Retriever Foundation have supported CHF-approved research with more than $300,000 in sponsorships since 1995. Dr. Hubbs discusses the Golden Retriever lovers’ dedication to canine health and some of the stories that motivated them to support health research, some of the top health concerns in the breed and their participation in the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC).

ACE Award Winner Taffy

We welcome the 2008 ACE winner for Search and Rescue, the Bloodhound Taffy and her handler, Doug Williams.  Lee Arnold, Chairman of the AKC Canine Health Foundation, and Mr. Williams discuss Taffy’s accomplishments, school visits, criminal tracking, and community outreach.

 


Golden Retriever Lover's Commitment to Health 

In this edition of Genome Barks, we welcome Dr. Anne Hubbs, the Health Committee Chair of the Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA). GRCA and the Golden Retriever Foundation have supported CHF-approved research with more than $300,000 in sponsorships since 1995. Dr. Hubbs discusses the Golden Retriever lovers’ dedication to canine health and some of the stories that motivated them to support health research, some of the top health concerns in the breed and their participation in the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC).


Podcast on Dermatomyositis

In this edition of Genome Barks, we welcome Dr. Leigh Anne Clark, a member of the faculty at Clemson University. Dr. Clark’s research has focused on canine genetic disease. In this podcast, we discuss Dr. Clark’s work in dermatomyositis. Dr. Clark defines the disease, and discusses prevalence, clinical signs, and tips for breeders to help future generations.

Dr. Leigh Anne Clark attended Texas A&M University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences in 2000. She subsequently entered graduate school and joined the Canine Genetics Laboratory in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Clark's thesis work concerned both the development of microsatellite DNA-based tools and pancreatic acinar atrophy in the German Shepherd Dog. She received a PhD in 2004 and remained in the Canine Genetics Laboratory for her postdoctoral work. Now an Assistant Professor of Genetics and Biochemistry at Clemson University, Dr. Clark's research continues to focus on canine inherited disease.


Podcast on Malignant Histiocytosis with Dr. Catherine André

In this edition of Genome Barks, we welcome Dr. Catherine André, a CHF-funded researcher and member of the faculty at the University of Rennes in France. Dr. André has received funding for her work in malignant histiocytosis in the Bernese Mountain Dog. Dr. André describes malignant histiocytosis, breeds at greater risk for this cancer, treatment possibilities, and also her research into ichthyosis in the Golden Retriever and some of her other projects.

Dr. Catherine André graduated with a PhD in molecular genetics and oncology at the Paris University in 1992. Since 1995 she has worked at the University of Rennes in France (CNRS) on canine genomics and genetics. She manages the canine genetics group at CNRS working on the search for the genetic basis of inherited diseases in canines and humans.


Genome Barks Podcast - Vaccinations with Dr. Kate Creevy

This week on Genome Barks, we welcome Dr. Kate Creevy, Assistant Professor in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Georgia with a specialty in small animal medicine and infections disease. Dr. Creevy discusses the myths of vaccinations and infectious disease, susceptibility to vaccination reactions, regular vaccination schedules and the canine flu vaccine.

Dr. Creevy grew up in and around Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended Georgetown University for her undergraduate education. She earned her DVM from the University of Tennessee in 1998, and completed a rotating small animal internship at the University of Minnesota. She spent the next four years in private practice, initially in a small animal and exotics emergency-only practice in the Twin Cities, and then at Friendship Hospital for Animals, the only 24-hour general and specialty practice in Washington, DC. She joined the faculty at the University of Georgia in 2003 as an emergency medicine clinician, and subsequently completed both her residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine, and her Master’s degree in Infectious Disease at UGA. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Georgia.


Podcast About Veterinary Management of the Stud Dog with Dr. Lin Kauffman

A variety of conditions can affect the stud dog and his ability to produce viable sperm. It is important for a stud dog owner to understand the importance of cryptorchidism (retained testicle), testicular degeneration, testicular torsion and testicular trauma and what those conditions can do to their stud dog's breeding potential. Some of these conditions are temporary and some can have lasting outcomes. Azoospermia (a lack of sperm) can be noted during a routine breeding soundness examination and can be attributed to a variety of different causes.
Once again there may be some causes that are temporary while other causes may be permanent. Motility and morphology of sperm can also be assessed during a breeding soundness examination. Veterinarians can help counsel stud dog owners about potential genetic disease and infectious (venereal) disease testing that is now available for their stud dogs. It is also important that stud dog owners be aware of the various ways that stud dogs can be utilized in assisted canine reproduction (ex: fresh chilled semen shipment, cryopreservation of semen).

Canine prostate disease is a class of diseases that stud dog owners need to be aware of. There are distinct clinical signs to watch for in their stud dogs and veterinarians have specific tests to determine the difference between benign prostatic hyperplasia, infectious prostatitis, prostatic abscess and prostatic neoplasia (cancer). Some of these diseases carry specific treatment plans and good outcomes, where others carry a more somber outcome.


Genome Barks Podcast - Bartonella Infections with Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt

Podcast Released on Tick Borne Diseases

This week on Genome Barks, we welcome Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt, a specialist in internal medicine and infectious disease at North Carolina State University. Dr. Breitschwerdt has received funding from the Canine Health Foundation for various infectious diseases (visit www.caninehealthfoundation.org for more information on Dr. Breitschwerdt’s research) including Bartonella spp. In this podcast, Dr. Breitschwerdt describes Bartonella, explains what clinical signs to look for in a potentially ill animal, and also discusses the various research projects underway.


