Breed Update Newsletter

 Breeder Updates Newsletter
The Purina® Pro Plan® Breed Update newsletters cover the latest research advances in canine health and genetics for specific dog breeds, plus there is a general dog newsletter. Explore our archive of articles or use the filters to access specific information.

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A newly adapted gastric decompression technique may help save lives of German Shepherd dogs. Learn more about the G-cath technique at Purina Pro Club.
Beagles are among the breeds considered predisposed to developing steroid-responsive meningitis-arteritis (SRMA), an immune-mediated neurological disorder. Although the condition is generally treated successfully, it is not readily recognized. A rece
When a 1 ½-year-old field-bred female Golden Retriever named “Lexi” (Turbo’s Timeless Treasure) was confirmed to have the rare recessive degenerative neurological disease, neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL), in the fall of 2018, it began a scurry..
The telltale signs of hypothyroidism can be concerning in any dog, particularly in a young dog about to start a show campaign.
Tricuspid valve dysplasia (TVD) is believed to be the most common heart disease in Labrador Retreivers. A congential condition, TVD involves malformation of the triscuspid valve, potentially leading to congestive heart failure. A new study is investigating the genetics behind TVD in Labrador Retrievers with a goal of identifying a genetic marker.
Chagas disease, a potentially fatal illness caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, is estimated to affect from 5 to 13 million dogs in the U.S. Transmitted via a bite or from feces of the kissing bug, which can be found in 28 states, the disease can cause an acute or chronic infection. Puppies born to infected bitches may be infected as well. Although Chagas disease is not well known or recognized, treatment is available to help affected dogs, with a new, more affordable treatment soon to be available.
One in eight Golden Retrievers develops lymphoma, a cancer of lymphocytes, which are a type of immune cell. A recently completed study, supported by the Golden Retreiver Foundation, looked at biomarkers of B-cell lymphomas of Golden Retrievers to help detect risk of disease and outcome for affected dogs. The ability to detect risk may lead to more effective treatment, with promising research into drug therapy to improve chemotherapy results currently underway.