Dog Articles

Dog Articles

Our extensive Pro Club article library features topics important to dog breeders
and enthusiasts alike. This includes rich information in subjects ranging from dog
nutrition to breed-specific health and hereditary concerns, as well as best practices
in breeding, kennel management, conditioning, and more.

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Breeding healthy dogs entails applying selective pressure to decrese the number of deleterious disese liability genes and improve the probability of healthy genes. There are many tools today available to help breeders make the best decisions to help
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
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.