Genome Barks Podcast - Reponsible Breeding with Dr. Jerold Bell

American Kennel Club and Canine Health Foundation Release Podcast
about Responsible Breeding Practices


This week we welcome Dr. Jerold Bell, the Director of Clinical Veterinary Genetics Course at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

In this interview, Dr. Bell discusses why genetic testing is important,
describes the different types of genetic tests and how to best use the test results.


Genome Barks Podcast - One Health with Mike Sampson

American Kennel Club and AKC Canine Health Foundation Release Podcast
about Genetic Relationships of Purebred Dogs

This week Genome Barks welcomes Mike Sampson, an expert in emergency management and preparedness. An adjunct lecturer at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Mr. Sampson discusses the One Health concept and its implications to both human and veterinary research. Additional topics include public health as it relates to veterinary medicine and the detection and treatment of illness like SARS and the latest influenza virus, H1N1.


American Kennel Club and AKC Canine Health Foundation Release Podcast
about Canine Nutrition


American Kennel Club and AKC Canine Health Foundation Release Podcast
about Canine Nutrition

The AKC and Canine Health Foundation Genome Barks Podcast series welcomes
Dr. Deborah Greco, Senior Research Scientist at Nestle Purina PetCare Company.

Dr. Greco has spent her 30 years in practice studying endocrinology, reproduction and nutrition. In this interview, Dr. Greco discusses the art and science of supplementation and pro-biotics,
as well as optimum proteins and general nutrition as they pertain
to developing and maintaining good haircoat.


Genome Barks Podcast - Canine Cancer Treatments with Dr. Jaime Modiano

American Kennel Club and AKC Canine Health Foundation Release Podcast
about Canine Cancer Treatments

Genome Barks welcomes Dr. Jaime Modiano, a member of the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Modiano has spent the last 15 years of his career looking at the mechanisms that are responsible for the origin and progression of canine cancer.

Dr. Modiano’s current research focuses on better cancer therapies,
singling out the canine immune system as a treatment for cancers that are in the process of spreading to various regions of the body.



Genome Barks Podcast - Translational Medicine with Dr. Simon Gregory

American Kennel Club and AKC Canine Health Foundation Release Podcast about the Similarities between Human and Canine Disease

This week, the Genome Barks podcast series welcomes Dr. Simon Gregory, a human cancer researcher at Duke University. Dr. Gregory is working with Dr. Matthew Breen of North Carolina State University on brain tumors. This podcast discusses
the similarities between human and caine disease.


Genome Barks Podcast - Common Poisons with Dr. John Tegzes

American Kennel Club and AKC Canine Health Foundation Release Podcast
about Common Poisons

This week on Genome Barks, we welcome Dr. John Tegzes of Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.  Dr. Tegzes is Professor of Toxicology and has specialized in clinical toxicology.  In this podcast, we discuss the number one poison to watch for, as well as the dangers of chocolate and plants.  Dr. Tegzes also talks about the warning signs that your animal has been poisoned.


Genome Barks Podcast - Canine Lymphoma Cell Lines as
a Research Tool with Dr. Steven Suter

American Kennel Club and AKC Canine Health Foundation Release Podcast
about Canine Lymphoma Research

The American Kennel Club and the AKC Canine Health Foundation are pleased to debut the next podcast in the Genome Barks series.

This week, Genome Barks and Lee Arnold, Vice Chairman of the AKC Canine Health Foundation, welcome Dr. Steven Suter of North Carolina State University, who is currently working to develop canine lymphoma cell lines. These cell lines will greatly enhance lymphoma research by providing a research tool to study the disease on a cellular level and determine the molecular behavior of lymphoma.

 
KENNEL CLUB PODCAST

Caroline Kisko from the Kennel Club recently made 3 dog care podcasts and we thought they'd be of interest to visitors to ourdogs.co.uk. Each of them lasts around 3-6 minutes, they give loads of information and advice for dog owners and most importantly, they're
completely free!

The content of each is as follows:

1. The Benefits of Owning a Dog

- Companionship
- Security
- Encouraging Healthy Lifestyle
- Improved Sociability
- Health and Happiness

2. Buying a Puppy

- Choosing the right dog for you
- Finding a Breeder / PSR
- What to look for in a puppy
- Accredited breeders
- How to prepare
- Getting your home ready / what to do when home eg. petlog,
microchipping, training

3. Benefits of Pedigree Dogs

- Predictability for specific breed traits including: behaviour and
temperament care needs, health predisposition.
- Kennel Club involvement: expert advice, registration on the Breed
register, breed specific health research, Charitable Trust support.
- Access to and information on good breeders - Accredited Breeder
Scheme and the Puppy Sales Register.
- Breed rescues - to promote older dogs.

And Our Dogs publisher, David Cavill has a number of talks on You Tube
where he discusses current issues on the world of dogs.

Click here to view

Got something interesting to say about Dogdom then why not record your thoughts and send them as an mp3 to webmaster@ourdogs.co.uk

To record your thoughts all you need is a microphone and
a free recording programme like Audacity - click here to download