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Purina Director of Conformation Ann Viklund is a leader in promoting canine health and working behind the scenes to support canine health research. Her work has not gone unnoticed.

At the “Canines & Cocktails” gala, held Dec. 14 in Orlando, Fla., the AKC (American Kennel Club) Canine Health Foundation presented Viklund its President’s Award for helping to advance canine health. About 425 dog-passionate enthusiasts attended the event that celebrates achievements in canine health research.

Purina Pro Plan-fed dogs made a clean sweep by winning Best in Show and all the Group Firsts at the inaugural “Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina.” “Rip” (GCH Fidelis Ripcord), a 3-year-old red male Doberman Pinscher, stole the show by capturing the coveted Best in Show title at the Saturday event held by the Kennel Club of Beverly Hills.

As traditional as turkey and cranberries are on Thanksgiving Day, “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina” is a favorite of millions of people who tune in to watch the televised program as part of their holiday. This year’s show promises to be one of the best ever with 2,135 dogs competing, the highest entry in the past 10 years.  

Hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, the National Dog Show is one of three benched dog shows in the country. The Saturday dog show will air on NBC at noon in all time zones on Thanksgiving Day, November 23.

The recent discovery of the causative gene mutation for vestibular deafness in Doberman Pinschers, and the subsequent development of a direct DNA test to identify carriers, is expected to have an impact on reducing the suspected 13 percent of Doberman puppies born with the disorder.

The discovery of the highly contagious H3N8 canine influenza virus (CIV) by researchers at the University of Florida and Cornell University veterinary schools in a community of racing Greyhounds in 2004 represented a rare event in adaptive evolution.1 Experts studying the genetic composition of the virus were amazed to learn that the entire genome of the H3N8 horse influenza virus had transferred to dogs, where it adapted to become a new canine-specific virus.

Research to learn more about two canine health conditions, degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD) in small-breed dogs and immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA), is producing better understanding that may one day lead to better care for affected dogs.

Recognizing Signs of DMVD

Chris and Renee Coney are Chihua­hua lovers.

Artificial insemination (AI) gives breeders an opportunity to breed dogs that otherwise might not be possible due to geographical location, behavior incompatibilities or other factors. A recent study examined whether antibiotics added to commercial semen extenders to increase shelf life inhibit the growth of bacteria in semen samples. 

Boxers are among the breeds predisposed to degenerative myelopathy, a progressive neuro­degenerative disease that affects adult dogs, and hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive, highly malignant cancer. Research of these diseases offers hope that effective treatments may one day help affected dogs. Here is a review of the research. 

Testing a Drug Therapy for DM

Stress from travel, competition, exposure to other dogs, and an unfamiliar environment can all contribute to gastrointestinal (GI) upset. Some dogs are more prone to developing digestive problems than others. The key is to recognize signs of a problem early.

Regenerative medicine, the process of replacing or regenerating cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function, has taken hold in human medicine. Today, researchers are applying this concept to helping dogs. 

A devoted Cocker Spaniel enthusiast, Beverly Tucker knew right away something was wrong when her adopted dog, “Tobi,” yelped while playing in the yard with other dogs. Though it was dinnertime, the 4-year-old mixed-breed Cocker Spaniel had no appetite, and he dragged his rear as he tried to walk. Within half an hour, the dog had lost the use of his hind legs.

On opening day of Texas dove season, Susan Moses, along with a number of friends and family members, had enjoyed a wonderful hunt in the northwestern part of the state. The real star of the show had been Moses’ 2-year-old black Labrador Retriever, “Cinco.” He had not only retrieved dozens of birds but also had done it with style.